13th Match, Pool B (D/N), Melbourne, Feb 22 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(40.2/50 ov, target 308)177
India won by 130 runs
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• The 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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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
India307/7(50 overs)
Morne Morkel2/59(10)
Imran Tahir1/48(10)
South Africa177/10(40.2 overs)

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.

Jadeja to 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

around the wicket to Tahir

Jadeja to Parnell, 1 run

back of a length, turns in towards off, and he makes room to flat-bat it to long-off

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 405 runs
SA: 175/9CRR: 4.37 RRR: 13.30 • Need 133 from 60b
Imran Tahir8 (9)
Wayne Parnell16 (27)
Ravichandran Ashwin10-0-41-3
Mohammed Shami8-1-30-2
Ashwin to Tahir, FOUR runs

sees it flighted outside off and goes for a big drive, edges it thickly past slip for four

Ashwin to Tahir, no run

that looked like the carrom ball, angled in towards off and straightening. Tahir defended it safely enough

Ashwin to Tahir, no run

a bit quicker, angled in towards off stump, and again he gets a good stride out to defend

Ashwin to Tahir, no run

nice loop outside off and Tahir is at full stretch to defend

Ashwin to Parnell, 1 run

comes down the track to go inside-out, doesn't get to the pitch and chips it towards mid-off

Ashwin to Parnell, no run

speared in towards middle and leg and he tries to reverse-sweep, only gets it as far as slip

end of over 398 runs
SA: 170/9CRR: 4.35 RRR: 12.55 • Need 138 from 11 overs
Imran Tahir4 (5)
Wayne Parnell15 (25)
Mohammed Shami8-1-30-2
Ravichandran Ashwin9-0-36-3
Shami to Tahir, no run

bouncer over middle and leg, and Tahir crouches awkwardly to evade it

Shami to Tahir, no run

full, angling across to off stump, squeezed away to backward point

around the wicket now

Shami to Parnell, 1 run

another short ball, rises higher than the one he pulled for four. Isn't fully in control, manages to keep it down short of deep square leg

Shami to Parnell, no run

banged in and it flies high over middle and off. Parnell makes room to ramp but it's too quick for him

Shami to Parnell, FOUR runs

short ball, sits up over off stump and Parnell pulls it away powerfully to the midwicket boundary

Shami to Tahir, 3 runs

full outside off, driven away through square cover

end of over 381 run • 1 wicket
SA: 162/9CRR: 4.26 RRR: 12.17 • Need 146 from 12 overs
Wayne Parnell10 (22)
Imran Tahir1 (2)
Ravichandran Ashwin9-0-36-3
Mohammed Shami7-1-22-2
Ashwin to Parnell, no run

goes with the angle from wide of the crease and hits him on the pad again as he comes forward to defend, pops up wide of slip. Was going down leg quite clearly

Ashwin to Parnell, no run

length ball angling in towards middle stump. Parnell goes deep in his crease to punch into the covers

Ashwin to Tahir, 1 run

slow, loopy full-toss on off stump, swiped down the ground to mid-off

Ashwin to Tahir, no run

carrom ball outside off. Tahir squeezes it away to backward point

Ashwin to Morkel, OUT

a bit of air now, angling in towards middle and leg, and he clears his front leg to slog-sweep, misses it completely and it straightens to clatter into the stumps

Morne Morkel b Ashwin 2 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40
Best performances - batters
Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan
137 runs (146)
16 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
22 runs
4 fours
0 six
Ajinkya Rahane portrait
AM Rahane
79 runs (60)
7 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off drive
18 runs
2 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Mohammed Shami portrait
Mohammed Shami
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Player Of The Match
Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan
Match numberODI no. 3610
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days22 February 2015 - daynight(50-over match)
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsIndia 2, South Africa 0