Kohli takes India to their second World T20 final
Sidelights – ICC World T20 | India Vs South Africa
The toughest challenge India supposed to get in this tournament after Pakistan, was against South Africa. Looking at Proteas’ current form which was a bit not up to the mark, India was having a nose in front before the game got started and it’s exactly ended on the same note. India chased down a big total with five deliveries to spare and now they will make a repeat of ICC World Cup 2011 in the finals of this ICC World T20.
ICC World T20 | 2nd Semifinal | India Vs South Africa
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Toss: South Africa and elected to bat first
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Jean Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell
India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma
Mini Score Card
South Africa 172/4 (20) – Faf du Plessis 58 (41) | Ravichandran Ashwin 3/22 (4)
India 176/4 (19.1) – Virat Kohli 72* (44) | Beuran Hendricks 2/31 (4)
Result: India won by 6 wickets and advanced to the finals.
Man of the match: Virat Kohli (India)
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) | Ian Gould (England) | Bruce Oxenford (3rd – Australia) | Richard Kettleborough (Reserve – England)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
How they played the game
Powerplay: South Africa 44 runs, 2 Wickets | India 56 runs, 1 Wicket
First 50 runs: South Africa 44 balls | India 30 balls
50-100 runs: South Africa 31 balls | India 35 balls
100-150 runs: South Africa 36 balls | India 26 balls
South Africa 3rd Wicket – 71 runs off 53 balls | Contributors: Faf du Plessis 46 (30) and Jean Paul Duminy 22* (23)
India 3rd Wicket – 56 runs off 39 balls | Contributors: Virat Kohli 37*(22) and Yuvraj Singh 18(17)
South Africa- 14 (Faf du Plessis – 5, Hashim Amla – 4, David Miller – 2, Quinton de Kock, Jean Paul Duminy and AB de Villiers – 1)
India – 16 (Virat Kohli – 5, Rohit Sharma – 4, Suresh Raina – 3, Ajinkya Rahane and Yuvraj Singh – 2)
South Africa – 6 (Jean Paul Duminy – 3, Faf du Plessis – 2, David Miller – 1)
India – 5 (Virat Kohli – 2, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina – 1)
Important facts about the match:
- South Africa have not won a single ICC knockout match for last 14 years.
- India has never lost a Semifinal under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy.
- This was the first time that South Africa has lost a T20I game after posting 170 runs, batting first.
- Virat Kohli is now the top run scorer of the tournament.
In the pic: Yuvraj Singh lifts Virat Kohli after India’s win
Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo