India vs South Africa: Clinical India take out South Africa, reach semi-final

India reached the semi-final of Champions Trophy for a second consecutive time after they beat South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval. Chasing a target of 192 runs, India achieved the target in 38 overs with Virat Kohli remaining unbeaten on 77.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 12, 2017 1:29 am
india vs south africa, ind vs sa, kohli, champions trophy Virat Kohli scored unbeaten 76 for India. (Source: AP)

Two batsmen diving to save themselves at the same end of the wicket. Faf du Plessis and David Miller summed up South Africa’s performance against India. As Virat Kohli removed the bails to run-out Miller, South Africa were stunned. AB de Villiers has just been run-out and now this! India were in complete control and it remained the same throughout.

In an lop-sided contest at The Oval, India became the third team to book a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after beating South Africa by eight wickets on Sunday. Chasing a modest target of just 192 runs, India came up with a fluent batting performance to chase down the target in 38 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries for India and made sure India do not have any hiccups during the chase.

South Africa earlier suffered a batting collapse, combined with some erratic running between the wickets, and they were bowled out for 191 runs in 44.3 overs. They were off to a steady start as openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla put on 76 runs from 17.2 overs before the latter was dismissed by R Ashwin. De Kock scored a half-century but was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

India go to Birmingham where they will most likely face Bangladesh in the semi-final. England have already qualified for semis from Group A. The game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Monday will decide the fourth and final semi-finalist. In likelihood, India will face Bangladesh in the semi-final as they have a good chance to top Group B while Bangladesh are second in Group A.

India won the toss and a relieved Kohli decided to bowl first. India kept thing tight. Amla and De Kock were scoring at 3.3 runs per over at the end of the 10th over. The bettered it to 52 in 14 overs. Then Ashwin removed Amla.

40 runs later, De Kock went for a big sweep. He missed it, Jadeja hit. Du Plessis had meanwhile been fluent in his innings. But then the moment arrived. He called for a single but Pandya was quicker to throw and despite De Villiers full stretched dive, he was short.

And then it happened again. This time, both Du Plessis and David Miller were found at same end of the wicket and Kohli removed the bails at the other end. Du Plessis’ struggle was ended by Pandya when he got one past him to castle the South African. The Proteas lost their last six wickets for 34 runs as India bowled them out for 191.

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