Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Africa to enter Champions Trophy semis

The Proteas and India played in a victor takes all clash for a semi-final spot and it was the Asian side that prevailed by a comfortable margin of eight wickets after bowling South Africa out for a paltry 191.

India dominated South Africa yet again in the crunch game in Champions Trophy and have entered the semi-final of the tournament.

Du Plessis said after the game: "I take full responsibility for AB's run-out".

De Villiers gave up the test captaincy in December and has continued to withdraw from test series to extend his great ODI career in order to win South Africa's first trophy since 1998, seven years before he made his ODI debut.

"We have gone for a more aggressive approach and we wanted to play a similar style through this tournament‚" Du Plessis said. "We just came unstuck against a better team".

De Villiers admitted that the fact he, David Miller and Imran Tahir were all run out via horrendous communication was what frustrated him the most.

South Africa started well and moved to 1-116 after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over.

"That's what I've experienced in the past, and you tend to get over-excited, and then you commit errors that can cost the team important runs".

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He added: "We saw a little bit of the conditions". Pakistan eventually managed to win the game by 19 runs D/L to remain alive in the tournament. "All in all, it hasn't been a good tournament for us", du Plessis said. "I can't explain to you what exactly happens", he said. Every guy has got a job in this team and, generally, when we play well, guys do their jobs very well. The pair put on 128 for the second wicket before Dhawan was caught, but the damage had always been done to South Africa's hopes.

Holding South Africa without a boundary for 10 overs, India were in complete control.

Generation after generation of exceptional South African cricketers have tried to break that notion but they keep finding newer ways to self destruct on the big stage.

Sri Lanka looked pedestrian in their opening game defeat at the hands of South Africa, failing collectively in the absence of their captain Angelo Mathews. You play different teams all the time on different venues.

"At the global level, the margin for error is always minimal, and South Africa did not play the big moments well".

South African captain AB de Villiers said.

"Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us".

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