India make a flawless start to sink South Africa

India make a flawless start to sink South Africa

South Africa have been hit by a spate of injuries, with pace spearhead Dale Steyn making an early exit from the tournament without playing a game.

Chris Morris, batting at number eight, provided late resistance with his fighting 42 during an eighth-wicket partnership of 66 with Kagiso Rabada, who made an unbeaten 31 - his highest one-day worldwide total. This was another wretched display, from the moment Faf du Plessis chose to bat under cloudy south-coast skies rather than unleash his quicks on India's barely-acclimatised batsmen.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav then pinned JP Duminy.

"To have so many 30s and 40s is not acceptable", du Plessis said after the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a surprising selection ahead of Mohammed Shami, was economical and picked up two wickets in the last over.

When a South African journalist brought this up in Southampton, Kohli first denied having any knowledge of the comment made by the Prateas speedster, but when probed further, the Indian skipper immediately doused the fire.

Shikhar Dhawan breaks his bat: The Indian opening batsman saw his bat breaking during the Indian chase against South Africa.

The forecast for Wednesday isn't great either, with showers predicted for some part of the afternoon, and India will be hoping that meteorologists have got it wrong, for nothing is as frustrating and challenging to a team of stroke makers as spitting rain causing stops and starts and overcast conditions aiding out-and out swing bowling. Ominously, they didn't even need a contribution from Virat Kohli, who was brilliantly caught for 18 by Quinton de Kock. Morris had similar bad luck when another ball hit the splice and lobbed just over point. Miller was caught and bowled for 31 while Phehlukwayo was stumped on 34. The gloveman was airborne as he flew to his right, plucking the ball one-handed in a spectacular show of acrobatics.

The Proteas took their third tumble of the tournament.

After Dhoni's dismissal, all-rounder Hardik Pandya (15 off 7 not out) smashed three fours as India won with 15 balls to spare.

Former South African stars Pat Symcox and Herschelle Gibbs were among those to criticise the Proteas.

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