India defeated South Africa by eight wickets in a must-win game at the Oval to progress to the semis of Champions Trophy. Kohli won the toss and asked AB de Villiers-led side to bat first. A complete performance by the bowlers helped India restrict their rivals to a low total of 191.
After that, Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76*) struck fifties as India chased down the target with 72 balls remaining.
India created numerous records on their way to the victory. Here are some of the interesting stats.
- India's eight-wicket win is their biggest in terms of wickets over South Africa in Champions Trophy.
- India have won six matches by eight-wicket margins in the ICC Champions Trophy.
- India enjoy superb record against South Africa, winning all four Champions Trophy fixtures between October 13, 2000 and June 11, 2017. Their wins' tally is the highest against any opponent in the Champions Trophy.
- South Africa (191) have registered their lowest completed innings total vs India in Champions Trophy, outstripping the 200 at Nairobi (Gymkhana) on October 13, 2000.
- Shikhar Dhawan has managed 634 runs at an average of 90.57, including three hundreds and three fifties. Both his strike rate of 100.00 and the average are the highest in Champions Trophy (minimum 500 runs).
- Shikhar Dhawan has aggregated 789 at an average of 78.90 in in twelve innings, including three centuries and four fifties - the highest by an Indian batsman in ODIs in England (minimum 500 runs). Virat Kohli has the next best batting average in England - 581 runs in 17 innings at an average of 48.41, including a hundred and four fifties.
- In just 16 innings, Shikhar Dhawan has set a record for quickest to 1,000 runs in the ICC organised 50-over matches (World Cup/ICC CT) - his tally being 1046 at an average of 69.73, including five hundreds and four fifties.
- Jasprit Bumrah has got his first Man of the Match for his brilliant economical bowling figures (2/28) - his best in the Champions Trophy.
- Ravindra Jadeja, with Quinton de Kock's wicket, has equalled an Indian record for most wickets (15 at 19.20 runs apiece in eight matches) in Champions Trophy. Zaheer Khan had claimed 15 in nine matches at 24.53 runs apiece.
- Six batsmen have been run-out by India - the most by a team in the ICC CT 2017.
- Virat Kohli is averaging 85.60 in ten innings in Champions Trophy - his tally being 428 (five times not out), including four fifties. Among the players with atleast ten innings, his average is the highest in Champions Trophy.
- Dhawan and Kohli were involved in a stand of 128 - India's second highest for the second wicket vs South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy behind the 145 between Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly at Nairobi (Gym) on October 13, 2000.
- Dhawan and Kohli have been involved in five century stands for the second wicket in ODIs. Only Dravid and Ganguly have recorded more such partnerships (8) for the second wicket.
- Kohli is averaging 257.00 (257 runs in five innings, four times not out) in successful chases in Champions Trophy. His tally includes three fifties - 79 not out vs West Indies at Johannesburg on September 30, 2009; 58 not out vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff on June 20, 2013 and 76 not out vs South Africa at The Oval on June 11, 2017.
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