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Adam Williams, Justin Goulding and Marc Higginson

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  1. Thanks for stopping by

    India celebrate their win against South Africa

    And that is that for another action-packed day at the Cricket World Cup.

    Wins for both Sri Lanka and India in their respective groups have thrown up some more magnificent performances from the game's big names.

    Don't forget - the action down under continues as soon as this evening. It's the Battle of Britain from 21:30 GMT.

    England against Scotland from Christchurch in Pool A. You definitely don't want to miss that.

    Thanks for all your contributions and see you again soon.

  2. Read all about it

    Shikhar Dhawan

    Shikhar Dhawan led the way with a superb 137 as made 307-7 from their 50 overs.

    The bowlers and the fielders then put in an almost faultless shift for their captain and South Africa surprisingly surrendered for 177 in just over 40 overs to give India the win by 130 runs.

    Read our report right here.

  3. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Don't discount South Africa, I think they'll still come good in this tournament. The fifth bowler is a worry and if Miller doesn't come good, there's quite a long tail. But, India against Australia could be a mouth-watering encounter on the evidence both of those sides have shown so far."

  4. Captain's view

    More from India captain MS Dhoni: "A couple of run outs made things even more impressive. Once the batsmen took us on and we got them in the field with some great work, that was the real turning point.

    "After two games, we've shown we're able to execute our plans well. There's an improvement in each and every game."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "India look like the team from this group who can go on and challenge New Zealand and Australia. Shikhar Dhawan was magnificent but so was Ajinkya Rahane - he's a small man in stature but he just smashed it."

  6. Captain's view

    MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan

    India captain MS Dhoni: "I think it's more than just the result that pleases me today. It was a back-to-back good performance from both the bowling and batting unit, which is why we can enjoy it.

    "South Africa are such a good side, so I think that makes it an even more satisfying win. I felt the bowlers bowled well, the right areas, the spinners varied their pace and that was some of the reason for our success."

  7. Captain's view

    AB De Villiers

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "The run-outs cost us dearly, coming just when we got started with the bat in hand. That's where we lost the game. The bowlers fought back well because we were staring at 350. It was a 270-280 par wicket although to restrict India to 307 was a good effort.

    "It was not a good enough performance as a batting unit and now we have to regroup. The wicket didn't change, but I still think it was a good toss to win. You can put pressure on the fielding team if you have them out there in the afternoon heat.

    "Playing six batsmen actually ended up being a good decision because we lost Vernon Philander to injury. If I didn't have Wayne Parnell, I might have had to bowl myself."

  8. Post update

    Nitin Srivastava

    BBC Hindi in Melbourne

    India fans at the MCG

    MCG has erupted with Vande Matram (the national song of India) and Chak De India (Go India!) slogans in the air! And there's no age barrier for cricket fans who came and enjoyed the match.

  9. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The two things that always worry me about India cricket are running between the wickets and their ability to defend a target up front with their opening bowlers. They've dispelled both of those myths tonight. I thought their running was exceptional and their out-fielding incredible."

  10. Man of the match

    Shikhar Dhawan reaches 100

    India's Shikhar Dhawan, who hit 137 runs off 146 balls: "It was very important to score a century, it's a great feeling. More than that, it was important that we put on big partnerships for the team. We lost an early wicket today but we just wanted to stay there and respect the good balls and cash in on the bad deliveries. I knew I could pick up the run-rate, I was relaxed."

  11. India win by 130 runs

    Well, that was not what I was expecting to see at the halfway stage.

    Yet another side fails to chase down a target at this World Cup and by our calculations, only five teams have won batting second in the first 13 matches.

    Stay with us, we'll have the reaction from the man of the match and both captains to come shortly.

  12. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "The crowd erupts both in jubilation and slight disbelief - at India's immense bowling display - as the boys in blue complete a day of domination.

    "The colourful celebrations, which are a mixture of singing, dancing, chanting and cheering have spilled out of the MCG and onto Batman Avenue and are likely to go on well into early hours in Melbourne.

    "86, 876 people watched the dominant display and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to believe at least 85.000 of those were Indian supporters. They came expecting an India victory, as they always do, and their side did not disappoint them. Led by Shikhar Dhawan and Ravi Ashwin, India showed that they won't be letting the World Cup trophy go easily."

  13. Post update

    Gerard Whateley

    BBC Test Match Special

    "India have laid down a marker and it's been a supremely underwhelming performance by one of the pre-tournament favourites South Africa."

  14. India win by 130 runs

    Imran Tahir lbw b Raina 8 (SA 177)

    India celebrate

    And that is that. Imran Tahir prods forward to Suresh Raina and he is right in front of all three stumps. No hesitation from Aleem Dar who raises the finger. The last seven South Africa wickets have fallen for just 44 runs and India have won by 130 runs at the MCG.

