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Summary

  1. India beat S Africa by 130 runs in Melbourne
  2. India 307-7: Dhawan 137, Rahane 79, Kohli 46
  3. SA 177 (40.2): Du Plessis 55, Ashwin 3-41
  4. India stay top of Pool B
  5. Pool A: Sri Lanka bt Afghanistan by four wkts
  6. Afghanistan 232; SL 236-6: Jayawardene 100

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By Adam Williams, Justin Goulding and Marc Higginson

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India celebrate their win against South Africa
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And that is that for another action-packed day at the Cricket World Cup.

Wins for both

Sri Lanka and
India in their respective groups have thrown up some more magnificent performances from the game's big names.

Don't forget - the action down under continues as soon as this evening. It's the Battle of Britain from 21:30 GMT.

England against Scotland from Christchurch in Pool A. You definitely don't want to miss that.

Thanks for all your contributions and see you again soon.

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Shikhar Dhawan
AP

Shikhar Dhawan led the way with a superb 137 as made 307-7 from their 50 overs.

The bowlers and the fielders then put in an almost faultless shift for their captain and South Africa surprisingly surrendered for 177 in just over 40 overs to give India the win by 130 runs.

Read our report right here.

Barry Richards

Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Don't discount South Africa, I think they'll still come good in this tournament. The fifth bowler is a worry and if Miller doesn't come good, there's quite a long tail. But, India against Australia could be a mouth-watering encounter on the evidence both of those sides have shown so far."

Captain's view

More from India captain MS Dhoni: "A couple of run outs made things even more impressive. Once the batsmen took us on and we got them in the field with some great work, that was the real turning point.

"After two games, we've shown we're able to execute our plans well. There's an improvement in each and every game."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"India look like the team from this group who can go on and challenge New Zealand and Australia. Shikhar Dhawan was magnificent but so was Ajinkya Rahane - he's a small man in stature but he just smashed it."

Captain's view

MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan
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India captain MS Dhoni: "I think it's more than just the result that pleases me today. It was a back-to-back good performance from both the bowling and batting unit, which is why we can enjoy it.

"South Africa are such a good side, so I think that makes it an even more satisfying win. I felt the bowlers bowled well, the right areas, the spinners varied their pace and that was some of the reason for our success."

Captain's view

AB De Villiers
AP

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "The run-outs cost us dearly, coming just when we got started with the bat in hand. That's where we lost the game. The bowlers fought back well because we were staring at 350. It was a 270-280 par wicket although to restrict India to 307 was a good effort.

"It was not a good enough performance as a batting unit and now we have to regroup. The wicket didn't change, but I still think it was a good toss to win. You can put pressure on the fielding team if you have them out there in the afternoon heat.

"Playing six batsmen actually ended up being a good decision because we lost Vernon Philander to injury. If I didn't have Wayne Parnell, I might have had to bowl myself."

Nitin Srivastava

BBC Hindi in Melbourne

India fans at the MCG
BBC Sport

MCG has erupted with Vande Matram (the national song of India) and Chak De India (Go India!) slogans in the air! And there's no age barrier for cricket fans who came and enjoyed the match.

Barry Richards

Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The two things that always worry me about India cricket are running between the wickets and their ability to defend a target up front with their opening bowlers. They've dispelled both of those myths tonight. I thought their running was exceptional and their out-fielding incredible."

Man of the match

Shikhar Dhawan reaches 100
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India's Shikhar Dhawan, who hit 137 runs off 146 balls: "It was very important to score a century, it's a great feeling. More than that, it was important that we put on big partnerships for the team. We lost an early wicket today but we just wanted to stay there and respect the good balls and cash in on the bad deliveries. I knew I could pick up the run-rate, I was relaxed."

India win by 130 runs

Well, that was not what I was expecting to see at the halfway stage.

Yet another side fails to chase down a target at this World Cup and by our calculations, only five teams have won batting second in the first 13 matches.

Stay with us, we'll have the reaction from the man of the match and both captains to come shortly.

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport in Melbourne

"The crowd erupts both in jubilation and slight disbelief - at India's immense bowling display - as the boys in blue complete a day of domination.

"The colourful celebrations, which are a mixture of singing, dancing, chanting and cheering have spilled out of the MCG and onto Batman Avenue and are likely to go on well into early hours in Melbourne.

"86, 876 people watched the dominant display and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to believe at least 85.000 of those were Indian supporters. They came expecting an India victory, as they always do, and their side did not disappoint them. Led by Shikhar Dhawan and Ravi Ashwin, India showed that they won't be letting the World Cup trophy go easily."

Gerard Whateley

BBC Test Match Special

"India have laid down a marker and it's been a supremely underwhelming performance by one of the pre-tournament favourites South Africa."

India win by 130 runs

Imran Tahir lbw b Raina 8 (SA 177)

India celebrate
AP

And that is that. Imran Tahir prods forward to Suresh Raina and he is right in front of all three stumps. No hesitation from Aleem Dar who raises the finger. The last seven South Africa wickets have fallen for just 44 runs and India have won by 130 runs at the MCG.

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Prashant Srivastava: India really playing like the defending champions. Ruthless display.

