Thursday, 6 June 2013

ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 1st Match

06 Jun 2013

ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 1st Match
(Group B: India vs South Africa at Cardiff)

Openers, fielders give India big win

India vs South Africa
331/7 (50) 305/10 (50)
India won by 26 runs
Photo © BCCI

India's new-look ODI team got off to a bumper start, negotiating short-pitched bowling to post 331 and then fielding superbly to pull South Africa back every time they threatened to break away. MS Dhoni squeezed the life out of South Africa's chase with his shrewd employment of spinners - combined figures of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina read 25-1-114-2 - as if this was subcontinent.

Overhead, at least, this was far from overhead. It was a cold morning in Wales, South Africa won the toss and asked India to bat first. Cue to bowl short then. Not like South Africa did, though. Apart from Morne Morkel, and in Dale Steyn's absence, none of their bowlers had the sting to trouble the young Indian batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan became only the second left-hand batsman to score a century against South Africa in six years, the 127 that he added with Rohit Sharma was the first hundred opening stand against South Africa in more than two years, and they became only the second opening pair in four years to have both scored 50 or more against South Africa.

Openers, fielders give India big win (espncricinfo):
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