India sweep aside insipid South Africa to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 10:27
India have strolled into the Champions Trophy semifinals after dismissing South Africa for 191 at The Oval.
South Africa started slowly with the bat but were seemingly building a sensible innings, with opener Quinton de Kock hitting 53.
Hashim Amla was very watchful, escaping an early run-out attempt as he toiled for runs before falling for 35 off 54 balls. "We just came unstuck against a better team".
Man of the Match Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up two wickets for 28 runs, said the plan was to bowl to a very tight line and length.
India might perhaps have been more greatly troubled had Amla not dropped Kohli at slip when the opposition skipper was on 21, but the chance was a tough one which only just carried low to his right as Andile Phehlukwayo induced the outside edge. They will do so while remaining in the country rather than returning home, continuing their tour of England with four Tests at the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.
It was yet another embarrassing batting collapse after the openers put on 76 runs.
Morkel was a threat early, and deserved to take Rohit Sharma's wicket for 12 in the sixth over.
And the India skipper did give a few examples of what Dhoni suggested during the South Africa game. Kohli did not hit a boundary until his 25th delivery but he made up with it with a superb six back down the ground. While the bowlers fired as a unit, which was backed up by impressive fielding, Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Kohli (76 not out) led the batting show.
Du Plessis tried to hold the innings together but chopped one on and his stumps went flying.
In reply, the defending champions chased down the target with 12 overs to spare, reaching 193 for two in 38 overs.
"The pressure was built by the bowlers and that I think resulted in those breakthroughs we got in the field", he said. It is important to grab those opportunities.
Both sides needed a win in their Pool B clash that acted as a semi-final.
In the very next over, it was a comedy of errors for South Africa as Faf and the new batsmen David Miller were involved in a terrible mix-up on the field thus leading to the unsafe Miller getting dismissed without troubling the scorers much.
The captain of South Africa came to the Champions Trophy believing his side had enough ammunition to end their 19-year trophy drought, saying "I got a good feeling about this one". "Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close, it is very hard to say that after a performance like this but that is what I believe in my heart".