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BATSMEN IN : - Virat Kohli 72*, MS Dhoni 0*
BATSMEN OUT : Rohit Sharma 24, Ajinkya Rahane 32, Yuvraj Singh 18, Suresh Raina 21
18:31 - QUOTES
SA skipper Faf du Plessis: "I thought we had batted excellently. It was a very good score against a good attack on this wicket. Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) bowled really well. Credit to our batters to put up a good total. Runs on the board in the semi-final is what you ask for.
"The bad thing is, MS (Dhoni) and his team know how to chase. They have done it many times. They pace their innings really well. Virat (Kohli) played a great innings. You have to credit. I thought we could have been better with the ball. The extras we conceded. If you have to win the World Cup, you have to get those one per-centres right.
"Unfortunately tonight, you can expect about five wides under pressure, but nine is too much. An up-and-down campaign for us. Our guys fought brilliantly, but India deserve to be in the final."
India captain MS Dhoni: "There was a sense of calm in the dressing room when we went out to bat. Most of the thoughts were positive. Everybody saw that the wicket was better than those we have played on, and they believed they could chase this down. It is not just the self-belief, but the belief in each other that is crucial.
"There are not many who are as consistent as Virat. It is great to have him at No 3. He grabs his opportunities. Something everyone needs to learn from him.
"Ashwin was brilliant. We kept him back for AB (De Villiers). We didn't want to give him pace. The least I could offer Virat was the winning shot so I played out the last ball of the 19th over without a run."
18:35 - PICTURE
Beuran Hendricks and Wayne Parnell should fire their barber... (AFP)
18:14 - SUMMARY
A well deserved win by India. They never looked in trouble and were very calm in their approach.
The Proteas' bowlers were also not on the ball it has to be said. There were not enough yorkers bowled and way too many extra deliveries. Bowling no less than NINE WIDES just doesn't cut it at this level.
I also have to note that this was not a choke folks - as the Proteas have done so often in the past.
A choke is if you throw away a game when in a position of comfort. The Proteas didn't take enough early wickets, so were never in a position of comfort. Therefore, it was not a choke, they were simply outplayed!
18:13 - TWEET
Yes we're tired and emotional. Again. But that wasn't Proteas' worst ICC tournament ever - Rob Houwing
18:12 - PICTURE
Virat Kohli was named man-of-the-match for a blistering 72 not out off 44 balls (Getty Images)
18:07 - RESULT : India win by six wickets and will play Sri Lanka in Sunday's final.
18:06 - Kohli finishes it in style, hits Steyn for FOUR though midwicket as India win with five balls to spare.
18:05 - OVERS 19: India 172/4.
1 run needed with Steyn to bowl the final over.
18:04 - Kohli pulls Hendricks for FOUR. Then gets a single. Only 1 run needed off 7 balls...
Dhoni blocks it to leave it up to Kohli in the last over.
18:03 - Skipper MS Dhoni is next in.
18:02 - WICKET! Raina miss-times it and is caught by Du Plessis at mid-off.
India 167/4 after 18.2 overs.
The require 6 to win off 9 balls.
18:00 - FOUR. Raina clips it over point to the boundary. This game is over I'm afraid...
18:00 - Hendricks to bowl the penultimate over.
17:59 - OVERS 18: India 163/3.
They require 10 off 12 balls.
17:58 - Another four as Kohli goes over point...
17:58 - A miss-field in the deep by Hashim Amla gifts India another extra run...
17:56 - Slight delay as the umpires change the ball, which appears to have lost its shape... Wet outfield can be blamed...
India need 16 off 15 balls.
17:55 - FOUR. Kohli goes wide of long-on...
17:53 - Another wide, this time Steyn is the culprit. 9 wides now!!!
17:52 - OVERS 17: India 150/3.
23 needed off 18 balls.
17:51 - Raina gets an inside edge, and another FOUR... Game slipping away from SA here...
150 up for India, off 102 balls.
17:50 - Short and wide by Parnell. Raina cuts, gets FOUR.
17:48 - SIX! Raina pulls all the way to get off the mark in fine fashion.
