Jadeja started the flutter in the South African dressing room with his superb run out. WICKET. Jadeja has trapped Duminy LBW. South Africa call for the review but its in vein. The Indian all-rounder has turned in a great performance in all aspects of his game and this game may well be taken right down to the wire. Faf du Plessis joins his captain in the middle.
Duminy hasn't manage to find his timing yet, but if he is allowed to rotate the strike for another 20 minutes then he may just kick into gear. Raina goes for six off a steady over.
Ashwin looks as if he will bowl out his ration as he is now into his 9th over. India need to be careful that they don't only focus on restricting the run rate because if they don't get anymore wickets, they will loose.
Raina continues with his off-spinners and is doing a fine job for his captain. The required rate is slowly creeping up and the game is in the balance.
Ashwin is into his 8th and possibly final over of this spell. The Indians have become more vocal since the wicket. They are looking for a wicket now rather than just protecting the scoreboard.
Duminy is off the mark. This is India's chance to sneak in a few cheap overs while the new batsman finds his feet. South Africa do well to not allow Raina a quiet over.
WICKET. A great bit of fielding and a terrible mix up results in Peterson being run out. JP Duminy is the new batsmen.
Raina is brought into the attack as the third spinner. The more pace there has been on the ball, the further it has gone today. It can be expected that there will be a lot of spin bowled for the rest of this innings. Five runs off the over brings up the 150 for the Proteas.
Ashwin is lofted over cover by Petersen. The boundary sets up the over, which is then just worked for risk free singles. The batsmen are doing it well, for the time being.
Jadeja rushes through another over. It feels as if only a ball or two has been bowled, but the over has already been completed. The batsmen should step away and take their time while this crafty spinner is bowling.
50 is brought up for de Villiers with a nudge around the corner. The captain has the chance to make a real statement by leading his team to victory in the first game of the Champions Trophy.
Peterson tries the switch hit but it is spliced and results in just a single. The dot balls have now become scarce for the bowlers, as six runs are collected from the over.
Ashwin beats de Villiers with one that turns the other direction. It will be de Villiers job to keep Peterson calm, as this is the left-handers first ODI 50.
The pinch-hitter takes a single to bring up a very gutsy 50. Jadeja is flying through his overs. The batsmen are rushed and that is a tactic that can build serious presure. de Villiers breaks the bowler's grip with a boundary.
A bit of pressure is just starting to build as the spinners are stringing together a number of dot balls. Another over costs the bowler just two runs. The batsmen need to keep their heads as they are already ahead of the rate.
Jadeja is into the attack and provides some much needed variation. A very accurate over yields just two runs. The batsmen need to play themselves in again after the break.
A single of every one of the first five deliveries of Ashwin's over keeps the score ticking over. Drinks are taken wish South Africa feeling as if this game is in their own hands.
Yadav is brought back in an attempt to blast out a wicket. A wide brings up the 100 for South Africa in just the 14th over. Apart from the two early wickets, the Proteas will be pleased with this start. Peterson dismisses a short ball as he pulls another boundary.
Spin is brought into the attack in the shape of Ashwin. South Africa will be happy to milk the spinners in the middle overs and tick over the scoreboard. The batsmen work six off the over and will view that as an over where they have won.
South Africa have grabbed the momentum, but in order to make it count, they will have to hold onto it for at least another 20 overs. Six risk free runs are taken from the Sharma over.
Kumar is into his 6th over and if allowed, he will continue, as he is most effective with the new ball. The batsmen are dealing with the pace in a brutal manner.
Sharma is crashed for a boundary by de Villiers as short cover if left ducking for cover. The result is the same off the front and back foot. The bowler must be confused as to where the best area is to bowl.
Kumar bowls a good over, but it still costs him six runs. The batsmen seem to be scoring at will. The biggest challenge may arrive in the form of spin.
Sharma is brought into the attack. Immediately he is carved over the off-side by Peterson. The South African left-hander had a poor day in the field, so he will be looking to prove his worth with the bat. Sharma leaks 11 runs to start his spell.
AB shows his class as he pushes through the off-side to pick up his first boundary. Six runs are taken from the over as South Africa look to build a platform.
Yadav falls into the same trap as many of the South African bowlers. He drops short as Peterson pulls for four. The pitch seems to have eased up a little, but as a result it may turn a little more for India's spinners. Robbie P is pinned on the arm to end the over.
Peterson starts the Kumar over with a lovely drive through the covers. The one positive South Africa can take from this start is that the run rate is not a problem. 11 runs come from what was actually a pretty good over.
Yadav is slightly wide. Amla pounces on the width and carves it through the off-side for four. Amla is counter-attacking as he capitalises on a consecutive leg-side deliveries. WICKET. Yadav gets it right and Amla is caught behind by Dhoni. The captain strides to the crease a lot earlier than he would have liked.
