Pakistan clash with Sri Lanka in race to semi-final

Defending champions India outclassed South Africa in all departments of the game to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory here today.

"(It was) a big mistake on my part, running AB out", du Plessis admitted after India chased down the target in 38 overs to progress to the semi-finals and eliminate their opponents.

The Proteas lived up to their "Perennial Chokers" tag in a virtual quarter-final clash that turned out to be a thoroughly one-sided encounter.

It was Dhawan's third 50-plus score in the competition, while skipper Kohli made amends for a rare failure against Sri Lanka in style, notching up his 41st ODI half century.

De Villiers' side, who face England in Test and one-day action later this summer, were never in contention against India and the skipper conceded they could have no complaints abut the result.

"If you're ever so slightly off the boil that will translate to the performances on the field and often it just doesn't look right". After stemming the run flow in the Powerplay overs, Ashwin picked up the big wicket of Hashim Amla in his fifth over.

Taking to his official Twitter account, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma hailed his side's "stunning" performance before expressing his pleasure to see their flag rise high at the Oval.

It was ideal Sunday for Team India. It was Yuvraj Singh, who finished the match with a pulled six off JP Duminy.

However, things didn't happen as it was being expected and the whole South African team was bowled out for just 191 runs in 44.3 overs.

It was yet another embarrassing batting collapse after the openers put on 76 runs.

In total, South Africa had three run outs as they lost their last eight wickets for 51 runs. While he sounded crestfallen for getting de Villiers run out at a crucial juncture of the match against India, du Plessis slammed the team's "inconsistency" in recent times, an indirect attack on de Villiers's ability to lead the team.

With an emphatic win over South Africa, India has sealed a place in the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar were at their miserly best. The manner in which India's bowlers operated in the first 10 overs was the flawless example of how not to give away cheap runs.

Even Hardik Pandya (1/52 in 10 overs) gave a much better account of himself, bowling as many as 29 dot balls and also got Faf du Plessis (36) to drag one back onto his stumps. India also qualified for the semis on the back of the 8 wicket win. Amla flicked him over square leg boundary for a six.

Hasan eventually got rid of both, while Fahim ended the innings with the caught and bowled dismissal of Nuwan Pradeep to the second ball of the final over. Thisara Perera then played what Simon Doull described "an ordinary cricketing shot", wafting his bat to a ball nipping away from Junaid to edge it to first slip.

  • Julie Sanders