Melbourne, Feb 22: India played like world champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. The holders inflicted a heavy 130-run defeat on South Africa in a Pool B contest of ICC World Cup 2015.
First, Shikhar Dhawan hit a fine century and later bowlers and fielders backed the batting efforts in front of nearly 90,000 fans at the iconic ground. This was MS Dhoni and his boys' second straight win.
Last Sunday they had thrashed Pakistan by 76 runs. India scored 307/7 in 50 overs and bowled out the Proteas for 177 in 40.2 overs. This is the first time India have beaten South Africa at World Cup. They had failed in previous 3 attempts (1992, 1999, 2011).
India's next game is against United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday (February 28) in Perth.
All the updates of the match - All times in IST
4.40 PM: That's all for today
4.39 PM: India are on top of Pool B with 4 points from 2 matches
4.38 PM: MS Dhoni is happy with the performance. He says the wickets of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis turned the game India's way. De Villiers rues two run outs. "Run outs cost us dearly," SA captain said.
4.22 PM. ALL OVER. Jadeja takes the last wicket (Tahir LBW). India win by 130 runs. SA 177 all out in 40.2 overs
4.12 PM: AB De Villiers' run out was the turning point, says Michael Hussey
4.10 PM: WICKET - Ashwin bags another one. Morkel is bowled. SA 161/9 in 37.2
4.05 PM: End is nigh. 8th WICKET falls. Shami gets Steyn. SA 158/8 in 36.2
4.00 PM: SA 156/7 in 35. Time for batting powerplay. But makes little sense for SA as all their specialist batsmen are back in the pavilion. Steyn and Parnell. Today's crowd at MCG - 86,876 (most of them Indian fans)
3.57 PM: WICKET - SA 153/7 in 34. DRS time. Kettleborough rules Philander LBW off Ashwin but batsman reviews. Decision stays. Replays show ball clipping the stumps 'umpire's call'.
3.52 PM: WICKET - Brilliant fielding from Umesh Yadav gets Miller (22) run out. SA 153/6 in 33.4. Crowd celebrates
3.50 PM: SA 151/5 in 33 overs. The contest has turned into one-sided now. Barring something sensational from Miller, India should romp home easily
3.39 PM: WICKET - Reverse sweep ends Duminy's (6) innings. Easy catch for Raina at slip off Ashwin. SA 147/5 in 32.3
3.33 PM: Twenty20 time at MCG? SA need 166 off 120 balls. 6 wickets left. Miller and Duminy batting
3.32 PM: PHOTO - Is this the game changing moment?
3.29 PM: End of a fine over from Mohit, 1 wicket and a run (wide). SA 134/4 in 29. 174 more to win off 126
3.23 PM: Mohit has put India on top. First, he was instrumental in running De Villiers out and has now dismissed the well-set Du Plessis
3.21 PM: Required run rate nudging towards 8. After 28 overs, SA 133/3. Mohit returns and immediately removes Du Plessis. SA 133/4 in 28.1
3.17 PM: SA 127/3 in 26.3 overs. Miller sweeps Jadeja for a FOUR
3.16 PM: 50 for Du Plessis, off 65 balls. He needs to make a big one if SA have to chase down this target
3.12 PM: Halfway mark - SA 115/3 in 25 overs. Need 193 more off 150 balls
3.04 PM: WICKET - De Villiers (30) is run out. Mohit's throw from the deep is collected and Dhoni breaks the stumps. 108/3 in 22.5. David Miller joins Du Plessis
2.59 PM: R Ashwin into the attack now. SA 97/2 in 21. Yesterday De Villiers said they are not worried about his spin bowling. What will be the approach?
2.57 PM: On commentary, Ganguly is praising Dhoni's captaincy. "This is terrific captaincy by Dhoni. He has been innovative."
