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India defeat South Africa in Champions Trophy opener

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AB de Villers, the captain of the South African team, considered that the new ball would help the bowlers early on in the game and opted to go for four seemers in the side. 

After winning the toss he elected to field first, but to his dismay the decision saw the game going in the wrong direction for his team with Dale Steyn missing from the side due to an injury.

India opened the batting without their specialist-opening batsman Virendar Sehwag as he was dropped from the squad for the series. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opened the batting giving the right start to the team with an opening stand of 127 runs and repaid the faith of their captain.

After losing their first wicket, Virat Kohli and rest of the team managed to do quite well and India continued to carry on the efforts of the opening pair. However, the bowling side found some respite when Kohli and Dhawan got out just before and during the final batting Powerplay in a span of four overs. 

But the slowing down was not enough, Ravindra Jadeja came in and played a smart innings towards the end with a quick knock of 47. India were able to put the score of 331 in 50 overs.

South Africa’s bowlers never found an appropriate break through to help bring their team back in the game. If this was not enough of a set back the fielding was also sloppy. 

The ball lobbed over two fielders at the boundary, when Shikhar Dhawan was on 27 and 70. Then AB de Villiers missed a stumping when Dhawan was on 102.

South Africa's response to the chase was quite inefficient as they lost two quick wickets early on and were 31/2 at the end of four overs with Hashim Amla back in the pavilion. The surprise package however, was Peterson who along with the captain AB de Villers adding 124 on the board.

Dhoni, being the sort of captain he is, squeezed the life out of South Africa's chase with his shrewd employment of spinners and field placement. Peterson was run out by Jadeja who dived to his left and stopped his shot at midwicket, fired in the throw on the bounce to Dhoni, Peterson was too far out to return.

They then lost four wickets in the span of 32 runs and looked almost defeated, but Ryan McLaren showed some fighting spirit till the end with an unbeaten 71 and limited the net run rate damage and ending South Africa's innings at 305 in 50 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan was man of the match for his crucial knock of 114.


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