CT 2017 IND vs SA: India restricts South Africa for mere 191 runs
London: Indian bowlers and especially fielders put up a great show in the virtual quarter-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to bundle up South Africa for a paltry 191 runs in 44.3 overs in Group B encounter at the Kennington Oval ground here on Sunday.
Despite getting off to a great start, South African batting once again seemed chocking in front of an upbeat Indian bowling attack. Three unnecessary run outs during the inning add more woes to Proteas team which was hoping to put in its best effort to secure a place in the semifinal of the tournament.
After being put in to bat first by India, openers Quinton de Kock (53 off 72, 4 fours) and Hashim Amla (35 off 54, 3 fours, 1 six) added 76 runs for the first wicket in 17.3 overs. Amla was first to go back followed by De Kock and skipper AB de Villiers (16 off 12), who fell prey to an unfortunate run out.
David Miller (1 off 3), who looked in good form in the previous match, also went back following a major misunderstanding with Faf du Plessis (36 off 50, 1 four), who was next to depart. JP Duminy, though, remained unbeaten at 20 runs off 41 balls with 1 four, but could do nothing but watch the other batsmen going back in quick successions.
Chris Morris (4 off 8), Andile Phehlukwayo (4 off 11), Kagiso Rabada (5 off 8), Morne Morkel (0 off 1) and Imran Tahir (1 off 7) also failed to do much for their team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were the pick of the bowlers as both of them bagged two wickets each for 23 and 28 runs, respectively. Kumar bowled 7.3 overs while Bumrah completed 8 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja plucked one wicket each for 43, 52 and 39 runs, respectively.
192-run target may not look to be a big score on a good batting track, though but South Africa with its attacking bowling line-up is capable of doing wonders, if we forget their streak of choking in big matches.