With qualification on the line, this match was extremely important for both India and South Africa. If India won they go through to the semifinal, knocking out the South Africans, vice versa for the South Africans. Both teams had changes for this important encounter. For the South Africans they brought in Andile Phehlukwayo in place of Wayne Parnell, India replaced Umesh Yadav with Ravichandran Ashwin.
India won the toss and selected to field first. Openers for South Africa, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla got off the innings to a flyer. Playing confident shots and being aggressive, having a wonderful start to the South African innings. India will strike in the 18th over getting the wicket of Hashim Amla who departed on 35 runs, 76-1. After getting to his half century, de Kock was bowled by Jadeja. Coming into the 29th over the South Africa were batting 140-2.
There was a total dysfunction to the batting lineup, as South Africa lost their remaining 8 wickets for just 51 runs. The running in between the wickets was just sad to watch, as they were hesitant on many occasions. This hesitation played a major role, leading to three runouts in the innings. The three batsmen that were runout included captain AB de Villiers, David Miller and Imran Tahir. India’s aim to the wicket was just perfect. The worst out of the three was the runout of Miller after he and du Plessis ended up on the same end. Gotta give credit to the bowlers and fielders of the Indian team who performed exceptionally well for this part of the match. The Indian restricted the South Africans to 191 all out in just 44.3 overs. Kumar and Bumrah claimed two wickets each and Ashwin, Pandya and Jadeja each got one.
Into bat now were the Indians, they lost the early wicket of Rohit Sharma, going for just 12 runs. The combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, formed a strong and aggressive partnership flourishing the Indians innings. Great running in between the wickets, getting the boundaries, there was no stopping the Indians. The South Africans got their revenge in the 31st over getting Dhawan for 78 runs (12 4s). This was probably too late of a wicket as the damage was already done. This was Dhawan’s third half century in the Champions Trophy this year. He also made history being the fastest in getting to 1000 runs in ICC tournaments. Kohli continued to guide the Indians home as they will cruise to their victory in the 38th over as Yuvraj Singh hit a massive six getting the winning runs. India won by wickets, leaving Kohli not out on 75 runs, eliminating the South Africans.
With this win India is the first team to qualify for the semifinals from Group B. Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face each other on the 12th, winner of that match will be the second team to qualify from this group.