SA 175-9 (Ashwin 10-0-41-3)

More boundary joy for Parnell late-on as he flashes outside off to a full ball from Ashwin and gets a thick edge down to third man for four.

Barry Richards

Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"There's a lot of talk about Wayne Parnell in South Africa and whether he can produce in the big games. There was no X-Factor today. He went for nine an over - that's a pummelling. Jacques Kallis has left a big hole in this team."

SA 170-9 (Shami 8-1-30-2)

Parnell clobbers a pull shot for four off Shami, but there's hardly a flicker of emotion on his face as you sense this has little time left to run its course.

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Ozayr Colossus: India's bowling and fielding has matched their batting thus far - we're not accustomed to this.

Parm Bilkhu: South Africa appear to have a very long tail. They will need to sort that if they want to win this World Cup.

SA 162-9 (Ashwin 9-0-36-3)

Imran Tahir brings up the rear of this South Africa reply. Ashwin has three wickets to his name and in double quick time too. Easy to forget we've actually been in the batting powerplay for the last three overs. It might not last its full five.

WICKET

Morkel b Ashwin 2 (SA 161-9)

Start the car. Morne Morkel takes a huge hack at a floaty ball from Ashwin. He swings, he misses, the stumps flash once again and another man in green and yellow makes his way off the park.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"I wouldn't mind seeing a speed gun on Mohammed Shami, he's steaming in and getting good bounce against Morne Morkel who is a very tall man."

Shami's fastest ball today was registered at 89.3mph

SA 161-8 (Shami 7-1-22-2)

Mohammed Shami's fully justified his selection today and has a couple of wickets to his name plus a catch. Morne Morkel's the latest man in as South Africa look to restore some pride.

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Amod: Indian fielding today reminds me of the South Africa of the 90s, the way South Africa are batting reminds me of India from 90s.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a wonderful all-round display by the Indians. They started slowly with the bat but didn't panic at any point and all their bowlers have been on form."

WICKET

Steyn c Dhawan b Shami 1 (SA 158-8)

Steyn walks off
AP

And they're up on their feet once again as Dale Steyn is the latest South Africa batsman to come and go. Banged in short outside off by Shami and Steyn cuts it straight to the waiting Shikhar Dhawan at cover point.

'The end is nigh'

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport in Melbourne

"The crowd are on their feet and can sense the end is nigh as fans' favourite Ashwin's over accounts for two more South African wickets. The dhol's are beating along to sound of cheers and whistles."

MCG
BBC

SA 157-7 (Ashwin 8-0-35-2)

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is among those despondent supporters I just mentioned. Wonder what difference he might have made today if he'd still been playing. Just the one off another tidy over from Ashwin.

Harsha Bhogle

BBC Test Match Special

"There was quite a bit riding on this game if you consider that whoever wins is likely to finish top of the group. They will then avoid having to face Australia or New Zealand... and play England. Or possibly Bangladesh or Afghanistan!"

SA 156-7 (Req rate 10.13)

Suresh Raina comes on as the sixth different bowler for India. Dale Steyn is out in the middle to join Parnell. There's some glum looking faces in the crowd among the South African contingent as they know what's coming.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"South Africa's largest World Cup defeat by runs is 83 by Australia at Basseterre in 2007. They could eclipse that today."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"There's no nick, it's hit him on the back leg and has not got far to go. It's out! I'm here to support Ashwin anyway... the off-spinner's union."

WICKET

Philander lbw b Ashwin 0 (SA 153-7)

Wayne Parnell watches as India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates dismissing South Africa's Vernon Philander
Reuters

Two gone in an over. Vernon Philander's stay at the crease lasts just two balls. Ashwin flights one up that turns back to the right-hander and traps him on the back foot in front of the timbers. Umpire Richard Kettleborough gives him out and there's an immediate call for a review. DRS shows it was hitting the top of middle and off on umpire's call. Could be an early finish at "The G".

WICKET

Miller run out 21 (SA 153-6)

Miller watches as he is run out
AP

More fantastic fielding from India and this is quickly derailing for South Africa. Miller sweeps down to the man who has to chase from deep square leg. A fantastic throw in from Umesh Yadav as they sprint back for two and once again MS Dhoni shows great awareness to guide the ball on to the stumps. Miller is inches short despite the huge dive.

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Kishin Mahtani: South Africa now need to score as many as possible as Net Run Rate is going to be critical to decide who goes to the next round.

DrHolmes: Unlike other teams, SA are not just about a couple of players. We all know they can counter punch. This one's going down the wire.

Robin Gelder: Never seen India field so well.

Drinks break

SA 151-5 (Need 157 more to win off 102 balls)

Shami works his way through another neat over. The boundaries have dried up for South Africa and the last five overs have gone by at 18-2. India doing a cracking job here of squeezing the opposition, very much in the same way they did to Pakistan at Adelaide. On comes the fastest drinks cart in Melbourne for another refreshment break.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"India's seamers have been fantastic, especially when you consider they have had a long, hard tour of Australia with little success heading into this tournament."

Close!

SA 150-5

Parnell backs away and squirts the ball out to the point fence. They scamper back for two as the throw comes in and Miller has to get a full-length dive out to get home. Shami breaks the bails, but the replays show Miller is home just in time.