India beat South Africa by six wickets in Cricket World Cup

Ruben Hill
June 16, 2019

The ten-team tournament played in a single-round robin format from May 30 to July 14 is broadcast on Star Sports Network and Hotstar, the official global rights holder of the tournament. India comfortably won the match by six wickets.

As for South Africa, Faf du Plessis' side will likely have to win five - and perhaps all six - of their remaining games to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Unlike Rohit Sharma who batted throughout the innings and anchored the chase for India with his unbeaten 122, South Africa didn't have a single half-century, a fact which Du Plessis admitted cost them the game.

Chahal also praised Rohit Sharma's century against a hard bowling attack that includes Kagiso Rabada. While addressing a press conference, Skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said, "South Africa is a very risky side on their day and even with replacements they would be a strong side".

"Rohit's innings was very special. That was because of the way the pitch was throughout the course of the game and I think, from that point of view, we were very professional with the new ball as well as in the middle overs". "It was not a typical Rohit Sharma innings".

Every game will be treated like a knockout now for the South Africans. Bumrah had openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) caught behind the stumps. He capitalised on the reprieves to put together useful partnerships with skipper Virat Kohli (18), K.L. Rahul (26) and M.S. Dhoni (34), to see India through in 47.3 overs. The way he's bowling, the batsmen feel the pressure all the time.

It wasn't just the pacers who helped India restrict South Africa to a modest total.

Kohli was full of praises for Bumrah and Chahal.

Chahal took four wickets and was having a candid conversation with Yadav post the match where the latter asked about his favourite wicket.

And what about South Africa?

The Proteas are refusing to admit that their World Cup race is all but over with all-rounder Chris Morris telling fans to stick with the team despite a third loss inside a week.

Sure South Africa has had more than their share of injury problems which have ruled out in quick succession Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn and finally Lungi Ngidi.

"I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years", he had said when announcing his retirement. "Maybe this could be the one where we start badly, get a win, get some momentum and turn things around".

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