Riding on the hundred from Shikhar Dhawan and a classy 79-run knock from Ajinkya Rahane, India propelled to 307 in their second World Cup encounter against South Africa at MCG.
After electing to bat, India got off to a bad start as a mix-up between Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lead to the run-out of the latter. Virat Kohli, who scored a hundred against Pakistan then stabilized the innings along with Dhawan as the duo put on 127 runs for the second wicket before Kohli played a loose shot and lost his wicket to leggie Imran Tahir. He scored 46 off 60 balls with 3 fours. Dhawan then got a great support from Ajinkya Rahane and brought up his 7th ODI hundred and his 1st in World Cup. Rahane, who didn’t get to bat much against Pakistan, turned the heat on South Africa’s bowlers and played a gem of an innings and reached his fifty off just 40 balls. Both Dhawan and Rahane added 125 runs for the 3rd wicket inside 17 overs before the former got out on 137 off Wayne Parnell’s bowling.
After Dhawan’s wicket, Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja failed to provide the late blitz as India finished their innings on 307/7. For South Africa, Morkel grabbed the most scalps (2) and Tahir emerged out to be the most economical bowler. Vernon Philander was able to bowl just 4 overs because of a tight hamstring.
Brief Scores: India 307/7 (Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Morkel 2-59, Tahir 1-48) vs South Africa