India rode on a superb bowling show to thump South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval on Sunday and become the first team from Group B to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Disciplined Indian bowling bowled out South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs at The Oval. India chased down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare. This win took India's points tally to four points, while South Africa, with only two points from three matches, were eliminated. (SCORECARD)
An emphatic show from India and they book their place for the semi-final. The Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma showed intent from the beginning but a poor shot from the latter resulted in his downfall. The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli came out and took his time to get going. He was struggling a touch but got into his flamboyant self as he settled into his innings. Dhawan on the other end continued his dream run in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. His was a free flowing knock which kept the crowd thoroughly entertained.
The South Africa bowlers tried hard but it was a pretty low total that they were defending. Morkel and Tahir were the only ones who took a wicket apiece. Rabada was probing with the ball but the Men in Blue saw him through cautiously. Earlier, the top ranked side in the world didn't play like as if they were one. They collapsed to disappoint once again in a knockout. Kudos to the Indian bowlers and fielders for setting up the game nicely and the batsmen lived up to their reputation.
21.20 IST: SIX! Yuvraj finishes off in style! Shorter delivery into the pads, Yuvraj camps back and pulls it over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen. India (193/2 in 38 overs) beat South Africa (191) by 8 wickets to qualify for semi-finals. Kohli 76*, Dhawan 78
21.15 IST: FOUR! Kohli hits Tahir for a boundary. Shortish around off, Kohli camps back and pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. IND 183/2 in 37 overs, need 9 runs in 78 balls
21.14 IST: Duminy gives away just three runs and India are 176/2 in 36 overs, need 16 in 84 balls
21.11 IST: NOT OUT! Floats this one around leg, Yuvraj prods forward in defence. Gets his bat behind his pad so not sure what made contact first. The players appeal and the umpire stays put. AB de Villiers consults Tahir and goes for the review. Hot Spot show that there was an inside edge before the ball hit the pad. IND 173/2 in 35 overs
21.08 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot! Fuller around leg, Kohli plays his trademark flick through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
21.06 IST: India are 166/2 in 34 overs, need 26 runs to win.
21.02 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Fuller into the pads, Yuvraj Singh stays in his crease and lofts that over the mid on region for a boundary. IND 162/2 in 33 overs, need 30 runs to win.
20.50 IST: OUT! Finally something to cheer for the Proteas! Googly in line of the stumps, spinning away. Dhawan uses his feet and swings across the line. However, he gets it off the outer half of the bat towards wide long off. Du Plessis covers good ground to his right and bends low to take a fine catch. Back-to-back tons was there for the taking but he perishes. A brilliant knock nonetheless.
20.37 IST: Fifty for Virat Kohli! 41st half-century in ODIs, it comes on 71 balls. IND 132/1 in 27.1 overs
20.33 IST: FOUR! Dhawan is in a hurry to finish this one. This time four off Rabada on the first ball. IND 129/1 in 26.1 overs
20.32 IST: Seven runs off the over. IND 125/1 in 26 overs
20.30 IST: FOUR from Dhawan! 100 runs partnership between Kohli and Dhawan! IND 124/1 in 25.4 overs
20.28 IST: Good over from the young South African speedster - Kagiso Rabada. IND 118/1 in 25 overs
20.22 IST: FOUR! Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan! Dhawan scores 19th fifty of his ODI career. Third 50+ score for in this tournament. He becomes the leading run-scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy with this. 53 runs of 61 balls. IND 115/1 in 24 overs
20.19 IST: FOUR! Another four for Virat Kohli this time at deep extra cover. IND 110/1 in 23 overs
20.17 IST: FOUR! Kohli is slowly getting into his groove, brilliant shot. off Morkel. IND 106/1 in 22.3 overs
20.15 IST: Two runs of Morris over, he bowls it tight. IND 102/1 in 22 overs
20.11 IST: FOUR! This time no third-man on the off-side. A bit risky but the Indian skipper will take it. Good length delivery outside off, Kohli steers it through the gap between first slip and gully to find the fence once again. Kohli picks up another boundary reaches at 38. IND 100/1 in 21 overs
20.10 IST: Four! Not a very convincing shot from the Indian skipper but it will still earn him four crucial runs. IND 96/1 in 20.4 overs
Morne Morkel returns to the attack for SA
20.05 IST: FOUR! Dhawan is on fire. Width offfered from Phehlukwayo on the off-side and Shikhar smashes it hard. IND 90/1 in 20 overs
20.03 IST: FOUR! Back to back boundaries for the Delhi dasher, this time he plays the late cut to supreme effect. IND 85/1 in 19 overs
20.00: Four from Dhawan! Short ball from Imran Tahir, Dhawan hits it at deep bakward square leg. IND 81/1 in 18.4 overs
