Of Course! Another one-sided game. The only game which has even come close to a thriller in this Champions Trophy is the South Africa and Pakistan game. Pakistan won that contest as they were ahead in the DLS method.And rain is the second worry for The International Cricket Council as the 2019 World Cup will also be held in England in the same rainy season. In the Champions Trophy, Rain has played spoilsport in 5 matches till now , 3 being decided by Duckworth-Lewis and 2 being washed out. Okay, going to the game now.
The two strange Indian decisions
India won the toss and opted to field which was one of the two strange decisions made by them. The pitch was beckoning the teams to bat first. It was a slow pitch with no seam at all. On top of that,it was deteriorating which meant that batting would be tougher in the 2nd innings. And, in recent times,India’s record of chasing has not been very good. But they backed their decision with a superb effort.
The second strange decision was to leave out Umesh Yadav.It was a slow wicket,so it made sense to play Ravichandran Ashwin but it didn’t make sense to drop the Uttar Pradesh seamer.He was also in tremendous form with 3 wickets in the match against Pakistan.Hardik Pandya would have been the obvious choice to drop as he is not a full time bowler. But the Indian team backed Pandya and the other bowlers.Virat Kohli also showed a lot of trust in Pandya and allowed him to bowl his full quota of 60 balls.This was only the second time Pandya had completed his full overs in an ODI and figures of 1-52 are not bad. Hardik sent Du Plessis , the man who has scored the most amount of runs in 2017,back to the pavilion with an off cutter which was played on to disturb the woodwork. Pandya also landed a throw in the safe hands of MS Dhoni, who dislodged the bails to semd back AB De Villiers, So all in all both the strange decisions by India proved to be fruitful for them.
The two run outs that changed the game
AB De Villiers and Faf Du Plessis might be school friends but they certainly didn’t show much of the understanding between them while they were at the crease.Faf hit the ball towards Pandya at point and called for a non-existent single. Mr.360 hesitated a bit but ran and his dive wasn’t quick enough for the speed of Pandya and Dhoni.This was the 7th time ABD had been run out in ICC tournaments and 3 of those times, Faf had been on the other end.Clearly,friendships don’t mean that you have a good understanding between each other.
The second run out showed that it wasn’t the day for Faf to be running between the wickets without hesitation.He hit the ball to Short Third Man where it went to Bumrah.Dave Miller ran for what would have been an easy single.Du Plessis started running when Miller had crossed the halfway line,but then ,needlessly,he changed the side he was running towards and started running towards the striker’s end which was also the place where Miller was running.Now it was a competition of which of the two batsmen would reach the crease early (Pictured Above). Faf reached earlier as he had dived to keep his wicket. Bumrah threw to Kohli who dislodged the bails easily and Miller had to go out.These two run outs got two of South Africa’s key batsmen out and also changed the momentum of the game
King Of ICC- Shikhar Dhawan
If you ask Shikhar Dhawan what his ideal setting to bat is,he would ask you to make him bat in an ICC tournament.Gabbar, with his innings of 78,became the fastest player to reach 1000 runs in ICC tournaments as he took only 16 innings to get there,surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s 18 innings.
The Proteas CHOKE Again
History repeats itself, but this is getting a little too much for the rainbow nation.They have been knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy by India.They have won a major ICC tournament only once (Inaugral Champions Trophy). So, continuing the tradition, South Africa choke again and lose to India by 8 wickets.
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