ICC Champions Trophy: India Beats South Africa By 8 Wickets
London: India won the ICC Champions Trophy match against South Africa at Kennington Oval, London, by 8 wickets and entered the semi-finals round. Yuvraj Singh hit a wining shot for six, finishing the match.
With this win India joins the teams of England and Bangladesh in the semi-finals round. The match between Pakistan and Srilanka on June 12 will be crucial, and whoever wins the match will make into the semi finals.
The match was a must-win match for India. India won the toss and decided to bowl. South Africa batted and set a target of 192 runs for 10 wickets in 44.3 overs, with Quinton de Kock making a highest score of 53 runs on their side.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each. Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket each, and three players were run out.
“The bowlers stuck to their lines and delivered when we required breakthroughs,” Virat Kohli said. “The bowlers did a great job.”
Trying to defend the target of 192 runs, South Africa stepped in with attacking Indian batting order. Wickets in the initial overs would have helped South Africa to get back into the game. However, after Rohit Sharma’s fall, the partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli solidified. With runs coming easily in the middle overs, India’s win became certain.
On the other hand, the South African fast bowlers failed to take wickets after the fall of Rohit Sharma. The spinners performed better, but could only break the partnership in the late overs. There were a few mistakes in the fielding and a dropped catch on the South African side.
Virat Kohli, after a duck out in his previous match against Srilanka, took a while initially to get back into form. But after that, he gave a solid innings toward the end of his game. Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, performed well in the entire tournament so far and repeated the same in this match. India finished the match in just 38.0 overs.
India is scheduled to play against Bangladesh on semi-finals on June 15 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.