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India had to wait six days to open their 2019 World Cup campaign but Yuzvendra Chahal and Rohit Sharma made it worthwhile with their match-winning contributions as the Virat Kohli-led side beat depleted South Africa by six wickets in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5).

South African openers were blown away by Jasprit Bumrah before Chahal (4 for 51) and Kuldeep Yadav took over the command and dismantled their middle order. What was started by Bumrah, was ended by his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he got a couple of late wickets and India were able to restrict South Africa to 227 for 9.

In reply, Rohit batted with responsibility and crafted his 23rd ODI century to help India hand South Africa their third defeat of the tournament. The 32-year-old remained unbeaten on 144-ball 122, studded with 13 fours and two maximums, and got his team over the line with relative ease.

The opener from Mumbai completed his hundred in the 41st over and stayed till the very end. Meanwhile, Dhoni managed a sedate 34 but was caught while playing a big shot on the brink of the target. Hardik Pandya then walked out and smoked a couple of boundaries to put the icing on the cake for India.

SOURCE – NEWS 18

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