India vs South Africa
This was a must win game for both the teams to enter into the semifinal of Champions Trophy. After failure in defending 322 runs against Sri Lanka Virat Kohli won the toss & elected to bowl first against strong batting lineup of South Africa. As Indian team made huge change that Ashwin replace Umesh Yadav in playing 11. Bhuvneshwar & Bumrah bowl really well with the new bowl. They didn’t gave width to play big shot. But still de Kock & Amla were in the crease. In 18th over on 76 Ashwin gave first wicket of Hashim Amla (35) when protease were at 76. After that Du Plesis & de Kock added 40 runs for 2nd wicket. As both opener sets platform for De Villiers, but indian fielding took wicket of de Villiers & in next 4 overs Miller & Du Plessis got out and South Africa were in big trouble. In 33.4 South Africa were 157 for 5. Now all depend on Duminy & lowers order. But Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar bowled really well against lower order as well and South Africa were bowled out for 191 in 45th over. For Africa de Kock score 53 where du Plesis & Amla played small innings of 36 & 35 respectively. From India Bhuvneshwar & Bumrah took 2 wickets each where Ashwin, Jadeja & Pandya took one wicket each.
Indian bowlers turn the match into india’s favour & then Dhawan-Kohli did the rest
192 was small total at Oval. But for that India need good start against top bowling lineup of South Africa. In 6th over India lost Rohit for 6. Then inform Dhawan & captain Kohli were in the crease. At the start Kohli wasn’t in his regular class but after playing some balls both were looking in good touch. Then they rotate strike, hit big shots easily. Dhawan continues his form and score 3rd 50+ score in this trophy. Also he breaks the record of Sachin Tendulkar’s fastest 1000 runs in ICC ODI tournament. It looks like this pair will give win but Dhawan (78) got out while playing big shot against Imran Tahir. Then the remaining 42 runs scored by Kohli (76*) & Yuvraj (23*) and India won the by 8 wickets in 38 over. With this win India enter in to the semifinal of Champions Trophy. Again South Africa failed in important clash. For South Africa Morne Morkel & Imran Tahir took one wicket each. Jasprit Bumrah awarded by MOM for his 2 for 28.
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