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CT 2017: India dismiss Proteas for low total

Disciplined Indian bowling restricted South Africa to 191 runs in 44.3 overs in their Group B Champions Trophy clash at The Oval here on Sunday.

Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer with 53 runs from 72 balls.

Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each.

Sunday's encounter is a must-win affair for both teams. The winner will qualify for the semi-finals while the loser will bow out.

Asked to bat, South Africa were off to a slow but steady start with openers de Kock and Hashim Amla adding 35 runs in the first 10 overs.

They jacked up the run rate in subsequent overs as the Indian bowlers struggled to get going.

Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the breakthrough for India when Amla mistimed a cut and Mahendra Singh Dhoni displayed lighting quick reflexes to glove the top edge.

The opening partnership of 76 runs came off 17.3 overs.

Faf du Plesis joined Quinton in the middle and they made 40 runs in 41 balls.

Ravindra Jadeja struck the second blow for India when he knocked back Quinton's off-stump.

Quinton's dismissal saw the Indian bowlers starting to dominate proceedings as the rest of the South African batsmen displayed poor shot selection at times.

Except for AB de Villiers and Jean-Paul Duminy, none of the other batsmen were able to reach double figures.

Brief scores:

South Africa: 191 in 44.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 53; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/22, Jasprit Bumrah 2/28)

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