June 28, 2017

CT 2017: India restrict Proteas to low total

12 June 2017, 08:47 | Grady King

26/1 Sri Lanka v Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Live Score: Sri Lanka lose first wicket, Gunathilaka OUT

Champions Trophy 2017

Sri Lanka also started off with a loss -against South Africa- but stunned India by seven wickets at The Oval in London to throw the group open.

Very little of this was because India were exceptional with ball in hand.

Finally, it was Ashwin who got the much-needed breakthrough when Amla tried to cut a delivery that didn't have much width, only for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete a smart catch.

De Villiers, who has been in terrible form, couldn't make his ground as Dhoni whipped off the bails in a flash.

He still harbours the dream of playing 2019 World Cup and firmly believes that the Proteas can win it.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted the pressure on the side would continue to grow. But we do come up short for some reason in tournaments like this, and it is pretty sad.

"Faf du Plessis is one of the key elements in this side". Indian opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled immaculately and didn't give South African openers any freebies.

South Africa's fading exception to their usual showing on a stage of this size was the 1998 Wills International Cup‚ the precursor to the Champions Trophy‚ which they won. "Maybe that was a difference, the crowd was supporting us and that's why the players were boosted".

Sharma celebrated his escape by smashing a four and a six off successive balls from Kagiso Rabada.

Dickwella hit four boundaries.

The onus was on du Plessis to then bat through the innings.

"We took wickets", he said.

Kohl said after the game: "We wanted to step up that intensity". I don't know how many maiden overs or dot balls, but something that we spoke about, we executed that, and that always feels good as a team. The small things are something we are focusing on. "Until you have a team effort, you can not win games, especially in conditions that you are not familiar with".

"You have to understand how to finish games off, luckily we got their big strikers out early".

"Billed as a heavyweight battle between AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, this match turned out to be a one-sided contest, which again exposed South Africa's glass jaw in knockout matches. this was a group game in name only", wrote Nick Hoult of The Daily Telegraph.

"Through soft dismissals we lost our way and that was the part that hurt the most". It's not about asking two, three players to do it.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had attributed the win against South Africa to good bowling against a strong side and he would look for another such display against the Lankans on Monday.

"That's a question that can only be answered by people who are in control of making radical decisions", the 33-year-old said.

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