Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Day

1309dAbhishek Purohit

Flexible Rahane switches to attack mode

He isn't a particularly big hitter, but as evidenced against South Africa, his impeccable timing makes him an extremely handy weapon to possess in ODIs

1310dShreya Paranjape

India's day out at the MCG

The MCG packed to the rafters, two top teams, India coming out on top. What's not to like?

1310dFirdose Moonda in Melbourne

Mask slips along with SA standards

An unusually messy display in the field was followed by more familiar failings during the chase as South Africa felt the heat in Melbourne

1310dAbhishek Purohit in Melbourne

Dhawan sees off the short ball

He likes to pull and hook, but also gets out to those shots. Today having spent time in the middle before attempting them, he made his highest ODI score

1310dFirdose Moonda in Melbourne

'Have to lick our wounds for a while' - de Villiers

South Africa's self-belief has been dented by what AB de Villiers called an "almost embarrassing" loss to India in their second, and most high-profile, match of the group stage

1308dAbhishek Purohit

Sharper fielders give India bite

Years after the juggling act of hiding multiple poor fielders and making do with the kind of attacks India have had, this current unit has given MS Dhoni some breathing space

1312dShiva Jayaraman

Amla, Steyn lead SA dominance over India

While South Africa's fast bowlers have posed the toughest challenge for India's batsmen, South Africa's batsmen have, largely, dominated the contests

1311dAbhishek Purohit in Melbourne

When the MCG was a sea of blue

This was Eden Gardens and another half of an Eden Gardens on top of it. This was Wankhede Stadium with another Wankhede Stadium on top of it

1311dAbhishek Purohit in Melbourne

Kohli advocates 'sustained momentum'

A ground as large as the MCG calls for a batting line-up to not just rely on their power hitting, according to Virat Kohli

1312dFirdose Moonda in Melbourne

Friendships on hold as stakes enter a different league

Dale Steyn is a safari-loving, street-art appreciating, soft-drink guzzling wild-child, Virat Kohli a smooth-talking, suave-dressing, superstar but they have more in common just their tattoos

1312dFirdose Moonda in Melbourne

Hussey hails South Africa's 'family feel'

Michael Hussey, who is working with the South African World Cup side as a consultant, has urged the team not to imitate Australia in their outlook towards the game and the dressing-room atmosphere

1311dFirdose Moonda

Philander under injury cloud

Vernon Philander will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the severity of the injury to his left hamstring

No. 7?


Wayne Parnell's batting averate at No. 7 in ODIs; he has scored 57 runs in five innings with a highest of 21.

Last time


Runs added together by this pair the last time they batted together - highest fifth-wicket partnership in ODIs

Achilles Heel


Ashwin's bowling average in ODIs against South Africa, has taken just one wicket in 38 overs before this match.

Umesh v AB


Number of times Umesh Yadav has dismissed AB de Villiers in 18 balls in ODIs before this match.

Prolific AB


No. of fifty-plus scores AB de Villiers has hit in his last-five innings against India. He has scores of 109, 3, 77, 70 and 52.

Close Race


India's score at the end of the mandatory Powerplay; South Africa have scored 38 for 1.

Awesome Amla


Number of fifty-plus scores Hashim Amla has hit against India in 12 ODI innings, averages 57.45.

First, if happens


Number of times targets of 300 or more have been chased at the MCG out of nine.



Highest score against South Africa in the World Cup - by Stephen Fleming in 2003 - Dhawan has beaten that.

The club


India openers to start World Cups with back-to-back fifty-plus scores - Tendulkar, Ganguly and now Dhawan.



Runs India scored in five overs before Kohli got out; next five produced 23 runs.

Half-way in the World Cup


India's 25-over score against South Africa in the World Cups since 1999. Other matches against them - 108/3

Last time


Dhawan v Duminy, the last time in an ODI. Dhawan got a century but got out to Duminy after scoring 8 off 14.

Tough opposition


Parnell's bowling average in ODIs against India before this game - his worst against any team. He's taken 4 for 322 in 6 inns.