19.58 IST: In the air again! Falls short of Morne Morkel, just one run of Phehlukwayo's over. IND 76/1 in 18 overs
19.53 IST: It's time for drinks for both the teams!
19.51 IST: de Kock tries to do MSD! Whipped off the bails in a flash, goes to the third umpire but Dhawan is safe. IND 75/1 in 17 overs
19.50: Four! This brings the fifty partnership between Dhawan and Kohli off 61 deliveries. IND 75/1 in 16.4 overs
19.47 IST: Poor fielding from Proteas! 3 runs for Kohli at mid-on. IND 70/1 in 16 overs
19.45 IST: KOHLI DROPPED! Amla puts down Virat Kohli at first slip, the Indian captain was at 21. IND 65/1 in 15.3 overs
19.43 IST: Dhawan pulls and misses off Morris' last delivery. IND 65/1 in 15 overs
19.40 IST: WIDE! Morris under pressure. IND 64/1 in 14.2 overs
19.39 IST: What a Shot! Is there a better sight in cricket when Indian captain plays shots like these. Four of Morris, IND 63/1 in14.2 overs
19.35 IST: SIX from KOHLI! Does it get any better? Fuller around off, Kohli charges a bit down the track and swings it straight down the ground. Over the long on region for a biggie. One bad ball and Kohli pounces on it. IND 56/1 in 13.1 overs
19.34 IST: IN THE AIR! But just short, lucky for the Indian skipper. Short delivery into the body, Kohli pulls it towards fine leg. Morkel the fielder there, comes charging in, dives forward but the ball falls just short of him. A single is taken. IND 50/1 in 13 overs
Rabada is off the attack now. Chris Morris replaces him from the other end
19.30 IST: Six runs from Andile Phehlukwayo's first over. IND 47/1 after 12 overs
19.26 IST: Brilliant running! Andile Phehlukwayo comes as the first change. Dhawan and Kohli ran three of his first ball. IND 44/1 in 11.1 overs
19.25 IST: Good running from the Indian batsmen. India going slow and steady. IND 41/1 in 11 overs
19.20 IST: Two of the Free-hit! IND 37/1 after 10 overs
19.19 IST: NO BALL! Morkels steps over the line this time, FREE HIT for INDIA. IND 33/1 in 9.4 overs
19.17 IST: Another boundary from Dhawan! It was in the air but safe, IND 32/1 in 9.3 overs
19.16 IST: FOUR! Much needed boundary from Shikhar Dhawan, this will certainly relieve the pressure. IND 28/1 in 9.2 overs
19.15 IST: Tight over from Rabada, just two off it. IND 26/1 in 9 overs
19.11 IST: ANOTHER MAIDEN! This time from Morkel, Indian batsmen treading cautiously after losing Rohit Sharma. IND 24/1 in 8 overs
19.08 IST: MAIDEN from RABADA! South Africa trying to find a way back into the game. IND 24/1 in 7 overs
19.01 IST: OUT! Rohit gone, Morkel sends him back to the pavillion at the score of 12. Length delivery and angling into the batsman, Rohit Sharma goes leg side and tries to hit it over the infield on the off side. Gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies to the keeper. Quinton de Kock flies to his right to take a good catch. Sharma has to walk back to the hut. IND 23/1 in 5.3 overs
18.58 IST: FOUR! Poor fielding by Phehlukwayo! Short delivery into the body, Dhawan pulls it fine towards fine leg. Phehlukwayo from deep backward square leg tries to cut it off but ends up over running it which allows the ball to race away to the fence. IND 23/0 in 5 overs
18.55 IST: SIX! This time it's Shikhar Dhawan letting his bat do all the talk against Morne Morkel. What a shot! IND 18 runs in 4 overs
18.51 IST: Four and Six to end the over! Rohit picks up 10 form Rabada's over. IND 12/0 in 3 overs
18.15 IST: Top class performance from India and they are in a commanding position at the innings break. South Africa began sedately as the opening partnership was a decent one. Quinton de Kock played a good knock to go past his past century but threw his wicket in the quest for quick runs. After that, the Proteas lost their way completely. De Villiers and du Plessis were run out due to errors in judgment. You can't afford that at such a big stage and the Men in Blue grabbed the opportunities with both hands. They kept on mounting the pressure on the Proteas and they crumbled under it.
