Champions Trophy: High intensity against SA augurs well for defending champs India

"We're not thinking about the semi-final right now. There was a call out there, and I thought we could get through for the one", said de Villiers. "Since the team have started against England in May, it hasn't looked right to me as an observer", he added. It was not a mental thing. "We just didn't play well", he said. Shikhar Dhawan, who has been looking a batsman from a different planet in this tournament, made sure India did not suffer the sort of batting collapse that South Africa did after Rohit Sharma (12, 20b, 1x4, 1x6) got out early. Our approach was far more conservative, and if you're going to play that way, you can't afford the calamities that unfolded in terms of the two mid-innings run outs.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said the "win or go home" nature of the match would help Pakistan maintain their "crystal clear" focus in what will be the only Group B match at Cardiff. And we didn't do that this tournament.

Cricket South Africa selector Linda Zondi said: "I would like to thank Farhaan Behardien for leading the side so ably in the recent series against Sri Lanka".

But just when it looked as if they were well on their way to setting the defending champions a target of around 300, Amla and De Kock were gone, and before you knew it, there were two calamitous run-outs. "Usually, in England the ball swings, but over here the wickets are very hard and good to bat on", stated the youngster in an interview with ICC. Nothing to do with the energy or intensity or belief in the team.

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"We felt we had a great chance". I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe. We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, it suits our game. They lost to India in a match that could have gone either ways had Faf not lost his mind to run AB de Villiers out. "The way we lost was the most disappointing part of it". However, they got into the groove and hit the good and back of the length areas without giving any room.

"I am not thinking about the next one now".

Virat Kohli hailed India's focused bowling and fielding displays as his side thrashed South Africa to book a spot in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy. Following previous scores of 4 and his first golden duck in ODIs, he leaves England with an average of 6.6, his worst in a tournament with a minimum of three matches. We'll have to wait and see what people out there want to decide or whoever is in control of making those kind of decisions.

Kohli has been stressing that this being a tournament among the top eight teams in world cricket, no game is easy.

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