India put in a clinical performance with both bat and ball, riding mainly on the back off a maiden ODI century from Shikhar Dhawan to beat South Africa by 26 runs in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. India's batsmen put in consistent partnerships and finished off well with the bat before the bowlers kept pegging back the South African run chase to secure the all-important victory in their first game of the competition.
India and South Africa squared off for the first game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff in a Group B encounter. Both sides realized the importance of securing an early victory in the competition, as the two skippers MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers walked out to the centre for the toss. South Africa won the flip of the cpin and decided to bowl first on a cloudy day in Cardiff.