We are not invincible, says Kohli ahead of 'virtual quarters'

India and Pakistan will meet at the Oval on Sunday for the Champions Trophy final

With three quality left-handers - Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and David Miller - in the South African line-up, Kohli can't afford to keep Ravichandran Ashwin in cold storage any more.

India's bowlers were even more culpable after a lacklustre effort allowing Sri Lanka to win for the loss of just three wickets.

The Proteas, who came into the tournament as the number one ODI side in the world, lost to eighth-ranked Pakistan in a rain-affected match which threw Group B wide open.

Mumbai: Aided by a balanced unit the Virat Kohli-led India have a good chance to clinch the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, feels former Australia pacer Brett Lee.

Here are five things that India will be tempted to do to secure their place in the semi-final. A year earlier, in similar conditions, against different opponents in a bigger tournament, they had won matches with 300, 307 and 302.

"It was very pleasing for us to give them a win because we had some bad times in the recent past, especially with losing a lot of lives due to floods and we are very grateful that we could give them (Sri Lankan people) a (reason to) smile", the soft-spoken Sri Lanka skipper said at the post-match conference here last night.

The 28-year-old, therefore, understands better than most that even the world's best batsmen can go through peaks and troughs - which is why he is well aware of the threat De Villiers could still pose on Sunday. Along with a lively ODI debut from Fakhar Zaman, whose 31 off 23 balls gave Pakistan breathing space to absorb Morne Morkel's impressive spell, it was an impressive match for a clutch of the youngsters, something which gave Arthur great satisfaction. You try to find ways to get people out, but it doesn't happen.


Truth be told, both sides might want to chase and not grapple with this critical decision making in the first half of this quarter-final scenario that no one expected. It's a sad feeling to see where they are going with their cricket.

Since his comeback, Yuvraj Singh has had innings of 15, 150, 45, 53 and 7.

"It's one of the top wins, to beat India". AB de Villiers would now be eager to shine in this crucial do-or-die situation. Whatever be the case, it would appear that de Villiers has got out cheaply twice in a row, looking to force the issue without getting himself in.

India's captain Virat Kohli was honest in saying that he would not like to blame any department in his side, they were simply overwhelmed by the daredevilry of the Sri Lankan cubs.

"The bowling unit was fantastic from the first ball itself".

"Look, I'm still in good form. In a Test match, you have a lot to think about because the game goes on for five days", he said. Having failed to defend 321, though, India might be forced to think differently.

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