If you have seen the popular 'Mauka Mauka' ad you would know that India had not beaten South Africa in three World Cup clashes (1992, 1999 and 2011). But the Men in Blue broke the jinx at the MCG on Sunday. Here are the key match facts
Whenever Shikhar Dhawan scores an ODI hundred, India win. Today was no different as the Delhi dasher scored 137 (146 balls), studded with 16 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Rahane is seen as the silent, but stroke-filled bulwark of the Indian middle order. He could little against Palistan, coming in the 50th over. He made up by smashing Steyn and Morkel out of the park while galloping to 79 runs (60 balls).
India's batting talisman fell to a loose shot for 46 at a time when he was looking very comfortable against the South African attack.
Quinton De Kock had scored three hundreds in his three previous encounters against India but Shami prised out the cherubic keeper-batsman for 7.
The South African batting monk fell for 22 runs to a bouncer as he tried to hook Mohit Sharma. Amla's dismissal early in the innings put India in control of proceedings.
AB de Villiers was electric in the field during the Indian innings and orchestrated two run outs. He was given a taste of his own medicine by Mohit, who threw the ball hard and fast from sweeper cover to Dhoni to whip off the bails. It’s not every day that you run out AbdV. He fell for 30.
David Miller also decided to take on the Indian fielding and paid the price. Umesh swooped in on the ball at deep square leg and sent a bullet throw to Dhoni to run out the southpaw for 22.
Ashwin is India's middle order specialist. His job is to asphyxiate the opposition between overs 20 to 40. Coming in to bowl in the 22nd over Ashwin took 3 wickets for India with a miserly economy rate of 4.10.
Ishant Sharma's late replacement has made his presence felt in the tournament by bowling a sharp and nagging line. Mohit took the key wickets of Amla and Du Plessis to finish with figures of 2 for 31.