World Cup 2019: Three reasons why India defeated South Africa
#2 Indian spinners’ mastery in the middle-overs
South Africa had no answer to India’s spin mastery on Wednesday. The duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets between them, while conceding less than a 100 runs from their combined 20 overs.
As mentioned, the Proteas were 24-2 at an early stage.
Faf du Plessis (38 runs) and Rassie van der Dussen (22) managed to re-group with a partnership of 56 after the early wickets. Just when they looked set, van der Dussen lost his wicket. Chahal bowled the batsman around his legs after the latter attempted a reverse-sweep. This was only the start of South Africa’s woeful batting against India’s spinners.
Still in the 20th over, Chahal bowled du Plessis with a beautifully-flighted ball. JP Duminy was trapped LBW nine runs later, this time by Kuldeep Yadav, and South Africa was in a mess at 89-5.
Chahal took the next two wickets as well to end up with figures of 4-51 from 10 overs.