India put up a great performance to beat South Africa and reach the semifinals of the Champions Trophy. Today Indian bowlers put up a disciplined performance and restricted South Africa on a paltry 191. Chasing a score of 191, India started well but lost Rohit Sharma soon. Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli however had a great 1st wicket partnership and put Indian in a victorious position.
Dhawan made 78 and Kohli played extremely well and took India to win the match.
India entered the Champions Trophy semifinals for the 5th time.
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Disciplined Indian bowling restricted South Africa to 191 runs in 44.3 overs in their Group B Champions Trophy clash at The Oval here on Sunday.
Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer with 53 runs from 72 balls.
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each.
Sunday’s encounter is a must-win affair for both teams. The winner will qualify for the semi-finals while the loser will bow out.
Asked to bat, South Africa were off to a slow but steady start with openers de Kock and Hashim Amla adding 35 runs in the first 10 overs.
They jacked up the run rate in subsequent overs as the Indian bowlers struggled to get going.
Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the breakthrough for India when Amla mistimed a cut and Mahendra Singh Dhoni displayed lighting quick reflexes to glove the top edge.
The opening partnership of 76 runs came off 17.3 overs.
Faf du Plesis joined Quinton in the middle and they made 40 runs in 41 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja struck the second blow for India when he knocked back Quinton’s off-stump.
Quinton’s dismissal saw the Indian bowlers starting to dominate proceedings as the rest of the South African batsmen displayed poor shot selection at times.
Except for AB de Villiers and Jean-Paul Duminy, none of the other batsmen were able to reach double figures.
South Africa: 191 in 44.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 53; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/22, Jasprit Bumrah 2/28)
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