  15. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Prashant Srivastava: India really playing like the defending champions. Ruthless display.

  16. SA 175-9 (Ashwin 10-0-41-3)

    More boundary joy for Parnell late-on as he flashes outside off to a full ball from Ashwin and gets a thick edge down to third man for four.

  17. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a lot of talk about Wayne Parnell in South Africa and whether he can produce in the big games. There was no X-Factor today. He went for nine an over - that's a pummelling. Jacques Kallis has left a big hole in this team."

  18. SA 170-9 (Shami 8-1-30-2)

    Parnell clobbers a pull shot for four off Shami, but there's hardly a flicker of emotion on his face as you sense this has little time left to run its course.

  19. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ozayr Colossus: India's bowling and fielding has matched their batting thus far - we're not accustomed to this.

    Parm Bilkhu: South Africa appear to have a very long tail. They will need to sort that if they want to win this World Cup.

  20. SA 162-9 (Ashwin 9-0-36-3)

    Imran Tahir brings up the rear of this South Africa reply. Ashwin has three wickets to his name and in double quick time too. Easy to forget we've actually been in the batting powerplay for the last three overs. It might not last its full five.

  21. WICKET

    Morkel b Ashwin 2 (SA 161-9)

    Start the car. Morne Morkel takes a huge hack at a floaty ball from Ashwin. He swings, he misses, the stumps flash once again and another man in green and yellow makes his way off the park.

  22. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I wouldn't mind seeing a speed gun on Mohammed Shami, he's steaming in and getting good bounce against Morne Morkel who is a very tall man."

    Shami's fastest ball today was registered at 89.3mph

  23. SA 161-8 (Shami 7-1-22-2)

    Mohammed Shami's fully justified his selection today and has a couple of wickets to his name plus a catch. Morne Morkel's the latest man in as South Africa look to restore some pride.

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Amod: Indian fielding today reminds me of the South Africa of the 90s, the way South Africa are batting reminds me of India from 90s.

  25. WICKET

    Steyn c Dhawan b Shami 1 (SA 158-8)

    Steyn walks off

    And they're up on their feet once again as Dale Steyn is the latest South Africa batsman to come and go. Banged in short outside off by Shami and Steyn cuts it straight to the waiting Shikhar Dhawan at cover point.

  26. 'The end is nigh'

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "The crowd are on their feet and can sense the end is nigh as fans' favourite Ashwin's over accounts for two more South African wickets. The dhol's are beating along to sound of cheers and whistles."

  27. SA 157-7 (Ashwin 8-0-35-2)

    Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is among those despondent supporters I just mentioned. Wonder what difference he might have made today if he'd still been playing. Just the one off another tidy over from Ashwin.

  28. Post update

    Harsha Bhogle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There was quite a bit riding on this game if you consider that whoever wins is likely to finish top of the group. They will then avoid having to face Australia or New Zealand... and play England. Or possibly Bangladesh or Afghanistan!"

  29. SA 156-7 (Req rate 10.13)

    Suresh Raina comes on as the sixth different bowler for India. Dale Steyn is out in the middle to join Parnell. There's some glum looking faces in the crowd among the South African contingent as they know what's coming.

  30. WICKET

    Philander lbw b Ashwin 0 (SA 153-7)

    Wayne Parnell watches as India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates dismissing South Africa's Vernon Philander

    Two gone in an over. Vernon Philander's stay at the crease lasts just two balls. Ashwin flights one up that turns back to the right-hander and traps him on the back foot in front of the timbers. Umpire Richard Kettleborough gives him out and there's an immediate call for a review. DRS shows it was hitting the top of middle and off on umpire's call. Could be an early finish at "The G".

  31. WICKET

    Miller run out 21 (SA 153-6)

    Miller watches as he is run out

    More fantastic fielding from India and this is quickly derailing for South Africa. Miller sweeps down to the man who has to chase from deep square leg. A fantastic throw in from Umesh Yadav as they sprint back for two and once again MS Dhoni shows great awareness to guide the ball on to the stumps. Miller is inches short despite the huge dive.

  32. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kishin Mahtani: South Africa now need to score as many as possible as Net Run Rate is going to be critical to decide who goes to the next round.

    DrHolmes: Unlike other teams, SA are not just about a couple of players. We all know they can counter punch. This one's going down the wire.

    Robin Gelder: Never seen India field so well.

