Smith opened up on his team's form and current performance and said the Proteas missed the spark in the prestigious tournament. As a effect, both parties played with far greater freedom and confidence.
India finally banished those ghosts of 1996 a good fifteen years into the future, when Tendulkar was still as good a batsman, but did not have the same imperishable aura that is often counterproductive to a team's cause.
After driving Andile Phehlukwayo for a soaring six to reach 21, Kohli edged the same bowler towards Hashim Amla, but the slip fielder couldn't make a tough low catch.
"A lot of players have given up a certain format to focus on another one and that's their choice‚" Domingo said.
If Dhawan muscled the ball through the off-side cordon, Kohli caressed it with care, hitting seven fours and a six as the duo added 128 runs for the second wicket. "We were right in it until the end", du Plessis said on Sunday evening.
Former South African player Ashwell Prince has slammed Cricket South Africa for being dictated to by individual players who do not have National interest at heart. And I can take this team forward. It's the same for us. "We prepare well, try to execute whatever our plan is". Pretorious has played 10 ODIs since making his debut previous year.
David Miller came in and faced three balls when he was run out in a comical mix-up.
JP Duminy tried his best to recover the innings with his unbeaten 20 from 41 deliveries, but he ultimately ran out of partners as South Africa were bowled out with 5.3 overs of their allotted 50 to spare - Imran Tahir the last wicket to fall, to another run out. "There's more than enough talent, and we've just got to get it right when it matters most".
So when Virat Kohli was asked a day before the game against South Africa what the Oval meant to him, there was not even a passing mention of the landmark 1971 Test, forget 1979, when Sunil Gavaskar almost pulled off a heist, or the relatively recent Rahul Dravid double. I don't know how many maiden overs or dot balls, but something that we spoke about, we executed that, and that always feels good as a team.
"It was a good toss to win, the wicket didn't change too much".
With the win, India qualified for the 2nd Semi Final to be played against Bangladesh at Birmingham on June 15. His job up front would be to cause troubles for Tamim Iqbal, who is third on the leading run-scorers list of the tournament.
Out of many attractions in the series of matches, if you had seen the India-Pakistan match, then you must remember the viral image of the couple in the stands, that left social media in splits.