Watch: Calamitous Run-Outs ruin South Africa’s Champions Trophy hopes

Faf du Plessis reacts

In a must-win game for both teams, South Africa seemed absolutely clueless while batting first against India at the Oval in London. They were bundled out for just 191 on the board after India won the toss and elected to field.

Though the Indian bowlers bowled really well, the actual damage wasn’t caused by the bowling but by the fielders and their athleticism, which was aided by the misunderstanding between the South African batsmen.

Out of the 10 wickets, three were run-outs and included the important dismissals of AB de Villiers and David Miller along with that of Imran Tahir. Here is a look at the run-outs that led to the collapse of the Protean batting line-up.

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AB de Villiers was the first victim to depart. Responding to a soft touch to point followed by the call from du Plessis, AB ran and dived at the batting end. Unfortunately for him, his injured hamstrings did not cooperate. To add to his woes, it was Hardik Pandya’s good throwing arm and MS Dhoni’s quick skills with the gloves. AB had to take the long walk back.

WICKET: de Villiers run-out courtesy a quick work by Dhoni

WICKET: de Villiers run-out courtesy a quick work by Dhoni

In the very next over, David Miller and Faf du Plessis found themselves at the same end of the pitch, thanks to an indecisive call. A throw from short third man to Dhoni which he threw to Kohli at the bowler’s end who knocked the bails off with all the glee in the word. Either of the batsmen could have been out but du Plessis was the quicker one with a dive to make ground first and Miller was sent back.

WICKET: Miller run-out courtesy a huge mix-up

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In the 45th over, Duminy hit the ball to deep mid-wicket and called for a non-existent second as he didn’t want Tahir to take strike. A slight fumble by Kohli in the deep followed by a miscommunication and the batsmen were in the middle of the pitch. By the time Tahir turned back and made it to the crease, MS Dhoni had lit up the bails to end the South African innings.

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