2.55 PM: 50-run partnership between Du Plessis and De Villiers. SA 95/2 in 20.3
2.44 PM: This stat should bring smiles to Indian fans - No team has scored 300 batting second in a ODI at MCG
2.39 PM: Drinks break - SA 63/2 in 16 overs. Indian bowlers have kept things tight so far. But they will be wary of De Villiers
2.29 PM: South Africa 49/2 in 13 overs as Jadeja continues
2.21 PM: Sachin Tendulkar's message to Team India. He says it is 'fantastic' to be back at MCG
2.16 PM: WICKET - Short ball from Mohit works. Amla caught by Shami at long leg for 22. SA 40/2 in 10.2. That run out miss did not cost much. AB de Villiers is the new man
2.15 PM: Spin legends Warne and Kumble doing commentary together
2.08 PM: RUN OUT chance missed, Amla (16) survives. Rahane's brilliant save followed by throw to the wicket where Raina fails to break stumps. SA 30/1 in 9. "Rain has had an absolute shocker there. He has missed the stumps from just a metre," Warne's reaction.
1.56 PM: Good first over by Mohit Sharma. South Africa are 26/1 after 7 overs
1.42 PM: WICKET - Shami sends back De Kock for 7, caught by Kohli at mid-off. SA 12/1 in 4th over
1.40 PM: After 3 overs, SA are 12/0
1.32 PM: SA 6/0 in 1 over. Mohammed Shami takes the other new ball. Meanwhile, on commentary, Sourav Ganguly feels 308 is a gettable target
1.27 PM: South Africa's run chase begins. 308 to get. Umesh Yadav bowling. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock the openers
1.24 PM: As we wait for SA batting to start. Here is the picture of Shikhar getting a standing ovation from MCG crowd
1.09 PM: Former India batsman Aakash Chopra thinks 307 might not be enough
1.01 PM: India were restricted in the final 5 overs. Just 36 runs for 3 wickets (271/4 to 307/7). SA were hampered by hamstring injury to Philander, who bowled only 4 overs
12.56 PM: END OF INNINGS - India 307/7 in 50 overs. Shikhar's ton and Rahane's quick half century have given India a good chance to end winless World Cup record against South Africa. It is now over to the bowlers to defend this. Full Scorecard
12.53 PM: Final over coming up. India 303/7
12.52 PM: 300 up for India, in 48.4 overs (302/6). Next ball Dhoni is OUT, caught by wicketkeeper De Kock off Morkel. Just a faint edge trying to pull a bouncer. India 303/7 in 48.5
12.48 PM: Forgettable day for Parnell - 1/85 in 9 overs
12.44 PM: 4, 4, 4 - Dhoni off Parnell in 48th over. Poor bowling. India 297/6 in 48
12.41 PM: WICKET - Direct hit from De Villiers and Jadeja is run out for 2. India 284/6 in 47.2
12.39 PM: Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease. India 284/5 in 47 overs. Tahir finishes his spell 1/48 in 10
12.35 PM: 3 dot balls from Steyn and Rahane hits a SIX over long off. Steyn bounces back as he gets his man LBW. Rahane's superb 60-ball 79 innings ends. India 278/5 in 46
12.32 PM: Dhoni has come to the middle. Final 5 overs
12.30 PM: DROPPED and WICKET - Raina pulls Morkel but substitute fielder Rossouw puts down the catch in the deep. But 2 balls later he makes no mistake. Raina out for 6 off Morkel. India 269/4 in 44.5 overs
12.26 PM: Suresh Raina is the new man. He is off the mark with a FOUR
12.21 PM: WICKET - End of a magnificent knock from Shikhar (137, 146b, 16x4, 2x6) c Amla b Parnell. India 261/3 in 43.4. "Great knock", says Warne. Shikhar pulled a bouncer but only managed to find Amla at long-leg.