WICKET. Kumar finds Ingram's edge and is caught at slip. Peterson has been promoted and comes in at number 3. The new batsmen is away as he works the ball into the leg-side for 3 runs. India's opening bowlers have gone for runs when their line has strayed, but they have found the perfect length for this wicket.
Yadav, fresh off wickets in the warm-up game, shares the new ball. He too has found some shape early doors.Ingram picks up his first boundary with a clip through mid-wicket. The opening batsmen have both found the middle of the bat and this start should settle some nerves.
Kumar is given the first over and immediately there is a little swing. An inside edge gets South Africa underway before Amla flicks one off his pads for the first boundary.
India were asked to bat first and they batted well. The two opening batsmen did an amazing job as they set up what turned out to be the imposing total of 331/7. South Africa will have their work cut out for them as this is not an easy wicket to bat on if the quick bowlers can find a good length. Unfortunately, the South African attack were well below par today and they will have to be rescued by their batting line-up. It is not mission impossible, but India will take the field as clear favourites after the lunch interval.
McLaren bowls the last over of the Indian innigs. Yorkers are being bowled at will and are yielding results. WICKET. Ashwin is run out trying to take a quick single to the bowler. Where were these yorkers during the last 10 overs. The bowler then goes short for some reason and is put away by Jadeja.
Tsostobe is just putting the ball on a length, something that you simply cannot do at the death. Jadeja hits the sight-screen and will continue to make the bowler pay if he can't find a good length.
McLaren is hit for a string of singles to bring up the 300 for India. The over is ruined by a short and wide ball which is given the treatment by Jadeja. Jadeja repeats the medicine with a clever late cut.
Tsostobe is now thrust into the unfamiliar role of bowling at the death due to the injury that Morkel suffered. WICKET. Dhoni is caught at long-on. Jadeja is pleasing on the eye as he strokes a boundary through the covers.
Kleinveldt mercifully has come to the end of his bowling quota. This is a day that he would want to forget in a hurry having cost his team 81 runs.
Chants of Dhoni are going around the ground and the Indian supporters are making themselves heard. Duminy finishes his allocation of 10 overs. He has done a great job for his captain while the regular bowlers have fallen apart.
Kleinveldt returns to the attack and immediately releases any pressure that Jadeja may have been feeling. The left-hander is now on his way as he belts a handsome boundary down the ground.
Dhoni now has the responsibility to guide India to the 330 that they will be targeting. He starts the over well by taking 7 runs off the first 3 balls of Duminy's over. Jadeja is kept quiet to salvage the over.
McLaren drags another delivery down and once again concedes a boundary. The length of the pace bowlers has been far to short through the entire innings. WICKET. Raina gets a leading edge that loops up to cover. Jadeja is the new man to the crease.
With the arrival of the left-handed Raina, Duminy returns to the attack. Another tidy over is completed by Duminy as India look to rebuild before a final onslaught.
WICKET. McLaren returns and finds the edge of Kathik's bat with de Villiers doing the rest. A constant stream of wickets will be South Africa's only way of restricting the flow of runs.
Cricket is a funny game, and this is once again evident as the batting powerplay is bringing the bowling team back into the contest. Dhoni has decided that his team can't let go of the momentum and deposits a length ball over mid-wicket.
Karthik breaks free as he dances down the wicket and deposits Duminy into the crowd over long-on. WICKET. Duminy eventualy gets his man as Dhawan sweeps straight to square-leg. A huge cheer goes up as Dhoni makes his way to the middle.
News on Morkel... He has a quad strain and will not bowl again in the innings. Tsotsobe has carried on the good work by building pressure on Karthik. South Africa will be relatively pleased with going for just 6 runs in a powerplay over.
The powerplay has just been called and in a surprise move, Duminy is given the responsibility of bowling. The off-spinner responds really well by making it tough for Karthik to get off the mark.
Tsotsobe returns and strikes, WICKET. A short ball that should have been punished is hit straight to the main on the mid-wicket boundary. Kohli is replaced by the dangerous Karthik who is fresh of back to back hundreds in the warm-up games.
Morkel is welcomed back to the bowling crease by a stunning cover drive that adds another four runs to Kohli's total. The 200 has come up for India with 16 overs still remaining. With 9 wickets still in hand the Indians will treat the end of this innings as a T20 match. Drama, as Morkel is walking off the field with another delivery still to be bolwed in the over. South Africa and de Villiers in particular will now have a huge migran.
Duminy bowls a beauty. Dhawan is beaten in the flight and the turn takes it past the outside edge, but then de Villiers misses a simple stumping and the centurion is still in the middle.
Kleinveldt bowls a steady over, but is still send to the boundary will ease. All hell may break loose now that Dhawan has brought up a brilliant hundred and the powerplay is due.
