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CRICKET: Dhawan leads India past South Africa

Published:Monday | February 23, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Shikhar Dhawan hit a superb century as defending champions India maintained their unbeaten start to the World Cup with a 130-run win over South Africa.

India's 307 for seven was built around Dhawan's 137, while Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with 79 off 60 balls and Virat Kohli 46.

South Africa were bowled out for 177 with nine point four overs remaining.

Faf du Plessis's departure for 55 sparked a collapse as seven South Africans wickets fell for 44 runs.

The defeat was South Africa's heaviest in World Cup history.

India, who remain top of Pool B with two wins from two games, face the United Arab Emirates in Perth on Sunday, and victory will all but secure their place in the quarter-finals.

South Africa will play the West Indies in Sydney on Friday.