Venerdì, 20 Ottobre, 2017

Champions Trophy: India thrashes Proteas to enter semis

Champions Trophy: India thrashes Proteas to enter semis Champions Trophy: India thrashes Proteas to enter semis
Sveva Terracina | 20 Giugno, 2017, 02:15

Virat Kohli hailed India's focused bowling and fielding displays as his side thrashed South Africa to book a spot in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy.

Kholi's side have to win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit from a tournament they went into as holders and title favourites.

"I can not pin point any negatives from today honestly".

"For us as a team, it's a very important game, yes".

They're not. South Africa came into this event ranked No.1 in the world.

India looked to contain the Proteas rather than bowl them out but executed their skills well enough that they knocked South Africa over for 191.

India's match against South Africa was exceedingly crucial as the team losing the contest had to bid farewell to the tournament.


In-form opener Dhawan was the key figure with 78 from 83 balls, including 12 fours, while captain Kohli weighed in with a typically elegant 76. The Indian captain has reiterated several times the ease of chasing a target rather than having to set one and when he called it right at the toss, Kohli was sure he wanted to chase in the virtual quarter-final.

First, Hashim Amla and Quiton de Kock played extremely slow, showing way too much caution when a few calculative risks could have transferred some pressure on to the Indians. We normally don't bat that way.

With so much at stake, Kohli says his players should relish the chance to show their best form in front of the watching world. "It was a complete performance in the field". The coordination between the fielders and bowlers was quite remarkable and it led to one wicket after another late in the first innings.

Pain is something South Africa, and de Villiers, have experienced a lot of. However, like the Pakistan match, he dragged one back off Hardik Pandya and got bowled.

The South Africans failed to get off to a flying start against the disciplined new ball duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

"I suppose, after that moment, Dave (Miller) came in and we discussed that it is extremely loud out there and hard to hear each other so the communication between the two of us was just for the next five overs, just play it as risk-free as possible". He can really hurt you in the middle overs.

After opening batsman Rohit Sharma (12) fell to paceman Morkel, Dhawan and Kohli shared a second-wicket stand of 128 in 24.3 overs to hand India a comfortable victory. It was Pakistan's attack, a well-balanced mix of spin and speed, that put them in a position to beat South Africa and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will look to his bowlers to repeat that performance against Sri Lanka.

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