12.16 PM: Shikhar now has the RECORD of the highest individual World Cup score - 136* against South Africa. Previous best 134* by Stephen Fleming in 2003. India now 254/2 in 43
12.11 PM: VVS Laxman praises Shikhar for this 'special' knock
12.08 PM: 100-run partnership between Shikhar and Rahane, off 83 balls. Contribution - 49 each from both. Now, Rahane gets to fifty (9th in ODIs), off 40 balls. India 237/2 in 41
12.06 PM: Currently it is Shikhar's show at MCG. Another SIX from him off Morkel
12.03 PM: Shikhar with his highest ODI score - 125*. What a day to do it. India 227/2 in 40 overs
12.02 PM: SIX followed by a FOUR from Shikhar off Steyn. MCG crowd loving it
12.00 PM: Rahane has raced to 48 off 37. Proving his worth again. 2 boundaries of Morkel in the 39th over. India 214/2 in 39
11.56 AM: 12 overs remaining. Indai 206/2 in 38 overs. India should look at 300 plus from here with Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja to come
11.51 AM: Watch the reaction of the crowd after Shikhar's ton. Meanwhile, Steyn is back to bowl 38th over of the innings
11.50 AM: 200 up for India. Great platform set for MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. 204/2 in 37 overs
11.44 AM: Good stat - India have won all matches when Shikhar hits a ton. 6 times it has happened. India 195/2 in 36 overs. Batting powerplay in progress
11.40 AM: 100 off 122 balls for Shikhar, 7th (1st in WC) in ODIs. Gets there with FOUR off Parnell on the last ball of 35th over. Only the 2nd Indian after Tendulkar (111 in 2011) to hit a World Cup ton against South Africa. Top innings under pressure. Tendulkar will be proud of this watching from the stands
11.24 AM: Drinks break - India 156/2 in 32 overs. Shikhar on 95, Rahane 11
11.23 AM: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is not impressed with SA's tactics today. He calls them "defensive"
May be the world thinks more of this SA team than they do themselves. Strangely defensive tactics today.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 22, 2015
11.16 AM: India 146/2 in 30 overs. Usually, you double this score. India should post 280+ at the end of 50 overs
11.15 AM: Meanwhile, in Dunedin, Sri Lanka survived a scare before overcoming Afghanistan by 4 wickets. Mahela Jayawardene hit a century. Full Scorecard
11.10 AM: Former India captain Anil Kumble is at the MCG. He will inducted into ICC Hall of Fame during the innings break. He tweeted this picture
With the Indian fans at the G! Great atmosphere! Feels like India!! pic.twitter.com/E9haRMZO6f— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) February 22, 2015
11.09 AM: Ajinkya Rahane has joined Shikhar in the middle
11.03 AM: WICKET - Kohli pulls straight to short midwicket off Tahir. Out for 46 off 60. He has to wait for his 1st ton Vs South Africa. India 136/2 in 27.1. 127-run partnership in 24.2 overs ends
11.01 AM: Philander misfields, un-South African there. Steyn is not happy as Kohli takes 2 runs. Noisy at MCG, lot of Indian fans. 136/1 in 27 overs
10.58 AM: Tendulkar is the lone Indian centurion Vs South Africa in World Cups. Shikhar nearing the milestone, batting on 86
10.53 AM: Halfway mark - India 123/1 in 25 overs
10.52 AM: Shikhar gets better, now a FOUR off Steyn. He has moved into 80s. Last game he made 73 Vs Pakistan in Adelaide
10.49 AM: 100-run partnership between Shikhar and Kohli. India 114/1 in 24. De Villiers brings back Steyn for his second spell. SA searching for wickets
10.43 AM: 100 for India in the 23rd over
10.41 AM: Check out some of the funny tweets on Rohit Sharma here
10.40 AM: Replays show Parnell did not overstep. Umpire Aleem Dar erred there by giving a noball and Shane Warne in commentary is not happy - rightly so. India 94/1 in 22 overs
10.39 AM: First free hit of the match and Kohli goes aerial, is caught by Miller. Kohli and Shikhar take 2 runs
