Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chahal, Bumrah star as India restrict South Africa to 227

Chahal, Bumrah star as India restrict South Africa to 227

Here are the talking points from this one.

India play South Africa in match eight of the World Cup on Wednesday.

India skipper Virat Kohli has replied to Kagiso Rabada's recent comments about him being "immature" by stating that he has not heard or read the South African fast bowler's statements, and that if the two had to have an exchange it should be done "man to man".

Earlier, Chahal (4/51) was the chief tormentor for the tottering Proteas batting line-up, picking four wickets and producing the second best spell by an Indian on World Cup debut.

The Proteas can learn from the way India's bowling attack performed as a unit. Just as a piece of Dhawan's bat fell on the ground, the usually smiling southpaw once again smiled before having a word (or two) with South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock who picked up the broken piece of Dhawan's bat and handed it back to him. That started a pair in the 20th over that finished with the key wicket of du Plessis (38), who'd been hit on the right glove hard in the opening overs.

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As we all know, Indians follow two religions passionately, which are films and cricket and with this ultimate clash, we are sure that like us even you are confused of whether to watch Bharat on the big canvas or sit at home and enjoy the match. ESPNCricinfo's Luck Index estimates that Rohit Sharma's reprieve cost South Africa 23 runs.

Watch Australia take on West Indies in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, live from 10am on Sky Sports Cricket World Cup on Thursday. The Proteas had a strong and balanced team, containing the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Hashim Amla.

South Africa announced on Tuesday that pace spearhead Dale Steyn had been ruled out of the World Cup without playing a match - a major blow. They were set a target of three hundred and eleven to chase by the hosts in their very first match. After admitting in advance that there were "a lot of things haunting me at the moment", du Plessis had another item for his list.

Three reverses in their opening three matches have left South Africa in a complicated position.

Well, almost. South Africa's day was summed up when Sharma, on 107, hit Rabada straight up in the air, and David Miller contrived to drop the chance at cover - a worse miss than Jason Roy's against Pakistan in Nottingham. Another loss in the competition would put the one-time semifinal favourites on the brink of elimination.

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