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Dhawan, Kohli lead dominant India into semis after spectacular South African collapse

MS Dhoni in action while running out Imran Tahir
MS Dhoni in action while dismissing Imran Tahir

India 193-2 (Dhawan 78) beat
South Africa 191 (de Kock 53) by eight wickets
11th match, Group B, ICC Champions Trophy, The Oval

Shikhar Dhawan continued to impress with the bat as he along with Virat Kohli steered India to a comfortable win after a spectacular South African collapse to secure a semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy on Sunday.

After being 116 for two at one stage, the Proteas went down tumbling to 191 all-out in 44.3 overs. And they had only themselves to be blamed following a series of catastrophic calls between the wickets.

After winning the toss, Kohli decided to put South Africa to bat first to relive some pressure off his bowlers.

However, things didn't go as planned for India after Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock got them off to a slow but steady start by scoring 76 in 18 overs.

Amla looked edgy in the initial phase but started to settle down before his 35 from 54 ball knock was brought to an end by Ravichandran Ashwin, who replaced Umesh Yadav for the match. Amla attempted to cut Ashwin but edged it straight to MS Dhoni.

de Kock completed his 15th One-Day International (ODI) fifty in 68 balls with help of four boundaries. He was dismissed shortly on 53 by Ravindra Jadeja, who sneaked a quicker one through de Kock's defenses.

South African skipper AB de Villiers along with Faf du Plessis added run-a-ball 24 for the third wicket stand before a traditional South African collapse completely threw them off the course.

de Villiers was run-out by Hardik Pandya and Dhoni in the 29th over after du Plessis played one towards point and called for a quick single. de Villiers responded to his partner's call but a quick throw and even quicker glove work from Dhoni found him short despite a desperate dive.

de Villiers made 16 from 12 balls and was looking in good touch.

Before South Africa could have recovered themselves from the rude shock of de Villiers' dismissal, David Miller too got run-out on one as he found himself on same end as du Plessis, who played it towards short third man and started-off for the single only to stop a few times and then finally return back only to find his partner also stranded on the same end.

du Plessis himself dragged one onto his stumps of Pandya's bowling in the 34th over as the Proteas slumped further. He managed to score 36 off 50 balls.

Three overs later, Chris Morris was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah on four. Morris tried to clear the fence, only to top edge it to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar at square leg.

Andile Phehlukwayo was trapped LBW on four by Bumrah in the 41st over. Initially the umpire gave it not out but a successful review from Kohli saw the decision overturned.

A couple of overs later, Kumar dismissed Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel in the very same over. Rabada edged it to Dhoni while batting on five while Morkel departed for a golden duck by edging it straight to Kohli at the first slip.
Imran Tahir after scoring one was the third South African to get dismissed run-out as JP Duminy's call for a second run turned out into another disaster as the South African innings ended on 191.

Duminy remained not out on 20 from 41 balls as he ran out of partners on the other end.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan took a different-than-usual approach on this occasion. Sharma tried to take on the South African pace attack but finally edged one off Morkel to de Kock in the 6th over. He was dismissed on 12 from 20 balls.

Kohli then joined Dhawan for the second wicket and the Delhi duo added 128 runs in 25 overs at just above five runs per over to seal the game for their side.

Dhawan reached to his 19th ODI fifty from 61 balls after hitting eight fours and six while Kohli reached his 41st ODI fifty from 71 balls with help of five boundaries and a six.

Dhawan was finally dismissed by Tahir on 78 as the left-hander tried to accelerate things.

Yuvraj Singh then joined Kohli as the two added 42 in eight overs to seal the proceedings. He managed to score 23 of 25 balls and also managed to finish off the game with a huge six as Kohli remained unbeaten on 76.

Bumrah was awarded the man-of-the-match award.

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