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ICC Champions Trophy: Wasim Akram hails Pakistan's brilliant win over Sri Lanka

ICC Champions Trophy: Wasim Akram hails Pakistan's brilliant win over Sri Lanka

Apart from the tentative approach of the Proteas in their match against India which was effectively a quarterfinal, it was the (or lack thereof) runs scored by De Villiers in the three matches in the tournament numbering just 20 which was most notable.

India thrashed South Africa by 8 wickets to reach the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Both captains preached calm would be crucial, and it was South Africa who failed to show it in near-perfect conditions in south London.

Earlier, the Men in Blue came out with a brilliant performance, both with the ball and in the field, to bowl out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs.

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 J.P. Duminy for a six over midwicket. India played the game with more intensity, it took more risks and stuck to its method and game formula far better than the South Africa team.

Shikhar Dhawan made 78 off 83 balls with 12 fours and a six while captain Virat Kohli remained not out on 76, made from 101 balls with seven fours and a six.

Where criticism is perhaps deserved, it is not in failing to bring back Imran Tahir who would have to contend with a damp and therefore slippery ball, but in altering the plan of attack to new batsman Shoaib Malik. It's easy at times, such as these, to point to a variety of reasons as to why the performances haven't come at yet another major tournament, but for me it's a relatively simple equation. Run-outs happen but three in one innings is not how we want to play our cricket that is for sure.

"I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward".

The South Africans were frustrated by spinners Jadeja, who took 1-39 from his 10 overs without conceding a boundary, and Ashwin, playing his first one-day global since January because of the left-handers in South Africa's lineup.


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