The Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan played a magnificent innings and smashed his maiden ODI century in international cricket. Shikhar Dhawan’s 114 out off just 94 balls with the help 13 boundaries with a 1 huge Six.

Rohit Sharma too played a calm innings and scored his 14th ODI fifty in 63 balls. Sharma smashed seven boundaries including a massive six.

Shikhar Dhawan 114 against South Africa

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bowl against India. South Africa are without pacer Dale Steyn, who misses out because of an injury.

Drawn in what is being dubbed as the Group of Death, India look to carry forward the form they exhibited in the tournament’s warm-up games.

With every game a virtual shootout, both the former winners will be eager to make a head start in the tournament which is being held for the last time.

As World Cup champions, India will have more than reputation to defend in the 50-over format contest. They have not played a limited over international outside the sub-continent in the last 15 months but the two big wins in their practice matches against Sri Lanka in Birmingham and Australia in Cardiff will give the Indian team management a fair idea of the conditions to confront.

 

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