Team India were under a lot of scrutiny about their team combination after the defeat against Sri Lanka. With Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav under performing in a crucial group encounter, India had to play a virtual quarter-final against the Proteas to book a spot into the knockouts. Same was the situation for South Africa. After winning easily against Sri Lanka, they lost to Pakistan, making it more difficult for themselves to qualify further.
The match was speculated to be a thriller as both teams looked in great touch and played for a spot in the semifinals. India won the toss and chose to bowl on a clear day. Ashwin came in for Yada to provide stability in the middle orders. For South Africa, Andile Phehlukwayo replaced Wayne Parnell in the squad.
Amla and de Kock opened for SA and built the Protean innings patiently and slowly. They added a total of 76 runs before Amla faultered to a perfect Ashwin delivery getting caught behind the wicket. du Plessis and de Kock looked to stable the innings, but de Kock fell to a cracker from Jadeja. After this, it was all downhill for South Africa. No batsmen showed intellect and patience to carry the innngs forward. de Villiers and Miller fell to bad communication between the batsmen and handed to easy wickets to the Indians. After this it was all about finishing the innings for the Indian bowlers and with some amazing death bowling, India had SA all out for just a paltry 191 in a must win game.
The job was cut out for the Indian batsmen. Rohit and Dhawan took to the pitch with hopes of giving a good start to the batting. But Rohit fell early and Virat came out to bat. Dhawan and Kohli, then played at top of their game and got India close to the target before Dhawan getting out but no before him scoring a fifty. India won the match with a last ball six from Yuvraj Singh showing off their ‘Champions’ title in the tournament.
With this the Proteas have yet again failed to make a mark in an ICC Tournament. They stood beside their tag of CHOKERS and are knocked out of the tournament.