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India vs South Africa | Rohit Betters World Cup Record with Match-Winning Ton

Cricketnext Staff |June 5, 2019, 11:50 PM IST
India vs South Africa | Rohit Betters World Cup Record with Match-Winning Ton

Rohit Sharma and India got their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign off to a solid start against South Africa on Wednesday (June 5) in Southampton.

The Indian opener scored a sedate 144-ball 122 and helped his team chase down 228 in difficult batting conditions. After Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fell early, Rohit took it upon himself to get the job done for India. The right-hander smashed 13 fours and two sixes during his stay in the middle.

With this century, Rohit now has 452 runs in nine World Cup encounters at an average of 64.57. Rohit also featured in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in which he made 330 runs in eight games.

The Mumbai batsman didn't do well in the first two games against Pakistan and South Africa but was able to gain back some form against UAE, scoring 57. He smashed another fifty against Ireland but it was in the quarterfinal against Bangladesh where he brought his 'A' game.

Even in that encounter, Dhawan and Kohli fell early but Rohit stepped up and slammed 137 off 126 deliveries, studded with 14 fours and three maximums, to help India post 302 for 6 in their 50 overs. In response, Bangladesh were bundled out for 193.

India however failed to make it to the final as they lost to Australia in the semifinal.

India are looking to win their third World Cup and Rohit's form is going to be key to their chances.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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