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.
India vs South Africa ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Full Match Highlights
The four crucial moments that defined the contest.
This was the perfect opportunity for AB de Villiers to set the record straight; in the 5 innings he has played in ICC knockouts, scored only 161 runs. He was batting on 16 today, looked in the right frame of mind to break the shackles of the past but it was just not meant to be. He was run-out by Hardik Pandya, even the desperate dive couldn’t save him. South Africa had not even recovered from AB’s dismissal when Faf du Plesis and David Miller decided to create a disastrous mix-up while running between wickets; both batsmen ended up at the same end, a suicidal run-out. Everything about the South African running was off in the match throughout. Imran Tahir was the last wicket and the third run-out of the match.
The same bowling unit who got smashed by Sri Lanka in their last game made a terrific comeback in today’s match. The same bowlers who only managed to take one wicket in that game took 7 in this must win game. Virat Kohli called it right at the toss when he decided to bowl first. The inclusion of Ashwin in the team at the expense of a fast bowler proved to be the right move as well. South Africa were batting cautiously, they were restricted to 71/0 after 17 overs and desperately needed a move on. In the 18th over Ashiwn provided India with their first break through, he got the crucial wicket of the maestro Hasim Amla. Then Jadeja got rid of the set batsman, Quinton de Kock who looked set to get a big score. The pressure of dot balls was getting the better of the South African batsmen; de Kock’s wicket was followed by two crucial run-outs. AB de Villiers and David Miller were run-out in the space of 5 balls. South Africa never recovered from this shock; they went on to lose their last 8 wickets for just 51 runs to collapse from 140-2 to 191 all out.
The only way South Africa could defend the meager target of 192 was by taking wickets. Morne Morkel provided them with an early breakthrough; he got the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the 6th over. India were 23 for 0 before the wicket fell.
After the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma for a brief moment it looked like Proteas will stage a comeback in the game but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli made batting look so easy. They were involved in a second wicket stand of 128 runs. Dhawan’s love affair with the Champions Trophy continued as he went on to score 78. He is the fastest to 1000 runs in ICC tournaments and is also the highest scorer in this year’s Champions Trophy so far. Kohli who had scored a duck in his previous game went to on to score his 41st ODI fifty. Kohli hit 5 fours and 1 magnificent six in the partnership.