ICC Champions Trophy

Proteas fall to India

2013-06-06 19:27
AB De Villiers (AFP)
Cardiff - India have comfortably beaten the Proteas by 26 runs in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff.


AB de Villiers won the toss and put MS Dhoni's India into bat.

Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan smashed 114 off 94 balls as India posted a commanding 331/7.

The left-hander led a batting feast by the Indians against a depleted South African attack missing premier fast bowler Dale Steyn due to a side strain in a warm-up match on Monday.

South Africa's injury plight worsened when the other strike bowler Morne Morkel limped off the field with a thigh injury in his seventh over and was ruled out for the rest of the match.

Dhawan put on 127 for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma (65) and 83 off 77 balls for the second with Virat Kohli (31) as overcast conditions at the toss made way for bright sunshine as the day progressed.

India slipped from 210/1 to 260/5, but an unbeaten 47 from 29 balls by Ravindra Jadeja steered the World Cup champions past the 300-run mark.

The South African innings got off to a wobbly start, losing Colin Ingram for six in the third over, with the score on 13.

In a bold move by De Villiers, Ingram was replaced in the middle by Robin Peterson, moving up to third spot in the order, in what could only be described as a pinch-hitting role.

Hashim Amla stroked a few boundaries thereafter, quickly getting to 22 before succumbing to an Umesh Yadav length delivery, edging it with the inside of his bat, into the gloves of Dhoni.

At 31/2 in the fourth over, it may have seemed that the Proteas challenge was beginning to fail before it even started, but thanks to Peterson and the incoming De Villiers, the two staged a mid-innings revival, putting up a third wicket stand of 124 before the unthinkable happened.

The innings turned on its head again when Peterson was run out for 68 after a mix up with De Villiers in the middle, the latter sending the other back, when the run appeared to be on.

The innings collapsed thereafter with the score going from 180/3 in the 30th over to 251/8 in the 40th as De Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Faf du Plessis and Rory Kleinveldt quickly departed without troubling the scorers too much.

In the end, Ryan McLaren rescued some pride, whilst also doing no harm to his own prospects in the team, chipping in with a quickfire 71 as first Lonwabo Tsotsobe and then the injured Morkel provided company until the final over, when Morkel was eventually bowled, with the Proteas ending their innings on 305, 27 runs shy of the winning total.

In the end, the late effort was never going to be enough as the Indians' victory was secure thanks to Dhawan's century earlier in the day.

The Proteas will go back to the drawing board before taking on Pakistan at Edgbaston on Monday.

India: 331/7 (Shikhar Dhawan 114; R. McLaren 3-70)

South Africa: 305 all out (Ryan McLaren 71 not out; R.Jadeja 2-31)

South Africa:
HM Amla, CA Ingram, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt & wk), JP Duminy, DA Miller, R McLaren, RJ Peterson, RK Kleinveldt, M Morkel, LL Tsotsobe

India: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, KD Karthik, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, UT Yadav


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