- India win the toss and MS Dhoni elected to bat first
- India 307/7 from 50 overs
- Shikhar Dhawan 137 (146)
- South Africa 177 all out
- India win by 30 runs and defeat South Africa for the first time in World Cup
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STAT: Shikhar Dhawan
During Australia tour before the World Cup: Scored 216 runs in his 10 innings over the summer.
During the World Cup: Scored 214 runs in first 2 games
Virat Kohli (R) celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's David Miller.
Click here to read the match report as India defeat South Africa in Group B fixture of the 2015 ICC World Cup.
I think more than just the result, it was how we played. Back to back performances by both the bowling and batting units. South Africa are a very good side, so one more complete performance. We can only speculate how important the toss was. We were able to swing the ball under lights. The bowlers bowled in good areas, and even Jadeja bowled very well, not just quick and flat the way he usually bowls.
Very pleased with the run-outs. We usually see the oppositions taking on our fast bowlers in the deep. Mohit and Umesh are quite fast and have good arms. What's happening really well is we are able to execute our plans. I can give fields to the fast bowlers. They are not bowling loose balls. They bowled tight lines and the batsmen had to play big shots to get runs. The amount of effort the fast bowlers are putting in the nets is beginning to show now.
AB de Villiers
The run-outs cost us dearly tonight, just when we got started with the bat. We lost our way. Thought our bowlers fought back well, we were looking at 350 at one stage. It was a 270-275 kind of wicket, but looking at the way the Indians batted, it was a good effort to restrict them to 307.
We just have to regroup as a batting unit and work hard on our game. I still thought it was a good toss to win. It was one of those where you wanted to bat first and put a team under pressure who had fielded in the heat, but still no excuses. We lost Vernon and I needed Parny's overs. Otherwise I'd have ended up bowling again. We just didn't bat well enough.
Crowd reaction after India's win over South Africa at MCG.
Lots of work for the Proteas to do,but we back their bouncebackability & stand with them 100%.
I would say it's a great feeling. It was important that the partnerships were going big for my team. That was my plan. We lost the early wicket today, AB hit a great run out. Just wanted to stay at the wicket, respected the good balls.
I was relaxed, I knew once set I could bring up the run rate again. After 20-25th over I was in, and I knew I could get boundaries easily. [Kohli and Rahane] batted beautifully. Virat at the start when we were under pressure, gave the stability, and Jinky started on a good note, and his strike rate was good so I could relax at the other end.
Shikhar Dhawan is named the Man of the Match.
India had a very good support at MCG today.
India win by 130 runs as they defeat South Africa for the first time in the World Cup.
Over 41: South Africa 177 for 10: Wayne Parnell 17 (28)
Jadeja is brought back into the attack. A misfield from Rohit Sharma at mid off helps Parnell to take a single. Jadeja gets the last wicket as Tahir gets out lbw. Jadeja gets his first wicket.
WICKET...!!! Imran Tahir 8 (10) lbw b Jadeja
Over 40: South Africa 175 for 9: Wayne Parnell 16 (27), Imran Tahir 8 (9)
Last over of the powerplay and Ashwin is in his last over. India are one wicket away from a victory now. Just one run from first five deliveries. Tahir finishes the over with a boundary.
Over 39: South Africa 170 for 9: Wayne Parnell 15 (25), Imran Tahir 4 (4)
Shami continues to attack and Tahir takes three runs to get Parnell on strike. He then smashes towards deep square leg for a boundary, which is followed by a dot ball. Parnell the takes a single. 8 runs from the over.
Over 38: South Africa 162 for 9: Wayne Parnell 10 (21), Imran Tahir 1 (2)
Ashwin is in his ninth over . He gets Morkel out as he was clueless when the ball beats him and hits the stumps. India are now one wicket away as Imran Tahir is the man in the middle.
Tahir gets off the mark with a single towards mid off. Good over from Ashwin as he gets a wicket and one run so far.
WICKET...!!! Morne Morkel 2 (5) b Ashwin
Over 37: South Africa 161 for 8: Wayne Parnell 10 (20), Morne Morkel 2 (3)
Shami is back into the attack. Parnell takes a single of the first ball and Steyn gives away his wicket by giving a simple catch to Dhawan. Morne Morkel in the new man in the middle and he gets off the mark with a single towards fine leg.
Parnell then takes another single towards fine leg and this is not helping South Africa. India are sensing a win here. Shami finishes his over with a wicket and four runs.
WICKET...!!! Dale Steyn 1 (7) c Dhawan b Shami
Over 36: South Africa 157 for 7: Wayne Parnell 8 (18), Dale Steyn 1 (6)
South Africa take Batting powerplay. Ashiwn continues after an impressive previous over. India are three wickets away from a win. Just one run has come from this over.