  33. Drinks break

    SA 151-5 (Need 157 more to win off 102 balls)

    Shami works his way through another neat over. The boundaries have dried up for South Africa and the last five overs have gone by at 18-2. India doing a cracking job here of squeezing the opposition, very much in the same way they did to Pakistan at Adelaide. On comes the fastest drinks cart in Melbourne for another refreshment break.

  34. Close!

    SA 150-5

    Parnell backs away and squirts the ball out to the point fence. They scamper back for two as the throw comes in and Miller has to get a full-length dive out to get home. Shami breaks the bails, but the replays show Miller is home just in time.

  35. Post update

    Harsha Bhogle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a three-week waiting list for an Australian visa in India because of the thousands of people wanting to come to this tournament."

  36. SA 148-5 (Req rate 8.69)

    Looks like that dismissal of Duminy also came off his body as well as his bat on the way through to slip. Wayne Parnell is the new man in, he's had a chastening day with the ball so far, but does have the ability to hit a long ball.

  37. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If the reverse-sweep comes off you're a hero, if not you're zero. The Indian supporters are going mad - whoever sold India flags outside the MCG today has just gone and bought a Bentley."

  38. WICKET

    Duminy c Raina b Ashwin 6 (SA 147-5)

    And that could well be that. JP Duminy attempts a reverse sweep from Ashwin and a leading edge loops up to slip for the simplest of catches for Suresh Raina. A sea of blue goes wild at the MCG once again.

  39. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    AB de Villiers reacts as he is run out

    "Today was the seventh time that De Villiers and Du Plessis have been involved in a run-out while batting together, which equals the South Africa record for most run-outs by a pair in ODIs with Hansie Cronje/Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten/Jacques Kallis."

  40. SA 147-4 (Miller 21, Duminy 6)

    Thanks Justin, you pass the baton to me at a time when you sense South Africa need a big performance from one or two of their number. As you say, break it down to the last 20 overs as a run chase and it doesn't sound unrealistic. Mohit Sharma keeps up his steady display and he's well backed up by his fielders with light blue shirts diving left and right to keep South Africa in check.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a tricky wicket, especially for the South Africans who have struggled to find their timing. David Miller strikes the ball so cleanly though, that if he gets it through the infield it will go for a boundary."

  42. Scorecard update

    South Africa 142-4 (30 overs)

    Batsmen: Miller 20*, Duminy 2*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (De Kock 7) 40-2 (Amla 22), 108-3 (De Villiers 30), 133-4 (Du Plessis 55)

    Bowling figures: Yadav 6-0-34-0, Shami 5-1-15-1, M Sharma 6-0-26-2, Jadeja 8-0-35-0, Ashwin 5-0-31-0

    India 307-7 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Morkel 2-59

    Full scorecard

  43. Post update

    SA 142-4 (target 308)

    Miller sweeps the first ball of Ashwin's over for four, and the batsmen accumulate steadily off the remainder of it. It's now a Twenty20 game - 166 needed off 20 overs. Hold on to your hats as Adam Williams takes the mic.

  44. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa need a big, big partnership now. They can't afford to leave it to their lower order. Vernon Philander is injured for starters."

  45. SA 134-4 (Mohit 6-0-26-2)

    So JP Duminy joins Miller at the crease. These two both hit centuries in putting on a record unbroken 256 in South Africa's win over Zimbabwe. They only need 175 this time. In fewer than 22 overs. A superb over from Mohit, spoiled only by a wide.

  46. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked like a good shot initially, it made a gun-shot type noise as it flew towards Shikhar Dhawan, but it just came off the splice in the end. South Africa are in trouble now."

  47. WICKET

    Du Plessis c Dhawan b M Sharma 55 (SA 133-4)

    Faf du Plessis hits a shot

    A wicket for MS Dhoni! The skipper can take the credit for that one. He brings Mohit Sharma back into the attack and Du Plessis - advancing down the track - drills his first ball straight to mid-off, where Shikhar Dhawan takes the catch above his head. The Indian fielders go wild. Dhoni allows a sheepish grin to cross his face. Advantage India.

  48. SA 133-3 (target 308)

    The spin twins are whirling away with good effect - Ashwin restricts Miller and Du Plessis to a single apiece. At this stage India were 138-2. Just a thought...

  49. Post update

    David Hussey

    Former Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a nice start from Du Plessis, but he's got to go big if South Africa are to win. He needs to get 140 or 150."

  50. SA 131-3 (Jadjea 8-0-35-0)

    Miller looks like he might be the man to spearhead this South Africa pursuit, which would be a record in an ODI at the MCG. However, with an escalating run rate comes the need to take chances - and the left-hander sees a sweep narrowly evade the diving Mohit at deep mid-wicket. Still, a four's a four.

