Player of the Match
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323dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Dhawan hundred sets up another big-day win

Beating South Africa by 130 runs, India showed just why no one was writing them off even after they had spent two-and-a-half months in Australia without a win

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Dhawan
137(146) 16x4 - 2x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
19 23 15 18 9 15 19 19
AM Rahane
79(60) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
7 4 10 9 13 14 6 16

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O10
M0
R41
W3
Eco4.10
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
Mohammed Shami
O8
M1
R30
W2
Eco3.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

10.10pm Okay then, folks. That's all from us. Hope you enjoyed the game, and keep tuning in and sending in your comments as always. Until next time, bye!

Hemang Mistry: "Shikhar Dhawan scored 216 runs in his 10 innings over the summer in Australia, and scored 214 runs in first 2 games of WC 2015. Way to go!!"

AB de Villiers: "The run-outs cost us dearly tonight, just when we got started with the bat. We lost our way. Thought our bowlers fought back well, we were looking at 350 at one stage. It was a 270-275 kind of wicket, but looking at the way the Indians batted, it was a good effort to restrict them to 307. We just have to regroup as a batting unit and work hard on our game. I still thought it was a good toss to win. It was one of those where you wanted to bat first and put a team under pressure who had fielded in the heat, but still no excuses. We lost Vernon and I needed Parny's overs. Otherwise I'd have ended up bowling again. We just didn't bat well enough."

MS Dhoni: I think more than just the result, it was how we played. Back to back performances by both the bowling and batting units. South Africa are a very good side, so one more complete performance. We can only speculate how important the toss was. We were able to swing the ball under lights. The bowlers bowled in good areas, and even Jadeja bowled very well, not just quick and flat the way he usually bowls. Very pleased with the run-outs. We usually see the oppositions taking on our fast bowlers in the deep. Mohit and Umesh are quite fast and have good arms. What's happening really well is we are able to execute our plans. I can give fields to the fast bowlers. They are not bowling loose balls. They bowled tight lines and the batsmen had to play big shots to get runs. The amount of effort the fast bowlers are putting in the nets is beginning to show now."

Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the match. "I would say it's a great feeling," he says. "It was important that the partnerships were going big for my team. That was my plan. We lost the early wicket today, AB hit a great run out. Just wanted to stay at the wicket, respected the good balls. I was relaxed, I knew once set I could bring up the run rate again. After 20-25th over I was in, and I knew I could get boundaries easily. [Kohli and Rahane] batted beautifully. Virat at the start when we were under pressure, gave the stability, and Jinky started on a good note, and his strike rate was good so I could relax at the other end." Thanks the crowd specifically before walking off.

Ribhav Bansal: "This is India's 2nd biggest win against a Test nation at the World Cup. Also, India have never lost an ODI when Dhawan has scored a century, has happened all 7 times."

9.52pm India have won by 130 runs. No one would have predicted this at the start, and not even after they got 307. But they bowled with discipline with the new ball, the spinners chipped in, and the fielding was excellent. The partnership between AB and Faf kept South Africa in the hunt, but the run out of AB changed the game completely, and the rest of the batting folded without too much resistance. India have won two massive games, and their net run rate will reflect it. South Africa have a few issues to sort out, particularly with who they want to occupy that No. 7 slot. It's South Africa's biggest defeat in a World Cup game, and India's third-biggest win over them in ODIs.

40.2
W
Jadeja to Imran Tahir, OUT, and that is that. Round-arm, angled in, goes with the arm and hits him on the front pad, halfway forward to defend, and it's lbw even before he appealed

Imran Tahir lbw b Jadeja 8 (11m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

around the wicket to Tahir

40.1
1
Jadeja to Parnell, 1 run, back of a length, turns in towards off, and he makes room to flat-bat it to long-off
40.1
1w
Jadeja to Parnell, 1 wide, fires it full and flat down the leg side to start the new spell

Here's Jadeja, over the wicket to Parnell

END OF OVER:
40 | 5 Runs | SA: 175/9 (133 runs required from 58 balls, RR: 4.37, RRR: 13.30)

  • Imran Tahir8 (9b)
  • WD Parnell16 (27b)
  • R Ashwin10-0-41-3
  • Mohammed Shami8-1-30-2
39.6
4
Ashwin to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, sees it flighted outside off and goes for a big drive, edges it thickly past slip for four
39.5
0
Ashwin to Imran Tahir, no run, that looked like the carrom ball, angled in towards off and straightening. Tahir defended it safely enough
39.4
0
Ashwin to Imran Tahir, no run, a bit quicker, angled in towards off stump, and again he gets a good stride out to defend

No. 7?

19

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

256*

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

Achilles Heel

216

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

Umesh v AB

2

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

Prolific AB

4

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

36/1

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

Awesome Amla

7

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

First, if happens

0

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

Highest!

134*

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

The club

3

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

Brakes

42

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

Half-way in the World Cup

135/1

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

Last time

1/8

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

80.5

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.