India shoot SA out to seal semis slot

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A 19-year drought! South Africa last won an worldwide tournament in 1998; ironically it was the ICC Champions Cup.

"We have gone for a more aggressive approach and we wanted to play a similar style through this tournament‚" Du Plessis said.

The Proteas lived up to their "Perennial Chokers" tag in a virtual quarter-final clash that turned out to be a thoroughly one-sided encounter.

As with nearly every tournament, South Africa begins well, then loses steam. Then there's the special England connection: Dhawan always seems to do well on English pitches, the best by far, actually.

They picked up a crucial 2 points and great Net Run Rate. It had a deep impact on his team selection, strategy and in the general ruthless way his team went on to win that series and every Test series they played after that. One wonders why they follow the same script in nearly all ICC tournaments.

After losing to Srilanka unexpectedly, India was under tremendous pressure to win the game against South Africa at any cost.

South Africa squad: AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts. It shows when he steps on to the field.

Dhawan's second home ground is England! . Dhawan's wife may be from Australia, but his cricketing love is in England. He has three centuries. One match was tied while four games ended as no result.

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They're not. South Africa came into this event ranked No.1 in the world.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are upbeat after their upset victories and it s hard to pick a favourite for tomorrow s match.

With Kohli, you can never predict though. Trying to explain the turnaround in his team's fortunes, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: "We had a good bowling meeting".

Virat Kohli won the toss and invited the Proteas to bat.

The first legendary finisher was Aussie Michael Bevan and his tally is 2147. Dhoni's brilliance behind the stumps is not just limited to catching and stumpings but the 35-year-old has also been spot on with Decision Review System (DRS) calls.

"Yeah, it was - I can't pinpoint any negatives from today honestly. Try and get the partnership going in, settle the partnership because the last thing you want to do is go wicket, wicket", he said. The intensity was missing so much that they had to make a conscious effort to regroup. That's 61 overs at a stretch. However, the return of Angelo Mathews will be a big boost for them. As Virat Kohli has said it was the most complete performance by the Indian side in the recent times. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah kept it tight with the new ball, it was Ashwin, who kept up the pressure that led to the South African batsmen taking that extra risk and giving away their wickets.

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.

The author is a Bangalore-based journalist and blogger.

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