South Africa were quashed mercilessly as India beat them comprehensively by 8 wickets to dump the top-ranked ODI team in the world out of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in London yesterday. "It was a complete performance in the field - we grabbed the chances that came our way", captain Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.
Du Plessis and De Villiers went for a suicidal single, the latter was run out, before Du Plessis was involved in another comical run out, which had David Miller walking back to the dressing room early. "A few errors of judgement, a few mistakes out there cost us badly today", he said.
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.
But Kohli insisted the South Africa clash isn't the biggest of his reign as captain because he has been dealing with huge expectations for years.
De Villiers also praised the opponents and said the Virat Kohli-led Indian team, which defeated them by eight wickets to enter the semi-finals, had a great intensity which helped them a lot.
"Through soft dismissals we lost our way and that was the part that hurt the most". We'll go to Birmingham, practice over there and then start thinking about it. "The fielders backed our bowlers", Kohli said. I've not thought about what we are going to think about our next tournament.More news: New York Times Corrects Fake News Editorial Blaming Sarah Palin for Shooting
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De Villiers is confident that he was the best choice. So we will have to wait and see what people out there want to decide or whoever is in control of making that kind of decisions.
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. And the primary reason for that victory was South Africa's suicidal running between the wickets.
On how far the Proteas are actually away of winning a major tournament... Even Hardik Pandya (1/52) gave a much better account of himself, bowling as many as 29 dot balls and also got Faf du Plessis (36, 50b, 1×4) to drag one back onto his stumps.
"Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close, it is very hard to say that after a performance like this but that is what I believe in my heart", he added.