Will this chokers tag end for South Africa? South Africa are the first team to win the ICC Champions Trophy, at that time it was known as ICC Knock Out.
Since then the South Africans came in the finals of World Cup 1999, they haven’t done well in the ICC tournaments.
This time the Proteas were outplayed by the Indian bowlers.
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain won the toss and chose to bowl first in terrific batting conditions.
His decision did go well to start off, the South African openers were on the charge against this Indian bowling line up.
Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock were in blazing form and they continued to hammer the Indian bowlers.
Quinton De Kock loves playing against India, he has scored 720 runs so far in 10 matches and 10 innings with 5 centuries and 1 fifty.
De Kock continued his amazing form against India in this match as well. He smashed 53 runs and gave a good opening start of 76 runs with his senior pro Hashim Amla.
Hashim Amla too continued his brilliance at the other end. These two openers were going about their job of innings building nicely.
Fast bowlers leaked runs for India, De Kock and Amla were hammering them all over the park. But a change in bowling did the trick for India. Ashwin who replaced Umesh Yadav gave India the important wicket of Hashim Amla. Amla got out for 36.
After scoring his half century De Kock too couldn’t stay for long, Ravindra Jadeja bolwed De Kock for 53 runs.
Then skipper AB De Villers and Faf Du Plessis were in the middle. These two South African too love playing against India just like Quinton De Kock.
Unfortunately, in the spam of just 4 overs De Villers was run out by Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni combination.
Then came the collapse that brought India back in this game.
Indian bowlers were too clever to seize this golden opportunity.
After De Villers was run out for 16, David Miller who played so well against Pakistan was also run out because of good fielding work done by Kohli and Bumrah, Miller was dismissed for just 1.
Faf Du Plessis was also dismissed for just 36, South Africa needed him to bat through but Hardik Pandya bowled him to take India in a stronger position.
Apart from Jean Paul Duminy no batsmen batted like a number 1 ODI team.
JP Duminy’s 20 not out was a noticeable score among the lower middle order batsmen from South Africa.
Indian bowlers managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals. They also did a good by keeping JP Duminy off strike.
Wickets came in quick succession as Chris Morris and Andile Lucky Phehlukwayo could score only 4 runs.
Kagiso Rabada scored 5, Morne Morkel was out on a duck and Imran Tahir was the 3rd South African batsmen to be run out in that innings.
Due to great bowling and fielding done by the Indians they managed to bundle out the number 1 ODI side for just 191 in 44.3 overs.
It was the 3 run outs in a single innings that cause more trouble for South Africa.
This is the worst collapse for South Africa in ICC Champions Trophy. The run out of AB De Villers was a turning point of this match.
For India their bowlers did a great job. This was a much improved performance by the bowlers especially after a shock they got from Sri Lanka few days ago.
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuneshwar Kumar picked 2 wickets each. Ashwin, Jadeja and Pandya picked up 1 wicket to their name.
India was set a target of just 192 runs from 50 overs, their openers were in great form so the chase would be easy that everyone though.
But in form player Rohit Sharma played a lose shot to get out early. He was out for just 12 runs.
Then skipper Kohli and Dhawan guided India through. Their partnership of 128 was on the mark of win but Imran Tahir got Dhawan’s wicket when India needed just 40 runs.
It was an brilliant innings form the Skipper Kohli and finishing touches from Yuvraj Singh gave India a comfortable victory over South Africa by 8 wickets and 72 to spare.
For India Shikhar Dhawan’s 78, Virat Kohli’s 76 not out and Yuvraj Singh’s 23 not out sealed the semi-final berth in this edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.
India became the first team to qualify for the semi-final from group B.
Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the man of the match.