Rohit Sharma opened his World Cup campaign with a patient century in India's tournament opener against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. In the process, Rohit (23) also surpassed former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly (22) for scoring most hundreds for India to be placed at third spot on the list. The list is being led by legendary Sachin Tendulkar with 49 tons to his name followed by Indian captain Virat Kohli (41).
India launched their World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa as the Proteas suffered their third defeat in as many matches this tournament.
India, with Rohit Sharma's 122 not out, - the highest individual score of the tournament to date - took their time over the chase before winning with 15 balls to spare.
Rohit, who got a reprieve on 1 off Rabada in the second over of the innings, led India's 228-run chase, scoring his slowest ODI ton off 128 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. This is Rohit's second World Cup century after registering his first (137) against Bangladesh in 2015 World Cup quarter-finals in Melbourne.
Earlier, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed four wickets, helping India restrict South Africa to a sub-par 227 for 9 in their opening encounter of the World Cup.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis' decision to bat under overcast conditions backfired with Jasprit Bumrah (10-1-35-2) setting the tone with twin blows in his opening spell.
Chahal (10-0-51-4) then tightened the noose on South African batsmen as they could never really force the pace during the middle overs. Incidentally, this was the best 10-over single spell (in terms of wickets taken) by any bowler in a World Cup game.
South Africa's total got some semblance of respectability courtesy Chris Morris (42 off 34) and Kagiso Rabada (31 not out off 35), who shared a much needed 66-run stand for the eighth wicket.