17:48 - Another wide by Parnell. That's 8 wides now by SA.
A stat SA should look at if they end up losing!
17:47 - Parnell back on, Suresh Raina the new man in.
17:46 - OVERS 16: India 133/3.
17:45 - WICKET! Yuvraj (18) is caught by a diving De Villiers off the bowling of Tahir.
India 133/3 after 16 overs.
Tahir finishes with 1/30 in four overs.
17:44 - SIX! Kohli goes over long-on to bring up his 50, off 35 balls. His 7th T20 international half century. That was also the 50 partnership...
17:42 - It will take a special effort by SA's bowlers for them to win from here...
17:42 - OVERS 15: India 122/2
They require 51 runs to win off 30 balls to win.
17:40 - Tahir, Hendricks and Parnell should be the other bowlers to finish it. I expect no more of Duminy and Morkel...
17:38 - Steyn back into the attack. He will bowl through to the end here...
17:37 - OVERS 14: India 113/2.
17:37 - Tahir being well negotiated by the Indians here...
Clever batting, they know he is SA's danger-man who now only has one over left...
17:34 - OVERS 13: India 104/2.
Interestingly, the previous six by Kohli has now been made four after it appears to have bounced before the ropes...
17:32 - 100 up for India, coming off 75 balls. Run-out chance for SA, but Albie Morkle is too slow to react to the batsmen taking a quick single...
17:31 - SIX! Kohli pulls Hendricks over square-leg for a maximum. SA must get rid of Kohli if they are to win...
17:30 - Hendricks back into the attack.
17:30 - OVERS 12: India 94/2.
17:29 - A wide by Tahir spoils what would have been superb over, but still decent - only five off...
17:27 - Tahir back into the attack.
17:27 - OVERS 11: India 89/2.
17:25 - Massive lbw appeal by Duminy against Yuvraj. Given not out by Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena. It would just have missed off stump!
17:24 - SIX! Kohli smacks Duminy over mid-on for a maximum to relieve pressure...
17:24 - India require 93 runs to win off 60 balls.
17:24 - PICTURE
AB de Villiers takes a catch... (Getty Images)
17:22 - OVERS 10: India 80/2.
Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman in.
The Proteas were 66/2 at this stage during their innings.
17:20 - WICKET! Rahane (32) is caught by De Villiers in the deep after the batsman miss-times a Parnell delivery hitting on the leg side...
India 77/2 after 9.3 overs.
17:19 - Parnell back into the attack.
17:18 - The Proteas fielders are sprinting in between overs. They do not want skipper Du Plessis to again be banned for a slow over-rate in case they make the final...
17:18 - OVERS 9: India 75/1.
17:17 - Duminy also chips in with a wide... I'm counting 6 now by SA...
17:16 - Duminy is back on. Good thinking by Du Plessis to try and get Morkel and Duminy's overs out the way sooner, rather than later...
17:15 - OVERS 8: India 69/1.
17:15 - Some good running sees India get four off the final two balls. Eight off that Morkel over.
17:14 - Four balls. Only four singles so far. Can Morkel finish well?
17:11 - Morkel back on for his second over.
17:11 - PICTURE
Ajinkya Rahane (Getty Images)
17:10 - OVERS 7: India 61/1.
Only five off the first Tahir over.
17:09 - Leg-spinner Imran Tahir is next on. This is the moment of truth for SA. He has to bowl well if they are to make the final...
17:07 - OVERS 6: India 56/1.
The Power Play is now over. At this stage, South Africa were 44/2.
17:05 - Another wide by Hendricks. That's 5 now by South Africa!
17:04 - OVERS 5: India 52/1.
17:03 - 50 up for India with a SIX by Rahane off Parnell. Brilliant use of the feet by Rahane over mid-off...
17:02 - Rahane unconvincingly pulls Parnell to get two. But just wide of Morkel at midwicket...
17:00 - Already 4 wides bowled by South Africa!
17:00 - Wayne Parnell now into the attack. He also starts with a wide... sigh...
