Dominant India wallop hapless South Africa by 8 wickets

India produced emphatic display with bat and ball to defeat South Africa in the eleventh game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 played at The Oval, London. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli played well as India chase down a below par score of 192 runs put up by South Africa.

Indian openers got the side off to god start. Rohit Sharma tried to go for an expensive shot but was dismissed by Morne Morkel. Dhawan played his natural game as he smashed Morkel for a big six. Virat Kohli started slowly as India got 37 runs on the board after first 10 overs.

In came Virat Kohli amidst a deafening roar. He opened his account with a flick to deep fine-leg, and thus began an easy chase. Dhawan went onto achieve a milestone as he came the quickest to reach 1,000 runs in ICC ODI tournaments. He notched up third consecutive half century to continue his rich vein of form in the ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli also joined in the party as he accelerated after scoring his half century. Dhawan went on the charge and smashed Tahir for consecutive boundaries. Kohli remained unbeaten 76 runs to steer his side to victory in the 38th over of the innings.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bowl first on a good pitch. South Africa got off to a decent start and at one stage were in commanding position at 140 for 2 after 28.2 overs before AB de Villiers took a ridiculous single to be given run out. The dismissal of de Villiers saw South Africa produced suicidal cricket as Faf du Plessis misjudged a run to see David Miller become the second guy to get run-out. Miller fell for 1 as South Africa started to crumble under pressure. Faf du Plessis was cleaned up by Hardik Pandya delivery to see South Africa go from 140 for 2 to 167 for 7 in space of eight overs.

Indian fielding was exceptional as they created panic in South Africa which resulted in run-outs of De Villiers and Miller. South Africa once again choked on the biggest game of them all as no.1 ranked side in the world produced an embarrassing performance with the bat to bow out of the competition in the round-robin stages of the Champions Trophy.

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