Challenging target for SA

2012-10-02 17:54

Colombo - India managed 152-6 in 20 overs against South Africa as their hopes of a World Twenty20 semi-final place hung in the balance on Tuesday.

Full scorecard

They need to restrict the Proteas to 121 or fewer to qualify for the semi-finals.

Suresh Raina top-scored with 45 before he was run out off the final delivery, after South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to field first in the final Super Eights group two match at Premadasa Stadium.

India, who need to win by 31 runs to oust Pakistan from the semi-finals, found the varied South African attack tough to handle with Morné Morkel taking 2-28 and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson finishing with 2-25. The Proteas are already out of the competition.

Australia qualified for the last four despite losing their last Super Eights match by 32 runs against Pakistan at the same venue earlier in the day. Hosts Sri Lanka and the West Indies have already qualified for the semi-finals.

Raina hit five boundaries during his 34-ball knock and added 44 for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma who made 25.

India were off to a disastrous start as opener Gautum Gambhir was bowled by Morkel in the fourth over for eight, before the in-form Virat Kohli was caught behind off a rising delivery from Jacques Kallis for two in the next.

It became 36-3 when Peterson bowled Virender Sehwag for 17, after the Indian opener hit him for a towering six a ball earlier. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with a quick 13-ball 23 with three boundaries.

Brief scores:

India 152-6 (Suresh Raina 45, Rohit Sharma 25, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 23 not out; Robin Peterson 2-25, Morne Morkel 2-28).



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)


  • gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-10-02 18:05

    Amla 0, Kallis 6. I made the statement yesterday that imo these two wonderful world class batsmen weren't suited to the T20 format. I now rest my case

      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 18:52

      Not enough pies where they are playing. Kallis cannot play unless there is a pie in the offing

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 19:37

      It's just a case of form again. There is no reason why Hash can't play T20, he is one of the most prolific ODI batters at a really good strike rate too. Those are the perfect credentials for T20. I think he is handicapped by not playing IPL. In this tournament, I don't think it's a surprise that our best batting came from AB, Faf, Duminy, Robin - the guys who play IPL regularly. These guys get a lot of practice at T20 while Hash is sitting back in SA. So they have much more experience. Hash will be back, he was just off form this tournament. But then, most in the team didn't fire. JK was off too. I would in any case not play JK that much in the limited overs games anymore. Keep him fresh for Tests where we need him more. We have enough promising young T20 players that we can do without him.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 20:21

      And now Shukri Conrad saying on SuperSport that the selectors shouldn't have picked Amla and Kallis for this WC. Yes, I'm sure that would have gone down very, very, VERY well with Proteas fans. Can you imagine if we'd been eliminated without Hash and JK being there?! There are already rumblings about why Vern and Tahir didn't play. If Hash hadn't been in the squad, there would have been rioting in the streets, heh.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-10-03 07:33

      @Richard.Barnes. What utter rot!!!. Kallis has played as much, if not more, IPL as AB, Faf, Duminy and Robin and is yet to set the IPL alight with his batting. Neither Kallis nor Amla have prolific strike rates nor averages in the T20 format. If Amla doesn't want to play in the IPL and therefore doesn't gain the necessary experience and skill in this format, then why should he be selected to play T20 for the Proteas

  • darren.peach - 2012-10-02 18:13

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 18:22


      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 18:52

      Not very graceful to choke on pies

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 18:19

    Welcome back, Faf.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 18:20

      what a guy. benched this whole time :(

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 18:34

      Well, to be fair, his form was terrible in England. But, as they say, form is temporary, class is permanent.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 18:40

      Gah, Faf gone. Still, that was easily - EASILY - the best innings from a Protea in this tournament.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 18:42


      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 18:53

      I think Faf was eating all the pies again

  • franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-02 18:47

    Faf's innings proves incorrect selection decisions

      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 18:53

      And King Pie Kallis proves pies are not good for you

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 18:56

    R Ashwin on a hat-trick. Too bad neither of the first two counted, lol.

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 19:05

    You owe Faf a beer, boom. :D

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 19:10

      haha you mean a coke in my case ;)

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 19:11

      i'm a bit bummed though, i wanted SA to make it to the finals.

  • George - 2012-10-02 19:11

    We are so effing useless .....128 for 7 bloody idiots.what a disgrace!!!

  • frost.frost.980 - 2012-10-02 19:24

    just lost 3 out of 3, not Proteas more like Chokeas

  • willie.dique - 2012-10-02 19:25

    and again the chokers at it again!!!!!!!! NO proteas, there must be something wrong in the management!!!!

  • leon.toerien - 2012-10-02 19:30

    We cannot read a game! Disgusting!

  • leon.toerien - 2012-10-02 19:33

    AB say the word....... You are chokers!

      darren.peach - 2012-10-03 10:48

      @Sandra....I have seen this happen so many times now, Basically every crunch game we failed in since re-admission. The only team thats can be proud was the team that played in 92. Great names have been tarnished by silly mistakes, Run outs when there was only 1 needed and Kluesner facing, Bad math against Sril Lanka, Complete failures by our whole batting team against the Aussies and if you bear in mind that we won 438 it seems inexplicable. Its time for some tough love. I am a avid Cricket fan. If there is a tour Down Under over the December break I watch every ball. It feels like none of the players take the burden of resposibility in these tournaments. Dale Steyn deserves better, Why is Vern not in the One Day Setup but Parnell is ? Those are our best 3 Bowlers, Steyn, Vern and Morkel. Where was Tahir ? Who are these guys playing in the one day team ? You cant blame Amla, He Demolished England. He gets a pass. AB is not performing like he used to. SA is a house of cards when it comes to ICC events. No mettle, No Grit or Determination and not even my two favourite players of all time could change this, Kirsten and Donald. Yet Kirsten took India to a World Cup Victory. So who cares about what they need right now, They are millionaires who represent South Africa, There lives move on in Luxury and the True Cricket fan remains heartbroken. Grow up and show some backbone and demand better from them.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-03 18:57

      @darren. You are right. I remember McMillian, Fanie, Snell, Donald, Kirsten brothers and many more, who kept us on the edge of our chairs....when it looked like we might not win...those guy's somehow produced magic and took the match..."How many times" yes thanks for reminding me and taking me back to the good old days.....but being a woman, I really hate nastiness, and I still think it's bad for the team, to call them 'chokers'. I also think they should remove De Villiers as captain....he hasn't the temperament.

  • leon.toerien - 2012-10-02 19:34

    What is a target? 0?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-02 19:55

    Unreal....2balls....2runs required......surely Morkel could have tried for 2 runs...... VERY...VERY DISAPPOINTING. IT WAS ACHIEVABLE. When Abie came out....I'm thinking..."Abie, you can make headlines tomorrow if you get those runs, and win for us" So as usual he stuffed up. I think I'm off cricket for awhile.

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