Riding on a superb bowling performance, coupled with half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, India secure a 8-wicket victory over South Africa to enter the semi-finals of the CT to keep their title defence hopes alive. With the defeat, though, SA have been knocked out of the competition.
Brief Scores: South Africa 191/10 (Quinton de Kock 53, Faf du Plessis 36; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/23, Jasprit Bumrah 2/28) lost to India 193/2 (Shikhar Dhawan 78, Virat Kohli 76; Imran Tahir 1/37) by 8 wickets.
In the first virtual quarter-final of Group B, India won the toss and put the South Africans to bat first. Both teams made one change apiece to their lineups with R Ashwin making a comeback replacing Umesh Yadav for India, while Andile Phehlukwayo came in for Wayne Parnell for South Africa.
pacers stifle South African openers
Virat Kohli opted to let Jasprit Bumrah start proceedings, in the absence of Umesh Yadav, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the duo used the pitch conditions well restricting the Proteas to 35/0. R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya came in as the bowling changes for the defending champions at a time when Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were looking to up the run rate. Pandya bore the brunt of
Horrendous running puts South Africa in trouble
Having failed to impress in the Champions Trophy thus far, AB de Villiers came out and started playing his shots with the confidence worthy of the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman. The two legends of South African cricket started scoring quickly as the run rate crept close to 5
Kohli, Dhawan give India a perfect start
Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, began the chase on a good note as the team managed to score 23 runs in the first five overs. But the nagging line kept by the South African pacers, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, reaped early dividends as Rohit became Morkel’s first victim, edging the ball to de Kock for 12. But it changed after Virat Kohli, who after a sedate start, began to rotate the strike well to give Dhawan the chance to take the onus of big hitting. Kohli got a life when he was batting on
India storm into the semi-finals with an eight-wicket win
Needing 74 runs to book a place in the semi-final of the tournament, the duo pressed on the accelerator and milked 30 runs in the next four overs, but against the run of play, Dhawan missed out on his hundred when he attempted slog on an Imran Tahir googly ended up in the hands of du Plessis at long-off. But Kohli, partnering Yuvraj Singh, kept finding the boundaries. With a monstrous hit over mid-wicket, Yuvraj finished the game off in style to lead India to the semi-finals of the tournament where they will meet Bangladesh in a bid to secure a place in their second consecutive final.
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