South Africa crumbled from 116 for one to 191 all out in good batting conditions at The Oval before Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76 not out) shared a fluent partnership of 128 to lead India to victory with 12 overs to spare. You have to sometimes say things that hurt.
South Africa had beaten Sri Lanka in their first match but had gone down to Pakistan in a rain-affected match, and that put them in the same situation as India.
India outplayed South Africa in all three departments of the game, in their last group match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
"It is very hard to sell it on this kind of performance but that is what I believe in".
"You have to be good enough to do that for the country and you have to be good enough to bounce back, as well".
"That's why we are chosen among millions of people to play at this level. We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most".
"It's not about asking two, three players to do it". We are asking everyone to do it and everyone is responding really well.
"Until you have a team effort, you can not win games, especially in conditions that you are not familiar with".
Faf du Plessis said the label of chokers doesn't haunt them and termed the loss against India to poor performance.
Kohli acknowledged the amount of one-day cricket played in the region was a factor, but he has also been impressed with the way India have adapted to the English conditions. "Whatever experience I had, the ball was swinging".
"Maybe some of the teams have really surprised the opposition with the way they have batted and bowled in certain situations".
Skipper AB de Villiers (16) and David Miller (1) were sent packing in the 29th and 30th overs, respectively, which saw South Africa reduced to 142/4.
South Africa were 94 for one after 20 overs and De Kock reached a tidy half-century off 68 balls before he was deceived by spinner Ravindra Jadeja and bowled for 53.
He still harbours the dream of playing 2019 World Cup and firmly believes that the Proteas can win it.
"It is always very disappointing when we lose but the way we lost was the most disappointing", he said.
"It's not an ideal way to finish the tournament", De Villiers said. "They probably might be feeling the pressure and the part-timers have nothing to lose, so that actually slowed the game down, also", he said. Right through the tournament, we didn't play our best cricket, so we don't deserve to be in the semifinal.