India vs South Africa: Chahal-Bumrah restrict the Proteas to 227
India need 228 runs to win. Stay with us as we bring to you the India vs South Africa live score from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match at Southampton
Alright, folks! Here we go. Seven matches later, India's World Cup campaign kicks off against a bruised South Africa. Twice have they conceded 300+ scores, and twice they failed to chase it down. The Proteas are a man down (read: Dale Steyn), a batsman concussed, and a bowler limped off with a tweaked hamstring. Should be India's game, really!
Rabada-Morris added 64 crucial runs in the death. Can they do the same with the bowl?
Many would argue that this has been India's perennial problem with tail enders. But they have bowled really well today. Morris-Rabada have given South Africa something to fight for, to live another innings.
Meanwhile, Bhuvi breaks this partnership as Morris drives one in the air in the last over. Kohli completes the catch.
The last ball of the innings, and Bhuvneshwar takes another. Brilliant final over this: conceeded just three runs and took a couple wickets. Onwards with the chase now.
Despite being seven wickets down, the last five overs have been good for the Proteas. They scored 31 runs—the most in a five-over period today.
Regardless of what happens in these last few overs, Rabada would be crucial for South Africa. He has to be at his destructive best for his team to have any chance of victory. Would be also interesting to see how he, along with Tahir and Shamsi, exploit the extra bounce and spin.
That’s a wonder-licious debut for Chahal in the World Cup.
4/35 Mohd Shami v Pak 2015
4/51 Yuzvendra Chahal v SA 2019
4/56 Debasis Mohanty v Ken 1999
Another one bites the dust!
It's just his day. Chahal, my man. Once Phehlukwayo decided he's gonna go hoicking and smacking, there was no looking back. Guess he lost the plot there, forgot that there were 10 more overs left in the game. Steps out, but fails to get to the pitch of the ball. A hurried stumping from MS Dhoni, a rare stumble. But a wicket is what India will take.
Wicket for Chahal!
Just when South Africa were looking to re-build after the Chahal-Kuldeep storm, Miller departs. The leggie picks one as soon as he's introduced into a new spell. The 46-run partnership between Phehlukwayo and Miller comes to an end. Morris walks in. South Africa six men down.
If ever there was a doubt about his place in India XI, Chahal has crushed 'em all--one over at a time!
The two highest wicket-taking spinners in ODIs since the 2017 Champions Trophy are both Indian: Kuldeep Yadav (85) and Yuzvendra Chahal (63).
Bouncer, yorker, bouncer and then a short ball swinging away from the left-handed Phehlukwayo: that sums up Bumrah's maiden 31st yorker. Kohli has given him another spell here, and he's already bowled seven. South Africa are 124/5 (32), and their projected score looks at 216 (50).
Kuldeep joins the party!
They hunt in packs, Chahal and Kuldeep. When Chahal did the set batsmen Faf and van der Dussen, Kuldeep just had to get Duminy out.
He’s been bowling dots and dots and bowls a quicker straight delivery—one that skid after pitching. It struck him on the pads and the finger comes up. They go for a review but that sure was just wishful thinking.
Stats: Kuldeep vs Duminy — Got him out thrice, conceding just 15 runs.
Chahal strikes two!
19.1 Made an absolute mess of it, van der Dussen. He got into position very early, trying to reverse sweep the first off Chahal's second over. The ball drifts towards the leg stump, pitches around his legs and turns in pretty neat to clatter the stumps.
19.6 Absolute jaffa of a delivery this, and Faf's miserable stay comes to an end. This bounce and spin, du Plessis had trouble reading 'em both. This time, the ball sneaks straight through the gap between bat and pad.
A little game of stare in the middle. Pandya bowls it short, South Africa’s number 4 van der Dussen ducks under it. And the game begins, for a good five-six seconds before Pandya smiles it off. This is good!
Meanwhile, South Africa have handled the pressure well. That's more or less cricket is all about: absorbing and reapplying in on your opponent. This Southampton pitch is spinning and bouncing, you never know what's gonna happen next. This man is key.
Oh, my! Faf loses his bat
There it is. That same awkward bounce again. Twice has this troubled Faf in the last three overs. The ball jags back into him and keep rising as he tries ro run in towards the fine leg. The fall hits his right forefinger and the South African captain minces in pain. He just drops the bat and scampers for a single. Seems okay, this beautiful man!
Alright, bowling changes from both the ends after a 5-over each spell from Bumrah and Bhuvi. It’s upto Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav to carry the momentum forward.
There’s some bounce and carry on the pitch. Meanwhile, Faf and van der Dussen are very watchful and would be happy to just knock it around and build a partnership here.
India's one-two-three standing at the first, second and third slip. More like a test match, really! And Boom Boom is just getting started. Brilliant captaincy this from Kohli, really backing his bowlers.
Watch Bumrah's first wicket here
India's golden boy strikes two!
There's nothing beautiful than a fiesty Bumrah running in red-hot form. Throws it wide, de Cock slashes it hard... a thick bottom edge and the ball flies to Kohli at third slip. The captain cups it with outstretched hands. South Africa look in deep trouble here.
Nearly another one!
Bhuvi bowls a length delivery to du Plessis. He pokes it outside off, the ball takes the edge but falls juuust short of second slip. Drops almost centimetres short of Rohit Sharma's hands.
Gone! Bumrah strikes!
Got 'em, yes he has. What an opening burst from world's best bowler. Good length, just outside off, and makes Amla defend from the crease. That extra bounce tkes the outside edge and Rohit Sharma makes no mistake in the second slip.
In walks Faf, oh! That's a beautiful first ball. Boom Boom almost got another one. A fuller delivery that took the inside edge and just... just a little way from the leg stump.
Bhuvi opens the bowling for India. Looks like a good batting surface this. A little bit of seam movement, no swing early on for Bhuvneshwar. A tidy over that sees only a couple of runs.
Stats: Quinton de Kock has faced 140 deliveries from Bhuvi, scoring 144 runs. He's never been dismissed by him.
Meanwhile, Boom Boom Bumrah realises there’s little swing and he’s using the angles and the seam. Right on money!
India won the last game against Proteas by 130 runs in the 2015 World Cup. The star of match was Shikhar Dhawan with 137 runs; Ashwin picked three to restrict South Africa's chase to 177.
The head-to-head record: India 9, South Africa 4.
Virat calls heads, but it's a tail. South Africa win the toss, and they'll bat.
Both sides have opted to play two wristspinners.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran Tahir