  51. 'My ear drums have burst'

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    AB de Villiers tosses his bat as he walks back after his dismissal

    "I do believe my eardrums have just burst! An almighty roar that greeted Mohit Sharma's accurate throw that ran out AB de Villiers and sent a soundly sleeping baby into a state on panic.

    "The crowd know just how vital a wicket that was to pick-up if India are going to go and win this match and the shouts of 'India Zindabad' are growing ever louder. The flags are flying high once again as the MCG finally starts to cool from the intense heat during the day."

  52. SA 121-3 (target 308)

    The pressure builds. The noise grows. Are the South African nerves starting to fray? Du Plessis survives an appeal for a bat-pad catch that is slightly stronger than half-hearted. No boundaries from the past four overs.

  53. SA 115-3 (target 308)

    Faf du Plessis plays a sweep shot as India"s wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on

    India tighten the tourniquet - and India captain MS Dhoni is a master of it. Jadeja rattles through another economical over and South Africa's task now reads: 193 needed off 25 overs.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tyrone Savio Pereira: When MSD gets ABD, you know India got this in the bag! Come on boys!

  55. SA 113-3 (target 308)

    David Miller

    Thanks for introducing the new man, Barry. We should work together more often. For those who don't know, this is the David Miler who smashed 138 not out off 92 balls in South Africa's win over Zimbabwe in their World Cup opener. Five singles off that Ashwin over.

  56. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "AB was backing the fact there would be no direct hit, but it was a magnificent throw from the deep. David Miller scored a great century against Zimbabwe, but how does he handle an occasion like this?"

  57. WICKET

    De Villiers run out 29 (SA 107-3)

    South Africa's captain AB de Villiers

    Quick he may be, but De Villiers is not rapid enough. He is run out by a superb throw from Mohit Sharma from deep point as he chased a second run. The fielder made good ground to his left, the release was quick, the throw was flat and within inches of the stumps. Wicketkeeper MS Dhoni sealed the deal.


  58. It's a record!

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "The crowd registered at 116 decibels during the break as it set a first-world world record for a decibel count at a World Cup cricket match. If the count had been taken while Shikhar Dhawan was sending the ball over the rope, there's no doubt it would have been quite a few notches higher.

    "The crowd have quietened a great deal during South Africa's innings, so much so that the incessant ringing of an alarm was the loudest thing that could be heard in the first 10 overs.

    "The odd boundary brings about a smattering of applause from the outnumbered South African fans alongside the DJ's blasts of Katy Perry's biggest hit. However, the loudest cheers are now being reserved for the loss of wickets, close run-outs and bump balls."

  59. SA 107-2 (Du Plessis 44, De Villiers 29)

    Ravichandran Ashwin, India's premier spinner, into the attack. He doesn't go for seven an over very often, so you suspect something has to give here. Du Plessis can't pierce the off-side field... so he goes over the top off the back foot. A streaky edge for four as he attempts to repeat the shot completes a profitable over for South Africa.

  60. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I faced the first ever ball in floodlit cricket during the Packer World Series. It was a no-ball. The lighting wasn't good, so it was hard to pick up the ball. Back then they had eight-ball overs in Australia - as a batsman I loved that. It meant if you got on a roll, you had two extra deliveries."

  61. SA 97-2 (target 308)

    Best friends and also the quickest runners in world cricket? I can't think of too many players who are faster between the wickets than De Villiers and Du Plessis. They need that speed as they scamper a couple of tight singles off Yadav. They know they need to get a wriggle on if they are to win this game as the required run rate reaches 7.27 an over.

  62. Scorecard update

    South Africa 92-2 (20 overs)

    Batsmen: Du Plessis 32*, De Villiers 26*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (De Kock 7) 40-2 (Amla 22)

    Bowling figures: Yadav 5-0-29-0, Shami 5-1-15-1, M Sharma 5-0-25-1, Jadeja 5-0-22-0

    India 307-7 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Morkel 2-59

    Full scorecard

  63. SA 92-2 (target 308)

    Now that's more like it from South Africa. Eight runs off that Jadeja over, most notably a powerful sweep by De Villiers that brings up the half-century stand. Pats on the back all round.

  64. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That four was rather like a snooker player playing a safety shot and getting a lucky pot."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra by clicking on the 'Live coverage' tab.

  65. SA 84-2 (Du Plessis 30, De Villiers 20)

    Du Plessis's default response to being tied down is to give the bowler the charge. Even the pace of Umesh Yadav doesn't cow him as he top-edges an ugly swat over keeper Dhoni's head for four. It might not be pretty but at least he's still there. The partnership is worth 44 off 52 balls.

