But Pakistan bounced back to beat top-ranked South Africa by 19 runs on Wednesday at Edgbaston - the ground where they had succumbed so to India just days earlier. India then comfortably knocked off the runs in 38 overs, Shikhar Dhawan (78) and captain Virat Kohli (76no) hitting fine half centuries.
Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 76.
Monday's match in Cardiff has the look of a "dead rubber" about it after Pakistan suffered a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and Champions Trophy title-holders India in their opening Group B match.
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After being put in, South Africa's slow but serviceable start was their only period of parity with Kohli's men. When asked how you can go from being so bad to so good in the space of two games, Mohammad Hafeez said: "As a team, we're always very aggressive".
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Perera also made a telling contribution before having to retire hurt, and Mathews said: "It's a shame to lose Kusal, he batted extremely well - but Dhananjaya de Silva is also a very good player".
What did the losing captain AB de Villiers say?
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis were at the crease with SA on 116/2. Or will an equally surprising Pakistan side manage the same sort of consistency they found in their rain-shortened match against South Africa and secure the final semifinal spot for themselves?
"When the opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it".
"I don't know how [the run outs] happened". I wouldn't like to blame guys out there.
In the first 10 overs, they scored only 35 runs, as India operated with Bhunveshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin (one over). He couldn't rally the tail, and the innings finished, appropriately, on a run out.
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"Getting their big hitters early was a bonus".
"When you get two run outs pretty quickly, the mindset totally changes".
"We never got going".
Imran Tahir after scoring one was the third South African to get dismissed run-out as JP Duminy's call for a second run turned out into another disaster as the South African innings ended on 191. He took 1-43. Before they brought in their latest replacement, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sri Lanka had been down to seven batsmen. Kumar got in the act with two dismissals in as many balls after he caught the edges of Kagiso Rabada  and Morne Morkel .
Pakistan will likely be unchanged after their excellent performance against the Proteas and they have little reason to make a change.
India began their reply positively and both openers had struck sixes before Rohit Sharma drove loosely at Morkel and was caught by wicketkeeper De Kock for 12.
Kohli walked into medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo and launched him over mid-on for his first six, and reached his fifty off 71 balls.
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