India overwhelm S Africa to enter Champions Trophy semis

The first of two virtual quarter-finals saw the reigning champions face the winners from 1998, with the victor all-but assured of facing Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham.

"In 2015, I sat afterwards and I was extremely disappointed". And I believed the same thing over here in this tournament and the last one, that's what I believe. "We just came unstuck against a better team".

Du Plessis set off only to think better of it and turn - and race Miller to the same crease. Run-outs happen but three in one innings is not how we want to play our cricket that is for sure. "Today was a team performance", a satisfied looking India captain said. It was important to put South Africa under pressure. "These are the players". He is playing wonderfully once again, and seems to have carried his big-hitting form over from the match against South Africa.

Only it didn't work this time, as two run-outs put paid to de Villiers (16) and David Miller (1), triggering a collapse that saw eight wickets fall for 51 runs.

"It's so hard to put all this pressure on AB and nearly blame him". "The team let him down".

I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward.

Against South Africa on Sunday, Virat Kohli took a bold decision to bowl first, knowing that there won't be any assistance for the bowlers, although he included off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in place of pacer Umesh Yadav as the wicket was showing signs of tiredness. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. "Yeah, it was - I can't pinpoint any negatives from today honestly". One match was tied while four games ended as "no result". So even if I don't get wickets, somebody else will get wickets. This was a very commendable feat and special credit must go to the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, who was just fantastic. The answer lies in there. They were bowled out with an insipid total on the board and five-and-a-half overs unused. [In] this tournament there hasn't been. Monday's match in Cardiff has the look of a "dead rubber" about it. Pakistan suffered a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and Champions Trophy title-holders India in their opening Group B match. It's as simple as that.

Tahir's run out left JP Duminy stranded on 20 and in desperate need of early wickets, the Proteas got one in the sixth over of the reply as an aggressive Rohit edged Morkel behind. "So is the same for South Africa, as well".

Quinton de Kock's 53 was the only score of any substance from the spineless South Africans, who had three men run out in a wretched performance. There were dropped catches, misfields and a lethargy South African cricket is not known for, especially in light of their performances over the last few months.

Meanwhile, another chapter has been written down in South Africa's sad, nearly pitiful history in ICC tournaments. They equalled their longest winning streak in that time. "But it definitely is still there and it's about getting through it", Du Plessis said.

"(An) error of judgement from my side from the single and then good fielding from their point of view. They bowled well and we had a lot of soft dismissals and that didn't do us any favors. Since the team have started against England in May, it hasn't looked right to me as an observer.

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