De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

  • De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

India join England and Bangladesh in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Fast bowlers Mohammed Amir and Junaid Khan combined to polish off the middle order, helping Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 236 in a virtual quarterfinal of the ICC Champions Trophy here today.

South Africa started well and moved to 1-116 after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over.

In the first match of the current CT, South Africa set Sri Lanka a good target of 300 and then went on the hammer them by 96 runs.

Sri Lanka replacement batsman Dhananjaya de Silva could find himself pitched straight into a winner-takes-all Champions Trophy match against Pakistan in Cardiff on Monday.

The semi-final will be a British Raj affair and will feature England versus the Indian sub-continent.

Both South Africa and India, as expected, kicked off their respective journeys in the tournament on high note, thrashing Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.

Kohli admitted that it's not always easy to remain calm but he is glad in the manner his team has responded after the morale-shattering loss to Sri Lanka.

In the space of those five minutes and the six deliveries they encompassed, South Africa's hopes of staying alive in this tournament ebbed to a new low. England is yet to win either the ODI World Cup (despite entering the final three times) or the CT (despite entering the final two times). The Indian bowlers were now full of confidence and that translated to their fielding as South Africa fell apart.

The South Africans were frustrated by spinners Jadeja, who took 1-39 from his 10 overs without conceding a boundary, and Ashwin, playing his first one-day worldwide since January because of the left-handers in South Africa's lineup.

De Villiers was run out when he ran for a single for du Plessis but a throw from Hardik Pandya at the wicket-keeper caught him short of the crease.

Every bowler picked up at least a wicket.

Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts. South Africa's players continue to look for answers. They bowled pretty well.

South Africa's ignominy was completed as India went about a routine run-chase in an attacking fashion which was in stark contrast to their own. "It suits our game", said Kohli. The skipper and Dhawan surpassed 50 for the second wicket for the 13th time in ODIs as they kept Rabada and Morkel at bay.

"Yes, we know the ground and have fond memories of our win against England a year ago, so we can have that confidence", said Sarfraz.

So much so that Tahir did not take his customary tear into the outfield when he had Shikhar Dhawan caught in the deep for 78 to end a second-wicket stand of 128.