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LIVE CRICKET! Run-machine Kohli powers India into WT20 final

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April 04, 2014


21:52   Man of the match Virat Kohli on his amazing innings:

"In T20 cricket, I look at overs and runs. Not balls and runs, since that might make it look difficult.

"I told Raina let's finish it in 19 overs. We give Steyn 8 in the last over, and he bowls six yorkers.. Let's not let it get there."

"I had a bit of body weakness before the game so it was good to go out and bat well."

"I am really happy we are in the final."

21:46  Bishan Bedi leads the tributes on Twitter on India's run-machine Kohli on his match-winning effort: "Well played Virat-U saved a few blushes!!Now fr the finals..Keep yur cool Son!Godbless now & ever...!!!!"

Shane Warne: "Awesome game of cricket tonight, well played to both teams. In the end  Kohli's class & calmness was just to good, awesome innings ! "

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc: "Well, looking forward to playing for @RCBTweets especially with @imVkohli in this sort of form!  #runmachine #geewhiz"

21:41  INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!!!

- Ind 176-4 (19.1 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard


India have the chance to complete a grand treble, having already won the 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy last year.

After a below-par performance with the ball, India came back strongly with the bat led by their batting sensation Kohli, whom Nasser Hussain rightly described as the 'Ice Man'.

South Africa have choked yet again in the knockout round of a World Cup and must be disappointed at not being able to defend such a competitive total.
21:38  Kohli's fifty powers India to WT20 final:   - Ind 176-4 (19.1 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli finishes off in grand style whipping Steyn through midwicket for a boundary to take India to a comprehensive victory.

The right-hander finished unbeaten on a sizzling innings of 72 from 44 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.

India win by six wickets to set up a title clash against Sri Lanka, on Sunday.
21:35   - Ind 172-4 (19 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Raina continues his attacking approach as he hits Hendricks through the fine leg region for a boundary. However, the pacer gets his revenge two balls later as Raina mistimes the loft and is caught at mid-off after a cameo innings of 21 from 10 balls, hitting three fours and a six.

Kohli pulls the next ball through square leg for a boundary and takes a single from the next ball to level scores.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides against hitting the winning runs as he blocks the last ball with utmost caution to give Kohli the strike in the next over.
21:29  Kohli's half-century takes India closer to victory:   - Ind 163-3 (18 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

South Africa's hopes rest on Steyn now. He starts with a wide down the leg side to Kohli before the right-hander takes one on the leg side.

Raina steers the next ball to thirdman before Kohli flicks Steyn over midwicket for a boundary using his wrists to good effect.

Steyn is not looking too happy with the ball and the umpires have decided to change it. India in complete control with 16 needed from 15 balls for victory.

Some joy for Steyn as he beats Kohli with one that moves away and he then gets two runs to midwicket courtesy of a misfield from Amla.

Kohli then makes room and cuts a short ball from Steyn over point for a boundary to take India closer to victory.

21:23  - Ind 150-3 (17 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Suresh Raina is the new batsman and he walks out ahead of Dhoni. Parnell comes back and he starts with a slow bouncer which Raina lets go before he gives away a wide.

He tries a short ball to Raina, who pulls it over the fine leg region for a six. He drills the next delivery past point for a couple.

Parnell tries a slower bouncer which Raina tries to cut but gets an edge which flies past the keeper for a boundary. He inside edges the next ball and it goes to the right of the wicketkeeper for another four.

17 runs from the over as India are back on top with 23 needed from three overs for victory.
21:17  - Ind 133-3 (16 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli slog sweeps Tahir to deep midwicket for a couple before he lofts the next ball over that same region for a six to bring up his fifty, in some style, from 35 balls.

But Yuvraj gives away his wicket from the last ball as he mistimes the lofted shot and is brilliantly caught by AB de Villiers diving forward at long-off.

Yuvraj falls for 18 from 17 balls as India reach 133 for three in 16 overs, needing 40 from four overs for victory.
21:14  - Ind 122-2 (15 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Steyn has three overs remaining and he comes back for his second spell. He starts with a slower ball which Kohli taps on the leg side for one and Yuvraj guides the next to thirdman for another single.

