De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

Judith Bessette
Junho 20, 2017

Subsequently, South Africa continued losing wickets in short interval and its last eight wickets were lost for just 51 runs.

But they too bounced back, defeating top-ranked South Africa.

South Africa were looking solid at 140-2 at The Oval on Sunday before captain De Villiers was caught a yard out of his ground, with Miller exiting in the next over after a disastrous mix-up with Faf du Plessis.

Hashim Amla was very watchful, escaping an early run-out attempt as he toiled for runs before falling for 35 off 54 balls. "We grabbed the chances that came our way".

It was the inclusion of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin that gave the bowling attack the cutting edge.

De Kock was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 56 but it still did not seem the innings was about to sink.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers expressed his disappointment not being able to bat as well his team could have. I can't pinpoint any negatives from this game today honestly. Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each to get the plaudits.

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The quick said: "We're not thinking about the semi-final right now".

After that it was just about how soon India could topple South Africa's below par total. Rohit Sharma then put his foot down to score runs in the way India would prefer, sending an on-drive for four before a six off the next of Rabada's deliveries.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also congratulated the Men in Blue on their solid victory and wished them good luck for their last-four clash.

On the decision to hand Bumrah the new ball, Kohli said, "All I said was go out there and express yourself".

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today applauded the Indian bowlers' performance in the do-or- die clash against South Africa, saying it was a ideal example of how not to give away cheap runs.

That is precisely what this India side do so well under Virat Kohli. Both Dhawan and Kohli mixed caution with aggression and went about pursuing the target with ruthless professionalism, helping each other to half-centuries. They knew they couldn't afford to bowl for wickets with two slips, so they went back to more of a defensive play and just tried to squeeze us and if a bowling unit does that, it's very hard to get away.

I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward. "We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most". He believed that despite having the best and top ranked the bowlers and batsmen in the squad the team consistently fails to win big tournaments and this can only be down to the flimsy attitude of the players.

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