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India break World Cup losing streak to SA in style

Mon, 23rd, Feb 2015
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It was a hard, bouncy pitch at the MCG – one bowlers dread because it provides neither turn for spinners nor movement for pacers. In these conditions, Captain Dhoni came out, won the toss and once again decided to bat first to set a mighty total for the Proteans to chase.

India lost opener Rohit Sharma early as an excellent direct hit from AB de Villiers resulted in an unfortunate run out. India settled for the ‘slow but steady’ approach that did so well against Pakistan. Vice Captain Virat Kohli came out next and set up a sturdy partnership of 127 with Dhawan to gain a firm control over the innings. Neither batsman took unrequired chances and the progress was smooth. Kohli sensibly played second fiddle to Dhawan who looked imposing with all his form.

This partnership was broken in the 28th over when Kohli fell to Imran Tahir after scoring a vital 46. The innings had been steadied though and it provided the perfect platform for Rahane to come out and play his shots. Dhawan’s 137 along with Rahane’s dashing 79 put India in the driver’s seat. However the South Africans made a comeback in the final overs – they gave away only 80 runs in the last 10 overs, limiting India to 307 for 7 after 50 overs from a point where they had once looked certain to reach 330-340 runs.

The chase started shakily as they were reduced to 40/2 early. India then grabbed the game by the throat when AB was run out for 30. After this South Africa never looked like even coming close to the target. Faf du Plessis’ half century was the only saving grace of South Africa’s innings but couldn’t find any considerable support at the other end. Their last wicket fell at 177 in 40.2 overs taking India to their first win against South Africa in a World Cup. And that too by a humongous 130 runs.

India’s bowlers get a lot of deserved slag. But in a pressure game against one of the best batting line-ups of this World Cup, they were disciplined and relentless and the way SA’s batsmen wilted cheaply should be encouraging for them.

A 130-run win against South Africa is no small feat. In fact out of their 9 World Cup losses while chasing, this is their biggest loss. When the time came to perform, India’s bowling and fielding was way better than South Africa’s – one of the favourites to win this World Cup.

Despite not having won a game in Australia for the past two and a half months, India showed everyone why you couldn’t write them off as serious contenders for the World Cup. They might not be as intimidating a team as Australia or South Africa. But on game-day, they know what needs to be done, hold their nerve and can take down even the most formidable of forces in cricket.
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ABD, Rossouw to play against Australia.

Sat, 4th, Oct 2014
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ABD will shoulder the responsibility of being the captain for the South African ODI team. Besides the 5 ODIs, South Africa will also play three T20s against Australia on this tour. Rilee Rossouw was declared as a part of the squad for the T20s as well. The series is set to begin with three T20s starting on the 5th of next month and end with 5 ODIs beginning on 14th November.

We hope both our RCBians fare wonderfully on this tour. Best of luck!
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Kohli and ABD top T20 and ODI batsmen

Tue, 9th, Sep 2014
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Following his stupendous innings in the T20I against England on Sunday, Virat Kohli moved up the ranks to become the number one T20I batsman according to the ICC player rankings. His 66 runs off just 41 pushed him 8 points up in the player rankings. This upped his tally to an astounding 897 rating points, taking him five points ahead of Australia’s Aaron Finch who formerly occupied the number one position.

After leading India in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2008 and being named ICC’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2012, this is yet another feather in the RCBian’s hat who promises more miraculous performances in the future. This year itself he has added five T20I half centuries to his name.

Our Mr. 360, AB de Villiers also made a move up in the ICC player rankings. His crucial knocks of 136 and 57* against Australia in the ODI tri-series at Zimbabwe pushed him above his South African teammate Amla and to the number one spot in the ODI player rankings. He currently is nestled at the top of this list with a rating of 869. Virat Kohli with a rating of 845 follows closely as the number three ODI batsman in the world. ABD is also currently the number 2 Test batsman in the world.

Both of these magnificent batsmen have a lot of expectations riding on them. And this move up in the rankings looks like a sign of great things to come for RCB, Indian cricket and South African cricket.
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World T20: De Villiers blitz powers South Africa to semis

Sun, 30th, Mar 2014
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South Africa posted the highest total in the tournament so far, after England won the toss and elected to chase. Hashim Amla looked in ominous form with his first T20I fifty in 25 innings, a 37-ball 56 that included six fours and two sixes. His partner, Quinton de Kock (29 off 33) was strutting along at the other end, but the duo managed to add 90 for the 1st wicket despite being interrupted by floodlight failures on two occasions.

In walked stand-in skipper AB de Villiers, who promoted himself to No.3 and the move paid off immensely. AB got to his half-century in just 23 balls, the quickest by any South African batsman in this format. In all, he finished unbeaten on 69 off 28 deliveries, even as the rest of the middle-order crumbled around him. England's woeful bowling added more runs to the South African total as they finished with 196/5 in 20 overs.

England would have loved a repeat of the Alex Hales show, but Wayne Parnell shattered all dreams with his fierce spell, claiming all three top-order wickets, including that of Hales (38). England were reduced to 73/3, desperately in need of a stable partnership. But Imran Tahir's masterful legspin hardly allowed the Englishmen to settle as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (14) way too early in his innings, followed by Jos Buttler (34) who was beginning to look comfortable.

England were still ahead of the Proteas in terms of run-rate, but they missed a match-winning cameo towards the end. Ravi Bopara (31) entered the final over with 22 needed, but a mishit off Steyn landed straight into David Miller's hand and that was the end of England's journey in the World T20.

South Africa 196 for 5 (De Villiers 69, Amla 56) beat England (Hales 38, Parnell 3-31) by three runs
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