Patient Rohit century gives India winning start to World Cup

SOUTHAMPTON: Opener Rohit Sharma scored a stoical dominant century as India got their Cricket World Cup debate off to a plain start with a six-wicket feat over a messy South African side during a colourful Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

After winning a toss and electing to bat, South Africa posted a below-par 227 for 9 in their 50 overs as machiavellian wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned sum of 4-51 following a glorious opening detonate from seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-35).

India were discreet in their respond and a diversion was in a change when Virat Kohli (18) was brilliantly hold by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock with a measure on 54 for dual in a 16th over.

But Rohit (122 not out from 144 balls) punished a South African bowlers after being forsaken on one and scored his 23rd ODI century.

He pounded South Africa’s leg-spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi as India reached 230 for 4 from 47.3 overs, condemning a bum Proteas to a third unbroken detriment to leave their World Cup hopes in disarray.

“There was something in it for a bowlers via and we could not play my healthy game,” Sharma pronounced during a post-match presentation.

“I had to play tighten to my physique and try and leave as many balls as possible. It was a tiny target, though we had to build partnerships as there was always something in it for a bowlers.

“I had to play out a overs to make certain a pursuit got done.”

Rohit rode some early fitness when he was forsaken from a formidable possibility by Faf du Plessis off a bowling of a hapless Kagiso Rabada (2-39).

South Africa combined opportunities in a field, though as has been a box via a World Cup so far, were uncharacteristically sloppy.

India were means to divert singles by a center partial of a innings, that hold a run-rate solid and kept them on march for feat with few alarms.

“It was critical to start on a right note,” India captain Kohli said. “If we demeanour during how a representation played, it was challenging, so hats off to Rohit. It was a special innings.”

Chahal had progressing limited South Africa’s sum with 4 wickets, stability his glorious form opposite a Proteas in new years.

Seamer Bumrah found supernatural transformation in both directions to mislay openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) inside a initial 6 overs.

Du Plessis (38) and Rassie outpost der Dussen (22) put on a studious 54 in 80 balls in a bid to reconstruct a innings, though after a latter was bowled perplexing a reverse-sweep off Chahal, wickets fell during unchanging intervals.

Chris Morris (42) and Rabada (31 not out) put on 66 for a eighth wicket to safeguard a side posted a measure that during slightest gave them a chance.

“I suspicion India were pretentious on a tough pitch. They have spinners by a center who always get wickets,” South Africa captain Du Plessis said.

“Rohit did what we didn’t do, he got a hundred and saw his group through.

“It is a changing room that is hurting. We are perplexing to make certain we are still fighting, though we keep creation mistakes. —Reuters

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