Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

It was a professional win: Virat Kohli

It was a professional win: Virat Kohli

"So, as I said, had I been the captain, I would have been tempted to bowl first and not carry any excess baggage from the past two games", Sachin said.

Seamer Bumrah found prodigious movement in both directions to remove openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) inside the first six overs. While Wednesday's six-wicket defeat to India turned the situation from bad to worse, the loss of pace great Dale Steyn to a shoulder injury has also considerably weakened the team. He can go from first gear to fourth gear in an instant and just kick on from there and keep clicking through the gears.

South Africa, on the other hand, are refusing to admit that their World Cup race is all but over with all-rounder Chris Morris telling fans to stick with the team despite a third loss inside a week. "In the beginning, it was not easy but he finished the match which is a plus point", he said. "Obviously, Bumrah is bowling at a different level and Chahal as a youngster never refuses to take the ball in any condition". Even skipper Virat Kohli struggled to get going, as Morris also stepped up to beat the ace batsman quite a few times. "If you look at how the pitch played, it was challenging, so hats off to Rohit".

"With the new ball he (Bumrah) was absolutely outstanding".

De Villiers surprised South African officials when he made an announcement on social media previous year that he was retiring from global cricket following a successful comeback in a Test series against Australia.

"I give credit to our pacemen for setting it up as when myself and Kuldeep come into the attack, there is far less pressure on us", said Chahal.

"A massive factor. We spoke about the fact the last time we played them, they were not that confident against our spinners". Posting on Twitter, he said, "All that's important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup".

"Ditto when you bowl to a player like Faf [Du Plessis], you need to plan whether to bowl a googly or a flipper, which are the deliveries they are picking and the ones they can't pick", he added.

The ICC have written to the BCCI and asked that MS Dhoni stop wearing gloves that have the insignia of an Indian Army unit on them. The best chance to dismiss the top-order batsman is to do so before he gets his eye in, which is why it was surprising to see him get out after facing 34 balls for his 18.

South Africa has five days off before a must-win clash with the West Indies, while India will be seen next taking on Australia on Sunday.

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