2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #8 | India v South Africa

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #8 | India v South Africa

India against South Africa, a match that was always going to be worth the price of admission at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, now such a critical match in the context of the tournament, and we’re only at the end of the first week.

Tonight’s match in Southampton is the start of India’s World Cup campaign, but it’s the third match in seven days for South Africa, and they’re yet to record a win, which makes winning this match vitally important for the Proteas if they’re any chance of featuring beyond the group stage.

Hello everyone. Welcome to the ICC Cricket World Cup on Zak Sports. Tonight marks the end of the opening week of the tournament, and what a week it has been – 7 games and 7 different winners already, and we’ll make that eight and eight at the end of 100 overs here in Southampton, but that’s where the streak will end, with New Zealand facing Bangladesh in the second match today, and, of course, both of those teams have already recorded a win.

South Africa’s campaign has been dealt a massive blow, with Dale Steyn ruled out of the tournament – he’s been replaced by Beuran Hendricks for the remainder of the World Cup.

As for India – Virat Kohli’s men will be out to repeat the success they enjoyed on home soil eight years ago, and this is the first assignment on that mission. They’ll fancy their chances, given South Africa’s rough start to the tournament, but it won’t be an easy task.

We’ll have the toss and the two teams for you shortly, but first up, a look at the squad and tournament schedule for each team.

7:03pm | South Africa have won the toss, and have decided to BAT first.
A good decision from Faf du Plessis – chasing hasn’t worked for the Proteas thus far… maybe defending a total will do the trick.
Of the seven matches so far, the chasing side has only won three of them, but the totals being chased were less than 210 on all three occasions – Australia comfortably chased 209 against Afghanistan, New Zealand annihilated Sri Lanka – chasing down 137 in no time – and the Windies comfortable accounted for Pakistan, after bowling them out for 104.

Here’s a look at the two teams for tonight’s match.

7:29pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 8 – India v South Africa
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
South Africa 0/0 (0)
Hashim Amla 0* (0) | Quinton de Kock 0* (0).
#CWC19 | #INDvSA | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from The Ageas Bowl in Southampton – Match 8 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – where South Africa have won the toss, and elected to bat first.

Players and umpires have made their way out to the centre, and we’re nearly ready to go.

Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough are the on-field umpires tonight, Richard Illingworth is the TV umpire and the Match Referee is Ranjan Madugalle.

Bhuveneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India… Hashim Amla is taking strike, and in the commentary box, it’s Sourav Ganguly and Mark Nicholas!

7:45pm | South Africa 1/11 (3.2)
Faf du Plessis 0* (0) | Quinton de Kock 4* (11).

GONE! BUMRAH GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH… A THICK OUTSIDE EDGE FROM HASHIM AMLA GOES STRAIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF ROHIT SHARMA, AT SECOND SLIP, AND INDIA’S CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY!
BEAUTIFUL BOWLING FROM BUMRAH… IT’S 1/11!

Amla | c Rohit, b Bumrah | 6 (9) | FOW 1/11 (3.2)

7:58pm | South Africa 2/24 (5.5)
du Plessis 7* (9) | van der Dussen 0* (0)

GONE!!! DE KOCK’S GOES IN VERY SIMILAR FASHION TO HIS OPENING PARTNER… SLASHING AT ONE OUTSIDE OFF-STUMP, AND THIS TIME THE CATCH IS TAKEN AT THIRD SLIP, AND BY THE CAPTAIN NO LESS.

BUMRAH HAS HIS SECOND IN AS MANY OVERS – IT’S 2/24!

de Kock | c Kohli, b Bumrah | 10 (17) | FOW 2/24 (5.5)

8:43pm | South Africa 2/65 (16) – DRINKS!
Faf du Plessis 33* (47) | Rassie van der Dussen 15* (23)

It’s drinks in Southampton, where South Africa are 2/65, and the innings has steadied somewhat, after they were 2/24 early on.
It was a great start from the Indian bowling attack – they kept South Africa’s batsmen on their toes, and constantly found the edge, and beat the bat on several occasions as well.
Du Plessis and van der Dussen have steadied the ship – after a slow start, they’ve put on 41 runs in this third-wicket partnership – and while they’re starting to gain some momentum, the morning has belonged to India thus far.
Hardik Pandya will bowl the 17th over, as we rejoin Shaun Pollock and Harsha Bhogle.

