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Champions Trophy 2017: India thrash South Africa to reach semi-final

16 June 2017

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"The team catches on to such vibes and that's what separates a winning team from the rest, " he said. South Africa will be eager to brush aside their flaws from the three-match ODI series against England and forgettable Champions Trophy campaign.

A fantastic bowling performance followed by some superb batting display from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli helped India beat South Africa by eight wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy at Kennington Oval, London on Sunday.

Even though the "Super Sunday" turned into a "Sleepy Sunday" because of India's dominance over South Africa, the fans nonetheless had an incredible time at the Oval.

Set 322 to win, Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls to spare thanks to contributions from Kusal Mendis (89), Danushka Gunathilaka (76) and all-rounder Mathews (52).

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"We normally don't bat that way. The fielders backed our bowlers".

Reflecting on the team's performance in the game against India, the Proteas skipper revealed that although there were major errors in judgments, the team was composed throughout the duration of the game.

When Amla and De Kock fell to R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja respectively, South Africa were still in a solid position, at 116/2 in 24.2 overs, to post a 280-or-thereabouts total, which would have been a strong one considering the pitch was slower than the previous ones at The Oval.

"So the communication between the two of us was, just for the next five overs, play it as risk-free as possible". Hardik Pandya showed he can use guile too when needed.

From 116/1, the Proteas found themselves struggling at 157/5.

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"What I would have liked to have seen from the guys at the top of the order is, at least, an attempt to put Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar under pressure". It is important to grab those opportunities. De Villiers will then leave the United Kingdom, with du Plessis taking over for the Tests that begin in early July. He can really hurt you in the middle overs. Reflecting on the same, the man from Ahmedabad revealed that it feels great that to have the captain put so much faith in him. "It was good to see the intensity from the boys", said Kohli. "We prepared well this whole year, played good cricket right through the season".

"This kind of fielding performance was required".

"You either settle and get through the pressure and absorb it or you don't, and we didn't".

"The bowlers were on the money. We asked our bowlers to make them play hard shots".

Pakistan and Sri Lanka head into their concluding group Champions Trophy group match knowing it's a virtual "quarter-final" after producing two of the tournament's biggest upsets so far.

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