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Friday, 4 April 2014 - 6:02pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
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21:40 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

India need one run to win from one over.

Four. Virat Kohli cracks it for four through midwicket to take India into the finals

South Africa's semifinals jinx continues.

21:35 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

 
Four. Suresh Raina swivels and hits Beuran Hendricks for four. India inch closer.
Slower ball bouncer, Raina lets it go
OUT. Raina wasn't passive about this next slower ball, and he paid the price. He tried to clear mid off and failed.
Short ball from Hendricks again and Kohli pulls it for four. This really has been bad bowling from South Africa
Scores level as Kohli pulls for a single
Dhoni on strike. Will he finish it with a six? No, he just blocks it for no run.
 
 

21:28 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Steyn is back, but he starts off with a wide

India need just 21 runs off 17 balls now

Four. Full delivery and Kohli uses a strong bottom hand to lift it over the on side for four

India need 16 off 14 to reach the finals

A misfield from Hashim Amla gives India two runs

Steyn bangs in in again, Kohli gives room and smashes it over point for four.

India 163/3 after 18 overs. Just 10 needed now 

21:22 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Suresh Raina is the new batsman

Slower ball bouncer, Raina thought about it but let it go

Slower ball again, this time wide outside off stump. WIDE.

SIX! Shortish ball on leg stump and Raina effortlessly pulls it for six behind square!

Low ball wide outside off, Raina slaps it out behind point for two

Another short ball, Raina edges it behind the keeper for four

Poor bowling from Parnell

Full ball, now an inside edge down to fine leg for four!

Good yorker to end the over, but this could be the over that turned the match India's way. 17 off it.

India 150/3 after 17 overs

21:18 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Wide, low ball outside leg, Yuvraj swivel pulls and the fielder at backward short leg spills it, but saves the boundary

SIX! Virat Kohli launches it into the stands to bring up yet another half-century in the second innings and in a crucial game

OUT! Now Yuvraj tries to go big, didn't quite get the elevation and AB Devilliers took a good catch at long off.

India 133/3 after 16 overs. Yuvraj Singh 18 off 17 balls 

21:14 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Steyn back into the attack

Kohli pulls for one. India need a few boundaries now. The required run rate has crossed 10

Just four singles from the over so far

Another single

Finally the boundary. Full ball and Yuvraj just hit it straight down the ground, lofted, for four

India 122/2 off 15 overs

21:11 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Four. Finally Yuvraj manages a decent shot, cuts Imran Tahir hard for a boundary

Kohli down the track again and gets a single to long on

Short but low, Yuvraj managed to pull it hard to midwicket for one

India 113/2 after 14 overs

21:06 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Four. Kohli pulls Hendricks to the square leg boundary

Very quick single, and they take the second off the misfield.

Slower short ball, and dabbed into the leg side for another quick two. Some really good running by these two.

Oops...that was really short...and slow. Kohli tried to smash it into the ground but it looped up and crossed his stumps to the wicketkeeper.

India 104/2 after 13 overs. We have a match on our hands here

21:03 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Imran Tahir into the attack

Kohli comes down the track but can just get one

Yuvraj Singh advances down the track and misses, called a wide. Yuvi almost fell over and could have been out stumped.

Bludgeoned down to deep midwicket for one

India 94/2 after 12 overs, just 5 off the over

20:59 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Yuvraj Singh is in.

SIX! Kohli creamed that for six

Huge appeal for LBW by Duminy against Yuvraj Singh, not given by the umpire Dharamsena

India 89/2 after 11 overs

20:54 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Good length ball on leg stump from Parnell and Rahane can't get it away
 
OUT! Shortish ball from Parnell, Rahane tried to back away and clear the field over midwicket, could not succeed and holes out.
 
Rahane 32 off 30 balls
 
India 80/2 after 10 overs

20:52 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

JP Duminy into the attack, isn't this quite late to introduce spin on a turning track?

India 75/1 after 9 overs

20:49 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Morne Morkel into the attack. A quick two. 

Another quick couple to end the over. India 69/1 after 8 overs

20:45 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Imran Tahir into the attack

Oh. Was that a dropped return catch. Kohli came down the track and it almost carried to the bowler.

India 61/1 after 7 overs

20:39 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Really short and wide from Hendricks, called a wide

Another wide ball, dabbed out to third man by Kohli

India 56/1 after 6 overs

20:35 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Wayne Parnell to bowl to Rahane. Wide to start off.

Virat Kohli is the new batsman

Innovative stroke by Rahane for two runs

SIX! Superb shot from Rahane, backs away and hits a good length ball over extra cover for six!

India 52/1 after 5 overs

20:30 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Short and wide again, this time from Hendricks and Rahane lifts it over the off side for four

Oooh...Rahane dabbed it to the wicketkeeper and tried to take a quick single, but was nearly run out

Slower short ball, plucked out to backward short leg for one

OUT! Rohit skies it high, this time it won't go far and the catch is taken. India 39/1
 
India 42/1 after 4 overs
 
Rohit Sharma 24 off 13 balls.
 
20:24 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Surprisingly, SA didn't start with Dale Steyn. Here he comes now.

Searig delivery first up, but down the leg side

The ball is speeding off the bat tonight. Single down to third man

SIX! Rohit backs away, Steyn bowls short and Rohit smashes it over third man for six!

India 33/0 after 3 overs

20:22 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Another boundary to start a fresh over.
 
Rohit Sharma is on fire tonight. Now an on drive for four. India 23/0 after 2 overs.