18.10 IST: OUT! South Africa are running crazy! You can't even call these school boy errors. Length delivery around off, Duminy heaves it through the mid-wicket region. Kohli is quick to charge towards the ball. The batsmen want the second but they both hesistate to run. Kohli fumbles which makes Tahir go for it. He is sent back by Duminy but its too late as the Indian skipper to quickly collect the ball and throw it at the striker's end. Dhoni is quick to dislodge the bails and they start celebrating as the umpire goes upstairs to check for the run out. Replays show that Tahir was well outside. India bowl South Africa out for 191 in 44.2 overs. De Kock 53, Bhuvneshwar 2/23, Bumrah 2/28
18.07 IST: Good over this from Bumrah. Just a single off it. SA 190/9 in 44 overs
18.04 IST: Four Leg Byes! Handy runs for South Africa! Back of a length delivery down the leg side, Duminy tries to clip it fine. Gets it off the thigh pad, past Dhoni for a boundary. SA 189/9 in 43 overs
18.02 IST: Bhuvneshwar misses out on a hat-trick! Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Tahir slashes hard at it. Gets it off the outer half towards third man for a single.
18.01 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar removes Morkel for 0! Bhuvi is on a hat-trick! Two in two for Bhuvi! Another outside edge and Kohli had sharply placed himself at the slip position. Back of a length delivery outside off, Morkel tries to push at it. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies towards Kohli who makes no mistake. Brilliant stuff from Bhuvneshwar. SA 184/9 in 42.3 overs. Imran Tahir is the next man in.
17.58 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar removes Rabada for 5! The bowling change works and Rabada has to walk back! Good length delivery and angling away. Kagiso tries to defend it on the leg side. Gets a thick outside edge on it and the ball flies towards the keeper. The ball carries and Dhoni dives towards his left for a sharp catch and South Adrica are even struggling to reach 200 here. SA 184/8 in 42.2 overs
17.52 IST: FOUR! Rabada hits Bumrah for a boundary. SA 182/7 in 41 overs
17.49 IST: OUT! Bumrah removes Phehlukwayo for 4! Bumrah gets his second! Low full toss in the line of the stumps, Phehlukwayo tries to clip it on the leg side but he fails to make contact. Gets hit flush on the back pad and the players start appealing for an LBW. The umpire stays undisturbed. Kohli after consulting his players, opts for the review. Replays show that it pitched on leg, impact was in line and it was going to hit the stumps. So it was plumb and the umpire has to change his decision. Both the teams have got their reviews right. SA 178/7 in 40.1 overs. Rabada is the next man in.