  66. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "India are trying to throttle South Africa here. The lights are beaming down and the run-rate is going up."

  67. SA 79-2 (Du Plessis 26, De Villiers 19)

    De Villiers and Du Plessis are best mates. Went to the same school. Best man at each other's weddings. They may well share toothpaste too. Can you think of two closer cricketers?

  68. SA 74-2 (target 308)

    The athletic right-arm quick Umesh Yadav glides to the delivery crease, but he serves up a full bunger and Faf Du Plessis smashes the ball straight down the ground. A short one is then top-edged for another boundary. Go hard or go home.

  69. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Full marks to the Indian quicks, they've done a superb job to restrain the start of this South Africa innings. There's some free-scoring players at the top of the order, who've not had anything to put away."

  70. Drinks break

    SA 63-2 (target 308)

    I spoke too soon. Normal service is resumed with two singles off that Jadeja over. Time for a drink.

  71. SA 61-2 (target 308)

    The first boundary for five overs is followed next ball by another as De Villiers finally locates the middle of his bat. A meaty pull, then a swat through extra cover as he gives Mohit the charge. Here we go.

  72. Post update

    Barry Richards

    Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You're feeling the scoreboard pressure and it just needs a partnership for South Africa to get it back on an even keel. Both these players will be aware of that."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra by clicking on the 'Live coverage' tab.

  73. SA 52-2 (Jadeja 2-0-7-0)

    Jadeja seems to be on a one-man mission to up the over rate. He rattles through that one, giving up three singles.

  74. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a definite plan to AB de Villiers here from MS Dhoni with two fielders out deep on the leg side. India coach Duncan Fletcher has had his analysts working overtime and MS Dhoni will have studied lots of videos of de Villiers batting."

  75. SA 49-2 (target 308)

    South Africa skipper De Villiers is yet to find his timing, and Du Plessis has looked far from fluent: he has 11 from 24 balls. Mohit Sharma can be happy with two runs off the over.

  76. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sachin Tendulkar at the MCG

    India legend Sachin Tendulkar tweets: Always special to be back at cricket stadiums. Atmosphere at the MCG is fantastic! #CWC15 #IndvsSA

  77. SA 47-2 (Du Plessis 10, De Villiers 3)

    Shami has indeed been replaced, in favour of the left-arm spin of Ravindra Jadeja. Round the wicket, he concedes four singles to the cover sweeper.

  78. Email


    Nick Lawson from Birmingham: At the match and the place is a sea of blue. Shami is bowling like he's possessed the speed he's getting, incredible!

  79. SA 43-2 (target 308)

    Exit Amla, ODI average 55. Enter AB de Villiers, ODI average of almost 52 and the holder of the fastest ODI century in history. Best of luck, India.

  80. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's always a risky shot. He never really looked at ease today Hashim Amla, he's normally such a free scorer. But very good bowling from India. A great bouncer, coming to the batsman at badge height and it's always difficult to control from there."

  81. WICKET

    Amla c Shami b M Sharma 22 (SA 40-2)

    Hashim Amla

    Amla goes. Sharma drops short, Amla needs no second invitation to pull, but he picks out a back-pedalling Shami at deep backward square-leg. He makes a tricky catch look simple.

  82. Scorecard update

    South Africa 38-1 (10 overs)

    Batsmen: Amla 22*, Du Plessis 5*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (De Kock 7)

    Bowling figures: Yadav 3-0-13-0, Shami 5-1-15-1, M Sharma 2-0-9-0

    India 307-7 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Morkel 2-59

    Full scorecard

  83. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kishin Mahtani: The Amla run-out miss will it come back to haunt India....

  84. SA 38-1 (Shami 5-1-15-1)

    The panting Shami errs in length as Amla pulls from outside off stump for four through square leg. Eight off the over and that might be the end of his impressive opening spell.

  85. Post update

    Nitin Srivastava

    BBC Hindi in Melbourne

    Indian food stall at the MCG

    "Indian street food - chaat, samosa and poori - attracts a heavy rush at the MCG during the interval."

  86. CLOSE

    SA 30-1 (target 308)

    Ooh, almost! India almost run Amla out - twice. He sets off in search of a suicidal single to cover, Du Plessis rightly sends him back, Ajinkya Rahane misses with the throw with Amla not even in the frame, and Suresh Raina also misses from within a few feet as he collects the ball backing up the stumps. A comedy of errors.

  87. SA 30-1

    Hashim Amla calls for a new bat - and a member of the coaching staff trots out with four to choose from. How many bats can you possibly need? I dread to think what his excess baggage bill is like at the airport.