Duminy may not be the world's most feared bowler, but he is opperating with real intensity. Another tight over comes to an end as JP is doing a good job for his captain.
Kleinveldt is on the pads and Dhawan accepts the gift by glancing another boundary past short fine-leg. The Cobras' quick has really struggled today and de Villiers is trying to get as many of his overs out of the way as he can.
The off-spinner's control is rewarded as he is given another over. Four dot balls to start the over were the closest South Africa have come to buildind pressure for at least 20 overs. A very tidy over costs just a single run.
Duminy may have been used just for a single over as Kleinveldt is now seeing if his luck changes with a change of ends. Four runs off the over feels like a moral victory for the bowler at this stage.
Duminy is given another over. He is milked for singles almost at will, but he does seem to have more control than the majority of the bowlers on show.
Tsotsobe's over starts with an uncharacteristic fumble in the outfield. The runs are hemeraging with very little risk being taken by the batsmen. Kohli is being allowed to play himself in and get used to the conditions while Dhawan is now dominating as he hoists another length delivery over mid-wicket for four runs.
Kleinveldt returns after a single Peterson over. de Villiers seems to be rotating the bowlers so that the batsmen can't line any of them up. Do you think this is the correct policy? Let us know what you think by contacting us here: email@example.com.
Tsotsobe replaces McLaren just at the All-rounder looked to have settled into a good head of steam. The South African opening bowlers leaks 12 runs on his return.
The arrival of the new batsman gives de Villiers a chance to get through a few overs of spin and therefore Petersen is back into the attack. The left-armer is milked for 5 runs and Kohli in particular will be happy to see the spinner after taking a blow.
WICKET. McLaren strikes as Sharma tries to pull a ball that was just too full. It looped out to the deep square-leg and the catch was safely taken. Possibly India's best player now walks to the middle in the shape of Virat Kohli. He is struck on the grill very first delivery which will ruffle a few feathers.
Morkel is in once again. AB is bowling his trump card because he is desperate to break the partnership. If however, Morkel is bowled out early, the death overs could be absolute carnage.
After a brief break in play while Dhawan receives some treatment, he takes a quick single and brings up a very well played 50. A drive on the up, combined with some unathletic fielding from Kleinveldt, produces yet another boundary.
The Duminy experiment is over for now, as Morkel is brought back into the attack. South Africa are running out of answers as even their main man is now being sent to the boundary at a fair clip.
McLaren drops short yet again. Dhawan takes his eye off the ball and it crashes into his helmet, no harm done. South Africa need to try something different, so maybe some aggression will deliver the results.
Desperate times has prompted Duminy to be brought into the attack. The off-spinner has started with a good line and length but Sharma eases him down the ground to bring up his 50.
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Kleinveldt told to take a breather. Change of ends for McLaren. Dhawan determined to combat the bowler's probling length by dancing down the pitch, and duly bringing up the team century with a single through cover.
Driven, pushed and swept, Peterson concedes 11 runs in the first three balls of his second over. He is not going to get a full complement of 10 overs at this rate. Perhaps the resurgent Duminy will be allowed to turn his arm over for a bit of spin. Both Dhawan and Sharma closing in no half-centuries.
"Amazed by the poor bowling by the Proteas attack. What ever happened to good old line and length bowling?" - Jeff Meneses. Perhaps the rest can tell us, Jeff. Mail your thoughts to: email@example.com.
Sharma's rearguard shot suggests a two-paced nature to the track, but that's in isolation, and we'll require a more rounded view before making a full assumption. Then, horror upon horrors for South Africa. Morkel would have been underneath the catch had he not run in from the fine-leg boundary, but instead watches Dhawan's pull shot careen over his head for four. Not quite a dropped catch, but certainly a missed opportunity. Nothing going Kleinveldt's way today.
De Villiers, and it's about time, decides to have the pace taken off the ball. Peterson into the attack. No frills, no fuss from the Indian batsmen, who duly adjust their collective and individual sights by milking the spinner to all corners. The big hits can wait, for now.
Kleinveldt enduring a bit of a 'mare, as he did in Australia - before improving last year. Meanwhile, a short'n'sweet email from Austria of all places: "Leaving out Philander for anyone is a big mistake." - A Yates.
Sharma on the pull again, and whatever plans the Proteas had in place for this batsman are not working. McLaren, however, quick to clean up a potentially expensive over. Has to find a consistent length.
Riaan Fourie mails in: "Philander is worth his weight in gold. Tsotsobe has announced his retirement, why play him? No sentiment for old-timers here, even though he is not that old." Can't agree with the retirement bit, that's Monde Zondeki, but Riaan is spot on with the rest. Your thoughts? Mail us at : firstname.lastname@example.org/
The cloud that influence de Villiers' decision at the toss has dissipated, and now the Indian openers are taking advantage of the baking conditions. The pitch was hard and true at the start, and will only prove more so as the 50 overs go on. Soon a free-hit as Kleinveldt lopes in a big no-ball - but Dhawan can't cash in on the freebie. So ends the mandatory opening Powerplay.