Five singles from the first five balls before Yuvraj lofts a full delivery over mid-off for a boundary to get nine from the over.

India need 51 from five overs for victory.
21:08  - Ind 113-2 (14 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli gives Tahir the charge but can't beat Miller at long-off who makes good ground and keeps it down to one.

Yuvraj then tries to cut but gets a thick outside edge and it flies past the keeper for a boundary before he takes a single.

Three singles from the last three balls as India reach 113 for two in 14 overs.

India need 60 from six overs for victory with eight wickets in hand.
21:04  - Ind 104-2 (13 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli gets a much needed boundary as he pulls a short ball from Hendricks behind square on the leg side.

Kohli and Yuvraj show great presence of mind to steal the second run courtesy of the overthrow. The right-hander is teasing the South African fielders as he turns the pacers square on the leg side with soft hands and collect two more runs.

Hendricks bowls a good slower bouncer which Kohli tries to pull but gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps. He takes a single from the last ball to make it 10 runs from the over.
21:00  - Ind 94-2 (12 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Tahir comes back. He manages to bowl a tight over giving away just five singles to build up the pressure on India.

Kohli is looking in control on 27 from 21 balls but Yuvraj needs to get going having made four from eight balls.

India need 79 runs from eight overs at an asking rate of 9.8.
20:56  - Ind 89-2 (11 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli breaks the shackles as he comes down the track to Duminy and lofts him over long-on for a six.

Yuvraj is beaten by one that turned big and was struck on the back leg but it was clearly missing the off-stump. The left-hander then dances down and drives it to long-off for a single.

Kohli taps the last ball on the leg side for a single to retain strike.
20:54  Rahane out for 32, India lose 2nd wicket:  - Ind 79-2 (10 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Parnell strikes with the wicket of Rahane, who mistimes the pull shot and is caught at deep square leg after scoring 32 from 30 balls. The right-hander was frustrated with the lack of boundaries in the last few overs and decide to take on Parnell.

Kohli is content to bide his time out in the middle as he deals in singles to reach 16 from 15 balls.

At the halfway stage, India are 79 for two in 10 overs, with 93 needed from 60 balls for victory.
20:49  - Ind 75-1 (9 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Duminy is back as South Africa look to send down a few overs from their part-timers with the batsmen content to play singles and twos.

Duminy is operating from round the wicket and he manages to keep the runs down, giving away just six runs in his second over.
20:46   - Ind 69-1 (8 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Albie Morkel comes back after an expensive first over. The boundaries have dried up as four singles come from the first over before Kohli takes two after Duminy fails to collect the ball after a diving stop to his left.

Kohli showing great purpose as he taps the next ball on the leg side and calls Rahane for two runs to get eight from the over.
20:41  - Ind 61-1 (7 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir into the attack. Both Kohli and Rahane are quite watchful against him in his first over as they pick five singles in his first over.

India are scoring at a good rate of 8.7 with 61 for one in seven overs. They need to score 112 runs from 13 overs at an asking rate of 8.61.
20:40  - Ind 56-1 (6 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Kohli hits Hendricks on the off-side for one before he bowls a wide as Sout Africa continue to gift India extras in the form of wides.

Two more singles as Hendricks gives away just four runs in that over.

India in control after scoring 56 for one in the six overs of Powerplay.
20:34  - Ind 52-1 (5 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Wayne Parnell comes into the attack and even he starts with a big wide down the leg side. Rahane takes a single from the second ball before new batsman Virat Kohli turns it on the leg side for one to get off the mark.

Rahane then pulls a short ball towards midwicket for a couple. He plays a cracking inside out shot over the covers for a thumping six to take India past the 50-run mark.

Rahane has smashed his way to 23 from 15 balls.
20:30  Rohit out for 23, India lose first wicket:   - Ind 41-1 (4 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks comes into the attack. He also starts with a wide down the leg side to Rahane before the right-hander cuts the next ball through point for his second four.

