#CWC15 | Day 2
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 3
Group B | South Africa v Zimbabwe
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Zimbabwe won the toss, chose to bowl first.
South Africa 4/339 (50) | Zimbabwe 277 (48.2)
South Africa wins by 62 runs.
Player of the match – Darren Miller
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Hello again from the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup… Day 2, and another 2 games to talk about.
Yesterday, a magnificent start to the tournament, with great wins for the two hosts, New Zealand and Australia.
South Africa and Zimbabwe go head-to-head in the opening match on Day 2, which is taking place in Hamilton, New Zealand, before all eyes will be on the much-anticipated match, between India and Pakistan, in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at the Adelaide Oval.
Match 3 | South Africa v Zimbabwe
|South Africa | 4/339 (50)||Zimbabwe 277 (48.2)|
|Miller | 138* (92)
Duminy | 115* (100)
de Villiers | 25 (36)
du Plessis | 24 (32)
Chatara | 1/71 (10)
Kamungozi | 1/34 (8)
|Masakadza | 80 (74)
Chibhabha | 64 (82)
Taylor | 40 (40)
Mire | 27 (25)
VD Philander | 2/30 (8)
Imran Tahir | 3/36 (10)
South Africa wins by 62 runs
For the third time in as many matches, the side batting first came away with the two competition points, as South Africa smashed Zimbabwe all over the park.
They were 4/83 at one point, and Zimbabwe looked to have the upper-hand, but as is usually the case, South Africa showed what a world-class unit they are, by not losing another wicket.
Miller and Duminy added 256 runs, a 4th-wicket partnership record, as South Africa ended up with 4/339… Miller piling on 138 in just 92 balls, and Duminy scoring 115 for himself, at better than a run a ball.
Zimbabwe had a very good crack at the run chase, but it fell away towards the end, as South Africa got into the Zimbabwean tail end.
The minnow African nation was 3/214 after 36, but two quick wickets swung the game back in favour of their neighbour, with the Proteas going on to bowl Zimbabwe out for 277, and win by 62 runs.
From an all-African battle, to the battle of the Asian heavyweights, as India took on Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 4
Group B | India v Pakistan
India won the toss, chose to Bat first
India 7/300 (50) | Pakistan 224 (47)
India wins by 76 runs.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
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As expected, this was a tough contest, and with bragging rights on the line, it was a long day at the office for all concerned.
India started as favourites, but weren’t full of confidences after a difficult warm-up series here against Australia and England in the Carlton Mid Tri-Series.
That said, they’d had a lot more time on the Australian pitches than Pakistan, which, no doubt, had some impact on the result.
Match 4 | India v Pakistan
|India | 7/300 (50)||Pakistan | 224 (47)|
|Kohli | 107 (126)
Raina | 74 (56)
Dhawan | 73 (76)
Dhoni | 18 (13)
Sohail Khan | 5/55 (10)
Wahab Riaz | 1/49 (10)
|Misbah-ul-Haq | 76 (84)
Ahmed Shehzad | 47 (73)
Haris Sohail | 36 (48)
Shahid Afridi | 22 (22)
Mohammed Shami | 4/35 (9)
Sharma | 2/35 (9)
India wins by 76 runs
They’re rivals from way back, and once more, when it comes to a World Cup encounter, India have got the better of their neighbours.
They struggled to 300… their scoring rate was slow by their standards, with Suresh Raina changing all that… scoring 74 in 56 balls, but once more, as has been the case this summer, India’s Test Captain, Virat Kohli was the standout… 107 in 126 balls, ensuring his nation would be defending a competitive total.
Sohail Khan was the strike-force in the Pakistani bowling attack, with 5/55 off his 10 overs, and that probably cost India 20-30 at the back end of the innings, with wickets falling closely together.
Those lost runs didn’t come back to cost India, as they pocketed a comfortable 76-run victory.
The loss of Younis Khan early in the innings put Pakistan on the back foot, but it was the ducks to Akmal and Maqsood that really hurt them, as they came back-to-back, and swung the momentum back in India’s favour, just after Sohail and Shezhad had worked hard to get the run chase back on-track.
The light at the end of the tunnel was Misbah Ul-Haq, but he had his work cut out for him… trying to do the work on his own, as they tail tried its best to wag.
In the end, when he fell for 76, the job was done for India.
No surprise, that Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match.
Next Match sees Ireland against the West Indies… that’s a day game, coming to you from the Saxton Oval in Nelson… play commences at 9am AEDST, and we’ll have a wrap for you on ZSM after the completion.
For now though, South Africa and India celebrate a successful start to their World Cup campaign… India, here as the defending champions, looking to go back-to-back, while South Africa are one of the fancied teams here, looking for their first World Cup crown, along with New Zealand, and four-time champion Australia, who are looking for a home-soil triumph.
The opening weekend is done… only 6 weeks until the champion is crowned.
From us here, goodnight!