8:59pm | South Africa 3/78 (19.1)
Faf du Plessis 38* (52) | David Miller 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… CHAHAL GETS HIS MAN – VAN DER DUSSEN – GOING FOR THE CHEEKY REVERSE SWEEP, AND HE’S BOWLED AROUND HIS LEGS.
THE END OF A SOLID PARTNERSHIP, AND THE PRESSURE IS BACK ON THE PROTEAS – IT’S 3/78!

van der Dussen | b Chahal | 22 (37) | FOW 3/78 (19.1)

9:03pm | South Africa 4/80 (20)
JP Duminy 0* (0) | David Miller 1* (3)

BOWLED HIM… TWO IN THE OVER… CHAHAL’S STRUCK AGAIN… THIS TIME IT’S THE CAPTAIN, WHO’S EDGED IT BACK ONTO HIS STUMPS… SOUTH AFRICA IN TROUBLE AGAIN… IT’S 4/80, IN A BIG OVER FOR INDIA!

Du Plessis | b Chahal | 38 (54) | FOW 4/80 (20)

JP Duminy joins David Miller in the middle, and this is a key partnership for South Africa, not just in the context of this match, but also in the context of their World Cup aspirations… here are Sanjay Manjrekar and Mark Nicholas!

9:15pm | South Africa 5/89 (23)
Andile Phehlukwayo 0* (0) | David Miller 7* (10)

GOT HIM… LBW!!!
KULDEEP YADAV GETS AMONG THE WICKETS NOW – JP DUMINY IS GONE, AND THE PAIN AND DESPAIR OF THE SOUTH AFRICANS HAS ONLY INTENSIFIED!

A RELUCTANT REVIEW FROM DUMINY – UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, HE’S OUT PLUMB, AND THE REVIEW IS LOST FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS INNINGS, AND THEY MAY NOT BAT THE FULL COMPLIMENT OF OVERS HERE… IT’S 5/89!

Duminy | LBW b Kuldeep | 3 (10 | FOW 5/89 (23)

9:50pm | South Africa 5/124 (32) – DRINKS
Andile Phehlukwayo 15* (32) | David Miller 27* (32)

The second drinks break in Southampton, where South Africa are in trouble, but doing their best to at least bat out the overs, and set a target for their bowlers to attempt to defend.
Miller is playing nicely, but the bowlers have really applied the pressure to Phehlukwayo.
It’s 5/124, as we rejoin Sourav Ganguly and Shaun Pollock!

10:08pm | South Africa 6/135 (35.3)
Andile Phehlukwayo 22* (45) | Chris Morris 0* (0)

OUT… BIG WICKET… CHAHAL HAS HIS THIRD… MILLER IS GONE, AFTER CHIPPING IT STRAIGHT BACK INTO HIS HAND, WHILE LOOKING TO JUST GUIDE IT DOWN THE GROUND FOR A SINGLE…
SOUTH AFRICA IN ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE NOW – IT’S 6/135.

Miller | c & b Chahal | 31 (40) | 6/135 (35.3)

10:22pm | South Africa 7/158 (39.3)
Kagiso Rabada 0* (0) | Chris Morris 9* (8)

GONE… STUMPED… CHAHAL HAS FOUR… PHEHLUKWAYO MISSED IT COMPLETELY, AND HAS TO GO…

Phehlukwayo | st Dhoni, b Chahal | 34 (61) | FOW 7/158 (39.3)

India are into the tail now – Rabada is the new man in, as we rejoin Graeme Smith and Harsha Bhogle.

11:06pm | South Africa 8/224 (49.2)
Kagiso Rabada 28* (33) | Imran Tahir 0* (0)

OUT! GOOD CATCH FROM VIRAT KOHLI, AND ANOTHER WCKET FALLS, BUT AT LEAST SOUTH AFRICA WILL BAT OUT THE INNINGS… CHRIS MORRIS IS GONE, FOR A WELL MADE 42 – IT’S 8/224.

Morris | c Kohli, b Kumar | 42 (34) | FOW 8/224 (49.2)

That eighth-wicket partnership was worth 66 runs – the equal best for a South African 8th wicket partnership in any ICC World Cup, so a very fine performance from Rabada and Morris to try and rebuild this innings, but it may be to no avail.

11:12pm | South Africa 9/227 (50)
Kagiso Rabada 31* (35)
India Require 228 runs to win.

