LONDON: India swept into the Champions Trophy semi-finals and eradicated woeful South Africa as Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli impressed the holders’ eight-wicket victory on Sunday.
Kohli’s aspect prevented the embarrassment of an early exit as they survived a do or die showdown to advance from Group B in fashion.
Having dismissed South Africa for 191, two-time champions India cruised house with 12 overs to spare at The Oval.
In-type opener Dhawan was the important thing determine with seventy eight from eighty three balls, together with 12 fours, whereas captain Kohli weighed in with a sometimes elegant seventy six.
It was a nerveless efficiency from India, who had come underneath hearth after failing to defend a complete of 321 of their heavy defeat towards Sri Lanka.
India be a part of England and Bangladesh within the semi-finals, with the remaining place within the final 4 going to the winner of Monday’s Group B assembly between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Kohli’s males will face Group A runners-up Bangladesh in Birmingham on Thursday as they bid to make the ultimate for the fourth time.
South Africa might haven’t any complaints as they limply departed the event after a second successive defeat.
They may want a much more decided effort to prosper once they face England in a single-day and Test motion shortly.
Quinton de Kock’s fifty three was the one rating of any substance from the spineless South Africans, who had three males run out in a wretched efficiency.
AB De Villiers was particularly culpable as he threw away his wicket for the third time in a depressing event for the South Africa captain.
After the flurry of South African run outs, India have been fortunate to not comply with go well with firstly of their chase.
Dhawan referred to as for a single that was by no means on and David Miller narrowly missed the stumps with Rohit Sharma not even shut to creating his floor.
Sharma celebrated his escape by smashing a 4 and a six off successive balls from Kagiso Rabada.
One other aggressive shot from Sharma proved his downfall as a mistimed slog was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Morne Morkel.
Eager to keep away from additional pricey mishaps, India went conservative and scored solely 37 from the primary 10 overs.
However Kohli regularly started to take extra dangers and his pull to high quality leg narrowly evaded the diving Morkel.
After driving Andile Phehlukwayo for a hovering six to succeed in 21, Kohli edged the identical bowler in the direction of Hashim Amla, however the slip fielder couldn´t make a troublesome low catch.
With such a small goal, India have been by no means in peril of falling behind the run price and Dhawan stored them on cruise management with some lusty blows off Imran Tahir.
Dhawan has been in high quality type of late and he introduced up his twenty ninth ODI half century, and third in three matches, with an imposing 4 again down the bottom.
Because the partnership between Dhawan and Kohli went previous one hundred, it was clear there can be no late fightback from South Africa.
Kohli hardly needed to break sweat as he reached his 68th ODI fifty.
By the point Dhawan was dismissed by Tahir, his aspect had reached 151 and the massive Indian following within the capability crowd have been in social gathering temper.
Fittingly for such a one-sided affair, the profitable blow was an enormous six from Yuvraj Singh.
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