2017 ICC Champions Trophy: AB de Villiers Disappointed By Missing Out On Semi-Final Berth
Once again, South Africa choked in an ICC event to rule themselves out of the equation easily. This time, they were up against the defending champions, India in the eventual quarter-final. Putting aside all their fears, their batsmen Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock provided them with a neat and clean star – a slower one though early on.
The same note continued until the fall of the second wicket and then started an epic collapse, every moment of which was shouting the weakness of Proteas at big events against any team. Their batting line-up crumbled and next eight wickets fell down on a mere score of 75, with three of them coming in form of silly run outs.
AB de Villiers’s run out was the first one when a failed dive saw him unable to get in the crease. Miller’s run-out, the next wicket to fall was a funny one, as both the batsmen were found at the same end, with Faf du Plessis saving himself by diving in and being the first of the two to get in the crease. Wickets continued to fall and South Africa was bundled out on a low score of 191.
Getting early wickets was the only way for them to get a win here but this was not the case, as their bowlers provided them with joyous moments two times, both of them coming with a silly habit of the batsmen. Riding on innings of 78 and 76*, respectively from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, team India chased down the total 12 overs before the allotted quota of overs with eight wickets in hands, to book a date with Bangladesh in the semi-final on June 15th at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
South African skipper was disappointed with this loss and accepted that they were under pressure with run-outs. Here is detail of what South Africa skipper said after the game –
“It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament. Very disappointing. Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and half or 4 an over. That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissal.”
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