Champions League 2017: Defending Champions India Cruise Past South Africa

Highlights

  • India defeated South Africa by 8 wickets
  • India go through the semi-finals as Group B toppers
  • India will now take on Bangladesh on Thursday in the semi-finals

 

The Indian bowling unit put on their best performance of the tournament to ensure that India comfortably defeated South Africa by 8 wickets as they chased a palsy total of 192. The Indian side dominated the entire match and gave the performance of the tournament to see off the mighty South African side with easy. Holders India knocked out South Africa from the Champions Trophy with this win to reach the semi-finals.

 

india vs south Africa

 

Winning the toss and choosing to bowl Captain Virat Kohli’s decision raised quite a few eyebrows between critics and fans. The South African openers got off to a slow but steady start as they put up 76 runs for the first wicket. South Africa was in a good position at the halfway mark losing just 2 wickets for 116 runs and the middle order looked set to capitalize on the start provided to them. Some rather questionable running between the wickets by the South African batsman saw them lose two crucial wickets to run outs, one of that being of the dangerous captain AB de Villiers which is probably the funniest moment of the tournament. The South African batting collapsed like a pack of cards as they were unable to play the Indian bowlers who put up a magnificent performance. The entire bowling unit performed well to ensure that they had the South Africans in a choke hold throughout the match and ended up bowling them out for only 191 runs.

 

Chasing a small total of 192 runs the Indian batting was in command throughout the match.Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76) guided the Indian team to victory. Shikhar Dhawan continued his fine run in the tournament as he notched up another half-century to remain as the highest run scorer in the tournament. Jasprit Bumrah was given the man of the match award for his fine bowling performance.

 

South Africa skipper, AB de Villiers says that this was not an ideal way to end the tournament, losing in a disappointing way. Mentions that they wanted to play a better brand of cricket. Reckons that the run outs cost them dearly today during their batting.

 

India skipper, Virat Kohli says that it was a good toss to win and adds that the wicket didn’t change much throughout the match. Feels that their bowlers bowled well and the fielders backed them up which was important. Mentions that these factors were instrumental in restricting such a strong team to 191 runs only.

With this win India has set up a semi-final clash with Bangladesh on 15 June, Thursday at Edgbaston. Having defeated Bangladesh by a huge margin during the warm-up matches, India will be going into this match quietly confident of a victory.

Group B

Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
 India 3 2 1 0 4 +1.370
 Pakistan 3 2 1 0 4 –0.680
 South Africa 3 1 2 0 2 +0.167
 Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 2 –0.798

 
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