Late Strikes From South Africa Restrict India To 307

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Indian posted a massive total of 307 against South Africa on a batting friendly MCG wicket. The match revolved around Dhawan and Rahane, who batted brilliantly throughout the match. Here are top five highlights of the first innings-

Rohit’s Run Out: He was the only Indian batsman who carried some form in the tri-series but seems like he has not yet found his confidence in the world cup. Rohit got out cheaply in the previous game against Pakistan. Today when the nation was hoping him to fire, he once again got run out without putting any run on the board.

Dhawan-A Different Player Altogether:  Cricket experts were saying that Dhawan might not play for India again after continuous failure in the tri-series, but Dhoni’s faith in him paid off, finally. He was run out in the previous game after scoring a brilliant half century, but today he didn’t miss a single chance to score runs. Dhawan batted throughout the 40 overs and scored 137 runs with the help of 16 boundaries and 2 massive sixes. It’s the highest score made by any batsmen against South Africa in world cup history. The previous record of 134* runs was made by Stephen Fleming in 2003 world cup.

Rahane’s Power Booster In Middle Overs: Ajinkya Rahane made a quick 79 runs in 60 balls and replied strongly to all those who thought he was not a good fit for the Indian ODI team. His innings consisted 7 boundaries and 3 massive sixes. It was his innings that made it possible for India to get past 300 runs.

Tahir’s Mystery Bowling: Indian players were cautious against the likes of Morkel and Steyn, but they never thought that Imran Tahir would hurt them the most. Not only he gave away just 48 runs in his 10 overs, but also took the important wicket of Virat Kohli at a time when he was looking dangerous.

Late Strikes From Proteas:  India was looking all set to get past 320-330 after quick innings from Rahane and Dhoni, but SA’s late strikes hurt India badly. India’s score in 43 overs was 261-2, but South African pacers dragged them down to 307-7 in 50 overs.

It’s now Indian bowlers v/s South African batsmen. Let’s see who has the last laugh in Melbourne.

Bhupendra Sharma

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