With a dominant performance over South Africa, Team India have now advanced to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. They will now face Bangladesh in the penultimate stage with the game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan deciding England’s opposition.
India bowled South Africa out for just 191 and managed to win the game by a margin of 8 wickets with 12 overs to spare at the Oval! Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the Player of the Match award for his excellent spell with the ball.
Here are the five points from the match that changed the course of the game.
Pressure at the top
Indian bowlers did not let the South African innings soar at the beginning. In the first 10 overs, South Africa managed to score just 35 runs, creating the pressure on the batsmen. The breeze in London was well utilized, especially by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who troubled the left-right combination of Amla and de Kock with his swinging deliveries.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were putting on a good stand for the opening wicket. The two had been a little cautious and did not take any kind of risk as the conditions seemed to be favoring the Indian seamers. R Ashwin, who had been dropped for the first two games, was introduced to the attack and he was successful in breaking the stand for just 76 and not letting the score grow. He got Amla to edge a wide delivery and got the ball rolling for the Indian bowlers.
Confusions, Miscommunication, Run-Outs!
The South African batsmen seemed to be in a state of perennial confusion as India got a fair few chances of having a throw at the stumps with the batsman nowhere in close quarters. The wickets of AB de Villiers and David Miller in quick succession meant the middle-order was handicapped. The Proteas never recovered from the sudden surge of wickets and collapsed for a below-par score.
Bumrah and Bhuvi dismantle the tail
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got rid of the tailenders and wrapped up the South African innings for India. The two bowlers bowled 15.3 overs in all and gave away just 51 runs scalping 4 wickets towards the end of the innings.
Dhawan and Kohli stand tall!
Shikhar Dhawan’s excellent form in ICC events continued as he notched up his third successive score of 50 or more in the tournament. On his way to a well-structured 78 of 83 balls, he became the fastest player to amass 1000 ODI runs as he did achieve it in 16 innings, two innings quicker than the previous record holder Sachin Tendulkar. He was well supported by skipper Virat Kohli who remained unbeaten on 76, another feather on his cap of chasing! The two put on 128 for the second wicket before Yuvraj Singh finished off things in style with a six in the 38th over.