  88. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    It's been a pretty impressive start from India. Although they didn't enjoy the best of series before this World Cup, what they do have is experience of bowling on Australian pitches. They'll also be pleased not to be bowling at Australia. It will feel like a completely new tour for them."

  89. SA 28-1 (target 308)

    The rubber-wristed Amla whips Shami just short of the man at square leg, then has to hurry to make his ground as he takes a single to cover. Du Plessis ends the over with a charge-and-miss at the pace bowler. The pressure builds.

  90. Post update

    David Hussey

    Former Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It should be a gettable target. More teams are scoring 300 now as a par. With the change in the fielding restrictions to just being allowed four outside the circle, it makes these sorts of chases much more reachable. But I reckon it will also be quite a tight finish."

  91. SA 26-1 (Amla 13, Du Plessis 3)

    Mohit Sharma replaces Umesh Yadav. With a little skip at the start of his run, he locates Amla's outside edge as the batsman attempts to work to leg - and the ball flies through the recently vacated first slip region. India captain MS Dhoni strikes his Bruce Forsyth pose behind the stumps as he ponders that fielding change.

  92. Post update

    Mohammed Shami to Hashim Amla
  93. SA 19-1 (target 308)

    You'd never believe it, but Mohammed Shami is only 24. I'm not sure I'm having that. Talk about a heavy paper round. A stubbled face and widows peaks big enough to make his forehead look like a profile of the Loch Ness monster, he keeps it tight once more and now has figures of 1-5 off three overs.

  94. Will India win the World Cup? 'Heck yeah'

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    India supporters inside the MCG

    "Amish Patel and his family have travelled from San Francisco and are pretty confident where the World Cup is going to be headed."

  95. SA 17-1 (target 308)

    Kohli, the catcher, is surely the most intense man ever to step foot on a cricket pitch - all glaring eyes and furrowed brows as he prowls the infield. Needless to say, he's up for this one too. Faf du Plessis off the mark as Yadav concedes five off the over. Amla untroubled so far.

  96. How's stat?!

    South Africa will have to break an MCG record if they are to chase down India's 307-7. Here are the top five successful run chases here:

    • 297-4: Australia v England, 2011
    • 291-5: Australia v New Zealand, 2007
    • 273-6: West Indies v Australia, 1985
    • 272-7: South Africa v Australia, 2009
    • 270-4: Australia v England, 2014
  97. SA 12-1 (Shami 2-1-3-1)

    A wicket maiden for Shami and the thousand of India fans in the crowd make themselves heard again.

  98. Post update

    David Hussey

    Former Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's that crowd noise you were talking about. It's a disappointing innings from Quinton De Kock. He didn't really get a feel of the tempo of the game and he's just mistimed a drive."

  99. WICKET

    De Kock c Kohli b Shami 7 (SA 12-1)

    The breakthrough. Shami bowls full and outside off stump. De Kock's eyes light up as he drives. Captain Virat Kohli takes a smart catch tumbling forward at mid-off. The crowd goes wild. First blood to India. It seems I've forgotten how to write proper sentences.


  100. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rishi V: India well below par given history against SA in World Cup. Hopefully I'm wrong.

  101. SA 12-0 (target 308)

    Yadav, whose flat-top haircut would not look out of place on a Lego man, maintains an admirably fuller length - until he pins De Kock with one in the unmentionables as the left-hander tries to pull. There'll be a nasty bruise there in the morning.

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  103. SA 9-0 (Amla 2, De Kock 5)

    No shortage of energy from the bustling Shami, who already has beads of sweat on his forehead on this sticky Melbourne evening. A wide over Amla's head is the highlight of that over.

  104. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It'll be quieter this, this second half with only the odd explosions of noise when a wicket falls. Boundaries will go largely unnoticed in the crowd."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra by clicking on the 'Live coverage' tab.

  105. Post update

    And it's the stocky Mohammed Shami to take the second new ball. Hashim Amla on strike.

  106. Post update

    David Hussey

    Former Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It could have been more for South Africa to chase. The South Africans finished off the innings well and Dale Steyn has taken some of that India momentum out of the game. It could still be a difficult chase once the pitch quickens up a touch and the dew from the lights starts to take effect."

  107. SA 6-0 (target 308)

    Quinton de Kock may well have been glancing through the record books during his tea, judging by that wild swipe at Umesh Yadav off the first ball he faced. Top edge. Over the keeper. One bounce. Four. Nothing like a little sighter...

  108. Post update

    Quinton De Kock
  109. Post update

    "Let's do it," Virat Kohli says on the big screen as the countdown reaches zero. Shall we...?

  110. Post update

    Never before have a side chased 300 to win an ODI at the MCG. Will South Africa make history? Justin Goulding will talk you through it...

