Kohli pulls no punches to keep India firing


The world's top-ranked one-day global side exited the Champions Trophy with a whimper yesterday as a shambolic South Africa were dealt a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat by India, who by winning secured their place in the semi-finals. I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward and win the World Cup I believe, I love doing it. We only wanted to go for wickets because we understood now they are probably hesitating in going for their shots, and we've got in attacking fielders, and we asked the bowlers to make them play hard shots.

Saying that "he was a good captain", de Villiers saw him leading South Africa in the 2019 ICC World Cup, also in the UK. South Africa's chances to reach the 300 run mark has taken a big hit with JP Duminy and Chris Morris looking to revive the innings for them.

They jacked up the run rate in subsequent overs as the Indian bowlers struggled to get going. "Big mistake on my part running AB out".

The first of two virtual quarter-finals saw the reigning champions face the winners from 1998, with the victor all-but assured of facing Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham.

South Africa's ignominy was completed as India went about a routine run-chase in an attacking fashion which was in stark contrast to their own.

"The pressure was built by the bowlers and that I think resulted in those breakthroughs we got in the field", he said.

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Virat Kohli declared that India's game against South Africa was his team's "best game so far". After a poor match against Sri Lanka, Ravindra Jadeja (1/39) was at his accurate best, stifling the runs in those middle overs in tandem with comeback man Ravichandran Ashwin (1/43).

The veteran batsman also expected his side's top order batsmen to put pressure on Indian pacers from the onset of the game.

He would go no further, responding to a du Plessis call for a risky single and caught short by a combination of Hardik Pandya's accurate throw and MS Dhoni's lightning-fast gloves. The openers gave South Africa a solid start with Quinton de Kock (53, 72 balls, 4x4s) and Hashim Amla (35, 54 balls, 3x4s, 1x6) putting on 76 for the first wicket.

Though the overhead conditions were conducive for batting, South Africa retreated into their shell from the outset; preferring to play out the early overs instead of capitalising on the power play. Amla flicked him over square leg boundary for a six.

De Villiers, who has been in awful form, couldn't make his ground as Dhoni whipped off the bails in a flash.

"Faf du Plessis is one of the key elements in this side".