Champions Trophy 2017 - India Vs South Africa

Team India performed to it's full potential on Sunday and as a result comfortable defeated South Africa by 8 wickets at The Oval to enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-finals.

South Africa were found wanting against the spinners in the game against Pakistan where they were rocketed early by Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez and later Hasan Ali's three-wicket haul meant they could not quite get the total they wanted though David Miller's unbeaten 75 will give them a lot of confidence.

They were every bit the No.1-ranked ODI nation in their crushing win over Sri Lanka to open their campaign but were uninspiring against Pakistan on Wednesday when their powerful batting unit was dismissed for just 219.

After their slow start, Amla and de Kock began to tick over, only for the former to edge into MS Dhoni's gloves off the bowling of the recalled Ravi Ashwin in the 18th over.

Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer with 53 runs from 72 balls.

ABde Villiers has vowed to end his barren run in the nick of time as the South Africa captain prepares for a must-win Champions Trophy showdown with India.

Du Plessis was eventually bowled by Pandya for 36, Chris Morris was out for 4, and JP Duminy was left as the last specialist batsman with 13 overs left.

Skipper AB de Villiers may bring in Andile Phehlukwayo, and he will play the place of Wayne Parnell.

Star Group has bagged the television telecast rights of this series in India.

Set 322 to win, Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls to spare thanks to contributions from Kusal Mendis (89), Danushka Gunathilaka (76) and Mathews (52).

With such a small target, India were never in danger of falling behind the run rate and Dhawan kept them on cruise control with some lusty blows off Imran Tahir.

"I think there are a few sides around the world that made tough decisions, tough changes", Sangakkara said. "Any game of cricket you play, whether you win or lose, there is always something to learn", Kohli concluded.

Dhawan was the first of the pair to reach his half-century with his eighth four, with Kohli reaching the same landmark soon after.

Rashid did not even come on till the 23rd over, but it did not take him long to expose the weaknesses against the turning ball that go back even to the halcyon years of West Indies cricket.

Fittingly for such a one-sided affair, the winning blow was a huge six from Yuvraj Singh. We'll look back at where the bowlers went wrong and try to rectify that in our next game. He can really hurt you in the middle overs. The biggest news for the Proteas is that their captain AB de Villiers is declared fit for the game. This time again during the intriguing quarter-final contest between India and South Africa in a do-or-die contest for both teams at The Oval.

  • Julie Sanders