16:59 - OVERS 4: India 41/1.
Virat Kohli the next man in.
16:57 - WICKET! Sharma (24) is out, caught by Du Plessis off Hendricks. He completely miss-timed it and it went high up behind the bowler...
India 39/1 after 3.5 overs.
16:56 - TWEET
Beuran Hendricks should have donated some of his hair to AB de Villiers. #INDvSA - Alternative Cricket
16:54 - Beuran Henrdicks, sporting a horrible looking Mohawk hairstyle, is next on.
16:53 - OVERS 3: India 33/0.
16:52 - SIX! Sharma carves it over point for a maximum.
16:52 - Steyn beats the outside edge of Sharma. The batsman is lucky not to get an edge...
16:50 - TWEET
Well, so much for the suspect Indian body language a few minutes back ... - Rob Houwing
16:49 - The Steyn Remover is the next bowler on. He starts with a wide down leg side...
16:47 - OVERS 2: India 23/0.
Morkel being pummelled, as I predicted...
16:45 - TWEET
I don't care what level of cricket or type of bowler but you always have a slip for 1st over of innings. SA didn't and it proved costly - Gary Lemke
16:43 - Albie Morkel to bowl the second over. I suspect he will travel...
16:42 - OVERS 1: India 14/0.
Top notch start by India. They are well adept at facing spin.
16:42 - Sharma gets an edge, but there's no slip, so it goes for four.
Next ball he drives properly down the ground for the same result.
16:41 - Early boundary by Rahane...
16:41 - Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to open for India.
16:38 - Off-spinner JP Duminy will open the bowling for South Africa. Duminy could be key on a turning pitch, while Imran Tahir is expected to do well...
16:35 - 8.65 - the runs per over required to win by India.
16:32 - TWEET
Competitive 172 for SA v India. Bookies immediately react by making them 4-6 favourites to win. Runs on the board - Gary Lemke
16:29 - South Africa's first ten overs: 66/2
South Africa's last ten overs: 106/2
16:26 - QUOTE
"170. We can definitely defend it on this track," says JP Duminy.
16:25 - PICTURE
JP Duminy (45 not out off 40 balls) did well to bat through the innings... (Getty Images)
16:23 - A great total by South Africa! Definitely a little bit over par. We could just be in a final on Sunday folks...
16:23 - OVERS 20: SA 172/4
16:23 - Miller gets two off the final ball...
16:22 - After a dot ball, Miller gets a FOUR off the penultimate ball...
16:20 - SIX! Miller dispatches a low full toss down the ground for a maximum.
16:19 - Two good block-hole balls at the start of the final over. Just two singles....
16:18 - Seamer Mohit Sharma to bowl the final over.
16:17 - 12 off the last over by Kumar...
16:16 - OVERS 19: SA 158/4.
16:16 - FOUR! Miller goes through the covers!
16:14 - SIX! Duminy pulls for a maximum to bring up SA's 150, coming off 111 balls.
16:14 - TWEET
We're see-sawing between catching up to the eight-ball and lagging behind it ... - Rob Houwing
16:14 - He starts with two dot balls...
16:13 - Seamer Kumar to bowl the penultimate over.
16:12 - OVERS 18: SA 146/4.
Ashwin finished with 3/22 off his allotted four overs. By far the day's best bowler so far!
16:11 - SIX! Duminy darts down the track and gets maximum down the ground.
16:10 - Duminy survives a massive lbw appeal...
16:10 - Ashwin (3-12) to bowl his final over.
16:09 - OVERS 17: SA 136/4.
Better over from Raina, only six singles off it...
16:06 - Raina back on now...
16:05 - OVERS 16: SA 130/4.
Duminy must bat through to the end now and let the others around him have a big go!
16:05 - David Miller is the next man in for South Africa.
16:03 - WICKET! De Villiers (10) is caught on the deep square leg boundary by Rohit Sharma off the bowling of of Ashwin. The "Karrim" ball did the trick there...
SA 129/4 after 15.3 overs.
16:02 - QUOTE
"South Africa very much in this game," says Peter Kirsten.
