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South Africa implode to leave India as favourites to make semi-finals

Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 13:19

Nearly true to form, the South Africans found a way to make life hard for themselves as the suicidal run-outs of captain AB de Villiers and then David Miller sparked a total collapse. You can not be complacent or take any team lightly.

Billed as a heavyweight battle between AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli this match turned out to be a one-sided contest, which again exposed South Africa's glass jaw in knock-out matches.

South Africa could not figure out a Plan B and what they did was what they have done so often in ICC tournament - press the choke button.

With just four runs to his credit in the tournament, De Villiers was under pressure to deliver a key innings.

The victory means India are likely to face Bangladesh in a mouthwatering semi-final at Birmingham on Thursday. The fielders, especially Jadeja, Kohli and Pandya all effected some superb run-outs that were a result of the pressure placed on the batsmen. The unsafe partnership of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock struggled to get the ball away as they maintained a run rate below four throughout their lacklustre partnership.

South Africa never really recovered from there, getting bowled out for 191 as they lost their last eight wickets for 51 runs in an extraordinary batting collapse.


CSA National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We have been impressed as a panel by the quality of players coming through our franchise and South Africa "A" system". Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in particular, was spot-on with both the new and old ball. IN have lost the match against SL which is usually not counted in the top rankings of cricket world while SA have won match against SL. I think you saw it out there today.

India bowled an astounding 141 dot balls which are equivalent to 23.3 maiden overs out of the 44.2 overs that South Africa batted.

When asked by a senior South African scribe as to why he still wants to be the captain, a sullen faced De Villiers replied: "Because I am a good captain!"

At 12.29pm Du Plessis cut Ravichandran Ashwin to short third man, set off on a run, changed his mind and returned to his crease, and looked up to see David Miller at the same end. Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close (World Cup triumph).

And to just make it more awkward, the batting dynamo has been grabbing much of the attention ... for the wrong reasons.

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