The match between India and South Africa was a do-or-die encounter for both teams and India went in with the edge because the Proteas have a reputation of choking when it comes to crunch games in ICC Tournaments. The Sunday clash at the Oval was supposed to be match-up between two of the best ODI teams in the world but unfortunately it was a one sided affair.
South Africa Choke Yet Again
South Africa got off to a slow start as both the openers were tentative and the Indian bowlers bowled a good line and length. However the match started to go horribly wrong for South Africa when two costly run-outs cost them the key wickets of captain AB Devilliers and D Miller. Faf Du Plessis was involved in both run-outs and soon followed his captain falling for 35.
The Proteas were tied down with some good bowling with R Jadeja who came back well after his below par performance against the Sri Lankans. Jadeja sent down his 10 overs for just 39 runs and picked up the key wicket of Q de Kock who was the only South African batsman to score a half-century. The South Africans were bowled out for just 191 in 44.3 overs to give India a modest total to chase.
Indian Batting Looks Solid
The South Africans would have believed they had a slight chance when they picked up the wicket of R Sharma when the score was on 23. However Indian captain Kohli put together a 118 run partnership with S Dhawan who made 78 of just 83 balls. Dhawan has been in excellent form in the Champions Trophy and is currently the leading run scorer in the tournament. He was well supported by Kohli who made an unbeaten 76 and helped steer his side to a semi-final clash against Bangladesh on 15 June.
The win was due to a solid team performance by India but in the end the man of the match award went to J Bumrah who has been an unsung hero so far. Bumrah has only taken 2 wickets in the tournament so far but Kohli has relied heavily on him in the death overs and he has delivered. India will have a few days to recover and put their plans in place for Bangladesh and will fancy their chances of making yet another ICC Champions Final.