Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

With the win, India qualified for the 2nd Semi Final to be played against Bangladesh at Birmingham on June 15. If India loses this game, then South Africa will reach semi-finals along with the victor of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game from Group B.

And so, South Africa's search for a global trophy continues.

First, Hashim Amla and Quiton de Kock played extremely slow, showing way too much caution when a few calculative risks could have transferred some pressure on to the Indians.

Tight opening bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah put India well on top in the must-win contest for both sides. "The bowlers were on the money, and that helps the fielders get into better positions".

"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.

In-form opener Dhawan was the key figure with 78 from 83 balls, including 12 fours, while captain Kohli weighed in with a typically elegant 76.

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Faf du Plesis (36) joined Quinton in the middle and they made 40 runs in 41 balls.

Centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah proved vital in the ninth game as Bangladesh defeated New Zealand to reach the semi-final for the first time in an ICC tournament.

In what was effectively a quarterfinal tie, South Africa sank to a mediocre 191 all out on a benign pitch at the Oval, before India rushed home with 12 overs to spare.

South Africa T20I squad for England series: AB de Villiers (c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts. Hardik and Dhoni were brilliant to get the wicket of Ab de Villiers and from thereon there was no looking back for India. 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.

You could nearly feel it - when AB De Villiers called wrong and lost the toss, with India putting South Africa into bat - the panic setting in.

Kohli's side had to win their final Group B fixture to avoid an embarrassing exit and they rose to the challenge with a ruthless display and defeated the Proteas by eight wickets to storm into the semi-finals of the ongoing event. Yuvraj Singh smashing Duminy for a maximum to stay unbeaten on 23.

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