AB de Villiers to lead South Africa in three T20Is against England

AB de Villiers was run out despite a desperate dive India v South Africa Champions Trophy 2017 Group B The Oval London

AB de Villiers was run out despite a desperate dive India v South Africa Champions Trophy 2017 Group B The Oval London

India put together a ruthless performance today at the Oval in London as they thrashed South Africa by eight wickets in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy.

The capitulation meant South Africa were all out for 191 and India, who had bowled professionally and disciplined, were guided home by impressive knocks from Shikhar Dhawan (78) and captain Virat Kohli (76 not out) as they advanced into the last four.

Ashwell Prince might be right when he says that the board should dictate proceedings to players, but having said this few can question the commitment of AB de Villiers.

Quinton de Kock's 53 was the only score of any substance from the spineless South Africans, who had three men run out in a wretched performance. Their fielding was also quite outstanding, but the ease with which South Africa crumbled made the Proteas look like a team in the Associate ranks, not one that is ranked No.1 in the world by the ICC.

In the semi-finals, India will meet Bangladesh on June 15.

Tomorrow, the competition's final group stage game is due to take place between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. You have to be good enough to do that for the country and you have to be good enough to bounce back, as well, You can't do the same mistakes over and over again " he added.

The maverick right-hander was also asked to explain the reason why South Africa fail to hold on to their nerves in knockout matches of big tournaments. Be it the passionate rivalry in between India and Pakistan or the sportive bond between India and South Africa.

Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers.

Du Plessis (36) was next to depart, inside-edging a Pandya slower-ball on to his stumps, before the hugely impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-23) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-28) were finally rewarded for their efforts by running through the lower order. Just five balls later, du Plessis was involved in another run-out as both he and David Miller saw a breakdown in communication result in both players running to the same end. Quinny [de Kock] is an opener, he gets hundreds for a living and all of us are to blame. "That sort of mindset is really helping all of us to come together as a unit and make things happen".

Now Pakistan are just one game away from a semi-final with either tournament hosts England or Bangladesh and a wary Mathews said: "We all know they're a very unsafe team".

"We felt we had a great chance".

Jadeja, who went for 52 in six overs against Sri Lanka bowled well with Ashwin at the other hand and removed risky Quinton de Kock.

VIRAT KOHLI: "We wanted to step up our intensity and this is probably our best game so far".

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