Sunday, 22 February 2015

World Cup, India vs South Africa: Jinx broken, Men in Blue thrash Proteas by 130 runs


Defending champions India routed South Africa by 130 runs in a World Cup demolition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, ending a so-called jinx.
The Men in Blue had never beaten the Proteas in three meetings at the World Cup before this match, but were all over the South Africans at the fourth time of asking.
Chasing 308 to win, South Africa looked nothing like one of the title favourites as they crumbled to 177 all out in 40.2 overs in front of a crowd of almost 87,000.
Only Faf du Plessis (55) showed any meaningful resistance after Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan had hit 137 and Ajinkya Rahane made 79 in the champions' imposing total of 307 for seven.