INDIA qualified for the semi-finals of Champions Trophy 2017 in great fashion after beating South Africa in an eight wicket win at the Oval. Kohli's side avoided the embarrassment of an early exit as they survived the must-win encounter to advance from Group B in style.
India are nearly certain to face Bangladesh in the semi-final at Edgbaston on June 15. However, skipper Virat Kohli (76*), who came in next to bat, shared a 128-run partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan (78).
"As a cricketer honestly for me personally, I crave games like this", India captain Kholi told a press conference on Saturday. "I still care deeply about the environment that I spent so much time building as a player, and it hurts to see such an unrecognisable South Africa performance", Smith wrote in his column for the ICC's official website.
"It improves you as a cricketer".
"It is very hard to sell it on this kind of performance but that is what I believe in". "We were trying to contain the batsmen".
"I can't explain to you exactly what happens. They will kill any momentum you have, and suck the energy from a dressing room", he added. He believed that despite having the best and top ranked the bowlers and batsmen in the squad the team consistently fails to win big tournaments and this can only be down to the flimsy attitude of the players.
"I don't know, to be honest with you", said Faf du Plessis, when asked why the team always seemed to fail on the big stage. The Indian captain has reiterated several times the ease of chasing a target rather than having to set one and when he called it right at the toss, Kohli was sure he wanted to chase in the virtual quarter-final.
South Africa continued their dismal run in a knockout affair in ICC tournaments when they were shunted aside by India by 8 wickets and were thus dumped out of the tournament.
"I think you saw it out there today, just a very poor batting performance". They, quite rightly, entered the last four of the tournament.
After the match, captain Kohli was reminded that the bowlers had bowled almost 24 maiden overs and he said he did not know the numbers but was happy that the plans were excuted to perfection. On a good batting surface at the Oval, South Africans failed to find the balance between caution and aggression often displaying moments of brain fade. It was a superb comeback by Jadeja, who was plundered for 52 runs in 6 wicketless overs at the same venue by Sri Lanka.