Champions Trophy: When India 'bowled 23.3 maiden overs' against South Africa

After the match, captain Kohli was reminded that the bowlers had bowled almost 24 maiden overs and he said he did not know the numbers but was happy that the plans were excuted to perfection.

India should be given great credit for sticking to their bowling plans, maintaining the pressure and not giving away any cheap runs.

India's match against South Africa was exceedingly crucial as the team losing the contest had to bid farewell to the tournament.

South Africa continued their dismal run in a knockout affair in ICC tournaments when they were shunted aside by India by 8 wickets and were thus dumped out of the tournament. "No one has ever had any doubts over the ability that he possesses to win games for the country, and he's done it in big tournaments", Kholi said. This was a very commendable feat and special credit must go to the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, who was just fantastic. The T20I series, against hosts and ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) runners-up England, will pose as another litmus test for the right-hander to perform in all roles. Both Dhawan and Kohli mixed caution with aggression and went about pursuing the target with ruthless professionalism, helping each other to half-centuries. It shows when he steps on to the field. Read Also: England, Bangladesh fans look for semi-final tickets as Indians hold them " Today, those key moments in the game where you look for someone to take the initiative just seemed to pass South Africa by.

"The team catches on to such vibes and that's what separates a winning team from the rest, " he said.

The youngster's ability to bowl riveting death overs has not been overlooked by Virat Kohli. "It needed to rise to the occasion and it just didn't do that", he said. South Africa batted for 44.3 overs (267 balls - Extra deliveries which resulted due to wides have been excluded). From there, it was the powerful Indian batting line-up that took over.

Harbhajan was aghast to see the Proteas choke yet again. Right through the tournament, we didn't play our best cricket, so we don't deserve to be in the semifinal.

Five balls later‚ David Miller sped towards Du Plessis' after the latter had cut Ravichandran Ashwin to short third man. Prior to the Champions Trophy, South Africa had also lost the three-match ODI series against England 2-1. I thought it had shed the choker tag, but I was clearly wrong.

"Dave came in and we discussed how extremely loud it was out there and hard to hear each other".

  • Julie Sanders