16:02 - 50 runs off the final five overs would take South Africa to 177. That should be a winning total. But it will take some getting there...
16:01 - OVERS 15: SA 127/3.
16:01 - AB into double figures in a flash...
16:00 - What a player De Villiers is, he reverse-sweeps Ashwin for FOUR...
15:59 - AB de Villiers is the new batsman in.
15:58 - OVERS 14: SA 116/3.
15:56 - WICKET! Du Plessis bowled by Ashwin for 58. The delivery was pitched on leg stump, and hit Du Plessis - who was playing on the leg side - on the body before deflecting onto the stumps.
SA 115/3 after 13.5 overs.
15:55 - SIX! Du Plessis goes over long-on for maximum.
15:54 - Ashwin now back on for India.
15:53 - 41 runs have been scored off the last 18 balls!
India losing control!
15:53 - OVERS 13: SA 107/2.
15:51 - SIX! Duminy goes over midwicket to bring up SA's 100, coming off 75 balls.
15:51 - HALF-CENTURY for Du Plessis, coming off 36 balls.
A well-timed inning by Faf!
15:50 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Du Plessis and Duminy.
15:49 - OVERS 12: SA 90/2.
16 off the last Raina over...
15:48 - SIX! Du Plessis sweeps to get the first maximum of the match!
15:48 - Du Plessis clearly in a hurry now...
15:47 - A lofted sweep shot by Du Plessis brings a welcome boundary...
15:46 - Raina now back into the attack.
15:45 - OVERS 11: SA 74/2.
15:44 - SA's Imran Tahir will happy to see the turn leggie Mishra is getting...
15:43 - Du Plessis finds the gap and hits a FOUR over cover. Good use of the free hit.
15:43 - FREE HIT!
Mishra over-steps and SA will get a free slog here...
15:42 - Immediately some vicious turn from Mishra.
15:41 - Leg-spinner Amith Mishra is the new bowler on for India.
15:40 - South Africa going along too slowly at the half-way mark. They must get at least 90 off the final 10 overs to get a decent total. At least they have wickets in hand!
15:40 - OVERS 10: SA 66/2.
15:38 - 2 BONUS RUNS!
Du Plessis gets a FOUR after Rohit Sharma makes a horrible mess on the boundary...
15:37 - The Proteas have only scored 15 runs off the last four overs.
15:37 - OVERS 9: SA 58/2.
15:34 - PICTURE
SA skipper Faf du Plessis (Getty Images)
15:33 - OVERS 8: SA 53/2.
Spinners putting the breaks on for India!
15:32 - 50 up for SA after 44 balls.
15:31 - Off-spinner Suresh Raina next on.
15:30 - OVERS 7: SA 47/2.
15:29 - Big lbw appeal against Duminy. not out. Pitched outside the line... umpire Gould almost laughs at the Indians for appealing.
15:28 - More spin as slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja comes on.
The Power Play is also over now.
15:27 - OVERS 6: SA 44/2.
Excellent start by Ashwin. Ominous signs against the spin for SA...
15:27 - A slip and a leg slip for Duminy...
15:26 - In an interesting move, JP Duminy - and not AB de Villiers - is the next batsman in.
15:24 - WICKET! Ashwin bowls Amla for 22.
SA 44/2 after 5.1 overs.
A great delivery. The doosra completely fooled Amla...
15:24 - He starts with a wide...
15:23 - Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin now on for India.
15:23 - OVERS 5: SA 43/1.
15:22 - Amla on fire for the Proteas! Already four boundaries by the Cobras batsman...
15:20 - Still no bowling change by Dhoni as Kumar continue with his third over...
15:19 - OVERS 4: SA 34/1.
17 off the last over by Mohit Sharma.
15:18 - Du Plessis pulls Mohit over midwicket. FOUR!
Clearly realising they must make use of the Power Play.
15:17 - PICTURE
India celebrate the wicket of Quinton de Kock... (Getty Images)
15:17 - Another FOUR by Amla - this time it's a lucky edge but there's no slip in place.
