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India begin World cup campaign with Rohit, Chahal Heroics

Thursday, June 6, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments

A day that began with Bumrah's exceptional burst, Ended with an outstandingly compiled hundred by Rohit Sharma which earned him the man of the match award 

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first. 

Bumrah's Word cup debut began with a fantastic phase wherein he picked up Amla and De Kock cheaply, Caught at slips within the first six overs. The duo of Faf and Van der Dussen lasted till the first ball of the 20th over. The exit of him gave one more blow in the same over as Faf also got out bowled. Nine runs later, Duminy got trapped out LBW by Kuldeep.

Although the next two stands lasted just briefly, It was the stand of 66 between Morris and Rabada, That took the Proteas past 200 and the innings eventually ended at 227/9 in 50 overs. Chahal picked up 4/51 in his 10 overs. Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah had two for themselves and Kuldeep picked up one. There were five scores in excess of 30 (Faf,Miller,Morris, Phehlukwayo, and Rabada). Yet, Only the person with the longest surname among them, Converted it to a 40+ score (42) 

Chasing a modest total of 228, India had a few early scares and eventually lost Dhawan for just 8 to Rabada-QDK combined effort. In what should have been anchoring innings, Virat Kohli failed to make use of the time he spent at the wicket, As De Kock took a stunner to send back the Indian captain off the bowling of Rabada, For 18(34) 

From that point of 15.3 overs, Till the third ball of the 32nd over, Rahul stood by Rohit and helped the experienced opener anchor the innings. Yet, When Rabada was got back into the attack, Rahul missed to notice a tricky ball and gave the catch to Faf, To leave for 26 off 42 balls.

However, These things didn't affect Rohit Sharma's mission as he completed his century and surpassed Sourav Ganguly in terms of the number of centuries (22) in the process of scoring a gritty ton which eventually became his slowest in ODIs. His second world cup ton too.

Dhoni's watchful 32 off 46 ended just a few minutes before the winning runs were scored. Chris Morris took a skier of his own bowling to send back the former India Captain.India sealed the match in the 3rd ball of the 48th over, As Hardik Smashed a four through backward point 

India's next assignment is scheduled on Sunday at the Oval against the defending champions Australia 

-Kumaran Kumanan

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