India thrash South Africa to reach ICC Champions Trophy semis

Fortunately for Kohli, India were able to feast on a South Africa team bereft of confidence after a lacklustre midweek loss to Pakistan.

Holding South Africa without a boundary for 10 overs, India were in complete control. Even though Quinton de Kock and Hashmi Amla gave a 76 runs opening stand with 53 and 35 runs respectively.

De Villiers was run out when he ran for a single for du Plessis but a throw from Hardik Pandya at the wicket-keeper caught him short of the crease.

Champions Trophy top run scorer Shikhar Dhawan led India to the semi-finals after South Africa crumbled to 191, with three run-outs abruptly ending their qualification hopes.

South Africa will hand the captaincy reins back to AB de Villiers for their T20 global series against England with regular skipper Faf du Plessis and a host of other stars to miss. "The fielders backed our bowlers", Kohli said.

In reply, India chased down the target with 12 overs to spare, reaching 193 for two in 38 overs, to set up a last-four clash with Bangladesh.




India will meet Bangladesh in the semifinals in Birmingham, Thursday. "All of the bowlers executed their plan so well in such a big game and to be able to bowl like that against a batting line up of their ability, we can feel confident and would like to take it forward into the semis".

Not India, who improved to 4-0 against the South Africans in Champions Trophy history, and knocked them out for a third time.

However, the senior batsman is expected back in time for the first of four Tests against England at Lord's starting on July 6 - a series de Villiers is set to miss as he takes a break from the longest global format. I believe we're the very close unit.

With South Africa's ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign coming to a dismal end in the group stages, they will meet England for a three-match T20I series post the marquee event. I think you saw it out there today.

Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis looked good in the early going, but a miscommunication in the middle arrested the team's momentum. ".And we've seen from its record at tournaments previously that it nearly revel in the pressure of those occasions", he said. "They put us under pressure and we made mistakes and we couldn't get out of it".

Morkel was a threat early, and deserved to take Rohit Sharma's wicket for 12 in the sixth over. "We asked our bowlers to make them play hard shots".

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