India defeated South Africa to win Match 13 of Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday by the help of Shikhar Dhawan who led the way for the defending champions with a brilliant century.
This victory is considered as the first win for India in four matches against South Africa in a World Cup. India reached 307-7, all due to Dhawan’s cracker of an innings. Despite losing opener Rohit Sharma early, Dhawan ensured that they never lost plot. A misunderstanding saw Rohit Sharma walking back to the pavilion failing to open his account.
South Africa were hampered further when seamer Vernon Philander hobbled off the field with a hamstring injury after sending down just four overs. The 29-year-old Dhawan fell in the 44th over when Hashim Amla, who had floored a difficult chance off Wayne Parnell when the batsman was on 53, picked up an easy catch at fine leg off the same bowler.
Dependable opener Amla had made 22 when he top-edged a pull off seamer Mohit Sharma and Shami, who had claimed de Kock’s wicket, took a well-judged catch at long leg.
Skipper AB de Villiers made 30 in a 68-run stand for the third wicket with du Plessis when he was run out as Mohit Sharma rifled in a throw from deep cover for Dhoni to break the stumps.
South Africa slipped to 133 for four in the 29th over when Mohit Sharma, returning for his second spell, had the dangerous du Plessis caught at mid-off by Dhawan. They never managed to get a partnership going. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. As a result, they never managed to hold the higher position in the match. Only the third wicket stand between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers was in excess of 50 runs.