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India punish wasteful South Africa, storm into ICC Champions Trophy semis

India crushed South Africa by eight-wickets in a one-sided ICC Champions Trophy group B match that was a virtual quarterfinal. India play Bangladesh in the semis.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 12, 2017 00:33 IST
Soumitra Bose
Soumitra Bose
Hindustan Times, London
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South Africa cricket team's AB de Villiers (left) is run out by India cricket team wicketkeeper MS Dhoni during their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at The Oval in London on Sunday.(AFP)

India kept their composure to strangle a careless South Africa and storm into the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with a commanding eight-wicket win at The Oval on Sunday. (IND vs SA: ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017 - HIGHLIGHTS)

South Africa, the world’s No. 1 ODI side, once again failed to lift themselves on a big day. The Proteas lost their last eight wickets for just 51 runs and that left India with a modest 192-run target. When Yuvraj Singh smashed the wining six, India won with 72 balls to spare. (IND vs SA: ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017 - SCORECARD)

The Indian chase, led by the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (78, 19th fifty) and captain Virat Kohli (76 not out, 41st 50), stuck to its task very well and the defending champions scored their fourth straight Champions Trophy win against the Proteas to set up a semifinal clash with Bangladesh in Birmingham on June 15. (India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, match video highlights)

India’s chase got off to a rousing start. Rohit Sharma, whose fitness was under the scanner, was given the pinch-hitter’s job on a beautiful deck where the ball came on nicely to the bat.

Sharma, whose hand-eye coordination helps him time the ball well, smashed a six and a four in his 20-ball 12 as India tried to dominate the South African pacers that bowled to an attacking field

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates with skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni after taking a wicket during India vs South Africa ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash. (AFP)

The exit of Faf du Plessis (157/5 in the 34th over) put the skids on the South Africans. The Indian bowlers consolidated with better length and line and smart fielding.

Jasprit Bumrah’s back-to-back wickets of Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo ensured that the South Africans would produce no fireworks in the final 10 overs.

It was a mini procession thereafter as Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed a hattrick. JP Duminy, never in control of his edgy innings, was left stranded on a laborious 20 (41 balls) as South Africa, lost their last wicket, once again due to a run out.

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Virat Kohli rotated his bowlers well and Jadeja once again stood out with his nagging line and length. So much so that not a single boundary was scored off his 10 overs that produced just 39 runs. He was the only bowler not to concede a wide as India gave away 16 extra runs, 10 of them being wides.

India’s fielding, a department that was a bit scrappy, looked sharp as the three runs outs justified. South Africa’s communication skills on a big day were simply atrocious.

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 14:58 IST