India V South Africa: 2015 Cricket World Cup – As It Happened!
That’s about it from me, from a game that ended with a whimper, as South Africa ultimately fell a long way short of a daunting total. The Proteas remain among the favourites regardless of today’s performance – and now they’re joined, unquestionably. by India.
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Updated at 11.14am GMT
So, as many predicted, one team used a relatively flat pitch to pile on the runs, then had the depth and variety in their bowling attack, plus a spot of inspired fielding, to force the issue. As many didn’t predict, that team was India.
Admittedly, they had the majority of the crowd on their side, and under the lights, the ball turned a little more than in the heat of the afternoon. South Africa surrendered too many wickets, but there’s no question India were the better side - with the bat, with the ball, and in the field - and by an eyebrow-raising margin.
After a long, hot, winless summer in Australia, knocking off Pakistan and South Africa in quick succession was beyond most Indian fans’ expectations. What will please the defending champions the most was the manner of the win; in all areas, a strong team effort punctuated by individual brilliance, not least from Shikhar Dhawan, who was correctly named man of the match.
For South Africa, this has been a disappointment best forgotten. After breaking through at the tail end of India’s innings, the batsmen didn’t deliver – after brief resistance, the match accelerated away from them as soon as Faf du Plessis followed AB de Villiers to the pavilion. Not one six either, compared to 14 that were sent out of the ground against Zimbabwe.
Updated at 11.11am GMT
10.55am GMTIndia beat South Africa by 130 runs!
Tahir lbw b Jadeja 8 (South Africa 177/9) Jadeja gets his wicket, trapping Tahir LBW as the inevitable arrives. It’s another lopsided victory in this World Cup, but not one most of us were expecting. India win comfortably.
Updated at 10.57am GMT
40th over: South Africa 175-9 (Parnell 16, Tahir 8)
Another tight, testing over from Ashwin, sullied somewhat by Tahir going for a drive, getting it all wrong, but still cutting it for four.
“This reminds me of the Ind vs SA matches in the 90s where it wasn’t over till Klusener was out and Allan Donald was batting! Cannot say the same about the tail end of this SA team.” says Aditya Pant. Too true - today at least, the middle-to-lower order has shown the depth and quality of a pound shop paddling pool.
39th over: South Africa 170-9 (Parnell 15, Tahir 4) A spirited effort from Parnell and Tahir, holding off Shami as he seeks out a third wicket. Parnell pulls a short ball to the midwicket boundary for four. It’s too late for such gumption; South Africa lost their last six wickets for 23 runs. A collapse, by any measure.
38th over: South Africa 162-9 (Parnell 10, Tahir 1) Just one off the over, chalked up by South Africa’s last man, Imran Tahir. Ashwin is up to 3-36 off 9 overs. India, with bat and ball, have been thoroughly impressive.
10.43am GMTWICKET! Morkel b Ashwin 2 (South Africa 162-9)
Morkel is on strike now, and after defending the first ball, a flat, full delivery, he is caught by a floater that angles in, swinging, missing and watching the stumps get clattered. This won’t last much longer.
37th over: South Africa 161-8 (Parnell 10, Morkel 2) Morkel trots out to the crease, and snares a couple of singles, the first to long leg, the second to square. In between, Parnell is sharp to work a shorter ball out to fine leg.
10.39am GMTWICKET! Steyn c Jadeja b Shami 1 (South Africa 158-8)
Shami gets his second wicket, catching Steyn cold with a short, off-stump delivery that he clubs to Jadeja at cover point.
36th over: South Africa 157-7 (Parnell 8, Steyn 1) Ashwin continues to be exceptional value for Dhoni - over half his deliveries have been dot balls, including five from this over. Parnell is able to scrape a single with a punch out to mid-on, but that’s the sum total for the over.
Updated at 10.38am GMT
35th over: South Africa 156-7 (Parnell 7, Steyn 1) Steyn and Parnell steady the ship as Raina comes in for a bowl, picking up three singles off full deliveries. What happens now? Will India be content to run the overs down, or will they want to put South Africa to the sword?
Updated at 10.37am GMT
34th over: South Africa 153-7 (Parnell 5, Steyn 0)
A song to sum up the state of things:Or is it...? Yes it is.
10.28am GMTWICKET! Philander lbw Ashwin 0 (South Africa 153-7)
Under the MCG lights, Ashwin has made this ball turn and break at will, and he traps Philander LBW on his second ball! This one is a terrific off-breaker that turns and catches the back pad. It’s given out, then reviewed, but there’s not enough to overturn the umpire’s decision. This is a bit of a hiding, all of a sudden.
Updated at 10.31am GMT
10.25am GMTWICKET! Miller run out 22 (South Africa 153-6)
Miller sweeps to deep square leg, and more terrific fielding, this time from Umesh, who finds Dhoni with an excellent throw. Dhoni flicks it into the stumps, as is his style, and after a review, Miller is given out!
Updated at 10.28am GMT
34th over: South Africa 151-5 (Miller 21, Parnell 4) Ashwin has looked more and more dangerous with each over - and he looks to have caught Parnell leg before on his first ball, finding the angle once again. The umpire shakes his head, but replays show it was in line - maybe just rising over the bails, but you’ve seen them given. Parnell picks up a single with a clip to mid-on, and Miller is back on strike...
33rd over: South Africa 151-5 (Miller 21, Parnell 4) Almost another run out here, as Parnell plays one to third man then goes for two. Miller gets stuck halfway down the pitch, but lucky for him, the ball is thrown to the other end. Dhoni chucks it down the wicket, but Miller is back in time. Just one other run off the over, South Africa perhaps sensing this one has got away.
32nd over: South Africa 148-5 (Miller 21, Parnell 1) It’s Parnell in now, and he picks up a single with a stroke to mid-on off a fuller delivery. India didn’t lose a wicket between overs 11 and 40, and have taken four between Amla in over 10 and Duminy in over 32. Therein lies the game.