Does Allan Border see Pakistan as favourites to win the World Cup?
Jun 09 2019
"The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli will be crucial to India's chances so it is a great sign that Sharma got a hundred and saw them over the line", he wrote.
Rohit Sharma who was at second slip, took the easy catch to give India the first breakthrough.
Virat Kohli is the world´s top-ranked batsman in one-day internationals and Tests while Mitchell Starc is Australia´s left-arm pace spearhead.
The innings mirrored South Africa's World Cup campaign to date as their batsmen struggled to find form or fluency on wickets that were good for striking.
"Of course South Africa look a little demoralised after a tough start to the tournament, but his bowling was fantastic". A few games in this World Cup have been affected by rain and it was the first match to get washed out without a ball being bowled.
Rohit added 85 for the third wicket with Lokesh Rahul, who made 26, and another 74 for the fourth with Mahendra Singh Dhoni to help India overcome the early loss of wickets.
Talking about Australia's win, Border said: "If you can win games without playing your best, obviously you want to build to your best, that's what a time like this is about and India next up will be a big stumbling block".
"You can not rely on the individuals, and that was very impressive from India to see significant partnerships from a few players".
We are all excited about the World Cup. After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Africa posted a below-par 227 for nine in their 50 overs as wily wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned figures of 4-51 following a superb opening burst from seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-35).
"I don't know what is happening with that (the gloves controversy), I have nothing to say. When you do, it's a positive for the team and you don't have to play catch-up".