This was our best game so far, says Kohli

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2017

Now Pakistan are just one game away from a semi-final with either tournament hosts England or Bangladesh and a wary Mathews said: "We all know they're a very unsafe team". 90% of the Opal Stadium are fed with Indian Fans and supporters made the Victory against South Africa and Bring India into Semi Finals in Champions Trophy (#CT17).

While Rohit Sharma only managed to add 12 runs to the chase, the duo of Dhawan and Kohli did a fantastic job, powering the chase until the 31st overs. The pair put on 128 for the second wicket before Dhawan was caught, but the damage had always been done to South Africa's hopes.

This win took India's points tally to four points, while South Africa, with only two points from three matches, were eliminated. The last four wickets went for 13 runs, and the innings finished, aptly, on a run out.

Winning the toss, Virat Kohli had sent South Africa to bat first.

Defending champions India qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament with as many as 12 overs to spare at the Oval.

Thus, the onus was on Bhuvenshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to strike with the new.

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"It's a shame to lose Kusal, he batted extremely well-but Dhananjaya de Silva is also a very good player", Mathews told reporters in Cardiff on Sunday.

South African fast bowlers tried their best to script a comeback but the Indians would have had to play some real bad cricket to lose this one.

Sri Lanka too suffered an nearly as heavy a loss in going down by 96 runs to South Africa first up in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams. But all hell broke loose in the 28th over when de Villiers was run out though a brilliant piece of fielding from Hardik Pandya. The second dismissal was a clear case pf pressure resulting in confusion as both Miller and du Plessis ended at the wicket-keeper's end after the former hurried for a run when the latter hit one straight into the hands of Bumrah at short third-man.

For South Africa, all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo came in for Wayne Parnell.

"It's one of the top wins, to beat India", said Mathews. Shikhar Dhawan 78 (83b, 12x4, 1x6) and Virat Kohli 76 (101b, 7x4, 1x6) then rubbed salt into their wounds as India posted an eight-wicket win to march into semifinals.

When Dhawan was caught, Yuvraj Singh (unbeaten 23) proved an adequate replacement, and the chase continued without so much as a hiccup.

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