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India sweep aside insipid South Africa to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

15 Juin 2017

India put together a ruthless performance today at the Oval in London as they thrashed South Africa by eight wickets in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy.

Kholi's side avoided the embarrassment of an early exit as they survived a do-or-die showdown to advance from Group B in style.

Hashim Amla scored the only hundred in South Africa's campaign while du Plessis, de Kock and David Miller contributed a half-century each. Sri Lanka looked pedestrian in their opening game defeat at the hands of South Africa, failing collectively in the absence of their captain Angelo Mathews.

AB De Villiers was especially culpable as he threw away his wicket for the third time in a miserable tournament for the South Africa captain.

As it was, under the inspiring captaincy of legendary all-rounder Imran Khan, who promised his team would "fight like cornered tigers", Pakistan made it all the way to the final where, with left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram in brilliant form, they beat England by 22 runs in Melbourne.

Disciplined Indian bowling dismissed world top-ranked ODI team South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs despite a good start from the latter at The Oval.

The victory means India are likely to face Bangladesh in a mouthwatering semi-final at Birmingham on Thursday.

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AB DE VILLIERS: "It's not an ideal way to finish".

"I must be very honest with you".

"That's my fault. Obviously he [de Villiers] is a big player for us and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game". We are the No.1 team in the world.

In the meanwhile, Faf du Plessis has gone the Shane Warne way and predicted the finalists and we are just not surprised as that is the obvious case but knowing Pakistan and Bangladesh, they are well equipped to cause an upset and they have shown that in the past.

India captain Virat Kohli: "The pressure was built by the bowlers and that I think resulted in those breakthroughs we got in the field".

After demolishing South Africa in the must-win fixture on Sunday, India skipper Virat Kohli asserted that it was their best performance of the ongoing Champions Trophy so far. We came here to win the game of cricket. AB de Villiers looked good in his short stay at the crease but an unfortunate run out cost his wicket. "We just came unstuck against a better team". "There's more than enough talent, and we've just got to get it right when it matters most".

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today applauded the Indian bowlers' performance in the do-or- die clash against South Africa, saying it was a flawless example of how not to give away cheap runs.

India sweep aside insipid South Africa to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals