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ICC Champions Trophy: You can't rest on your laurels, says Virat Kohli

19 June 2017

"You see, I just tried to take a one with my partner out there and it didn't work".

India's match against South Africa was exceedingly crucial as the team losing the contest had to bid farewell to the tournament. The Proteas, who are now the No. 1 ranked ODI side, however lived up to their "Perennial Chokers" tag in a virtual quarter-final clash that turned out to be a thoroughly one-sided encounter.

India didn't have a great start to their chase as they lost Rohit Sharma (12) at team's score of 23.

The youngster's ability to bowl riveting death overs has not been overlooked by Virat Kohli. And today, while India fights it out with South Africa, another couple like duo stormed the Internet as the guy was looking at the woman as if he just wants a slice of the lady's pizza, the picture went viral on Social Media. The resilience shown on Sunday was heartening, much to the joy of their fans, who filled up The Oval and will do so at Edgbaston on Thursday too. The wicket didn't change much.

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"We normally don't bat that way". "Sometimes you have to say things that hurt", he said. From 140/2 in the 29th over, South Africa collapsed to 191 all out in 44.3 overs.

Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer among the South African batsmen with 53 runs from 72 balls.

AB De Villiers, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman who scored only 20 runs in three innings in the tournament, is focused on the 2019 World Cup.

Ravindra Jadeja bowled to Faf du Plessis‚ who pushed to point for a non-existent single.

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Young Bumrah topped the list with 32 dot balls followed by Hardik Pandya with 29.

From 116/1, the Proteas found themselves struggling at 157/5. It was an opportunity that came their way and they grabbed it.

"The bowlers were on the money and that actually helped the fielders get into better positions and attack the batsmen when they knew the bowler is hitting the right spot regularly", Kohli said. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. "This kind of fielding performance was required". "The bowlers were on the money".

Failing to reach the semi-finals would be a painful blow for India, especially after they raised expectations of a title triumph by routing arch rivals Pakistan in their opening match.

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South Africa lost a 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia when they needed one run to win from the last four balls and were eliminated in the group stage on home soil in 2003 after misunderstanding the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system.

ICC Champions Trophy: You can't rest on your laurels, says Virat Kohli