ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India into Semi-finals with 8-wickets win over South Africa
India puts on a superb all-round showing to easily account for South Africa and advance into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2017 with 8-wickets win in Oval.
India won the toss and opted to bowl first, South Africa started well, Openers Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock puts up 76-runs partnership for the first wicket.
South Africa lose their last 7-wickets for 44-runs, India’s bowlers and fielders have choked SA with controlled aggression. Getting AB de Villiers and David Miller runs out, is turning point for India.
India easily chased down target with 8-wickets in hand, opener Rohit Sharma departs early, but Shikar Dhawan and Virat Kohli 128-runs partnership power India into the semifinals.
India captain Virat Kohli scored his 41st career ODI half-century, while Shikhar Dhawan hits 19th ODI fifty. India maintain their record over South Africa in Champions Trophy. They beat them in 2000, 2002, 2013 and now in 2017. South Africa out of this Champions Trophy.
India most likely to face Bangladesh in 2nd semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Sri Lanka and Pakistan run rate in the negative, even if one of the team wins by a big margin, their run rate keeps below India. To finish as a Group B topper – SL need to win by around 294 runs, Pak need to win by around 267 runs.
South Africa: 191/10 (44.3 overs) (De Kock 53, Bhuvneshwar 2-23, Bumah 2-28)
India: 193/2 (38 overs) (Virat Kohli 76*, Shikhar Dhawan 78, Yuvraj Singh 23*)