Friday, 4 April 2014

T20 World Cup: Classy Kohli helps India to beat South Africa in the Semi Final, Watch Video Highlights

India won by 6 wickets with 5 balls remaining against South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup 2nd Semi Final match played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Friday April 04, 2014. Virat Kohli came up with a brilliant unbeaten 72 off 44 balls as India chased down 173 with 5 deliveries to spare to enter the final.

Short Scorecard:
South Africa – 172/4 (20 overs)
India Innings – 176/4 (19.1 overs)
India won by 6 Wickets
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Click here to Watch India vs South Africa ICC T20 World Cup 2014 2nd Semi FInal Match Video Highlights

Previously South Africa have won the toss and they elected to bat first. Bhuvneshwar has done the first break-through for India to remove Quinton de Kock in the very first over. But South Africa played well after the early blow and they scored 106 runs from the last 10 overs. India had one average day with the ball, and that has come in a knock-out match. Barring Ashwin, the other spinners struggled, particularly Amit Mishra. Faf du Plessis led from the front, with a blistering innings. JP Duminy held the batting, after a slow start and David Miller was in fine form towards the end. Ashwin bowled well for his three wickets.

In the chase Indian openers Rohit and Rahane given a good start for India. They put South Africa under pressure with some aggression at the top and never allowed the bowlers to settle. Faf du Plessis was forced to bowl four different bowlers first up. Rohit was the first to be dimissed by Hendricks before Rahane threw his wicket away. However, Kohli anchored the innings and allowed Yuvraj to take his time. The latter also hit some vital blows but was dismissed at the fag end looking for some big hits. Raina joined Kohli and batted with freedom. He scored heavily on the on-side and turned the match in India’s favour taking Parnell for 17 in the 17th over. The equation was down to 23 off 18 and in the end, Kohli ensured that India won comfortably with 6 wickets even though South Africa forced the game into the last over. A fantastic game in the end! A fitting semifinal between two quality sides.

India will face Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup Final Match on Sunday April 06, 2014.


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