ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final: India vs South Africa – As it happened...

Last Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 17:18

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Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

Mirpur: India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC World T20 2014 played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. India have now reached the finals, where they will be up against Sri Lanka.

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India innings:

Over 19.1 || Score 176/4

1 needed from 6, Steyn to bowl his final over. He bowled a length ball and Kohli smashed it past midwicket for the winning runs! India are still unbeaten in the series and what an innings it has been from Virat Kohli!

Virat Kohli 72* (44b) MS Dhoni 0* (1b)

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Over 19 || Score 172/4

Hendricks to bowl the penultimate over, 10 needed from 12. The first ball was bowled down the leg side and Raina worked it fine past the fielder at short fine leg for a boundary! The senior South African players have gone to the bowler. Second ball was a slower bouncer, dot ball. Next ball was a short ball and Raina has hit it straight to mid-on. Raina is OUT! Hendricks bowls a short ball, Kohli got into position early and slapped it towards deep square leg for a boundary! 2 needed from 8 balls now. Hendricks bowls a slow bouncer again and Kohli works it for a single at square leg. 1 needed from 7 balls. Will Dhoni finish it off with a six again? No he doesn't! He calmly defends the next ball and doesn't go for the single. Even Kohli is surprised. But that is captain MS Dhoni for you. He wants Kohli to hit the winning runs. Nine runs from the over. 1 needed from 6 now.

SK Raina c du Plessis b Hendricks 21 (10b)

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Over 18 || Score 163/3

Steyn to bowl his third over, 23 needed from 18. He begins with a wide. Kohli worked the second ball for a single towards midwicket. Raina follows it with another single. Steyn bowled a length delivery, Kohli smashed it towards wide of long-on for a boundary! Fourth ball was pitched slightly outside the off-stump, and Kohli missed a ball after a long time. Kohli worked the next ball towards midwicket for a single, and a misfield from Amla produced another run for India. Kohli made room for himself off the last ball and hit it over point for a boundary! Steyn might be South Africa's best bowler, but Kohli shows why is he hailed as the world's best batsman at the moment. 13 runs from the over. India now need just 10 runs from the last two balls.

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Over 17 || Score 150/3

Parnell has been brought into the attack, Suresh Raina is the new man in. He begins with a dot ball. Parnell bowls a dot ball. Third ball was a slower one on the leg side, and Raina hit it over deep fine leg for a Six! Raina worked the next ball towards deep backward point for two runs. Next ball was slower bouncer, with width on offer and Raina played an upper cut for a boundary! Raina tried to make some room for himself on the leg side, Parnell followed him and it went past the keeper for four byes! Parnell ends the over with a yorker, defended by Raina for no run. 17 runs from the over. This was the one over which India needed. Raina has provided them the much-needed momentum. 23 needed from 18 balls.

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Over 16 || Score 133/3

Tahir to bowl his final over. Kohli took a single off the first ball. Yuvraj hit the second towards short fine leg where Steyn saved a few runs for his side with a good effort. Kohli swept the third ball towards wide of long-on for two runs. Fourth ball was a length delivery and Kohli smashed it over wide of long on for a SIX! That also brings Kohli's half-century off just 35 balls. Kohli follows it with another single. Yuvraj attempted a big hit off the last ball, but hit it straight to AB at long-off. Yuvraj is OUT!It was an excellent catch from AB where he dived to his right. 11 runs from that over. India now need 40 runs from 24 balls.

Yuvraj Singh c de Villiers b Imran Tahir 18 (17b)

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Over 15 || Score 122/2

Dale Steyn to bowl his second over. Kohli took a single off the first ball. Yuvraj followed it with another single towards third man. Third ball was a short delivery, Kohli pulled it for a single at deep midwicket. Fourth ball was a short of a length delivery and Yuvraj tapped it for another single. Four runs from the first four balls. Right strategy against Steyn. Kohli flicked the fifth ball for another single towards midwicket. Last ball was a slower one, long-off was up and Yuvraj stood in his crease and launched it over mid-off for a boundary! Nine runs from the over. India now need 51 runs from 30 balls.

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Over 14 || Score 113/2

Tahir to bowl his third over. Yuvraj played a cut shot, managed an edge which rushed past third man for a boundary! Nine runs from the over. It's time to step up the gas. India now need 60 runs to win from the last six overs. With eight wickets in hand, this is the time to change the gear for these two.

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Over 13 || Score 104/2

Hendricks has been brought back into the attack. Second ball was a short delivery and Kohli handsomely pulled it over deep square leg for a boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 94/2

Tahir to bowl his second over. Five runs from the over. Yuvraj is struggling to hit the ball from the middle of his bat.

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Over 11 || Score 89/2

Duminy to continue. Kohli charged down the wicket off the first ball, and cleared long-on for a Six! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 80/2

Parnell to continue. Rahane charged down the wicket off the second ball and hit it straight to AB de Villiers at deep midwicket. Rahane is OUT! That was an uncessary shot. He had already played some good strokes and was rotating the strike well too. Yuvraj Singh is the new man in. Five runs from the over, India now need 93 runs from the last ten overs.

AM Rahane c de Villiers b Parnell 32 (30b)

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Over 9 || Score 75/1

Duminy has been brought back into the attack. Six runs from that over.

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Over 8 || Score 69/1

Albie Morkel has been brought back into the attack. These two twice ran two singles in that over. Excellent running. Eight runs from the over without taking any risks.

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Over 7 || Score 61/1

Imran Tahir has been brought into the attack. Good start from the spinner, five runs from it.

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Over 6 || Score 56/1

Hendricks to continue. Four runs from the over. India are looking in total command after the powerplay.

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Over 5 || Score 52/1

Wayne Parnell has been brought into the attack. Virat Kohli is the new man in. Rahane charged down the wicket off the last ball and hit it over extra-cover for a Six! 11 runs from the over. Rahane has already played some positive strokes. That six in the over was a superb one.

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Over 4 || Score 41/1

Beuran Hendricks has been brought into the attack. Second ball was short outside the off-stump and Rahane smashed it over covers for a boundary! Rohit mistimed the fifth ball high in the air and was caught by Faf du Plessis. Rohit is OUT! Good start by Hendricks,

RG Sharma c du Plessis b Hendricks 24 (13b)

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Over 3 || Score 33/0

Dale Steyn has been brought into the attack. Fifth ball was a short delivery and Rohit played a courageous shot, over deep backward point for a Six! Ten runs from Steyn's first over.

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Over 2 || Score 23/0

Albie Morkel to bowl from the other end. Rohit Sharma scored a boundary off the third ball. Last ball was short again and Rohit hit it over mid-on for another boundary! Good start for India, these two should look to make the best of the powerplay. Nine runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 14/0

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to open for India, JP Duminy will bowl the first run for South Africa. Rohit Sharma got off the mark with a quick single on the leg side. Third ball had width on offer and Rahane slapped it past covers for a boundary! Sharma got an edge off the fifth ball which rushed past the slip cordon for a boundary! Sharma charged down the wicket off the last ball and smashed it straight down the ground for a boundary! 14 from the first over, excellent start for India.

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South Africa innings:

Over 20 || Score 172/4

Mohit Sharma to bowl the final over. Miller hit the first ball straight towards long-on for a single. Second ball was a wide yorker and Duminy could manage just a single off it. Good over so far from Mohit Sharma. Third ball was a low full-toss and Miller clobbered it powerfully over long-off for a Six! Fourth ball was once again a wide yorker, a dot ball. Fifth ball was once again full and wide, Miller went hard after it and cleared the fielder at point for a boundary! Miller worked the last ball towards midwicket, two runs scored. 14 runs from that last over and this is a formidable total in a tense semi-final.

JP Duminy 45* (40b) David Miller 23* (12b)

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Over 19 || Score 158/4

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the penultimate over. Duminy worked the first ball straight to the bowler for no run. Duminya attempted a dilscoop off the second ball, didn't connect. Third ball was a length delivery and Duminy smashed it over deep midwicket for a Six! Duminy worked the fourth ball towards gully for a single. Fifth ball was a low full-toss and Miller drove it powerfully through covers for a boundary! Miller took a risky single off the last ball, and had Bhuvneshwar 's throw hit the stumps at the non-striker's end, he would have been out. 12 runs from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 146/4

Ashwin to bowl his final over. Duminy charged down the wicket off the third ball, and launched it over long-on for a Six! Ten runs from the over. Ashwin ends a superb spell - 4-0-22-3 South Africa would want to make the best of the last two overs. They should aim for a score of about 165-170 from here onwards.

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Over 17 || Score 136/4

Raina has been brought into the attack. Decent over from Raina, six runs from it. Raina has conceded 35 runs from four overs.

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Over 16 || Score 130/4

Ashwin to continue. Ashwin strikes again, AB de Villiers is OUT! He bowled a short ball and AB smashed it high towards deep square leg, where Rohit Sharma got under the ball and took a clean catch. That's a massive wicket for India under these circumstances. David Miller is the new man in. Three runs from the over and a wicket for Ashwin.

AB de Villiers c RG Sharma b Ashwin 10 (8b)

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Over 15 || Score 127/3

Mishra to continue. AB won't waste much time, he reverse-swept the second ball past short fine leg for a boundary! 11 runs from the over. Mishra is proving to be ineffective today.

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Over 14 || Score 116/3

Ashwin brought back into the attack. Second ball was short, and Faf hit it high over wide if long-on for a Six! Faf made some room for himself on the leg side off the fifth ball, missed the carrom ball and it clipped his body and hit the stumps. Faf du Plessis is OUT! AB is the new man in. The stage has been set for him to play his natural game. Nine runs from the over.

F du Plessis b Ashwin 58 (41b)

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Over 13 || Score 107/2

Mishra to continue. The first ball had width on offer, Faf slashed hard at it as it rushed past deep backward point for a boundary! Faf took a single off the second ball to reach his half-century off 36 balls! Duminy smashed the third ball, a full-toss, high and long over deep midwicket for a Six! Last ball was once again fuller, Duminy swept that fine past deep square leg for a boundary! 17 runs from the over! These two have now accelerated the pace. Indian bowlers are under tremendous pressure now.

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Over 12 || Score 90/2

Raina into his third over. The third ball was short, Faf du Plessi went on his knees and swept it past deep square leg for a boundary! Fifth ball was a fuller delivery again, and Faf once again times that beautifully, it goes all the way over midwicket for a Six! 16 runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 74/2

Amit Mishra finally comes into the attack. There was a frontfoot no-ball in that over. Faf du Plesis charged down the wicket off the free-hit and smashed it over covers for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 66/2

Raina to bowl his second over. The second ball was short, Faf pulled it towards midwicket, where Rohit Sharma made a misfield and the ball went for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 58/2

Jadeja to bowl his second over. Five runs from it. Now the spinners are getting through their overs quickly.

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Over 8 || Score 53/3
Suresh Raina has been brought into the attack. Good start from Raina, six runs from it.

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Over 7 || Score 47/2

Ravindra Jadeja has been brought into the attack. There was a lbw appeal, which was right refused by the umpire. Another massive appeal was made off the last ball of the over, once again the umpire wasn't interested. Three runs from the over. The South Africans are clearly struggling aaginst spin.

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Over 6 || Score 44/2

Ravichandran Ashwin has been brought into the attack. He starts off with a wide. And guess what, Ashwin bowls his carrom ball, it was quicker which turned from outside the leg-stump and hits Amla's stumps! Amla is OUT! That was a magnificent delivery, Amla was totally bamboozled! JP Duminy is the new man in. Superb over from Ashwin, just one run and a massive wicket.

HM Amla b Ashwin 22 (16b)

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Over 5 || Score 43/1

Bhuvneshwar to bowl his third over. First ball was aimed at the pads and Amla flicked it past midwicket for a boundary! Third ball was a length delivery and on this occasion, Amla stood in his crease and hit it over extra-cover for a boundary! Nine runs from the over. Amla is looking dangerous now. Time to probably try some spin options.

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Over 4 || Score 34/1

Sharma to continue. The first ball was wide and short and Amla slapped that past covers for a boundary! Third ball was a short of a length delivery, Amla was surprised by the bounce and he got an edge which flew past the slip cordon for a boundary! Fifth ball was a short one, Faf got into position early and he smacked it towards deep midwicket for another boundary! Good over for South Africa, 17 runs from it.

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Over 3 || Score 1671

Bhuvan to continue. Both Faf and Amla are struggling to score the runs as the ball is not coming on to the bat, and also there is low bounce in the wicket. Four runs from the over. Ideal start for India so far.

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Over 2 || Score 13/1

Mohit Sharma to bowl from the other end. Many was surprised to see MS Dhoni persisting with im. Mohammad Shami has been very expensive in this series and it is the reason why Sharma is playing his second match. Good start by Sharma, three from his first over.

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Over 1 || Score 10/1

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock top open for South Africa. De Kock got off the mark with a single towards square leg. Forth ball had less bouncer, de Kock got a bottom edge which went past a diving Dhoni for four byes! Bhuvneshwar has the last laugh as de Kock edged the next delivery, a wide one outside the off-stump straight to MS Dhoni! Quinton de Kock is caught behind! Skipper Faf du Plessis walks to the crease. Du Plessis got off the mark with a single towards deep square leg. India have put the South Africans under pressure in the very first over. Ten runs and a wicket for Bhuvneshwar.

Q de Kock c Dhoni b Kumar 6 (4b)

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TOSS: Faf du Plessis has won the toss and South Africa will bat first.

While South Africa would want to move a step further to end their ICC trophy drought, MS Dhoni and his boys would want to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament.

India have had tremendous success in the series so far. Most of their batsmen have scored runs, and their spinners have looked the best lot in the series so far. The only concern for India was the form of Yuvraj Singh, but the southpaw silenced his critics with a tremendous knock under pressure, against the Aussies in their final match of the group stage.

India had a forgettable stay in South Africa earlier this year, and MS Dhoni and his boys would want to continue their unbeaten run, to reach the finals.

Journey in ICC World T20 2014:

1st match: Defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets

2nd match: Defeated West Indies by 7 wickets

3rd match: Defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets

4th match: Defeated Australia by 73 runs

South Africa, despite having world class players in their squad, haven’t performed according to their potential in the series. Their margins of victory have been close in all the three matches they have won, the reason being, they haven`t clicked as a unit so far in the series.

Journey in ICC World T20 2014:

1st match: Sri Lanka won by 5 runs

2nd match: Defeated New Zealand by 2 runs

3rd match: Defeated Netherlands by 6 runs

4th match: Defeated England by 3 runs

The team management would want senior players like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn to deliver as a team.

The pacers haven’t got much success for the team. In the match against New Zealand, Morne Morkel conceded 50 runs from his four overs and the Proteas had almost lost that match as a result of the 19th over bowled by him. Imran Tahir has been a revelation for them throughout this series, and once again, the onus will be on Dale Steyn to get early breakthroughs for the team.



First Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 08:16

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