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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Shikhar Dhawan Breaks Two Big Records

12 June 2017

Despite losing Rohit Sharma early, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli stood firm against some decent bowling. "Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs, they put the pressure on us", De Villiers said.

De Kock pierced the field for a couple of early boundaries, but that flurry wasn't in keeping with an anxious performance from South Africa.

Sent in to bat, South Africa's innings was built slowly by openers Quinton de Kock (53) and Hashim Amla (35), and unravelled with consecutive run outs. India beat South Africa by 8 wickets in The Champions Trophy. The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it.

AB de Villiers (16), David Miller (1) and Imran Tahir (1) got run out to put pressure on the South African batting which struggled on Sunday.

"Our bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed it up. Before going out in the middle, we had a chat in the huddle where I said I wanted to see everyone's intensity go up and that is conscious effort which I want to see from everyone in such a big game", said Kohli. A misunderstanding between Miller and Faf du Plessis resulted in the southpaw's dismissal.

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But he would not hang about as his poor form in the tournament continued and he was run out as South Africa tried to sneak a single. Unfortunately, the openers focussed too much on not losing their wicket which eventually led to a collapse.

Bumrah and Kumar picked up two wickets apiece, while Ashwin, Jadeja and Hardik Pandya snapped up one wicket apiece.

England, Bangladesh and India have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Morkel and Tahir claimed one wicket each.

It was Dhawan's third 50-plus score in the competition, while skipper Kohli made amends for a rare failure against Sri Lanka in style, notching up his 41st ODI half-century. "This is probably our best game so far", Kohli said.

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

"Yes, we had some of the days which were not nice, and I think the first game was one of those where we all tried our level best but things didn't work for us", the 36-year-old top-order batsman and off-spinner added.

Pain is something South Africa, and de Villiers, have experienced a lot of. Run-outs happen but three in one innings is not how we want to play our cricket that is for sure.

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.

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