Soft dismissals cost us the match, says de Villiers
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 4:30
South Africa and India were both faced with a must-win scenario when they went head to head at The Oval, but De Villiers' side woefully underperformed and were subsequently subjected to an eight-wicket thrashing, which saw them crash out of the Champions Trophy and India progress to the semi-finals.
"Its (South Africa's) approach and intent wasn't positive and that essentially played a very crucial role in the way it lost".
Now India will play Bangladesh in one semi-final. Unless there is a huge net run-rate swing after today's Sri Lanka-Pakistan game, it will be India as the table-toppers from Group B who Bangladesh, the second-placed semifinal qualifiers from Group A, will face in their maiden Champions Trophy semifinal. The victor will meet England in the other last-four contest.
Against India at The Oval on Sunday, the South Africans just crumbled from 76-0 to 191 all out. In the big match, while India delivered under pressure, South Africa wilted in the testing situation. Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer with 53 runs from 72 balls.
Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned the screw, routing the tail with two wickets apiece to put India halfway to the last four.
The series gets underway on June 21 at the Ageas Bowl, with further games at Taunton on June 23 and Cardiff on June 25.
Amla raised the tempo with a six over mid-wicket but, on 35, he tried to cut spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and nicked a sharp catch to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. South Africa eventually crumbled to 192 runs well before finishing their 50 overs.
South Africa have made a decision to rest their regular skipper Faf du Plessis for the T20I series.
Holding South Africa without a boundary for 10 overs, India were in complete control.
AB DE Villiers says he is the man to lead South Africa to a World Cup win despite another humiliating exit from a global one-day tournament. Even Hardik Pandya (1/52) gave a much better account of himself, bowling as many as 29 dot balls and also got Faf du Plessis (36, 50b, 1×4) to drag one back onto his stumps. The target was achieved on the last delivery of the 38th over itself to bring an end to a rather one-sided affair.
Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel soon joined him back in the pavilion and the innings petered out in the 45th over when Imran Tahir became the third run-out victim.