ICC World Cup 2019, Match 8, South Africa vs India – Best Memes from the Match

ICC World Cup 2019, Match 8, South Africa vs India – Best Memes from the Match

The Proteas pacers tried to put pressure on the Indian batsmen, however, Rohit's exploits propel India to their first win in this World Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

South Africa’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales went from bad to worse. After defeats against England and Bangladesh, Faf du Plessis and Co lost their third match in succession, this time against India by six wickets. The Rose Bowl in Southampton hosted its first game of the tournament and it turned out to be a tad one-sided, though South Africa fought hard at various stages.

Lower order takes South Africa to a respectable score

The Proteas were marred with a couple of injury concerns. After the hamstring injury to Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn got ruled out of the tournament. Hence, Tabraiz Shamsi was included in the eleven. Under overcast conditions, they elected to bat first and the decision backfired as they could only manage 227 in 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah nipped out both the openers- Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla- cheaply.

Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen tried to steady the ship with a stand of 54. However, Yuzvendra Chahal undid all their good work, dismissing both batters in the same over. Faf copped a blow on his finger off Hardik Pandya and he could manage 38 while Rassie got out on 22. Kuldeep Yadav trapped JP Duminy in front to pick up the fifth wicket and the Proteas found themselves in the doldrums.

David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo put together a partnership of 69 runs. Chahal nipped out Miller for 31 to separate the duo. A few overs later, Chahal picked up his fourth in the form of Phehlukwayo, who got 34. Thereafter, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada put their heads down for a 66-run stand. While Morris scored 42 off 34 and became Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s victim, Rabada stayed not out on 31.

Rohit too hot to handle for the Proteas

India had their travails at the start of their run-chase as Shikhar Dhawan perished early to beauty from Kagiso Rabada. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma tried to build some momentum and stayed in the middle for 10 overs. To the Men in Blue’s disappointment, Phehlukwayo produced an absolute peach to send back the Indian captain at the score of 18. De Kock flew across to his right and took a stunning catch.

The onus was then to Rohit and KL Rahul to pull India out of the precarious position. The duo didn’t play any shot out of anger and got the scoreboard moving. Rohit brought up his half-century off 70 deliveries. The fifty partnership was raised off 65 balls. Rahul tried hard and got 26 off 42 balls, but he fell prey to Rabada after an 85-run stand. The very experienced MS Dhoni joined Rohit in the middle.

Rohit accomplished his ton off 128 balls. At the other end, Dhoni rotated the strike pretty consistently. When Sharma was on 107, David Miller dropped a dolly to give the batsman a lifeline. Probably, Rohit’s wicket would’ve given Du Plessis’ men a glimmer of hope, but that wasn’t the case. Morris removed Dhoni for 34 and after his dismissal, Rohit stayed unbeaten on 122 to take India over the finishing line.

Here are the best memes from the match