17.46 IST: Great over this from Bhuvneshwar! He gives away just 3 runs. SA 178/6 in 40 overs
17.41 IST: 6 runs off Ashwin's over, SA 175/6 in 39 overs
17.38 IST: Good over from Pandya, just two off it. SA 169/6 in 38 overs
17.36 IST: No boundary for South Africa in last 10 overs.
17.32 IST: OUT! Bumrah sends Morris back for 4 runs. Morris bites the dust! India are right on top and are dictating the terms at the Oval. Dug in short around off, Morris is drawn into the pull but is early into his shot. Ends up getting a top edge and the ball spoons towards mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar moves to his right and pouches it safely. First wicket for Bumrah in the ICC Champions Trophy. SA 167/6 in 37 overs
17.29 IST: WIDE! Bumrah starts off with a wide going down the leg, SA 166/5 in 36 overs
17.28 IST: Good Yorker to finish the over from Pandya, just three runs off the over. SA 165/5 in 36 overs
Ravindra Jadeja finishes his quota of 10 overs, gave away just 39 runs and picked up the all-important wicket of Quinton de Kock.
17.22 IST: Another run-out appeal! Jadeja appeals on the bowler's end but JP Duminy is in by a mile. Another quiet over for Proteas. SA 162/5 in 35 overs
17.17 IST: BOWLED! South Africa is all over the place now as in-form du Plessis is bowled by Pandya through an off-cutter. SA 157/5 in 33.3 overs
17.14 IST: India maintains the pressure. Quick over from Jadeja, gives away just four runs. SA 156/4 in 33 overs
17.11 IST: Good over from Pandya. He gives away just 4 runs. SA 152/4 in 32 overs
17.07 IST: Not out! Duminy survives! Tossed up delivery from Jadeja, spinning in. Duminy goes for the sweep but seems to have missed it as he gets rapped on the pads. Huge appeal for an LBW and up goes the umpire's finger. Dumniy opts for the review straightaway. The replays show that JP gloved it. He is safe. SA 148/4 in 31 overs
17.04 IST: Great over this for India. One big wicket and just three runs. SA 145/4 in 30 overs
17.01 IST: OUT! Huge mix-up and Miller is run out for 1! Flatter delivery on off, du Plessis is squared up a touch and gets an outside edge towards short third man. He takes off and Miller responds. However, they both hesitate but Miller keeps on running. Faf recognizes that he won't be able to make it to the other end, so turns back and dives in to make his ground. SA 142/4 in 29.1 overs. JP Duminy is the next man in.
16.56 IST: OUT! AB de Villiers run out for 16! A bit short around off, du Places places it towadrs point and takes off. Ab de Villiers responds and hares to the danger end. Hardik Pandya moves to his right and returns an accurate throw to MS Dhoni. he collects the ball and takes the bails off in a flash as AB dives full length to come back. It is referred upstairs and India look confident. The replays show that the skipper is short of his crease. A big breakthrough this. SA 140/3 in 28.2 overs. Miller is the next man in.
16.53 IST: A good over South Africa as Bumrah gives away 7 runs. SA 139/2 in 28 overs
16.51 IST: Bumrah is back into the attack!
16.49 IST: Great over from Jadeja! Just one from it! SA 132/2 in 27 overs
16.46 IST: FOUR! Second boundary off the over! This time it is du Plessis. Poor delivery and duly punished! On a length and slanting down the leg side, du Plessis just has to get some bat on it. He does and gets it fine past the keeper for a boundary. Live, India vs South Africa: SA 131/2 in 26 overs
16.43 IST: FOUR! De Villiers gets going straight away! Pandya is fractionally overpitched outside off, Ab de Villiers crunches it through covers. It is the shorter side of the ground and the ball whistles away to the fence.
16.42 IST: A very good over from Jadeja! A wicket and just three runs. SA 119/2 in 25 overs.
16.40 IST: OUT! Jadeja removes de Kock for 53! Jadeja gets his man! Floats this one outside off and spinning in this time. De Kock tries to sweep it on the leg side but he misses it completely this time. The ball goes through and disturbs the stumps. Jadeja is excited and Quinton de Kock first time misses out on his ton against India after reaching the half century. A big, big wicket for India. SA 116/2 in 24.2 overs. AB de Villiers comes in next
16.36 IST: Fifty for de Kock off 68 balls. SA 112/1 in 23.2 overs. The worry for India would be that whenever de Kock gets a fifty, he also hits a hundred.
