Major takeaways from India's win over South Africa in World Cup 2019

India got their Cricket World Cup campaign off to a solid start with a six-wicket victory over a sloppy South African in Match 8

Kohli's maiden win as skipper in WC

This is Virat Kohli's maiden victory as a captain in the Cricket World Cup. 

Virat Kohli was dismissed for 18 in the match against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. 

Although, it is the first time that Kohli has not started the World Cup with a century after reaching triple figures in his first matches of the 2011 and 2015 editions. 

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Rohit Sharma, man of the match

Opener Rohit Sharma scored a composed unbeaten century and was adjudged Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance. 

It was his 23rd ODI century and third in the World Cup. 

"It was a small total, but since there was something in it for the bowlers, it was tough and we needed partnerships," said Rohit while receiving the award. 

"It's the batsmen's job to get the job done, whoever is out in the middle. We can't rely on one or two individuals all the time," he added. 

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Day of the Chahal

With ODI pitches generally benign batting surfaces, having a wrist-spinner who can generate turn off even the most placid of pitches is a valuable asset for any side.

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal ensured Bumrah's early breakthroughs were not wasted with a haul of four for 51.

South Africa struggled to disrupt his line and length, with the pick of Chahal's wickets coming when he bowled Faf du Plessis between bat and pad following a defensive prod by the Proteas captain.

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Bumrah lives up to No. 1 tag

Jasprit Bumrah is the world's top-ranked bowler in one-day internationals and the India paceman justified that standing with an inspired opening spell of two for 13 in five overs.

Fielding restrictions in the opening stages of an ODI match are all in favour of the batsmen but, amid talk of a World Cup run-fest, Bumrah proved the value of late movement in any form of cricket as he repeatedly beat the outside edge with a succession of deliveries.

His expertise was rewarded with the wickets of openers Hashim Amla (six) and Quinton de Kock (10), with both batsmen tellingly caught in the slips.

South Africa, who had opted to bat first, never truly recovered from being 24 for two inside six overs.

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Hardik Pandya, the new finisher?

After MS Dhoni's wicket, Hardik Pandya came in to bat. 

He played some beautiful shots and also finished the game with a classic boundary. 

He already has emulated MS Dhoni's helicopter shot and now he is emerging as the finisher, a tag which was given to Dhoni. 

Lately, Pandya has emerged as a skilful batsman. 

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KL Rahul settling at number 4

It seems like KL Rahul has ended India's search for a reliable number four batsman at the World Cup. 

In the match against South Africa, KL Rahul 26 runs off 42 balls before losing his wicket to Kagiso Rabada. 

He batted comfortably and played some beautiful shots. 

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Head-to-head: India vs South

With this win, India have now won twice in five World Cup encounters between the two teams. 

Since 2012, India has defeated South Africa in all major six ICC events they have played which includes the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy, in 2012 and 2014 World T20 and in the 2015 World Cup and 2019 World Cup.

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