Two dot balls before he pulls a slower bouncer to short fine leg for a single.

He strikes with the fifth delivery as Rohit mistimes the lofted shot down the ground and is caught by du Plessis after a quickfire innings of 24 from 13 balls.

Hendricks bowls another wide to Rahane outside the off-stump before he takes a single from the last ball.
20:25  - Ind 33-0 (3ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Dale Steyn comes into the attack with South Africa looking to make a breakthrough.

He starts with a leg side wide to Rahane before he steers it to thirdman for a single.

Two more singles before Rohit cuts a short ball over point for a boundary to continue India's fiery start as they reach 33 in three overs.
20:18  Rohit, Rahane give India a flying start:  - Ind 23-0 (2 ovs) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Albie Morkel to bowl the second over as South Africa decide to hold back their strike bowler Dale Steyn.

Rahane takes a single from the second ball before Rohit gets one past point for his third four. He pulls the last delivery over midwicket for another four to race to 17 from eight balls as India reach 23 for no loss in two overs.
20:15  - Ind 14-0 (1 ov) vs SA 172-4 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner JP Duminy to bowl the first over. Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a single from the second ball before Ajinkya Rahane crashes the third through the covers for a four and then takes one.

Rohit then edges the next ball and it flies past the slips for a four before he punches it past mid-off for the third four of the over.

India are off to a flier with 14 runs from the first over.
19:58  - SA 172-4 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India's spinners, except for Ashwin (3-22), struggled to make an impression in the middle overs. Dhoni's captaincy also left a lot to be desired as he delayed the introduction of Mishra, who came in the attack in the 12th over and was targeted by the two set batsmen - du Plessis and Duminy.

Interestingly, Jadeja was used for just two overs in which he gave away eight runs and was not used in the latter part of the innings despite SA scoring freely.

The decision to play the inexperienced Mohit ahead of Shami backfired as the youngster was hit for 34 runs in three overs.
19:55  - SA 172-4 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The inexperienced Mohit Sharma handed the difficult task of bowling the final over of the innings.

Miller picks one from the first ball and Duminy takes one from the next on the off-side.

Mohit bowls a length delivery which Miller smashes down the ground for a six but is beaten by the next, which is full and wide of the stumps.

He chops the fifth delivery over point for a boundary to continue the flow of runs. The last ball is a yorker and they pick two runs from it as South Africa finish on a healthy 172 for four in their 20 overs.

Duminy played a good innings of 45 from 40 balls, while Miller provided the boost at the end with his blazing innings of 23 from 12 balls.

The duo put on 43 runs from 27 balls for the fifth wicket as South Africa hammered 45 for one in five overs to post a huge total after electing to bat first.
19:47  - SA 158-4 (19 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pacer Bhuvneshwar comes back to bowl the 19th over as Dhoni decides not to employ left-arm spinner Jadeja against the two left-handers.

Two dot balls before Duminy heaves the next over midwicket for a six. He then steers the fourth ball to short thirdman for a single.

Miller then hammers a full delivery through the off-side beating the fielder in the covers for a four. He picks a single from the last ball as SA get 12 runs from that over.
19:44  - SA 146-4 (18 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ashwin to bowl out as he comes on to bowl his fourth and final over. Duminy is struck on the pads as he attempts the sweep but yet again umpire Dharmasena turns down the LBW appeal.

He then hoists the next ball down the ground over long-on for a huge six.

Ashwin is expensive in his final over but still manages to finish with good figures of three for 22 in four overs.
19:39  - SA 136-4 (17 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Dhoni decides to gamble with part-timer Raina, who will come in to bowl his fourth and final over with two left-handers out in the middle.

David Miller and Duminy pick for him six singles in that over as he finishes with 35 runs from his spell.
19:38  Ashwin gets 3rd wicket:   - SA 130-4 (16 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ashwin continues to chip away at the wickets. De Villiers lobs it high on the leg side and is caught at deep square leg for 10. The right-hander got it low on the bat and he ended up skying it high on the leg side.

Duminy gets a single from the last ball as Ashwin delivers another brilliant over, taking a wicket while giving away three runs.


