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Jasprit Bumrah makes a fine start to his maiden World Cup

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Revival via Miller and Phehlukwayo?

The pair hasn't been the most comfortable against the India spinners, but they've added 43 runs since Duminy's exit. Phehlukwayo has been very good in the back end of the innings or in such similar situation where the top-order has fallen like nine-pins. Can he and Miller drag the side a little further and tee off? They have 132 for 5 in 34 overs.

- A bit of ruthlessness from Kohli here, he's brought back Bumrah at the first sight of another partnership attempting a rebuild.

SA are heading down this road, aren't they?

Kuldeep joins the fun!

JP Duminy got a stock ball, but it was quicker than he anticipated. He rocked back to flick it away but was quite late on his shot, and got hit around the shin region. He clutched at straws with a review of an LBW decision, but was sent packing after the ball tracker showed that the ball would hit flush on the leg stump. SA 89 for 5 in 23 overs.

How the 10-20 overs have come along...

Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen tried to use the big square dimensions at the Rose Bowl to keep pinching twos and get a move on. They succeeded too, until van der Dussen tried *that* reverse sweep. In a rare occurrence, Faf du Plessis looked an inferior player of spin. Chahal was getting the ball to drift and spin away from him until the wicket ball, which just held its line. That one over from Chahal may have broken SA beyond repair today. Over to Duminy and Miller for now...

South Africa crumble...

Faf du Plessis is gone! The South Africa spinner has been thoroughly foxed by a ball that held its line! He offered a forward defensive stroke in anticipation of spin, but the ball held its line and went past the bat-pad gap and lit up the stumps. SA 80 for 4 in 20 overs

Chahal, you beauty!

It's the kind of dismissal that Rassie van Der Dussen will not want to watch ever again. He tried to take on Chahal by reverse- sweeping him, but the leggie dropped his pace, gave it a lot more flight than he was until that ball and got the delivery to sneak in under the swinging bat. And out goes the leg stump. Van der Dussen looked solid while he lasted, only to be undone by a bit of cheekiness. SA 78 for 3 in 19.1 overs.


Kedar Jadhav - the eternal partnership wrecker - is warming up.


Hint of extra bounce.... from one end at least!

Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have bowled a few snorters here. It's just kicked off from even good length and put the batsmen in trouble. One even knocking the bat out of Faf du Plessis's hand. Kagiso Rabada must already be eyeing the end he'll bowl from.

Kuldeep after the powerplay...

In between overs, it seemed like Kohli and Dhoni were discussing who to bring in next to bowl, and Kohli appeared set on introducing Kuldeep ahead of Chahal. The last time the chinaman bowler played in England, the opposition had to resort to help from Merlyn - a simulator machine. He's started off alright here. A couple of short deliveries on the leg stump to begin with but rounds off the over well, with some flight and fuller lengths. He's bowling quicker than he would in Indian conditions, but that's understandable given the conditions in play.

What have we learnt from the first powerplay?

Jasprit Bumrah has been unplayable - he's repeatedly hit that hard length, angled the ball away naturally from QdK and eventually snared him. Kohli's been very proactive with his slips and gully placement. Deserves praise. There's been no swing here, but plenty of seam movement generated by both the pacers. If you go by the speed guns, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is constantly hitting nearly 90 miles an hour, which is great news for India. He's quietly slipped in a five-over first spell worth 20 runs. Over to Faf du Plessis to pull SA out of the quicksand they find themselves in currently

Two down - QdK goes!

It's Bumrah again! You could call this a set-up wicket. He kept beating de Kock with length deliveries that moved across the batter in his first two overs. And now he's lured the left-hander into taking him on with a slightly fuller ball. QdK took the bait but the pace and the angle did him in. Another outside edge, another catch in the slips and SA are off to a nightmarish start. 26 for 2 in 6 overs.

A pat on the back for Kohli the captain there....

Bumrah removes Amla early...

Excellent bowling from the pacer. He's been getting the ball to move away from the left-handed Quinton de Kock and messed with Hashim Amla's head. The right-hander played for the length ball coming in towards him but this one held its line. He was also done in by the bit of extra pace, and ended up poking it without conviction to Rohit Sharma at first slip. SA 11 for 1 in 3.2 overs.

DK Reddy Devarapalli: I have an exam tomorrow but the #INDvSA match is keeping me away from it.

Run out chance missed?

Early drama here? Jasprit Bumrah bowled an innocuous leg-stump delivery that Quinton de Kock flicked towards the fine leg fence and set off on a run. He turned around, saw Kedar Jadhav mop up in the deep and called for a second. Poor call, could've been really tight had Dhoni hit the stumps after collecting it a few steps away.

Bumrah then proceeds to square up QdK with a couple of brilliant deliveries that shaped away from the left-hander and almost mocked him on the way to Dhoni.

No pressure, India!

So what do we have here...

- South Africa are strengthened by the return of Hashim Amla. Faf du Plessis could do with some solid senior support.

- South Africa have also gone for a secnd leggie in Tabraiz Shamsi - clearly Prasanna has been supplying the team with some IPL videos of Virat Kohli getting foxed by leggies on multiple occasions.

- Over at India, KL Rahul has overtaken Vijay Shankar at the very end to clinch the No.4 race. It had appeared certain that Vijay would slot in there - after he himself beat Ambati Rayudu in the 11th hour - but a century against Bangladesh in the warm-up has turned Kohli and Shastri's attention to Rahul.

- After all the injury woes, form worries and permutation and combinations, India are starting the World Cup with their most preferred combinations - four pure bowlers, with the two leggies and Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar as the two quicks. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja start the World Cup on the bench.

- Before there could be Kagiso vs Virat, there's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and swing vs SA top-order? Tasty.

TOSS: South Africa opt to bat. Hashim Amla declared fit to play today. KL Rahul wins the race to India's No.4


INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie Van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi

Prelude - India's campaign to begin at last...

So here we are then. India's World Cup campaign is less than an hour away! The anticipation surrounding the Indian team has been at an all time high in the last few years, and yet today will be extra special - at least for Indian cricket fans. Afterall, the world's best ODI batsman will walk HIS team out in his first World Cup as captain. And if you've heard him talk about the childish excitement of playing in a World Cup, you know how big the occasion really is. Beyond the Indian fans, million other eyes will be on him too, for he is the most talked about - for reasons good and otherwise.

There's a also a wild expectation that he will own the World Cup with his bat - something that's still missing from his illustrious CV.

Even if today's narrative begins with India's much-awaited World Cup bow, it doesn't end just there. At the opposite end is a bruised South Africa - bruised by their injury owes, bruised by their defeat to Bangladesh and the return of the general consensus that they just cannot wrap their heads around a World Cup.

But, and this is a big one, this is still early stages. Three defeats will surely dwarf South Africa's chances of making the semis, but there's no surety of it. But in knockout tournaments, stranger things have happened. Most of the times it has happened to South Africa, but they can hope that they can steer clear of such ill luck.

Our man Ganesh is in Southampton, and he has been trying to get a sense of anticipation. He expects India to have a big impact on the tournament. You could also train your eyes on his preview for the big game.

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