15:15 - Amla drives Mohit for FOUR through midwicket to get his first boundary...
15:14 - OVERS 3: SA 17/1.
15:14 - After getting 10 off the first over, things have slowed down for SA. Not ideal, already halfway though the Power Play.
15:12 - Amla off the mark off his fifth ball...
15:10 - OVERS 2: SA 13/1.
Tidy first over from Mohit Sharma. Amla yet to get off the mark.
15:07 - TWEET
Dhoni in no doubt about the catch. De Kock keen to suggest he missed the ball - Jonathan Agnew
15:06 - Seamer Mohit Sharma to bowl the second over.
15:05 - OVERS 1: SA 10/1.
Good start if you only look at runs...
15:05 - Commentators say there may have been a faint sound off De Kock's bat...
15:04 - Faf du Plessis is the next man in.
15:02 - WICKET!
De Kock is on his way, caught behind by Dhoni off Kumar. De Kock wasn't happy with the decision, but English umpire Ian Gould though otherwise...
SA 9/1 after 4 balls.
15:02 - Chinese cut by De Kock. He gets FOUR!
15:00 - De Kock scored three hundreds against India earlier this season. Perhaps a good omen?
15:00 - De Kock immediately off the mark with two on the leg side...
14:59 - India not opening with spin.
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open. He will bowl to De Kock.
14:57 - Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla to open for South Africa.
14:53 - Almost time to start, but first the teams appear out on the field for the pre-match national anthems.
14:46 - QUOTE
"I'm absolutely surprised to not to see (batsman) Shikhar Dhawan playing for India. We all know how he can play," says Radio2000 commentator Peter Kirsten.
14:41 - Good for the Proteas that they're batting first. I'm still of the opinion that they can't chase well in big games. This may just be their day....
Shane Warne said a decent total would be 160-165.
14:33 - ONE CHANGE FOR PROTEAS
Skipper Faf du Plessis is back for South Africa, replacing Farhaan Behardien.
There is no change to the Indian line-up.
14:32 - TOSS UPDATE
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has won the toss and opted to bat first.
14:30 - PITCH UPDATE
Shane Warne says there is lots of spin in the pitch!
14:12 - PICTURE
Dale Steyn relaxing before the match... (Gallo Images)
***THE MATCH IS DUE TO START AT 15:00 SA TIME***
11:19 - MICHAEL VAUGHAN HAILS 'FREAK' AB
Former England captain Michael Vaughan says South Africa's AB de Villiers is without doubt the best batsman in world cricket.
Click HERE for the full article...
11:18 - FAF HAS SIMPLE WINNING RECIPE
Faf du Plessis has a simple recipe for the Proteas World Twenty20 semi-final: key decision-making during pressure situations.
Click HERE for the full article...
11:17 - STATS WEIGH AGAINST SA
Their T20 record against India only underlines why the Proteas will be underdogs in Friday’s semi-final, writes Rob Houwing.
Click HERE for the full article...
STATS AND TRIVIA
- At six matches, this is India's longest winning streak in T20 internationals. If India win this tournament, they will have equalled the longest overall streak, which belongs to England and Ireland.
- India have never lost a semi-final under MS Dhoni.
- AB de Villiers is three short of becoming the 16th man to 1 000 Twenty20 international runs.
"They'll have to use it for themselves for our advantage. We are not looking at things like that or what happened in the past. If they want to do it, it's their problem."
R Ashwin's response to South Africa's poor record in tournament semi-finals
"Obviously, the wicket in Dhaka is completely different to Chittagong. We played all our games there, and India has played all their games here. Definitely from a conditions point of view, they are more used to it than we are."
Faf du Plessis points out the limitation every Group 1 team carried
1 Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Alma, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Faf du Plessis (captain), 6 David Miller, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Beuran Hendricks, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Wayne Parnell
RG Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, V Kohli, AM Rahane, MS Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, RA Jadeja, A Mishra, B Kumar, MM Sharma
Umpires - Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Ian Gould (England)
TV umpire - Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee - Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - Richard Kettleborough (England)
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