19:33  - SA 127-3 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India's fielding has been a big letdown today. Yuvraj lets one through his legs at covers to give de Villiers two runs before he takes another couple down the ground.

De Villiers then brings out the reverse sweep hitting it past the point fielder for a boundary.

Duminy taps the last ball on the leg side and sprints back for a couple as Mishra goes for 10 in that over. He has gone for 35 in three overs with SA hitting 60 from the last five overs.
19:28   - SA 116-3 (14 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Dhoni brings back his premier spinner Ashwin back into the attack with India desperate for a wicket.

No stopping du Plessis for the moment as he pulls a short ball over midwicket for a six as South Africa continue to prosper.

But Ashwin gets revenge a few balls later as du Plessis comes down the track but misses the ball and it his his pads before going on to hit the stumps.

Du Plessis walks back after a superb innings of 58 from 41 balls to put SA in control on a pitch offering a lot of help to the spinners.

AB de Villiers is off the mark with a single from the last ball of that over.
19:24  - SA 107-2 (13 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Du Plessis goes back and lofts Mishra over point for a four to bring up the 50-run partnership for the third wicket. He then takes a single from the next ball to bring up his fifty from 36 balls.

Mishra then tries the quicker delivery but sends down a full toss which Duminy carts over midwicket for a six to take SA past the 100-run mark.

The runs are flowing for South Africa as Duminy sweeps the last ball for a boundary. Mishra has conceded 17 runs in his second over as South Africa look in control at 107 for two in 13 overs.
19:20  - SA 90-2 (12 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Raina will continue. Du Plessis has decided to take on the part-timer. He pulls the second ball on the leg side for a couple before he lofts the next square on the leg side for a four.

He then slog sweeps the fifth ball over deep midwicket for a six as Raina's third over proves costly, going for 16 runs. Raina has been hit for 29 runs in three overs.


19:17  - SA 74-2 (11 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Finally, leg-spinner Mishra gets the ball. He gifts South Africa a free hit as he oversteps against du Plessis, who smashes that delivery over the cover region for a boundary.

Two singles from the last three balls as Mishra gives eight in his first over despite the no-ball.

Du Plessis and Duminy are content to play it safe as they have put on 30 from 35 balls for the third wicket.
19:13  - SA 66-2 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Raina to bowl his second over. Du Plessis pulls a slightly short of length delivery over midwicket but Rohit messes up the boundary with the slide and gives away a boundary.

Lot of turn for Raina as du Plessis gets an inside edge trying to play it through the off-side and gets a single.

Eight runs from the over but Raina is doing a good job with the ball, having given just 14 from two overs.

SA are 66 for two in 10 overs with du Plessis on 25 from 24 balls, while Duminy is struggling on eight from 16 balls.
19:08  - SA 58-2 (9 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

No signs of leg-spinner Amit Mishra yet as Jadeja continues. The left-arm spinner is keeping it simple, bowling it full and on the stumps not giving the batsmen anything to work with.

Five singles from Jadeja's second over as SA reach 58 for two in nine overs.
19:04  - SA 53-2 (8 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Just one over for Ashwin and he makes way for part-timer Suresh Raina, who can be handy in such conditions. He starts with a wide to du Plessis before the right-hander picks a single.

Duminy then drives it wide of long-on for two runs before he takes one.

Just six runs from Raina's first over as India continue to dry up the boundaries.
19:01  - SA 47-2 (7 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. Three singles from the first three deliveries before Duminy is struck on the pads as he tries to sweep but the LBW appeal is turned down.

Two balls later, he again tries the sweep but again the LBW appeal is rejected as South Africa look a bit desperate after a couple of quiet overs.

Just four runs from two overs from the spinners as India look to pull back South Africa after their quickfire start.
18:58   - SA 44-2 (6 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India introduce spin in the form of R Ashwin, who is bowling with half sleeves.

And the off-spinner strikes with his second delivery with a beauty. He beats Amla with the carrom ball from round the wicket. The right-hander is beaten all ends up as he plays down the wrong line but the delivery turns the other way and is bowled for 22.

