Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

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Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

Defending champions India outclassed South Africa in all departments of the game to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory at The Oval on Sunday.

South Africa's batting order collapsed after a good start with a mere 51 runs being scored with eight wickets down. South Africa will be eager to brush aside their flaws from the three-match ODI series against England and forgettable Champions Trophy campaign.

With the pace bowlers too keeping it tight, they were able to create huge pressure on the South African batsmen and that led to three run outs, including crucial ones of skipper AB de Villiers and David Miller, to smart fielding. "I've not thought about what we are going to think about our next tournament".

The two complemented each other superbly in the first 10 overs, neither offering much to South Africa's openers and each contributing to a very quiet start.

Having seen an lbw appeal against him turned down in the same over he reached his half-century, De Kock was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja off the next ball.

De Villiers, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, is focused on the 2019 World Cup. I think you saw it in this game. Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each to get the plaudits.

The loss to Sri Lanka meant that the game against South Africa became a virtual knockout clash for India. South Africa eventually crumbled to 192 runs well before finishing their 50 overs.

Rohit Sharma's dismissal in the sixth over was the only blip in the run chase, as Dhawan and Kohli methodically set about stablilzing the innings.

The match between India and South Africa was a must-win for both. Kohli did not hit a boundary until his 25th delivery but he made up with it with a superb six back down the ground.

However, India's second wicket partnership included form batsman Dhawan and one of the greatest cricket players on the planet, Virat Kohli. They knew they couldn't afford to bowl for wickets with two slips, so they went back to more of a defensive play and just tried to squeeze us and if a bowling unit does that, it's very hard to get away. We didn't do that today.

"That's my fault. Obviously he [de Villiers] is a big player for us and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game. I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe", De Villiers said.

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