India has dished out South Africa’s heaviest ICC Cricket World Cup defeat following a 130-run thrashing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The defending champions won the toss and batted but were 9/1 when Rohit Sharma was run out by AB De Villiers. Man of the match Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli added 127 for the second wicket before the latter departed caught by Faf Du Plessis off Imran Tahir for 46.
Ajinkya Rahane then clubbed 79 from 60 balls as Dhawan brought up his ton. The opening batsman was eventually out for 137 before Wayne Parnell had him caught by Hashim Amla. From 261/3 with 6.2 overs to go, the invitation was there to go big as the Indians finished on 307/7.
In reply Quinton De Kock was out early for 7 caught Kohli, bowled Mohammed Shami. The rest of the top five all got their eye in before faltering. Du Plessis’ 55 was the highlight before Mohit Sharma had him caught by Dhawan.
The next best score was 30 by De Villiers, who was run out. The Proteas collapsed from 133/3 to 177 all out to slump to their worst ever defeat at a World Cup, and third biggest at the hands of India. Ravichandran Aswhin’s 3/41 was the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler.