Rohit Sharma showed his temperament by dislodging South African bowling attack by stroking his 23rd ODI hundred, 2nd in the World Cup. Sharma played a gutsy knock of 122* runs off 144 balls
Yuzvendra Chahal scalp 4 wickets to demolish Proteas middle order, from where South Africa couldn’t recover. Chahal becomes the first leg spinner after Anil Kumble to take 4 wickets in the World Cup. He finished his magnificent spell with 51-4.
Earlier in the match, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first, However, world no.1 ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah took no time in removing the duo openers Amla and De Kock, Later at one stage South Africa was down and out at 158 for 7, but All-rounder Chris Morris stroked vital 42 runs in just 34 balls in tough batting condition, He was well contributed by Rabada with his 31 runs which helped South Africa to post fighting total of 227 runs on the board.
India got to a jittery start on a bouncy Southampton pitch as Dhawan got out quite early in the chase, Rohit too got lucky as South African skipper Faf drops a tough catch of him early in the innings, Indian skipper tried to steady the innings, but he got out in runoff play by nicking to the wicket-keeper. Meanwhile, Rohit stands firm and stitch good partnership along with Kl Rahul 26 and MS Dhoni 34. In the end, Hardik finishes off for India with a boundary before 15 balls remain to spare.