De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

Kristopher Nichols
June 25, 2017

Even so, at 116/2 and not quite halfway, South Africa seemed set to post a total that could compete with India's potent batting order.

De Villiers was run out when he ran for a single for du Plessis but a throw from Hardik Pandya at the wicket-keeper caught him short of the crease.

South Africa never really recovered from there, getting bowled out for 191 as they lost their last eight wickets for 51 runs in an extraordinary batting collapse.

South Africa Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. They knew they couldn't afford to bowl for wickets with two slips, so they went back to more of a defensive play and just tried to squeeze us and if a bowling unit does that, it's very hard to get away.

Shikhar Dhawan (78 off 83 balls) and skipper Virat Kohli (76 off 101 balls) made it look like a walk in the park as India chased down a target of 192 in only 38 overs.

Following the win, India became the third team to join England and Bangladesh in the semi-finals.

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"It was an important game for us".

India will head into the penultimate fixture knowing that a win or washout will put them in the semifinals, while a loss would eliminate the defending champions from the eight-team marquee event.

Whichever team triumphs will join title-holder India as one of the two Group B qualifiers for the semifinals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams. "We just didn't play very well", he said.

CSA National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We have been impressed as a panel by the quality of players coming through our franchise and South Africa "A" system. We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most". Today's match, which was touted as a virtual quarter-final, saw a top-notch performance from the Indian players. "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.

The remaining last four place will be decided on Monday when the winners of Sri Lanka against Pakistan will advance. They jacked up the run rate in subsequent overs as the Indian bowlers struggled to get going.

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