10.28 AM: DROPPED - Shikhar gets a life as Hashim Amla puts down a difficult chance at backward point off Parnell (19.1 overs). The left-hander was on 53. India 79/1 in 19
10.24 AM: Half century for Shikhar Dhawan. He is back in form after all the questions about his place in World Cup team. Hits a FOUR off Wayne Parnell to bring up fifty off 70 balls (8x4), his 13th in ODIs. India 77/1 in 18 overs
10.22 AM: I have always admired South African side, honoured to work with them: Michael Hussey
10.13 AM: DRINKS break - India 67/1 in 16 overs. Shikhar and Kohli have been cautious. So far 58 added in 13.1 overs
10.08 AM: And not for the first time on Twitter, Rohit Sharma is trending for wrong reasons. Fans have already started jokes on him. One of them is here
Rohit Sharma performed to our expectations. He never disappoints. Only thing, he wasted 6 balls for scoring the 0 runs.— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) February 22, 2015
10.05 AM: Shikhar growing in confidence, has moved to 39. India 58/1 in 14.2 as Tahir continues. Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey, who is with SA team as a consultant, is in the commentary box now
9.57 AM: Indian fan Ramjanam Raghunath, who is at MCG, sent us these pictures. Check out here
9.56 AM: One of the rare pictures - Tendulkar taking a selfie. This is the first World Cup since 1992 that he is not playing after retiring from international cricket in 2013
9.50 AM: Tendulkar is seen talking a selfie with a big MCG crowd in the background. Time for spin as Imran Tahir arrives at the crease. India 36/1 in 10 overs (end of powerplay)
9.33 AM: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is at the MCG. This is one of the World Cup ambassadors. India 19/1 in 7 overs
9.28 AM: Runs not coming easily for India. Just 14/1 in 5.4 overs. Plan will be to see off the 15-over period and then go for runs
9.24 AM: The giant screen at MCG reads 'Out' and 'DUCK' as Rohit departs
9.19 AM: Virat Kohli is batting at his usual No. 3. Bit early today. He is yet to score a ton against SA.
9.16 AM: India have to be wary of South Africa's fielding. AB de Villiers was sensational, hitting the stumps direct at the non-striker's end. ABD at covers was quick as Rohit slipped while getting back
9.14 AM: WICKET - Brilliant fielding gets Rohit run out for 0. India 9/1 in 2.5 overs.
9.11 AM: MCG is not full yet. Slowly fans trickling in. Meanwhile, Steyn continues. Shikhar gets his 2nd FOUR, this time off Steyn. He concedes first runs after bowling 8 dot balls
9.08 AM: FOUR - First runs for India after 9 dot balls. Shikhar sends the ball to square-leg boundary. End of 2 overs - India 5/0
9.07 AM: Shane Warne on commentary - "It's going to be a great contest". 280 is bare minimum on this wicket, says Warne
9.06 AM: Vernon Philander takes the other new ball, Shikhar Dhawan on strike
9.05 AM: Excellent start by Steyn, a maiden to Rohit. India 0/0 in 1 over
9.01 AM: All the pre-match talk is done and dusted. Time for play. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are ready, so are South African fielders. World's best bowler Dale Steyn to bowl the first over, ball 1 to Rohit
8.52 AM: Virat Kohli has 22 ODI hundreds but none against the Proteas. Will he able to change it today?
8.37 AM: India unchanged from previous game Vs Pakistan. So three seamers and 2 spinners. South Africa have 4 fast bowlers and 1 spinner
8.30 AM: India captain MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat. All previous 3 games India did same against SA in World Cups but lost. Can they reverse it today?
8.28: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly in pitch report says this will not be a 300-run wicket as there is lot of grass. Win toss, bat first, he added.
8.20 AM: Indian players training at MCG ahead of the big game
8.19 AM: Indian fans started arriving at MCG very early
8.10 AM: Players are on the ground warming up. Toss will take place at 8.30 AM. Read the match preview here