"He's (Bumrah) an attacking bowler, and all I said was, you know, express yourself, go for wickets. It's probably our most complete game yet", said Kohli in the post-match press conference.
He's not considering giving up the ODI captaincy either.
Subsequently, South Africa continued losing wickets in short interval and its last eight wickets were lost for just 51 runs.
Tharanga was suspended by the International Cricket Council for presiding over a slow over-rate during Sri Lanka's opening defeat by South Africa - a match regular captain Angelo Mathews missed due to a calf problem. The Indian captain has reiterated several times the ease of chasing a target rather than having to set one and when he called it right at the toss, Kohli was sure he wanted to chase in the virtual quarter-final.
First, Hashim Amla and Quiton de Kock played extremely slow, showing way too much caution when a few calculative risks could have transferred some pressure on to the Indians.
"We normally don't bat that way". "The bowlers were on the money, and that helps the fielders get into better positions". It is very hard to say that after a performance like this, but that's what I believe in my heart. From 140/2 in the 29th over, South Africa collapsed to 191 all out in 44.3 overs.
They're not. South Africa came into this event ranked No.1 in the world.
The seamers then brushed off the rest of the South Africa batting order as six wickets fell for just 49 runs. Du Plessis was involved in both the dismissals. Though du Plessis did not want to use the time off as an excuse, he recognised that it changed the momentum.
Hafeez believes the victor takes all nature of Monday's match will suit Pakistan.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have overcome setbacks to find themselves in a shoot-out for the last four.
Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah would be hoping to repeat their South African match performances. "It's important to grab those opportunities as well", was Kohli's take on making the most of the slip ups on the part of the opponents.
Whether he likes it or not, Proteas skipper AB de Villiers is the flagbearer of that failure as leader. He can really hurt you in the middle overs. "Today, I don't feel the same".
"Kohli is a very good player in this format". We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. "This kind of fielding performance was required".
"As a captain, you have to understand where the game is heading after that".