De Villiers defiant as South Africa choke again


Two run-outs of skipper AB de Villiers (16) and David Miller (1) within a space of six deliveries started the slide from which South Africa could never recover with nearly all the Indian bowlers becoming successful in choking up the runs.

Yuvraj Singh finishes the innings with a six as India beat South Africa by 8 wickets to enter semis.

South Africa has alternated between going out in the group stages and semi-finals across its last five appearances in the Champions Trophy; it progressed to the final four in 2013.

South Africa also come into the final fixture on the back of a defeat, against Pakistan on Wednesday, but Kohli warned his team not to underestimate the Proteas.

Then again, uncertainties are made any sport especially, cricket match glorious, and the resurgence of both Pakistan and Sri Lanka made the things captivating in this "group of death". The victor will meet England in the other last-four contest.

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The live telecast of India vs South Africa match will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi.

Thus, the onus was on Bhuvenshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to strike with the new.

That match started at 10.30am.

Babar Azam (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (16 not out) got Pakistan ahead of their required run-rate to secure a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method when rain stopped play with their side 119 for three off 27 overs. The victor of this clash will head to Edgbaston to take on Bangladesh as the most likely victor of Group B. The talk is Indian Selectors are tempted to bring Ravi Ashwin into the side for Umesh Yadav while expecting the batting lineup to remain the same.

In-form opener Dhawan was the key figure with 78 from 83 balls, including 12 fours, while captain Kohli weighed in with a typically elegant 76.

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His straight length balls meant Quinton de Kock was fed nothing to his strengths through the covers or square of the wicket. Ravindra Jadeja struck the second blow for India when he knocked back Quinton's off-stump.

This isn't what AB de Villiers stopped playing test cricket for.

If that run-out was unlucky, the next - which saw Miller depart for just one as both he and Faf du Plessis ended up at the same end following a lack of communication between the pair - was farcical. "And both teams will feel the pressure", he said.

The target of 192 was not one that much bothered India.

Morne Morkel has got Shikhar Dhawan four times in 77 balls for 44 runs, Virat Kohli three times in 104 balls for 68 runs and MS Dhoni three times in 77 balls for 47 runs.

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