Kohli lauds Rohit, Bumrah efforts

"If you can't then you watch the game from the change room", the veteran batsman said.

"It was important to start on the right note", India captain Kohli said. Though, if the match finishes before time, which we don't expect to, then we might see a steady occupancy in the late night shows.

Faf du Plessis is a fighter and he leads a team of fighters.

Star pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2/35) accounted for the wickets of openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to start the slide. If I was the captain, I would've been tempted to bowl first and try and put pressure on the Indian batting line-up because there were clouds around and conditions were slightly heavy...

South Africa, who are playing their third game of the tournament, won the toss and chose to bat first. Bumrah took two wickets for just 35 runs in his 10-over spell, but more importantly, it was his bowling that set the tone of the game. Not the other way round.

Bumrah had the white ball darting around in Southampton as he got Amla to edge a rising delivery to Rohit Sharma at second slip. Hasan Ali's starburst may have been the one that got his attention and unfortunately, there is no celebrato-meter to see if there ever was a dip in intensity following that particular remonstration.

But Rohit (122 not out from 144 balls) punished the South African bowlers after being dropped on one and scored his 23rd ODI century.

Morris said it had been a much better performance by the South Africans after their opening two losses.

"A massive factor. We spoke about the fact the last time we played them, they were not that confident against our spinners".

'With all our fast-bowling resources gone, we picked an extra spinner, it meant we needed a score to bring them into play. "You need the experienced guys to stand up", the skipper said.

"One of the top three getting a hundred is something we bank on".

MS Dhoni (8/10): The wicketkeeper-batsman came up the order to bat at No 5 with almost 100 runs still to get.

MS Dhoni during India vs South Africa was spotted with the Balidan badge, the regimental dagger of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves. Hardik finished well too. The most that Indian fans got out of the World Cup so far were the warm-up matches between New Zealand and Bangladesh.

India travel to the Oval in London on Sunday to face Australia in their next game.

  • Julie Sanders