The 11th match of the Champions Trophy was played between the defending champions India and South Africa on Sunday at the Oval. This was a virtual quarterfinal. India won by 8 wickets and qualified for the semi-finals. India’s hope to defend their title is well and truly alive. The defending champions will face Bangladesh in the second semi-final on 15th June at Edgbaston.
Dhawan’s love affair with the Champions Trophy continued as he went on to score 78 off 83 balls. He is the fastest to 1000 runs in ICC tournaments and is also the highest scorer in this year’s Champions Trophy. Dhawan has scored 271 runs in three innings at an average of 90.33 and strike of 98.18 so far in the tournament. He hit 12 fours and 1 six in today’s match.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t find any swing early on but he persisted with a tidy line and length which kept the South African openers under pressure. In his first spell of 5 overs, he just gave away 18 runs. In his second spell Kumar almost bagged a hat-trick: he first dismissed Rabada and on the next ball got Morkel's wicket. Kumar bowled 7.3 overs, took 2 wickets for 23 runs.