Blue Army bulldogged pathetic Proteas

Blue Army bulldogged pathetic ProteasSaleque Sufi

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 India Vs South Africa Match Played at Kensington Oval on 11June ,2017 India 193/2 (Shikhar Dhawan 78, Virat Kohli 76*) beat South Africa 191 All Out (Quinton de Kock 53, Faf du Plessis 36, Hashim Amla 35, Bhubaneswar Kumar 2/23, Jasprit Bumrah 2/28) by 8 wickets.

After one match reverse against Sri Lanka, Indian cricket might was in plentiful display yesterday when they routed a lopsided South Africa by 8 wickets. India set a date with Bangladesh for a semifinal at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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We do not anticipate any other situation where Pakistan or Sri Lanka can win by a bigger margin today to offset India from the top of the group.

Batting first South Africa managed to score 191 in their innings which not even barely enough against Indian batting power. India cruised home losing Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

The two favorites in group B were expected to deliver a mouthwatering contest when they met but a very well drilled Indian all round performance made the affair thoroughly one sided. South Africa did not appear to have recovered from the shock they absorbed from bottom ranked Pakistan.

On the other hand, India bounced back from the surprising defeat in their previous match against Sri Lanka.

The bowling team was set on the basis of horses for the courses. Inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin did the tricks. The free flowing Proteas stroke makers were made to grind and graft dealing with very accurate attack. They were forced to take risks. The two run outs at critical time did the damage. 191 in such a match was not anything to challenge the might of Indian batting strength. It was a cake walk for India.

India and South Africa were in same situation in ICC World Cup quarter finals. Wonder how history repeats. The situation created in the tournament also made the yesterday’s match a virtual quarter final.

Faf du Plessis, yesterday, and in that match scored 36. On both occasions he was primarily responsible in getting dangerous looking AB de Villiers run out. He also saw David Miller run out soon afterwards. These two unfortunate run outs at crucial stages of the match put paid to Proteas endeavor setting up a challenging target even after a reasonable platform of 76 by 18th over created by Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

Even when de Kock was out after scoring 53 bowled neck & crop by Jadeja, South Africa were very much in the game. Du Plessis was well in and AB de Villiers was looking good. But two silly run outs in very unprofessional manners brought India back. The unfortunate loss of de Villiers and David Miller struck deadly blows to Proteas from where they could not recover.

Last six wickets could add only 49 runs. South Africa got all out for 191 runs in 44.3 overs. Kumar and Bumrah got 2 wickets each. The innings had three run outs.

Fortunately, the weather held and India found it very comfortable overhauling the target losing Rohit and Dhawan in the process. Inform Dhawan scored 78 while captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 76. India won by a huge and handsome margin of 8 wickets.

We believe inclusion of Bumrah in place of Yadav was a right move. In 8 tight overs he took 2 wickets giving away only 28 runs. He combined well with other inform pacer B Kumar taking 2 for 23 in 7.3 overs.

This win confirmed Indian berth in the semifinal. Whether or not they finish on top would be known only after today’s encounter between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is highly unlikely that winning team can win by greater margin to offset India from the top of the group. India are in possibility to play against their neighbor Bangladesh in the Semifinal in a global tournament for the first time there will be three teams from Asian continent appearing in semifinals alongside crickets’ mother country England.

Bangladesh and India are already there. It will be either Sri Lanka or Pakistan joining the three. Asian teams appearing in business session of a global tournament of cricket adds color, fun and entertainment.

Few are predicting England India final. But never rule out the possibility of reverse as well. Who knows whether Bangladesh and Sri Lanka won’t appear in the final? Two hot favorites Australia and South Africa are already gone.

Few expected Bangladesh to qualify from the group of death. But playing wonderful cricket they did the job. Pakistan and Sri Lanka both won global tournament in the past. Cricket is a funny game where morning does not necessarily show the day.