India drubs South Africa, makes semifinals

  •   Ricky
  •   July 31, 2017
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India drubs South Africa, makes semifinals

Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah’s accuracy, reckless run-outs chain down the Proteas

South Africa's cricketers resent their reputation for freezing under pressure, but they do themselves no favours.

They were complicit in their own demise again as India produced a commanding performance to storm into the semifinals of the Champions Trophy.

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.

Yuvraj Singh struck the final blow, depositing J-P. Duminy into the stands, to complete an eight-wicket victory in glorious sunshine.

Virat Kohli's men, who top Group B, will now face Bangladesh in Birmingham on Thursday for a place in the final.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled with control and pin-point accuracy after India had elected to field first, but the South African innings was derailed by two reckless, wasteful run-outs in the space of six balls. A.B. de Villiers and an in-form David Miller were their side's best hopes of a big score at that stage, and South Africa never truly recovered from their exits, losing the last eight wickets for 51.

Rohit Sharma fell early in the run chase, but Shikhar Dhawan maintained his excellent form, making 78 as he and Kohli added 128 runs for the second wicket. Dhawan has now scored 271 runs in three innings at the tournament, and he was barely troubled by the bowling here, the pick of his shots a whip off the pads that sent Morne Morkel sailing into the stands on the leg-side.

Kohli was slow to begin with and was on nine runs off 24 balls at one point. But he broke the shackles with a stunning straight drive for six off Andile Phehlukwayo, eventually finishing unbeaten on 76.

In the morning, R. Ashwin, replacing Umesh Yadav, provided the first breakthrough, removing Hashim Amla for 35.

Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah’s accuracy, reckless run-outs chain down