Champions Trophy 11th Match: India rip South Africa apart to book semi-final showdown with Bangladesh

Bumrah was named Man of the Match for his figures of 2-28 off eight overs

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India will take on Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after demolishing South Africa by eight wicket and eliminating them from the tournament on Sunday.

For South Africa, the loss would have been a bitter pill to swallow as it once again led to them failing to live up to expectations at an ICC event.

Being put in to bat first, South Africa got off to a fantastic start as Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock amassed a 76-run partnership before Amla was caught behind off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 35.

Just as the Proteas were beginning to rebuild their innings, De Kock was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 53 off 72 balls, which included four boundaries.

De Kock’s 14th ODI fifty went in vain

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Things began to go downhill for South Africa from that point on, starting with the run outs of captain AB de Villiers and David Miller, who made 16 and one run respectively.

Faf du Plessis managed to make 37, but once he was gone, South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals, courtesy of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and were ultimately skittled out for 191.

Bumrah and Kumar picked up two wickets apiece, while Ashwin, Jadeja and Hardik Pandya snapped up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 192 to win, India lost opener Rohit Sharma for 12 runs when he was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli made up for the loss of Rohit with a 128-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

With India cruising, Imran Tahir provided the breakthrough for the Proteas as he removed Dhawan for 78 off 83 deliveries, which included 12 boundaries and a six.

Dhawan scored his 19th ODI fifty

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Kohli and Yuvraj Singh mopped up the remaining runs to lead India to victory with 12 overs to spare.

Kohli ended up making 76 off 101 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Yuvraj remained undefeated on 23 off 25 deliveries, which included a boundary and a six.

Kohli struck his 41st half-century in ODI cricket

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Morkel and Tahir claimed one wicket each.

De Villiers was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Not an ideal way to finish. Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs, put the pressure on us, we normally don’t bat that way. We never got going, very sad obviously, We were hoping to play a better game of cricket. Came unstuck against a better team. Couldn’t get it away. A lot of soft dismissals.”

Kohli was thrilled to have advanced to the semi-finals, and said: “A good toss to win, the wicket didn’t change too much. A decent wicket to bat on. The fielders backed our bowlers. The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it. Always good to get him out early, he can always hurt you (AB de Villiers). We wanted to step up that intensity.

“Important for someone to bat till the end, but Shikhar’s intent was outstanding. This is probably our best game we played so far. We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, suits our game. No looking back. Always room for improvement, always small point you can improve on, can’t rest on your laurels.”

Bumrah was named Man of the Match, and said: “An important game for us. We wanted to be calm and execute our plans. I’m happy with any role given to me. As long as you’re contributing, it’s good. The ball doesn’t swing too much, so stick to the basics, bowl a hard length, don’t give room. A good toss to win, chasing has been relatively easier.”

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