India overwhelm S Africa to enter Champions Trophy semis

After dispatching South Africa with unexpected ease inside 45 overs, India casually prolonged South Africa's misery for 38 more overs before Yuvraj Singh hit the winning runs by clipping part-time spinner JP Duminy for a six over midwicket.

De Villiers trudged forlornly back to the pavilion and he was joined there moments later by David Miller, another run out victim after a farcical mix-up left both South African batsmen down one end while the bails were whipped off at the other.

On a day when it mattered the most, India brought their A-game to the fore while AB de Villiers' men wilted under pressure, as it has been with them in high-stakes games. In their defence, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled impeccable lines, but that does not hide the fact that there was little intent from the South African openers viz Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.

Dominant India won by 8 wickets.

Their efforts were swiftly put into perspective by India's top order, with Dhawan making 78 from 83 balls before Kohli guided his side home with a typically classy unbeaten 76 to set up a probable meeting with neighbours Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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Sent into bat by India skipper Virat Kohli, South Africa were bowled out for 191 in 44.3 overs at the Oval.

Morkel was a threat early, and deserved to take Rohit Sharma's wicket for 12 in the sixth over.

This isn't what AB de Villiers stopped playing test cricket for. They put a lot of pressure on us. We never got going.

"We were hoping to play better but we came unstuck against a better team". Couldn't it get away.

Like De Villiers, Kohli had been dismissed for a duck in his previous Champions Trophy knock, but India's captain looked back to his supreme best here.

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The Indian captain said, "The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it". We wanted to step up that intensity. "We were really in a good position there with the batting end early on, and through soft dismissals we lost our way and that was the part for me that hurt the most", he said. We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, suits our game. There's always room for improvement. I'm happy with any role given to me.

After the duo, only Faf du Plessis could manage to stay on the crease for a bit long and contributed valuable 36 runs.

In scenarios where the wickets are harder and the white ball tends to be benign in terms of lateral movement, Bhuvneshwar is banking on his ability to change the length of deliveries so that runs can be contained.

The Asian side put up a near flawless performance as they easily chased up the Proteas' meagre 191 all out, with eight wickets in hand.

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