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Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up six wickets between them to check South Africa's progress

India looked anything but six days late into their World Cup campaign, thanks to their pace and spin facilities which combined to make a meal of South Africa's batting in Southampton. Choosing to bat first after two botched run-chases, South Africa were restricted to 227 for 9 in what was their third match of this tournament, setting India a likely below-par target. It could have been much worse without Chris Morris, who hit 42 off 34 balls down the order to give the target a semblance of competitiveness.

Jasprit Bumrah was at the forefront of India's roaring start. Helped by the early morning moisture in the pitch, the fast bowler constantly troubled Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock with his angles and movement, and picked the wickets of both of them in a statement-making opening spell that read: 5-0-13-2.

While Amla was caught at second slip, squared up by the pace and bounce, de Kock was out driving at a wide delivery after he'd been starved for room outside off-stump. He drove at one of the widest deliveries he faced and was caught at third slip - an aberration of a fielding position in One-Day cricket but kudos to Virat Kohli for positioning himself at that spot.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though wicketless in the first spell that read 5-0-20-0, was steady, allowing Bumrah to be aggressive with his plans at the other end. He was replaced by Hardik Pandya, who did what he was asked to do. He kept the pressure on after South Africa had tallied 34 for 2 at the end of 10 overs, which happens to the lowest powerplay score in this edition of the tournament. And then came on the spinners.

With Kuldeep Yadav a bit short on confidence leading up to this game, the chinaman bowler was the one Kohli went to first. Starting a bit quick and flat, Kuldeep slowly eased into a more loopy trajectory and beat the bat a few times but it was Yuzvendra Chahal at the other end who proved to be India's main enforcer in the middle overs.

Chahal got some beautiful drift, which he used to undo a sweep shot from Rassie van der Dussen, who had looked good for his 27-ball 22. Du Plessis, bowled off a googly in the same over, was what set the cat among the pigeons in South Africa's batting camp.

Kuldeep's leg-before dismissal of JP Duminy with a googly saw South Africa reeling at 89 for 5, but India slacked off a bit in intensity from then on, bowling Kedar Jadhav for four overs in the period. It was only when Chahl replaced Jadhav that the 46-run partnership between David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo was broken. Chahal also picked Phehlukwayo, allowing MS Dhoni to execute the 139th stumping of his List A career - the joint most with Moin Khan.

Chahal finished with 4 for 51, his bowling figures subdued by a couple of sixes by Chris Morris. And as those sixes foreshadowed, the highest partnership of the innings flourished soon after Chahal finished his spell. Morris took charge in a 66-run stand for the eighth wicket, not just delivering South Africa past 200 in the process but also giving the bowlers something to work with. Kagiso Rabada finished unbeaten on 31 off 35 balls.

Brief scores: South Africa 227/9 in 50 overs (Chris Morris 42, Faf du Plessis 38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-51, Jasprit Bumrah 2-35) vs India.

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