South Africa’s problems when batting second were laid bare when India beat them by 130 runs on Sunday. The top and middle order (Hashim Amla through to David Miller) have 26 hundreds between them for those occasions when they batted first since January 2012. Those figures drop significantly when looking at their records batting second, with just eight hundreds. It’s a weakness other teams will look to expose as the tournament goes on. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa engineered their own demise through a stilted and haphazard approach against India in Melbourne on Sunday. South Africa were beaten by 130 runs by the defending champions in a match where they were completely outplayed in all three aspects.
A hundred from Shikhar Dhawan, a handy 46 off 60 from Virat Kohli and an impressive 79 off 60 helped India to post a respectable 307-7 in 50 overs. That total could have been much higher, were it not for a latter innings wobble from the Indians, but South Africa’s own wobble saw them dismissed for a measly 177 in just over 40 overs. It was a defeat stats would not have predicted (South Africa had never before lost to India in a…
Source : Daily Maverick