McLaren into the attack too. Morkel off. McLaren, in the buildup to the match, waxed lyrical about his knowledge of English conditions. It's not serving him well so far, though, as Dhawan punishes some rank leg-side fodder. Tsotsobe, meanwhile, tested at fine-leg - and looking like club cricketer for his foolish fielding. The decision to bowl first not paying off for the Proteas. Early doors, though.
Early change of bowling. Kleinveldt replaces Tsotsobe. The new man soon travels - too short, then too full and duly spooned and planked for twin fours by Rohit. Now, again, is the time to question Kleinveldt's selection ahead of Philander. Not too harshly, though. Any takers? Mail us at: email@example.com.
Getting struck in the crotch is never nice. Getting struck in the crotch amid chilly conditions is particularly painful. Poor Rohit suffers this plight, as Morkel gets one to cut back into him. The last laugh belongs to the batsman, though, as something just a touch short is spanked to the square-leg fence.
Poor length, poor line by the left-armer - and Rohit punishes it high and hard over point for six. Very lame delivery, little effort needed from the batsman. Not what you'd expect from a bowler who once held top spot in the ICC ODI rankings. That said, he does well to clean up a potentially expensive over. Until, that is, Dhawan dances down the track to swat four through the covers. That, right there, is the influence of the Indian Premier League.
Morkel takes advantage of the recent rule changes, bowling two bouncers in this over. Dhawan takes one of 'em on, and almost holes out to fine-leg. Sharma, though, is happy to bob and weave his way to safety.
Tsotsobe slides one down the leg-side and appeals for caught behind, but the umpire isn't buying, and duly signals a wide. The left-hand, right-hand combination isn't going to help the bowlers. Tsotsobe later lands one on Rohit's front pad, hence a loud shout for lbw, but the trajectory is deemed to high - close, though. Perhaps worth a review, but no. Sharma bites back with an exquisite drive - and that's the first boundary of the tourney.
Morkel uses his height well, and keeps Dhawan on his toes with some steep bounce. The ball is hitting wicketkeeper de Villiers' gloves hard. South Africa's seam attack will have to work that much hard in Steyn's absence. Near maiden, but the left-handed Dhawan milks some rogue line through the leg-side to close the over with a two.
Left-armer Tsotsobe gets the other new ball ahead of right-armer Kleinveldt. He too is determined to have the batsmen toy with some probing line outside the off-stump. Dhawan, meanwhile, almost inflicts a run-out by stealing a single to the fumbling slip fielder. Later, early signs show the outfield to be a bit sluggish. The straight boundary, to reiterate, is reasonably short.
Morkel finds a tidy channel outside the off-stump, and should be afforded an additional slip, before straying into the pads of Sharma, who welcomes the first run of the tournament to square-leg.
Odd that the Proteas added Alviro Petersen to the squad as Graeme Smith's replacement, but then didn't play him, instead promoting Ingram to the top of the order. Is this the right move - or will it backfire? Mail your opinion to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a quick tournament opening ceremony, singsongs, handshakes and other such pleasantries out the way, all and sundry head out to the middle. Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould are the umpires. Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan with bats in hand, Morkel with ball.
Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.
AB de Villiers triumphs in the flip of the coin - and South Africa will, understandably so, bowl first. He confirms Steyn's absence, and declares Colin Ingram as an opening batsman today. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, meanwhile, says Rohit Sharma will open too, and Dinesh Karthik will bat down the order.
Pseudo pitch pundit and former New Zealand fast bowler surveys the pitch, and finds hard conditions lined with a bit of grass - good for the seamers. The straight boundary is rather short, and bowling first under cloudy skies seems to be the way to go.
Steyn won't play. He is helping with the warmup drills, but not taking an active part in proceedings.
"Not sure who is going to rock for the Proteas, but really can't see it being Farhaan Behardien. Don't know why he was chosen. Really would have preferred to seen another bowler, perhaps Kyle Abbott or Vernon Philander selected," writes Pieter Smuts. Beg to differ? Mail us at: email@example.com.
As always, your thoughts can feed the lifeblood of this commentary. Interaction is where it's at, and well start proceedings with the following question - Who, exactly, will stand out for South Africa, if they go all the way in this tournament? Or perhaps you want to lay claim to that so-called 'chokers' tag...? Mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While India are looking particularly settled, given convincing wins in the warmup fixtures against Sri Lanka and Australia, the Proteas have copped a blow. Fast bowler Dale Steyn, nursing a back injury, isn't likely to play today.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first game in the 2013 Champions Trophy. Thursday sees India and South Africa open Group B at Sophia Gardens (or Swalec Stadium, for the corporate stiffs) in Cardiff.