Rohit smashes a Ton, as India went cruising to the victory against the Proteas in their world cup opener

India 230 for 4 in 47.3 overs (Rohit Sharma 122(144 balls, 2 6's, 13 4's), MS Dhoni 34(46balls, 2 4's), Rabada 2 for 39) beat South Africa 229 for 9 (Chris Morris 43 (32), Rabada 31 (35), Chahal 4 for 51, Bumrah 2 for 35, Bhuvneswar 2 for 44) by 6 wickets.




Here is what the Man of the match and the captains had to say after the match

Man of the Match (MoM), Rohit Sharma: Different experience from India. Was something in it for the bowlers through the game, couldn't play my natural game. Had to take my time to play shots, had to cut down certain shots I love to play. Wanted to leave a lot of balls initially, was trying to stick to the basics and build partnerships even though it was a small total. All the batsmen in the team have a job, it's their role to bat through and get the job done. We can't rely on one or two individuals. That's been the hallmark of this team. We've done that well, this is a big tournament and at some stage someone else will put their hand up and do the job for us. We're playing a little early in the summer in England, weather was good through the day, you don't sweat. I had fun, wasn't typical Rohit Sharma innings, had to play out the overs to ensure I get the job done.
South African Skipper, Faf du Plessis: Their bowling was magnificent, got good fast bowlers and spinners. We did well to pull it back with the bat before their spinners ran through our middle order. Rohit had a bit of luck but he did what didn't do - get a hundred and win the game. It was a really good pitch, lot of runs scored. With all our fast-bowling resources gone, we picked an extra spinner, it meant we needed a score to bring them into play. Had we had Steyn and Ngidi, it may have made sense to bat first. Rabada is a champion, haven't seen so many balls lands short of go here and there. But that's how the game goes, when you aren't playing your best cricket, these 50-50 things don't go your way. Morris too was superb, bowled well and scored some crucial runs with the bat. Ours is a change room that is hurting, trying to make sure we keep fighting but we're making mistakes all the time. Today someone had to bat through, we didn't do that. To have so many 30s and 40s is not unacceptable.
Indian Skipper, Virat Kohli: The wait was very long, and then you get a game like this. Was challenging throughout the whole game. Was important to start on the right note, have a win that was complete. If you look at how the game went and pitch behaved, it was challenging. Hats off to Rohit, very professional win. We were going to bowl first had we won the toss, with the new ball conditions were going to be difficult, they were coming off two losses. 

(On Jasprit Bumrah)
Jasprit is operating at a different level, batsmen are always feeling pressure. Chahal too was outstanding. There's one thing when you see a bowler bowl and when you catch the ball, you understand the heaviness. The next 15 minutes my hands were buzzing (after taking the catch to dismiss De Kock), that's how quickly Bumrah is bowling. Was absolutely outstanding to get Amla out like that in ODIs, I haven't seen it (caught in the slips). To get Quinny as well was outstanding. We're confident as a group, with the bat we had to be careful. That's why I said Rohit's innings was special. One of the top three getting a 100 is something we bank on, KL was superb, showed composure, MS too and then Hardik, the way he finished, he seems to be in a good headspace as well.


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