Defending Champions India carried on from where they left against Pakistan as they demolished South Africa by 130 runs at Melbourne. Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane lead India’s batting charge with the former scoring his 1st World Cup hundred and the latter playing a classy 79-run knock almost till the end of the innings and taking the team’s total to 307. 

In reply, all Indian bowlers made it hard for South Africa’s batsmen to score and with very good support from the fielders, South Africa stumbled on the score of 177.  

Here I bring you a special pictorial analysis by stats of this game: 

Innings Comparison: 

Run-Rate Comparison: 

Partnerships: Building Blocks for a stiff innings 

India: 

South Africa: 

Shikhar Dhawan: A well-complied innings by Dhawan that set the tone for a big score

Ajinkya Rahane: A typical classy innings by Jinks

Faf du Plessis: The lone warrior in South Africa’s unsuccesful pursuit of 308 runs

Imran Tahir: Indian batsmen found him pretty hard to play today. His bowling figures read: 10-0-48-1

Mohit Sharma: Once again he was brilliant as a first-change and troubled their batsmen with his accurate bowling. He returned with the figures of 7-0-31-2

R Ashwin: He was pretty excellent today and turned the ball quite sharply. His final figures read: 10-0-41-3

Stats Credits: espncricinfo

 

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