Indian Innings
 

20:20 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Rohit, Rahane just hit 3 boundaries off the first over. India 14/0

19:55 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Two singles off the first two balls of the last over, which Mohit Sharma is bowling

SIX! This has to be the shot of the night! Duminy just clears one leg and smashes Mohit straight down the ground for six!

Good response. No run.

Another low half-volley is creamed for four. Good shot. SA 170/4 with 1 ball left.

Good yorker to end the innings, they still get two.

SA end on a formidable 172/4 off 20 overs. This will be a tough chase for India.

19:49 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar comes in to bowl. Good first delivery.

SIX! That went deep into the stands!

What a shot! Low full toss, almost a yorker, Miller just bludgeoned it through extra cover for four

SA 158/4 after 19 overs

19:47 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Huge appeal from Ashwin. Duminy had missed another one and it looked out, but the umpire declines.

SIX! Now Duminy is down the track and lifts Ashwin over long on for six.

Flicked away for a single. Decent over for SA, 146/4 after 18 overs.

19:44 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Good over from Raina so far. 5 singles.

Just 6 off the over. SA 136/4 after 17 overs.

19:39 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

OUT! De Villiers looks to go big over deep midwicket and is caught on the boundary. Good catch by Sharma and another wicket for Ashwin.

David Miller is the new batsman

Now Duminy very nearly slaps it straight to gully. Terrific spell from Ashwin

SA 130/4 after 16 overs. Just 3 off that over.

19:35 IST Friday, 4 April 2014
 
AB De Villiers is in.

Mishra continues and is promptly dispatched for a boundary. Nice sweep shot.

AB De Villiers now drives Mishra to sweeper cover for one

SA 127/3 after 15 overs

19:29 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Mishra and Raina have been hammered (0/25 off 2 and 0/29 off 3), so its time to bring back Ashwin.

SIX! Faf du Plessis gives himself room and launches a short ball over deep midwicket for six. Poor delivery. 

Duminy goes for an aggressive sweep but gets only 1

OUT! Bowled. Faf came down the track, slipped and was bowled. Weird end to a good innings. 

Faf du Plessis 58 off 41 balls

19:26 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Four. Another four from Faf off Mishra. Moves to 49.

Fifty for Faf du Plessis with a single to sweeper cover

SIX! Mishra is taking a beating. Now Duminy slogs him for six over midwicket

South Africa are on the attack now.

Four. Swept away to long leg for four. SA 107/2 after 13 overs.

180 is on the cards here if SA bat well enough.

19:24 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

SIX! Amazing shot from Faf du Plessis, he got down on one knee and hit that one-handed over deep square leg for six!

SA 90/2 after 12 overs

19:22 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Faf goes over midwicket again, this time the man in the deep does well to keep it to 2.

19:18 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Wow. Du Plessis charged down, missed, and Dhoni knocked off the bails. But it was a NO BALL.

FREE HIT. Smashed over extra cover for four.

SA 74/2 after 11 overs

19:15 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Du Plessis goes over the man at midwicket, and Rohit Sharma makes a hash of it. Four.

SA 66/2 after 10 overs.

19:12 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Nine overs gone, SA 58/2

19:07 IST Friday, 4 April , 2014

India now employing an all-spin attack, Raina in to bowl

19:04 IST Friday, 4 April , 2014

Ravindra Jadeja comes in to bowl, India on the attack.

Appeal for LBW from Dhoni as Duminy misses another one. Probably hitting outside leg.

And again. SA 47/2 after 7 overs

19:02 IST Friday, 4 April , 2014

Now JP Duminy is all at sea against Ashwin. SA seem to be unravelling here.

SA 44/2 after 6 overs. That was a wicket maiden.

18:59 IST Friday, 4 April, 2014

OUT! WHAT A DELIVERY FROM ASHWIN! Pitched on leg and spun to hit off stump. Amla had no clue about that one!

Amla 22 from 16 balls.

18:58 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Amla is emulating Dilshan today. Opens the front leg and smashes this over extra cover.

SA 44/1 after 5 overs

18:56 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Another boundary from Amla. South Africa off to a quick start here

18:54 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

A quick two. SA 34/1 after 4 overs

18:53 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Cross batted slog from Faf du Plessis, once bounce for four over midwicket

18:52 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Edged for four to third man! Amla was in no control of that.

18:51 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Amla has an interesting stance today. Walks over to the off stump and flicks one behind square leg

18:49 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

3 overs gone, South Africa 17/1

18:47 IST Saturday, 4 April 2014

Dhoni comes up to the stumps

18:45 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Another drive for no run. 2 overs gone, SA 13/1

18:44 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Amla on drives but finds short mid-on

18:43 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

Mohit Sharma to bowl the second over, no spinner this time

South African Innings

18:42 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

OUT! Bhuvaneshwar Kumar gets Quentin de Kock in the first over. South Africa 9/1

18:21 IST Friday, 4 April 2014

South Africa win the toss and choose to bat

India vs South Africa, 2nd semifinal, Dhaka, ICC World Twenty20

Match start time: 6:30pm IST

This match is a true clash of the titans. India have an enviable record in the subcontinent, while South Africa have always been known as one of the top teams in the shorter formats, and boast of a certain Dale Steyn.

However, India have not reached the semifinals of the World Twenty20 since they won the inaugural edition in 2007, and South Africa keep retaining their tag of being 'chokers' in knockout games. Both teams, therefore, have great motivation to win Friday's game.

India are clearly the team to beat in this tournament, having won all four of their league games without much trouble. South Africa, on the other hand have been jittery, and relied on Dale Steyn to give them their moments of glory. A near-loss to a minnow will also continue to play on their minds.

India will be looking to avenge their poor South African tour last fall, and South Africa will try to capitalise on the mental edge they hold over India.




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