Despite fightback at various points in the match by South Africa, Team India managed to hang on for an impressive win in the 2013 Champions Trophy opener. The Men in Blue scored 331/7 but the Proteas, despite a shaky start to their chase, scored 305 in the end. And that is what worries NDTV expert and former India skipper, Sunil Gavaskar, the most.
"A winning start is always very good. India though, needs to improve on their bowling front. To allow the other team to score 300+ means you have not bowled well. It was a great pitch to bat on and conditions were perfect, still the bowling needs to be looked at by the coaching staff."
AB de Villiers put India in to bat first at Cardiff with the skies looking overcast. He might have banked on the weather to remain that way for his bowlers to get swing, especially with Dale Steyn missing. It though backfired as the sun came out as soon as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma came in to bat. After initial caution, both opened up. While Rohit was flamboyant to begin with, Dhawan was the one who carried on and scored his first ODI ton.