The big day has never been about skill. It has always been about conquering your anxiety, your inner demons, and when the team comes together and helps each other do that, you are able to dish out a flawless performance on the field. The Indian Team was able to do exactly that and give out a near perfect performance to send the Proteas home.
South Africa would be furious with themselves for having squandered another opportunity of making it big in an ICC event, faltering during crucial moments and succumbing to the big match pressure. A team that boasts of the best in the business will never be questioned on skill, they will only be questioned on their mindset and their ability to embrace the big occasion. South Africa need to do a little soul searching or else this knockout hoodoo will continue to haunt them for a long time.
India made a bold choice of dropping Umesh Yadav for this game but they will be buoyed by the way Bumrah and Bhuvi took up the fast bowling mantle. Ashwin slowed down the pace during the middle overs making the batsman go after him in order to get the runs flowing, a tactic that got Amla out. But was this the right combination to go with?
India bat too deep now, with Ashwin walking in at 9, and thus they could maybe do away with Jadhav and draft in Shami instead, but we’ll have to wait and see if Kohli is ready to make that bold call on the semi final day.
Who would have thought that Pakistan would be facing Sri Lanka in a virtual quarterfinal on the last day of the league games? But isn’t that the unpredictability of sport that we all crave for? They have sprung two huge surprises int he tournament and deserve to have a shot at the semi finals. Sri Lanka look a little more balanced, as they bat deep and have some experience in the middle order. Pakistan will have to bank on their bowling to pull them through.
Let’s get to business now!
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