Dhoni employs an attacking field for left-hander JP Duminy with a few fielders close to the bat. The left-hander plays out the rest of the over as Ashwin concedes just one in his opening over.
18:54  - SA 43-1 (5 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Still no signs of spin as Bhuvneshwar comes on to bowl his third over. Amla is relishing playing against pace as he flicks the pacer through midwicket for a boundary.

Three balls later he crashes it through the covers for another four before he takes a single from the next ball.
18:51   - SA 34-1 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Amla breaks the shackles as he smashes a short wide delivery from Mohit through the covers for his first boundary.

The right-hander then shuffles across and nudges it fine for a couple. He then makes room to hit it through the off-side but gets an edge and it flies through the vacant slip region for a four.

Du Plessis walks across his stumps and lofts it over midwicket for the third boundary of the over. The next is flicked along the ground to deep midwicket for a couple as Mohit is hit for 17 runs in his second over.

South Africa are 34 for one in four overs.
18:44  - SA 17-1 (3 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Du Plessis picks a single to mid-on and Amla does the same off the next ball for one. Just four singles from Kumar's second over as India manage to keep it tight with the new ball as SA reach 17 for one in three overs.
18:41  - SA 13-1 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pacers from both ends to begin proceedings for India as Mohit Sharma comes in to bowl the second over.

Du Plessis drives the first ball through the covers for a couple and then gets one from the next on the off-side.

Pressure already on Hashim Amla as he plays some nice drives but is unable to beat the fielders for the next four deliveries as Mohit Sharma concedes just three runs in his first over.
18:36  Kumar strikes in first over:   - SA 10-1 (1 over) vs India | Scorecard

The experienced Hashim Amla walks out to open the batting for South Africa with the exciting and young Quinton de Kock, who hit three back to back centuries in the ODIs against India in December.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the bowling for India, who will be looking for a few early wickets with the new ball.

De Kock is off the mark with a couple through square leg as Kumar bowls it full and on the pads. The next ball is again down the leg side as the left-hander misses it but is called a wide.

De Kock then shuffles across and looks to flick but it strikes his pads for a couple of leg byes. The SA opener then gets an inside edge as he plays away from his body but it bounces past the stumps and beat Dhoni for a boundary.

However, Kumar strikes with the next delivery as de Kock goes after a wide one but gets an edge and is caught behind for six. He does not look too happy with that decision but he has to walk back as India get an early wicket.

Captain Faf du Plessis retains strike with a single from the last ball as 10 come from the opening over.
18:04  SA win toss, elect to bat against India in SF:   South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has won the toss and elected to bat against India in the second semi-final of the World T20 in Mirpur.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was also looking to bat first and put up a big pressure to put South Africa under pressure.

Dhoni reveals that India have retained the same team which beat Australia in their last match, which Shikhar Dhawan will again sit out.

Interestingly, young pacer Mohit Sharma retains his place ahead of the experienced Mohammed Shami, who has done well for India across all formats in the last few months.

For South Africa, du Plessis comes in to lead the team and he takes the place of Farhaad Behardien.
17:47  India banking on spin against SA in semis:   The Indian team will be in a confident frame of mind when they take on South Africa in the second semi-final of the ICC World T20, in Mirpur, on Friday.

India, who won all their four matches in the Group Stages, will be looking to continue their impressive run in the tournament so far. They would also be hoping their spinners can do the trick yet again with R Ashwin and Amit Mishra posing the big threat for the Proteas.

South Africa have a handy spinner in leggie Imran Tahir but he has a tough task on hand against the strong Indian batting line-up, who have been traditionally strong against spin.

It would be interesting to see if India bring back regular Shikhar Dhawan, who was dropped from the last match due to poor form, or continue with makeshift opener Ajinkya Rahane.

The weather is expected to play a part with forecast for rain later in the evening.

On Thursday, Sri Lanka won the first semi-final via the Duckworth-Lewis method after heavy rain and hail stopped proceedings in the 14th over of the second innings.