Running AB out big mistake on my part, says Faf du Plessis

Ross Houston
June 25, 2017

A clinical all-round performance from India handed South Africa a crushing 8-wicket defeat in a virtual quarterfinal played at the Oval in London yesterday.

Quinton's dismissal saw the Indian bowlers starting to dominate proceedings as the rest of the South African batsmen displayed poor shot selection at times.

After their slow start, Amla and De Kock began to tick over, only for the former to edge into MS Dhoni's gloves off the bowling of the recalled Ravi Ashwin in the 18th over. A dysfunctional batting display was capped by AB de Villiers, David Miller and Imran Tahir being run out.

South Africa will hand the captaincy reins back to AB de Villiers for their T20 worldwide series against England with regular skipper Faf du Plessis and a host of other stars to miss. 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.

India made 193-2 thanks to Shikhar Dhawan's 78 and Virat Kohli's unbeaten 76, and looks like playing Bangladesh in the second semifinal at Edgbaston. India chased down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare.

"It was an important game for us".

Not India, who improved to 4-0 against the South Africans in Champions Trophy history, and knocked them out for a third time.

Jadeja took 1-39 from his 10 overs, conceding no boundaries, and Ashwin, playing his first one-day worldwide since January because of the left-handers in South Africa's lineup, took 1-43.

Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis looked good in the early going, but a miscommunication in the middle arrested the team's momentum.

"You have to lay it out in front of them that this is what we did wrong, including me, and we need to take it on the chin and accept it and prove it". In response, India decimated South Africa yesterday at the Oval to set up a semi-final clash against Bangladesh on June 15th.

"We are indeed fortunate in the quality of our team leaders, and Farhaan remains very much part of this group". Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close (World Cup triumph). "The best decision was to play two spinners", Ganguly told India Today.

De Kock pierced the field for a couple of early boundaries, but that flurry wasn't in keeping with an anxious performance from South Africa. I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe.

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