India stroll into semi-finals with rout of South Africa

India join England and Bangladesh in the semi-finals, with the remaining place in the last four going to the victor of Monday's Group B meeting between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

South Africa confirmed that when the kitchen heats up they head for the garage.

India were aided by the shambolic South Africans, whose captain AB De Villiers failed for the third time in the tournament after being run out for 16. Even though Quinton de Kock and Hashmi Amla gave a 76 runs opening stand with 53 and 35 runs respectively.

De Kock was bowled sweeping Ravindra Jadeja, bringing under-pressure De Villiers to the crease.

De Villiers, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman who scored only 20 runs in three innings in the tournament, is focused on the 2019 World Cup. "You see, I just tried to take a one with my partner out there and it didn't work. The fielders backed our bowlers", Kohli said.

South Africa's tag as cricket's chokers hangs heavily around their necks.

By this point though, India needed just 41 runs from 19.5 overs to secure victory.

Dhawan sent a More Morkel delivery over the same boundary in the next over before a Phehlukwayo misfield allowed the Indian opener to add another four runs.

Kohli joined Dhawan and after surviving hostile spells from Morkel and Rabada the pair started to play with more freedom.

Earlier, the Men in Blue came out with a brilliant performance, both with the ball and in the field, to bowl out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs.

Dhawan was eventually caught by Du Plessis off Tahir's bowling for 78.

India, who will play Bangladesh for a place in the final on Thursday, were never out of a Sunday afternoon stroll to reach it for the loss of two wickets, Yuvraj Singh sealing their progress with a maximum over midwicket at the end of the 38th over. They knew they couldn't afford to bowl for wickets with two slips, so they went back to more of a defensive play and just tried to squeeze us and if a bowling unit does that, it's very hard to get away.

"We grabbed our opportunities and that helped us restrict such a strong batting line-up to 190".

"All of the bowlers executed their plan so well in such a big game and to be able to bowl like that against a batting line up of their ability, we can feel confident and would like to take it forward into the semis".

Their fielding was also quite outstanding, but the ease with which South Africa crumbled made the Proteas look like a team in the Associate ranks, not one that is ranked No.1 in the world by the ICC.

  • Zachary Reyes