India recorded a 26-run victory over South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in Cardiff with the help of opener Shikhar Dhawan maiden century.
Man-of-the-match Dhawan scored a superb maiden one-day century as India posted a commanding total of 331 for seven while South Africa were bowled out for 305.
South Africa who was taken as the favorite of the tournament lacked their experience members Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn during the match.
South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bowl first. Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma shared a partnership of 127 in 21.2 overs to make AB’s decision wrong.
Dhawan made 114 runs from 94 balls before being caught from a delivery of JP Duminy.
South Africa following the target of 332 runs started badly as they lost their two openers Colin Ingram and Hashim Amla while they made just 31 runs in board.
But Peterson and De Villiers made some hope in Proteas team after they shared a third-wicket partnership of 124.
Peterson who was run out made sixty-eight runs to score his first one-day international fifty.
South Africa came into big trouble as their captain AB was caught at mid-wicket for 70.
Morkel came to the crease though he was injured while McLaren made unbeaten from 71 from 61 balls.
The game went till the final over with Morkel was bowled in the final delivery while the score in the board was 305 runs. Though there was 48 runs partnership for the last wicket but was not sufficient to take the match away from the World Cup 2011 winners India.