THE Standard Bank Proteas crashed out of the ICC Champions Trophy when they were outclassed by India by 8 wickets with 12 overs to spare in their final Pool B match at The Oval in London on Sunday.
India are now almost certain to top the Pool and be joined by the winners of tomorrow’s match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the semi-final round. The other teams to qualify are hosts England and Bangladesh. The Proteas, who lost the toss and were sent into bat by Virat Kohli, started well enough when Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 76 for the first wicket and De Kock and Faf du Plessis a further 40 for the second. But two catastrophic run outs of AB de Villiers (a carbon copy of what happened in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand) and David Miller sparked a horrendous collapse that saw the last 8 wickets (3 run outs) falling for 51 runs. De Kock top scored with his side’s only half-century (53 off 72 balls, 4 fours). The India bowlers retained good control throughout with the Proteas unable to put them under pressure at any stage. Jasprit Bumrah was named Man of the Match for his figures of 2/28 as the Proteas were only able to bat for 44.3 of their 50 overs.
Morne Morkel created early hope for the Proteas when he claimed the wicket of Rohit Sharma but that was quickly snuffed out by the second-wicket stand of 128 between Shikhar Dhawan (78 off 83 balls, 12 fours and a six) and Kohli (76 off 101 balls, 7 fours and a six).

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