OUT… IMRAN TAHIR IS DISMISSED OFF THE LAST BALL OF THE INNINGS, AND SOUTH AFRICA HAVE A REAL PROBLEM HERE, HAVING MANAGED ONLY 9/227 OFF THEIR 50 OVERS.
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR GRABS TWO WICKETS AT THE END, IN AN INNINGS WHERE THE INDIANS WERE ON TOP RIGHT FROM THE START.

Tahir | c Jadhav, b Kumar | 0 (2) | FOW 9/227 (50)

11:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 8 – India v South Africa
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 0/0 (0)
India Require 228 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #INDvSA | #ZakSportsAU

We’re not too far away from the start of India’s run chase, but before we get there, here’s a look at the cards…

In the summary, South Africa were in trouble very early on, and never really recovered.The wickets of Amla and de Kock were key, and they came cheaply for India.

The South African tail wagged as well as it could’ve in this situation – solid contributions from Phehlukwayo, Morris and Rabada, but I don’t think their efforts will be rewarded in the long run… I can’t see this total being enough to deny India victory here in Southampton tonight.

The equation is simple:
Target: 228
Overs Remaining: 50
Wickets in Hand: 10
Required Run Rate: 4.56

We’ll have LIVE play for you very shortly, as this massive night of Sport continues… earlier this evening, Queensland won the opening match of the 2019 State of Origin series, by 18-14 over New South Wales, at Suncorp Stadium, and in the other World Cup match being played tonight, Bangladesh are up against New Zealand, and after being sent into bat, Bangladesh are 2/64 after 15 overs.

11:40pm | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 0/0 (0)
Shikhar Dhawan 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 0* (0)
India require 228 runs to win.

Hello again from Southampton, where we’re ready to go… India’s run chase is about to commences.
It’s a modest target of 228 that’s required for victory in the opening match of their 2019 ICC World Cup campaign, and one they should reach easily.

Imran Tahir will open the bowling for South Africa… it’s Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the crease for India, and in the commentary box, we say good evening to Shaun Pollock and Sanjay Manjrekar.

12:03am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 1/13 (5.1)
Virat Kohli 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 5* (19)
India Require 215 runs to win off 269 balls.

EDGED, AND GONE… RABADA’S FINALLY GOT THE EDGE OF SHIKHAR DHAWAN’S BAT… IT’S A SIMPLE CATCH FOR QUINTON DE KOCK, AND SOUTH AFRICA HAVE SECURED AN IMPORTANT EARLY BREAKTHROUGH… IT’S 1/13!

Dhawan | c de Kock, b Rabada | 8 (12) | FOW 1/13 (5.1)

12:45am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 2/54 (15.3)
KL Rahul 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 27* (47)
India Require 174 runs to win off 207 balls.

OUT…. OH, WHAT A CATCH… WHAT A CATCH FROM QUINTON DE KOCK, TO REMOVE THE DANGER MAN, VIRAT KOHLI… A RARE DAY WHERE HE DOESN’T FIRE FOR INDIA, ON THE BACK OF ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF GLOVE WORK YOU’LL SEE FROM A WICKET-KEEPER IN THIS TOURNAMENT… IT’S 2/54.

Kohli | c de Kock, b Phehlukwayo | 18 (34) | FOW 2/54 (15.3)

12:54am | It’s DRINKS here in Southampton, and this game is on a knife edge… the wicket of Virat Kohli has given the Proteas some hope, but in saying that, the required run rate is still under 6 an over for India, and you get the feeling that there just drawing this out into a slow grind, as they’ve done so well in the past.
It’s 2/62 – they need a further 166 runs off the final 33 overs, as we rejoin Shaun Pollock and Harsha Bhogle.

1:20am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 2/89 (22.5)
KL Rahul 11* (21) | Rohit Sharma 50* (70)
India Require 139 runs to win off 163 balls.

FIFTY for Rohit Sharma… it’s been a controlled innings by his standards – it’s taken 70 balls, but he’s ensuring that India maintain control of this match, and that’s his 42nd ODI half-century – it’s 2/89.
Here are Shaun Pollock and Mark Nicholas.

1:57am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 3/139 (31.3)
MS Dhoni 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 83* (101)
India Require 89 runs to win off 111 balls.

GONE… A MUCH NEEDED WICKET FOR INDIA – KL RAHUL IS GONE… RABADA GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH… NOT THE GREATEST SHOT FROM RAHUL, AND HIS POPPED IT UP INTO THE HANDS OF FAF DU PLESSIS.
RAHUL GOES FOR 26, BUT INDIA ARE STILL IN THE BOX SEAT – IT’S 3/139.