  111. What you may have missed...

    Sri Lanka

    While we wait for South Africa to begin their chase of 308 to beat India, let me fill you in on Sri Lanka's narrow escape against Afghanistan.

    Sri Lanka, who reached the final in 2011, made hard work of chasing a modest 233, slipping to 2-2, 18-3 and 51-4 in Dunedin in Pool A.

    It needed a superb century from veteran Mahela Jayawardene to rescue them, but there was still doubt over the outcome of the match until Thisara Perera smashed an unbeaten 47 off 26 balls. Victory was sealed with four wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare.


  112. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I want to see England bring back James Tredwell - he has never let England down. They can't rely on Moeen Ali and Joe Root because they are still learning their craft, while the fast bowlers all do the same thing - there's no variation.

    "I'd like to see James Taylor back at number three and also Alex Hales back in. He's chomping at the bit and he has scored runs for England in big games before."

  113. England defeats are 'irrelevant'

    Ian Bell

    England's dismal start to the World Cup will have no bearing on Monday's match against Scotland in Christchurch, says batsman Ian Bell.

    England are bottom of Pool A after a 111-run defeat by Australia and an eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in their opening two games.

    "Even though what's happened has been so bad, it's irrelevant to what happens when we play Scotland," said Bell. "It's about how we react. We have to put in a good performance, turn up and play our best cricket."

    Listen to the interview with Ian Bell on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now

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  115. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Wayne Parnell's economy rate (9.44) is the worst in a World Cup match for South Africa by anyone bowling at least nine overs and the equal fourth worst in all World Cup matches."

  116. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ninad Malegaonkar: Looking at the Indian support at The G, let's rename MCG as Mumbai Cricket Ground.

  117. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "The crowd were on their feet for nearly the entire final 15 overs. The Bhangra music has started, Miss Pooja's 'Lovely' has got everybody's hips moving, the drums are being beaten, the Mexican wave is making the rounds and the fans are loving life.

    "There is set be an attempt to record the loudest crowd at a cricket match during the interval and it's impossible to see how it won't be broken at a packed and raucous MCG."

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    Shikhar Dhawan
  119. End-of-innings scorecard

    India 307-7 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Kohli 46

    Fall of wickets: 8-1 (R Sharma 0), 136-2 (Kohli 46), 261-3 (Dhawan 137), 269-4 (Raina 6), 278-5 (Rahane 79), 284-6 (Jadeja 2), 302-7 (Dhoni 18)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 10-1-55-1, Philander 4-1-19-0, Duminy 7-0-39-0, M Morkel 10-0-59-1, Tahir 10-0-48-1, Parnell 9-0-85-1

    Full scorecard

  120. Player's view

    India's Shikhar Dhawan: "I really enjoyed batting. I knew I was playing well because I got some fifties in practice games. I took my time and later on capitalised. It was important to carry on the momentum. The wicket was really good. It's a challenging total and the first 10 overs will be crucial for us."

  121. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have saved themselves 15 runs there. They fought back well, but hats off to India - that's a magnificent total. An MCG record has to fall if South Africa are to win this."

  122. Ind 307-7

    England could learn a lot from South Africa. The Proteas are bowling fast, straight and full. Their fielding is incredibly dynamic too. Mo Shami gives India a late push with a boundary off Dale Steyn, but the final 10 overs go for just 80 runs. Not a bad result for South Africa, who will need 308 to win.

  123. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have done really well in the last three or fours over - they've pulled it bad a bit. They've not let their heads drop, even when the ball was flying everywhere, so well done."

  124. Ind 302-7

    I bet AB De Villiers is brilliant at knocking down the coconut shy at a funfair (47.2 overs). He's probably got hundreds of cuddly toys at home. The umpire knew what was coming, if not Ravindra Jadeja, as he hurriedly ran to mid-on. India are past 300 now. Is that par? Above par? Or below par?

  125. WICKET

    Dhoni c de Kock b Morkel 18 (Ind 302-7)

    A sparkling 11-ball knock from Dhoni is ended when a Morne Morkel bumper is top-edged behind to Quinton de Kock.


  126. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Parnell is having an MCG meltdown. It's happened to many people before, normally in front of an Australian crowd. This time's it's 80,000 baying Indians. Now he's been sent down to the boundary, where the Indians are going to remind him of his figures."

  127. Ind 297-6 (Dhoni 17, Ashwin 0)

    MS Dhoni injects some life into this spluttering Indian innings by clattering Wayne Parnell for three consecutive boundaries all round the wicket. A score of 300-plus looks a shoo-in now.