16.33 IST: Indian bowlers are looking to control the middle overs as they are playing with two spinners. Du Plessis and de Kock will hope to give the required momentum to the SA innings. SA 110/1 in 23 overs
16.27 IST: Wide! 100 up for South Africa in 21.1 overs. South Africa will look to accelerate from here. SA 104/1 in 22 overs
16.26 IST: Ashwin has been taken off the attack! Pandya comes back.
16.25 IST: Tidy over from Jadeja. He gives away 5 runs. SA 99/1 in 21 overs
16.19 IST: FOUR! de Kock hits Ashwin for a boundary! Fuller around leg, de Kock whips it powerfully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. SA 94/1 in 20 overs
16.18 IST: Good over this for South Africa. Jadeja gives away 7 runs. SA 84/1 in 19 overs
16.14 IST: Was it the pressure that got the better off Amla? The South Africans were desperate to up the run rate and probably Amla fell prey to it. SA 77/1 in 18 overs
16.10 IST: OUT! Ashwin removes Amla for 35! Ashwin has got the breakthrough India needed! Fuller around off at a quicker pace, the ball skids on after pitching. Amla goes to cut hard at it and gets a thick edge on it. Dhoni behind the stumps takes a sharp catch to send the dangerous Amla back to the hut. Ashwin has struck in his comeback game and has drawn the first blood of the encounter. Amla departs after a good start to his innings. Live, India vs South Africa: SA 76/1 in 17.3 overs. Faf du Plessis comes out to bat next
16.09 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Ashwin bowls it fuller around off, Amla gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it wide of the bowler for a boundary through the mid off region for a boundary.
16.08 IST: Good over from Jadeja. He gives away just 4 runs. SA 71/0 in 17 overs
16.01 IST: FOUR! This is poor stuff from Pandya. Amla grabs the opportunity and hits Pandya for a boundary. Length delivery outside off, Amla goes way across and hits hard at it. Gets it fine off the inner half through the short fine leg region for a boundary. Live, India vs South Africa:SA 62/0 in 15 overs
15.58 IST: SIX! Amla gets in to the act! He hits Pandya for a massive six over backward square leg. Fuller delivery outside off, Amla shuffles across and picks it up quickly and throws the ball deep into the square leg stands for a maximum.
15.57 IST: Good over from Ashwin. He gives away just 2 runs. SA 52/0 in 14 overs
15.55 IST: Fifty comes up for South Africa in 13 overs.
15.54 IST: DROPPED! Fuller delivery around off, Amla drives it straight back to the bowler. Pandya is a bit late to react on his followthrough and he cannot hold onto the ball coming straight to him. A fielder of his standard should have taken it. Amla is lucky to survive.
15.53 IST: Run out chance missed! Length delivery outside off, Amla drives it towards mid off and rushes for a single. Kohli comes steaming in and has an underarm shy at the stumps. He misses and had he hit, de Kock was gone by a mile.
15.50 IST: FOUR! de Kock hits Ashwin for a boundary to end the over. Ashwin sprays it down the leg side, de Kock is quick to read the loosener as he sways back a bit and pulls it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Quinton won't miss out on those. Ashwin gives away 7 runs. Live, India vs South Africa:SA 48/0 in 12 overs
15.43 IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack now. So far the Indian bowlers have really tied Amla and de Kock down as SA have scored at the rate of 3.5 runs per over in the first 10 overs. Pandya's role will be important here as he needs to maintain the pressure on the Proteas openers. Pandya gives away 6 runs. SA 41/0 in 11 overs
15.42 IST: Great start from the premier off-spinner. He gives away just 2 runs. Live, India vs South Africa:SA 35/0 in 10 overs
15.40 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced into the attack.
