India thrash South Africa to enter Champions Trophy semi-final in style

Virat Kohli departs for duck
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12 June, 2017

We'll have to wait and see what people out there want to decide or whoever is in control.

Pakistan's batting has been their weak point but in the game against South Africa, debutant Fakhar Zaman played some attacking cricket to give Pakistan a good start. "You can't do the same mistakes over and over again", the captain said in a post match conference.

All in all, Sri Lanka have the slight upper hand on Monday going by their form and confidence after that superb win against India. Our bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed it up as well.

Shikhar Dhawan's 78 and Kohli's 76 were the key contributions as India chased down 192 with 12 overs to spare. You have to lay it out in front of them that this is what we did wrong, including me, and we need to take it on the chin and accept it and prove it. It was important for someone to bat until the end.

Pakistan were quite outstanding with the ball against South Africa, with Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali showing some good intent with pace, while the spinners tangled the Proteas batsmen up brilliantly.

Before South Africa could have recovered themselves from the rude shock of de Villiers' dismissal, David Miller too got run-out on one as he found himself on same end as du Plessis, who played it towards short third man and started-off for the single only to stop a few times and then finally return back only to find his partner also stranded on the same end.

"Maybe that was a difference, the crowd was supporting us and that's why the players were boosted". We like that pitch. "They probably might be feeling the pressure and the part-timers have nothing to lose, so that actually slowed the game down, also", he said. The dressing room was now looking like they were in some funeral service. "We can't rest on your laurels".

South Africa could have no complaints as they limply departed the tournament after a second successive defeat.

Despite that, the 33-year-old still believes he is the right man to take the team forward and feels he can lead them to long-awaited World Cup success in 2019.

"It's not an ideal way to finish".

AB de Villiers is the torch bearer of the current generation of cricketers, which many believe has been a golden generation. We had covered all the bases before this tournament and we worked very hard in the nets. I mean, obviously you think of wanting to get the team across the line and I am glad the boys turned up the way they did today (against South Africa), he said. It's very sad obviously. "It was just a poor batting performance and nothing to do with the energy or intensity or believe in the team". Couldn't it get away. When asked if the team needs any radical changes in terms of their temperament and thinking during such matches, de Villiers pointed out that nearly everything has been tried and tested.

Whichever team wins will advance to the semi-finals of an event featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams, with the losers eliminated from the "mini World Cup".


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