India progressed to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with a thumping seven-wicket run over South Africa. The men in blue delivered a complete performance, dominating with the bat, ball and also in the field. They restricted the Proteas to 191, before easily chasing down the target in only 38 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli shined with the bat, while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were the stars with the ball.
Here is Cricketnext's report card as we analyse the performance of every player from Sunday's game.
Rohit Sharma: Rating 5: Verdict: Average
One of the few players who had an off day, but its not something that will worry captain Virat Kohli. Rohit was dismissed for 12 by Morne Morkel as he attempted to go for a big shot early on in the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan: Rating 9: Verdict: Excellent
Shikhar Dhawan continued his excellent form, scoring another half-century. He made 78 off 83 balls, and had a 128-run partnership with Virat Kohli. South Africa seems to be the team Dhawan likes playing against as he average 46.10 against them, up from his regular average of 44. He could have easily added another century to his name, but he was dismissed while going for the big hits against leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Virat Kohli: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Kohli was not only excellent with the bat, scoring 76 from 101 balls but he was sharp as a captain, attacking at the right moment and not letting the guard down. Some eyebrows were raised when Umesh Yadav was dropped, but the decision proved to be a good one in hindsight. Kohli changed the bowlers effectively, and his decision to bring back Bhuvaneshwar instead of Bumrah in the 43rd over got India a couple of wickets. It certainly was the captain's day as everything he touched turned to gold.
Yuvraj Singh: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
Yuvraj too didn't have much to do. He came to bat when India needed 41 runs to win, and he stayed unbeaten on 23 in the end. He finished things off in grand style, with a huge six over mid-wicket.
MS Dhoni: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
MS Dhoni didn't get a chance to bat, but he was effective behind the stumps. He was key in the De Villiers run out, breaking the stumps quickly from the Pandya throw.
Kedar Jadhav: Rating NA: Verdict:NA
Jadhav didn't get to bat or bowl, and hence it would be unfair to judge him.
Hardik Pandya: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
Pandya was certainly among the most improved players as compared to the previous game. He bowled well, conceding only 52 runs in 10 overs and was superb in the field. His powerful throw was the reason for De Villiers' dismissal. He was energetic on the field, and his energy was infectious to others as well.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
Ashwin must have been under a bit of pressure, considering he was drafted into the team in place of in form Umesh Yadav. But the off spinner showed why he is considered one of the finest bowlers in the world as he got the first wicket of Hashim Amla to break the dangerous looking opening partnership. He bowled tight, and didn't bowl too many loose balls which was good considering he was coming back after a long injury layoff.
Ravindra Jadeja: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good
Jadeja was again excellent with the ball, and he showed why he is India's number 1 spinner in the shorter format of the game. He got the wicket of dangerous looking Quinton De Kock after he had reached his half century. He was economical as well, and didn't allow any batsmen to go after him. He conceded just 39 runs in his 10 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah: Rating 9: Verdict: Excellent
Bumrah bowled with a new ball for the first time in the tournament, and he complemented Bhuvaneshwar Kumar perfectly. Bumrah conceded just 28 runs in his 8.3 overs, with an economy of 3.50. He was also awarded the man of the match which was fully deserved given his performance. Bumrah is likely to bowl with the new ball for the rest of the tournament.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: Rating 8: Verdict: Excellent
Bhuvaneshwar was fantastic as usual with the new ball, despite not much swing on offer. He bowled perfect line and length which helped maintain pressure on the batsman. He also came back towards the death to get two wickets in a single over. Although Bumrah was given the man-of-the-match award, but it could have easily been given to Bhuvaneshwar for his marvelous performance.