  128. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "AB de Villiers had three stumps to aim at but he only clipped the off stump. He'll probably chastise himself quietly for that."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra by clicking on the 'Live coverage' tab.

  129. WICKET

    Jadeja run out (De Villiers) 2 (Ind 284-6)

    Ravindra Jadeja

    How good is AB de Villiers? Ravindra Jadeja makes the mistake of taking on the South African's arm at mid-off and from the best part of 20 yards, the stumps are thrown down. Another wicket for the Proteas.


  130. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dave Ellis: Great Innings from India but something tells me they may be a few short - still fancy SA here.

  131. Ind 284-5 (run-rate: 6.04)

    South Africa have pulled this one back really well. MS Dhoni looks like he's nipped out for a Sunday afternoon hit with his mates as he takes on the leg-spinner Imran Tahir without a helmet. Old school. A good over by the Proteas - just six runs from it.

  132. WICKET

    Rahane lbw Steyn 79 (Ind 278-5)

    A fantastic battle between Ajinkya Rahane and Dale Steyn concludes with the fast bowler coming out on top. Three searing yorkers are marked in the scorebook as dots, then Rahane swipes the next one over mid-off for six. Steyn's response? Another fast, straight ripper which pins the little right-hander in front. Plumb.


  133. Ind 271-4

    Here comes MS Dhoni, he of the fastest hands in the east.

  134. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    William Smeaton: Although India have batted well I don't believe 320 will be enough. Amla, ABDV, Duminy, DuPlessis is a strong batting line-up.

  135. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a slower ball bouncer, not only a good catch but very good field placing from AB de Villiers. He had the man 15 yards in front of square which is very unusual for a fast bowler, feather in the cap to AB de Villiers."

  136. WICKET

    Raina c sub (Roussow) b Morkel 6 (Ind 269-4)

    Rilee Rossouw

    Suresh Raina falls to the short ball yet again. Just a couple of balls after being dropped in the deep by substitute fielder Rilee Roussow, the stocky left-hander does the same again and pulls a short ball down the throat of Roussow at deep square leg.

  137. Ind 266-3

    Suresh Raina is the new man to the crease and he shows magnificent hands to guide a short ball past backward point for four. The next six overs should be entertaining.

  138. What you may have missed...

    Thisara Perera

    Just woken up? You missed a belter of a game in Dunedin, where Afghanistan fell narrowly short of a shock win over Sri Lanka in Pool A.

    Sri Lanka, runners-up in the 2011 World Cup final, scraped home by four wickets with only 10 balls to spare against the minnows, who were playing only their second game in the tournament's history.

    Chasing 233, Sri Lanka lost both openers to first-ball ducks as they slipped to 18-3 and 51-4. Although Mahela Jaywardene's superb 100 - his 19th century in ODIs - rescued them somewhat, it needed an unbeaten 47 off 26 balls from Thisara Perera (above) to see them over the line.


  139. WICKET

    Dhawan c Amla b Parnell 137 (Ind 261-3)

    Hashim Amla

    The MCG rises as one to salute a fantastic innings from Shikhar Dhawan. His destructive 146-ball knock comes to an end when he swivels on a short ball from left-arm quick Wayne Parnell and shovels a catch to Hashim Amla at fine leg.

  140. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kartik Pande: (re 33 overs) Most other teams also don't rate Dhawan.....and suffer!

  141. Ind 254-2 (Dhawan 137, Rahane 64)

    He's slight in frame and it looks like his helmet is too big for him, but Ajinkya Rahane has so much power. He steps back and plants Imran Tahir back over his head for a six, then cracks a single into the off side. Another nine added to the score.

  142. Ind 245-2 (run-rate: 5.83)

    What an incredible atmosphere the Indian supporters are generating inside the MCG. It's brilliant to see such a pure love of this magnificent sport. Ajinkya Rahane gets stuck into Wayne Parnell and swats him for six into the leg side. India have their foot on the throat of this Proteas bowling attack.

  143. 50 for Rahane (off 40 balls)

    Ind 237-2

    I've got to admit... some of this strokeplay from Shikhar Dhawan is mind-blowing. He picks up a decent length ball from Morne Morkel and just flicks it past backward square leg for a maximum.

    The tall, rangy Morkel responds with a couple of rippers which beat the outside edge. A gentle single allows Dhawan to return to the non-striker's end for a breather and a little smile as the 100 partnership comes up off 83 balls. Ajinkya Rahane is also batting well as he brings up his half-century with a single of his own.

  144. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Parm Bilkhu: (Re 33 overs) If you don't rate Shikhar Dhawan then surely this innings will change your mind? Even Steyn is suffering.