After a restless wait, the Indian team finally commenced their journey in the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday against South Africa. The South African opener Hashim Amla was the first one to lose his wicket as he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah when Rohit Sharma caught the ball out of thin air in the 4th over of the match.
After taking the first wicket Rohit broke into impromptu dance on the field which took the internet by storm after it was tweeted by Cricket World Cup’s official Twitter handle. Here is the video of the incident:
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Team India is playing its first match of this year’s ICC World Cup against South Africa. Earlier in the game, the South African skipper had won the toss and decided to bat first in the cloudy conditions. The Proteas lost both their openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla inside the first 6 overs itself owing to a brilliant bowling display by the fiery pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Amla only scored 6 runs including a four off 9 balls.
After those dismissals, South Africa only scored 34 runs with the loss of two wickets at the end of 10 overs. However, Faf Du Plessis and Rassie Van der Dussen started building a partnership and they even added 54 runs for the third wicket, but all that effort went in vain after the 20th over of Chahal as he got the wicket of both the batsman.
The men in blue are chasing are 228 for victory in their first game after they restricted South Africa to 227 for 9 after being asked to bowl first. The Indian leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for the Indians with 4 wickets for 51 runs in 10 overs while Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each. Kuldeep Yadav also managed to pick a scalp. For the Proteas, all-rounder Chris Morris top-scored with 42 runs while Kagiso Rabada (31*), Andile Phehlukwayo (34), Du Plessis (38) and David Miller (31) also made useful contributions.