Soft dismissals cost us the match, says de Villiers

Dhananjaya de Silva could get Sri Lanka nod for Pakistan clash

Dhananjaya de Silva could get Sri Lanka nod for Pakistan clash

Pakistan hoped they keep the tempo and the confidence of their big win over world number South Africa when they face South Asian rivals Sri Lanka in their final Group B match at Cardiff on Monday, the victor of which will get the last berth of the Champions Trophy semi-finals. India chased down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare and entered the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy for the fifth time.

While India have roped in Ravichandran Ashwin in place of Umesh Yadav, South Africa are going with Andile Phehlukwayo in place of Wayne Parnell. After those twin strikes, the South African innings went into a spin and they lost their last eight wickets for just 51 runs to collapse for mere 191.

By the End of 31 Overs, Partnership with Yuvraj and Virat Kohli Kick Started with a Yuvi Six to the Mid On. Monday's match in Cardiff has the look of a "dead rubber" about it. Pakistan suffered a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and Champions Trophy title-holders India in their opening Group B match.

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.

India successfully chased the target of 192 with the loss of just two wickets at The Oval cricket ground.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted the pressure on the side would continue to grow.

For Sri Lanka, the bad news is Kusal Perera will be out of action.

Even so, at 116/2 and not quite halfway through their innings, South Africa seemed set to post a total that could compete with India's potent batting order ...

That disintegration undermined the earlier good work of Quinton de Kock, who made 53, while Hashim Amla (35) and Faf du Plessis (36) were the only other contributors of note.

He was justified. In one-day internationals, he's the No. 1-rated batsmen, two teammates are in the top six, they have the top two bowlers, and the team's ranked No. 1.

David Miller came in and lasted only three balls after he was run out in a comical mix-up. "There is more than enough talent, and we have just got to get it right when it matters most", an optimistic De Villiers said. But they made little impact. South Africa batted for 44.3 overs (267 balls - Extra deliveries which resulted due to wides have been excluded).

Another aggressive shot from Sharma proved his downfall as a mistimed slog was caught behind by De Kock off Morne Morkel. "England are the form team but India know how to win the big games", he said.

India's failure to defend 321 in their seven wicket defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday had forced them into this sudden death clash, shaking Kohli's faith in his bowlers.

Shikhar Dhawan (78 off 83 balls; 12x4, 1x6) became the first batsman to score three consecutive 50-plus scores in the Champions Trophy, while Virat Kohli (76 not out; 101 balls, 7x4, 1x6) too raced away to his 41st ODI half-century, playing some imperious strokes to ensure there were no magical rebuttals from SA's famed bowling attack.

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