Twitter trail: Shikhar Dhawan, Pandya celebrate victory over South Africa

Ross Houston
June 25, 2017

AB de Villiers will captain South Africa in this month's three-match Twenty20 worldwide series against England with regular skipper Faf du Plessis rested ahead of the test series. You are not big players if you can't win big tournaments.

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AB de Villiers' men seemed on course for a substantial score while Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were compiling their partnership of 76 - South Africa's highest opening stand in the tournament.

"I don't know how we can call them big players". So we're very happy that it was a good bowling effort for us.


India join England and Bangladesh in the semi-finals, with the remaining place in the last four going to the victor of Monday's Group B clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It was a near-perfect game for them as the bowlers as well as the fielders made amends for their lacklustre performance against Sri Lanka here on Thursday.

South Africa confirmed that when the kitchen heats up they head for the garage.

However, two run outs in quick succession helped the Indians take the upper hand, as they went on to bowl South Africa out for a paltry 191, in a match that they comfortably won by eight wickets at The Oval, on Sunday.

India had no such problems in knocking off the runs with 12 overs to spare, with captain Virat Kohli taking his team home with 76 not out. The risky partnership of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock struggled to get the ball away as they maintained a run rate below four throughout their lacklustre partnership. India just wanted the win even more badly and set out to do just that. We felt we had a great chance today.


If that run-out was unlucky, the next - which saw Miller depart for just one as both he and Faf du Plessis ended up at the same end following a lack of communication between the pair - was farcical.

Their bowlers were then hit around the park by India's batsmen, who scored 21 fours and four sixes, as their victory came with just 38 of the 50 overs required. By the time Dhawan was caught by du Plessis off Tahir the game was all but over.

"Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close, it is very hard to say that after a performance like this but that is what I believe in my heart".

And to just make it more awkward, the batting dynamo has been grabbing much of the attention ... for the wrong reasons.


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