Team India could not have asked for a better start to their World Cup campaign. The tournament-opener started on a sad note for the Men in Blue but their bowlers soon made them forget that. South Africa lost half of their team for just 89 runs before MS Dhoni provided the icing on the cake by executing a trademark stumping.
Faf du Plessis’ decision to bat first turned out to be a bad one as Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc with the no ball. India’s pace spearhead looked sharp right from the start and did not take much time in putting India on top.
The right-arm pacer dismissed Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock cheaply to leave the Proteas reeling at 24 for 2 in the crucial clash. Du Plessis and van der Dussen then provided the innings with some much-needed solidity. The duo took the score past the 50-run mark, much to the relief of the South African dressing room. However, just when it looked like du Plessis and van der Dussen had their eyes set, Yuzvendra Chahal struck to remove both of them.
JP Duminy and David Miller could not do much either before MS Dhoni weaved his magic from behind the stumps. Andile Phehlukwayo’s decision to break the shackles proved wrong as Dhoni showed why it is wrong to walk outside the crease when he is behind the stumps. On the third ball of the 40th over, Phehlukwayo danced down the track and swung across the line while facing Chahal.
However, the ball dipped in front of him and spun past the inside edge. Dhoni then somehow collected the ball before affecting a fine stumping.
And here goes Phehlukwayo… If you are out of the line and ball goes in Dhoni's hand… there is no chance left for you to survive..! #SAvIND #INDvSA #SAvIN https://t.co/tkTABHvIri pic.twitter.com/SuFc5Sj4q0
— thinkingdat (@thinkingdat) June 5, 2019