It was the most important game for both India and South Africa as the losing team has to return home while the winner will qualify for the semi-finals. The Indians were ready with a mindset to attack and they got their chance right at the beginning when after winning the toss, Virat Kohli elected to ball first. The Protea openers began it steady but after Ashwin drew the first blood and dismissed Hashim Amla, the following batsmen also seemed hurry to return to the pavilion. Once again, Mahendra Singh Dhoni exhibited his finest piece of wicket keeping and in a stunning run-out, he left no stone unturned to dismiss AB de Villiers.
It was the 29th over when Ravindra Jadeja had the ball to deliver while Faf du Plessis had the strike. Faf played a shot towards the square of the wicket and he rushed to steal a single. The ball didn’t go much far and Hardik Pandya picked it safely and threw towards the wicket-keeper’s end. Dhoni grabbed the ball and hit the stumps before AB de Villiers could cross the batting crease.
AB came into bat after Quinton de Cock was dismissed after scoring his 14th ODI half-century and the team total was 166/2 in 24.2 overs. The run rate was pretty low and it was expected from the SA skipper to create a difference. But after playing 4 overs, Devilliers’ inning came to an end and he has to go back. After scoring just 16 runs off 12 balls, the South African skipper got out.
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