KL Rahul | c du Plessis, b Rabada | 26 (42) | FOW 3/139 (31.3).

MS Dhoni is the new man in, as Mark Nicholas and Sanjay Manjrekar take up commentary!

2:42am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 3/175 (40.4)
MS Dhoni 18* (28) | Rohit Sharma 100* (128)
India Require 53 runs to win off 56 balls.

THERE IT IS… A CENTURY FOR ROHIT SHARMA – THE PERFECT START TO HIS WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN… A CONTROLLED, CLASSY INNINGS THAT HAS PUT INDIA IN THE BOX SEAT… SURE, THEY NEED NEARLY A RUN A BALL, BUT THEY’VE GOT SEVEN WICKETS IN THE SHED, AND THEY ARE IN COMPLETE CONTROL – SLOWLY PUTTING THE NAIL IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN COFFIN… IT’S 3/175!

3:06am | South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 4/213 (46.1)
Hardik Pandya 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 121* (143)
India Require 15 runs to win off 23 balls.

GONE… HE HIT IT MILES IN THE AIR, DID MS DHONI, AND AFTER A COUPLE OF CHANCES WENT BEGGING, CHRIS MORRIS CALLED THIS ONE AS HIS, AND CLAIMED THE CATCH, BUT NOT BEFORE MAKING A MEAL OF THE STUMPS IN FRONT OF HIM…
DHONI GOES AFTER A WELL MADE 34, IN A VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP – IT’S 4/213!

Dhoni | c & b Morris | 34 (46) | FOW 4/213 (46.1)

3:16am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 8 – India v South Africa
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 4/230 (47.3)
Hardik Pandya 15* (7) | Rohit Sharma 122* (144)
India WIN by 6 Wickets with 15 Balls to spare.
#CWC19 | #INDvSA | #ZakSportsAU

FOUR… PANDYA HITS THE WINNINGS RUNS, AND THAT’S IT – INDIA HAVE CRUISED TO VICTORY, AS SOUTH AFRICA SLUMP TO THEIR THIRD CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT IN JUST SEVEN DAYS.

A well controlled innings from India – a tricky chase, but no risks needed to be taken, as they chased down the target with ease, and start their World Cup campaign with a win.

When you look at the cards, all batsmen bar Shikhar Dhawan got a start, but Rohit Sharma was the standout performer, who carried his bat, and his team throughout the afternoon.

Rabada was the best of the bowlers, but the South Africans will probably spend their next training session working on their fielding – some dropped chances tonight that, had they been taken, could’ve put India under a bit more pressure, but it wasn’t to be.
We’ll be back to wrap things up, from Southampton, in just a moment.

3:30am 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 8 – India v South Africa
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
South Africa 9/227 (50) | India 4/230 (47.3)
India WIN by 6 Wickets with 15 Balls to spare.
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma (India)
#CWC19 | #INDvSA | #ZakSportsAU

It’ll come as no surprise to anyone, to learn that Rohit Sharma has been named today’s Man of the Match… yes, Yuzvendra Chanal’s 4/51 didn’t go unnoticed, but Sharma racked up half of the required runs on his own, and entertained us in the process… you could argue that Chanal set it up for India, but they needed someone to finish the job off, and that man was Rohit Sharma.

It hasn’t been an easy start to this World Cup campaign for the Proteas, and it’s not about to get any easier… every game from here is a MUST WIN now, as their finals hopes gradually start slipping away.

South Africa’s next opponent will be the West Indies, on Monday night, and that’s after the Caribbean men face Australia at Trent Bridge later tonight (AEST), and then Australia face India on Sunday night, in the latter’s second match of the tournament.

Due to Motorsport commitments on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, our next match from the Cricket World Cup won’t be until early next week, and we’ll advise which matches we’re bringing you at a later point in time.

The Cricket continues from The Oval right now, as New Zealand do battle with Bangladesh. The Black Caps are currently 2/82, chasing 245 for victory, and you follow the action via ESPNCricinfo, or watch it LIVE on FOX Cricket.

As for us, that’s where we’ll leave you… Terrific start for India… South Africa have plenty of work to do, and after eight matches, we’ve seen eight different winners so far in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

It’s shaping up to be an awesome winter of sport, and the first Wednesday night of it has been terrific… and a great win for Queensland in the State of Origin opener… it’s just been a fantastic night.

We’ll see you next time round, as the Cricket World Cup of 2019 continues on Zak Sports.

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