Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

  • Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

The defending champions India will take on South-Africa in a do-or-die match to reach the semi-final of Champions Trophy 2017 at Kennington Oval on Sunday, 11 June.

De Villiers' critics say Du Plessis, who led the ODI side to whitewash series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka over a year ago while AB was injured, should have been named as the permanent leader. The fielding was fantastic and everyone was behind the bowlers. I believe we're the very closest unit.

Here's all the important statistics you need to know ahead of the crucial India versus South Africa game. De Villiers will then leave the United Kingdom, with du Plessis taking over for the Tests that begin in early July. "There was a call out there, and I thought we could get through for the one". They bowled well and we had a lot of soft dismissals and that didn't do us any favors. "We asked our bowlers to make them play hard shots". "We felt we had a great chance today, we came here to win the game of cricket and we just unravelled as a side out there", he added. The left-handed opener, who had been in tremendous form in the Champions Trophy, was once again at his menacing best as he thrashed the South Africa bowlers to all the parts of the ground.

Subsequently, South Africa continued losing wickets in short interval and its last eight wickets were lost for just 51 runs.

Apart from the tentative approach of the Proteas in their match against India which was effectively a quarterfinal, it was the (or lack thereof) runs scored by De Villiers in the three matches in the tournament numbering just 20 which was most notable.

South Africa had beaten Sri Lanka in their first match but had gone down to Pakistan in a rain-affected match, and that put them in the same situation as India.

The onus was on du Plessis to then bat through the innings.

De Kock was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 56 but it still did not seem the innings was about to sink.

Put into bat on a sunny day in south London, South Africa started well enough, with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla sharing a 76-run opening stand in the face of some disciplined Indian bowling.

They were restrictive but both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah couldn't produce too many wicket-taking deliveries during that phase.

While the Indian batsmen finished things off in 38 overs, it was the bowling attack that set the win up by bowling out Proteas for a paltry 191.

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.