India played South Africa in a virtual Champions Trophy quarterfinal on June 11. India dominated the Proteas throughout the game and outplayed them in every department. It was a fantastic display of all round cricket from India. Let's look at the turning points from the match.
1. Indian fielding
The Virat Kohli-led side was aggressive on the field from ball one. Apart from a few mistakes, they were fielding close to perfection. In the likes of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and M.S.Dhoni, the Indian fielding was world class. As the result, South Africa were put under pressure by the fielding side and which resulted in three run outs, including AB De Villiers and David Miller, which turned the match in India's favour.
2. Disciplined bowling
R. Ashwin was back into the team. Indian bowling was disciplined throughout the inning. Initially Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah kept it tight and didn't give many runs which put pressure on the Proteas openers. Bhuvi and Bumrah performed exceptionally well. The spin duo which has haunted all the teams visiting India for test series were at their best too. Both the spinners were disciplined and not allowing Proteas batsmen to open up. Ashwin who returned to the playing 11 got the first wicket for the team. And these four main bowlers were very well supported by Hardik Pandya who took the crucial wicket of Faf Du Plesis.
3. Second wicket partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli
Shikhar Dhawan loves playing in ICC tournament and if the opponents are South Africa, he takes his batting to a different zone. Riding on a century and a half century from the last two match, he again scored a fifty and added 128 runs with skipper Virat Kohli and took India close to victory before giving away the wicket to Imran Tahir on 78. Later Kohli (76) and Yuvraj Singh (23) made sure India won the match with ease.