15.38 IST: The Indian new ball bowlers have bowled really well here. Both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have dried up the runs here for South Africa. The field set has also been aggressive. SA 33/0 in 9 overs
15.34 IST: Another good over from India's point of view as Bumrah gives away just 2 runs. Live, India vs South Africa:SA 30/0 in 8 overs
15.30 IST: Good over from Bhuvneshwar. He gives away just 2 runs. SA 28/0 in 7 overs
15.25 IST: FOUR! Amla gets going too, hits Bumrah for a boundary. Short of a length outside off and room on offer, Amla rises up on his toes and punches it through covers for an elegant boundary. SA 26/0 in 6 overs
15.23 IST: Confusion from de Kock and a misfield from Yuvraj! Short of a length ball on middle and off, de Kock turns it towards Yuvraj at mid-wicket. A slight fumble from Yuvraj and Quinton takes him on. However, he recovers quickly and de Kock has to rush back to his end.
15.22 IST: Five over gone and SA are 21/0. This has been a settled start for the Proteas.
15.19 IST: FOUR! De Kock hits Bhuvneshwar for a boundary.
15.18 IST: End of a good over for South Africa. Bumrah gives away 7 runs. SA 16/0 in 4 overs
15.15 IST: FOUR! De Kock hits Bumrah for a boundary. This is the first boundary of the South Africa innings. Fuller length delivery on off, de Kock leans forward and strokes it past the bowler. Pure timing on that and the ball whistles to the fence.
15.14 IST: Good beginning from India. They have kept the South African openers in check so far. No real boundary balls from both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. SA 9/0 in 3 overs
15.11 IST: Missed opportunity! A direct hit would have been close! Full length delivery outside off, Amla drives it towards mid off and sets off. Kohli moves across to his right and attacks the ball. Loses a bit of balance as the throw misses the target by a big margin at the bowler's end.
15.10 IST: Good over from Bumrah. He gives away just a single. SA 4/0 in 2 overs
15.06 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the new ball from the other end.
15.05 IST: Bhuvneshwar gives away just three runs in the first over. SA 3/0 in 1 over
14.55 IST: The national anthems of both the teams are done. Now, the players and umpires are making their way out in the middle. Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock will open the batting for South Africa. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been handed the responsibility with the first new ball. Two slips in place. Here we go...
14.45 IST: Stay tuned, we will be back shortly with the Live match updates.
Virat Kohli: We are going to bowl. Teams have been chasing well. The wicket should stay the same throughout the game. We'll know exactly what to do when we come out to bat. We have batted pretty well in both the games. Just that we couldn't defend it last game, maybe we were 15-20 short. Ashwin comes in for Umesh.
AB de Villiers: The stats tell you that it is probably not a bad thing to bowl first, but I am pretty happy batting first. We have had success in this tournament here batting first against Sri Lanka. Pretty excited to get a good score on the board now. It's about communication to know what is a good score. Maybe every 5 overs we need to communicate with our batters. Kohli is a good man. We get along really well. We are both great competitors and we are both here to win the game for our country. Phehlukwayo, comes in for Parnell.
14.35 IST: Playing XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
14.30 IST: TOSS! India win toss, opt to field vs South Africa
Call it irony, if India lose the game, they will be in for an exit even before the semi-final. If the Proteas lose, then the current No.1 ranked ODI side would be ousted before the last four stage.
A defeat will have the skeptics blaming the speculated off-the-field issues for the performance. In such a backdrop, Kohli will be under huge pressure with no margin of error.
For AB de Villiers, it will be an opportunity to prove that self-imposed exile from the five-day game has not affected his limited-overs skills.
With three quality left-handers -- Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, and David Miller -- in the South African line-up, Kohli can't afford to keep Ravichandran Ashwin in cold storage.
More so after knowing what can happen to Ravindra Jadeja when there is absolutely nothing in the strip.
Ashwin at least has some natural variations, including the off-break which is his stock ball. The proud performer that he is, Ashwin will be smarting after being excluded in the first two games and it can only work positively in India's favor.
However, skipper Kohli's leadership acumen and understanding of the current situation will be under scrutiny depending upon the kind of playing XI he opts for the next game. (Read Full Preview Here)