South Africa were unrecognisable against India: Graeme Smith

Wednesday, 14 Jun, 2017

Talking about India's game plan in the South Africa match, he said that the bowlers just looked at containing the Proteas by bowling good, hard lengths.

Their batting was tentative while India looked sharper and on their game which meant they could capitalise once disaster struck for South Africa with the run out of de Villiers.

Of the T20 squad, Morkel, Morris and Parnell are the only ones likely to be part of the Test squad as well, which illustrates that South Africa are focused on rotating players as much as possible on a three-month tour.

India are nearly certain to face Bangladesh in the semi-final at Edgbaston on June 15.

Their campaigns back on track after upset wins, Pakistan and Sri Lanka face each other in their concluding Champions Trophy group match in a virtual "quarter-final" here tomorrow.

Pakistan does have some recent knowledge of the ground beaten England there by four wickets in a one-day worldwide past year.

Kohli said there was nothing for him to criticise as India continued on in their quest to defend the trophy.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted the pressure on the side would continue to grow. Pakistan bowlers, except for Mohammad Amir, were hammered by the top-order Indian batsmen but they made amends against South Africa whose batting line-up has several match-winners like A B de Villiers and Hashim Amla.

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik then got Pakistan ahead of their required run-rate to secure a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method when rain stopped play with their side 119 for three off 27 overs. The opening partnership of 76 runs came off 17.3 overs.

South Africa have chose to rest their regular skipper Faf du Plessis for the T20I series. Ravindra Jadeja struck the second blow for India when he knocked back Quinton's off-stump. But it's been a good challenge for me, a good challenge to contain batsmen.

You could nearly feel it - when AB De Villiers called wrong and lost the toss, with India putting South Africa into bat - the panic setting in. Bumrah, who hadn't bowled in England before this tournament, used his pace and bounce to dismiss Chris Morris and Andile Phelukwayo.

And that became evident in the way he helped his team chase down a rather small target of 192 runs.

India swept into the Champions Trophy semi-finals and eliminated woeful South Africa as Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli inspired the holders' eight-wicket victory on Sunday (11). Yuvraj Singh smashing Duminy for a maximum to stay unbeaten on 23.

This year has seen Hafeez again contributing with ball as well as bat, having remodelled his action after a period of suspension for an illegal delivery.