Champions Trophy: India bowl Proteas out for paltry 191

Ruben Hill
June 11, 2017

Surprising defeats in their last outings meant this heavyweight match, instead of deciding first and second in Group B as predicted, would eliminate top-ranked South Africa or defending champion India in the first round.

While India were strong and sharp with ball in hand, South Africa's batting line-up were slow-starting and paid the price for erratic running between the crease - with a spell of eight wickets for just 51 runs decimating their batting card.

South Africa was expected to be left behind after producing an even worse innings than the disparaged 219 against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Their hopes of a substantial total rested on the shoulders of Faf du Plessis but his scratchy knock of 36 ended when he dragged a ball from medium-pacer Hardik Pandya on to his stumps. India were aided by South Africa captain AB De Villiers, who failed for the third time in the tournament after being run out for 16.

The onus was on du Plessis to then bat through the innings.

Virat Kohli was enjoying a great day in the field and the India skipper made the right call to challenge a not-out decision against an lbw appeal against Andile Phehlukwayo. Ganguly said the victory will boost India's confidence.

Dhawan sent a More Morkel delivery over the same boundary in the next over before a Phehlukwayo misfield allowed the Indian opener to add another four runs.

Disciplined Indian bowling bowled out South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs at The Oval.

India rode on Dhawan and Kohli fifties to overwhelm the target. "The fielders backed our bowlers", Kohli said.

Yuvraj Singh (23 not out) would be the man to help Kohli guide India home, hammering a massive six as the reigning champions reached their goal with 12 overs remaining. "The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it".

The composure that Neil McKenzie and AB de Villiers had spoken of ahead of the match went out of the window as things fell apart spectacularly. I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward and win the World Cup I believe, I love doing it. "Bangladesh will find it very hard to control this team", he said.

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