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Proteas ask India to bat

2012-10-02 16:02

Colombo - South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to bowl against India in the last Super Eights group two match at Colombo's Premadasa stadium on Tuesday.

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India need to beat South Africa, who are already out of the contention for semi-finals, by a big margin to harbour any hopes of reaching the last four stage.

Earlier, Australia qualified for the semi-finals on better net run-rate despite losing their last Super Eights match against Pakistan by 32 runs.

Pakistan finished the Super Eights stage with two wins out of three, after losing to arch-rivals India by eight wickets in their second game on Sunday.

Hosts Sri Lanka and the West Indies have qualified for the last four from group one.

Faf du Plessis replaces Richard Levi for the South Africans, while Albie Morkel is back in place of Wayne Parnell.

Teams:

India:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji.

South Africa:

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Rod Tucker (AUS)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

AFP

Comments
  • martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-02 16:44

    I hate refering to the so called "chokers" tag but hell boys? You are rated no.1 in all formats of the game but you simply can't play knockout competitions, afraid that old chokers tag will remain with you until you finally bag one. Good luck.

  • matthew.fox.1481 - 2012-10-02 17:05

    We have to change our tactics, how about this as an idea: Open with Amla and Levi ( if he is the choice at the time ). Kallis only comes in when Amla goes out ( the 2 should bat out the 20 overs and don't really have to score at a huge pac e but be the rocks of the team and only open up with a few overs to go ). When Levi goes out bring in Morne Morkel followed by Dale Steyn ( they are there purely to go BIG! they are disposable wicket, s as in T20 teams are hardly ever bowled out so they probably wouldn't bat anyway ). Then follow with the likes of A.B, Duminy, Botha and Peterson all of whom can play their shots and score big when needed. Leaving Du Plessis and Albie as the come in with some fire power at the end

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-02 18:51

      We should chose the correct team for 20/20 cricket and use spin

  • darren.peach - 2012-10-02 17:44

    Uber Chokers in Green. Choke Here, Choke there, Choke everywhere. I hate these tournaments because they bring out the best in the World..........Dont let the fact that its only T20 dispel the Idea that its not that important cause in actual fact if we cant perform in the T20s what hope is there for the World Cup. I bet if there were a Test Match world cup we would not Choke, We would Drown ! South Africa we Choke you.

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