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As it happened: SA v India

2014-04-04 18:20

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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.


QUOTES

"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


TEAMS

South Africa:

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

India:

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

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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Comments
  • Solv Ex - 2014-04-04 11:47

    D receipe for Proteas to win lies on Steyn , Tahir n Parnell plus Dummy(if these 4 bowlers can take all quick wickets). Proteas will win with no doubt.

  • Ryan Brewster - 2014-04-04 11:55

    On this pitch I think we should bring in Pangiso for Hendricks. After the SL v WI last night I think the extra spinner would be a very good move. On the pace side, I think we safe with Steyn and Parnell.

      Ryan Brewster - 2014-04-04 14:39

      Right, SA bat. Faf in for Berhardien. No Pangiso. I still think it would have been a good idea to have him in this game, but to me not a biggy. I am happy with the team and wish them the best for the next few hours.

  • Zee Tiyo - 2014-04-04 12:05

    Its predicted 70% of rain @ time they play. If that's the case , India walks in Final. MMhhh I pray God to be on us , hold the rain for us to whip indians.

      Gerhard Uys - 2014-04-04 12:55

      Hey zee, what web service are you using? I'm here at the ground and there's no cloud in sight. Great rain free game ahead!

      Zee Tiyo - 2014-04-04 14:54

      Shaun Pollock said it , He's a commentator of the match.

  • Gerhard Uys - 2014-04-04 12:23

    Great game ahead. Proteas all the way!

  • Thopa Pep Guardiola Lerutla - 2014-04-04 13:02

    No African Players in the Proteas Lineup.

      Morne Strydom - 2014-04-04 13:19

      There is actually 11 of them , all are from South Africa , wonder how any years must the race thing still be a issue , let's try some white people in the soccer team

      Thabani Nkema Zikhali - 2014-04-04 14:02

      look at your self

      Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 15:45

      You are stupid & silly to comment like that online! This is à game and played by our South Africans Brothers & you come and bring race issue on board! I wonder why you are misirable with your really inside life! Stupid idiot!

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-04-04 13:05

    The SA women's team got thrashed in their semi final. The men will follow suit.

      Gerhard Uys - 2014-04-04 13:10

      Folk off idiot. If you know we're gonna lose then don't watch. Bye bye.

      Drake Richardson - 2014-04-04 13:27

      Oh you moron..... that's exactly why I AM going to watch.......

      Gerhard Uys - 2014-04-04 13:50

      Apologies, Drake. For a moment I thought you were one of those silly South Africans who belittle their own country. But now I see you're a citizen of India. Keep supporting your country sir. Enjoy the game!

      Drake Richardson - 2014-04-04 14:25

      You know nothing. .... and all. ......

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 14:56

      Can't we pessimists and realists be pessimistic in peace without you silly optimists ruining our day? :< Less the optimism, less the disappointment, more the potential satisfaction if proven wrong.

      Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 15:39

      Can once you support the good thing in your country than politics! Those Guys are pro & work hard to make us proud! Dont even Bother to comment again! What u do for leaving? Dont worrry am not interesses pls!

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 15:41

      wow, slow down and try using english.

  • Deon Louw - 2014-04-04 13:33

    The Proteas made us proud whatever happens today or Sunday. Go Proteas!

  • Bule Bokuva - 2014-04-04 13:35

    Statistics don't win games the best team(SA) on the day wins,I'm 150% sure we will win this one hopefully coach won't pick Morne and Lonwabo!

  • Philip Vermeulen - 2014-04-04 14:13

    Here we go.. I feel a choke gomming up! hah hahahahahahahahahaha hhahahahahahaha

      Philip Vermeulen - 2014-04-04 14:23

      I know the spelling is in-correct.. is all part of choking! BIG CHOKE!

  • David Visser - 2014-04-04 14:42

    can feel my heart rate increasing already cant wait to get home pls PROTEAS do us proud

  • UnlimitedLFB - 2014-04-04 14:42

    And so it begins..... Good luck SA

  • Gerhard Uys - 2014-04-04 14:56

    Is Faf wearing his pads already? Could he be opening the batting?

  • Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-04-04 15:24

    So far so good #bbm dance#

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 15:26

      Good job jinxing it!

  • Michelle Vanstaaden - 2014-04-04 15:47

    Overs ticking by...while ABDV is sitting in the hut waiting..What idiotic coaching by Russel!

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 15:50

      Faf is picking up the pace, having wickets in hand is never that bad a thing. They aren't going at an amazing rate but it's steady enough for now.

      Ismail Ebrahim Nadat - 2014-04-04 16:02

      @ Michelle Vanstaaden- Faf had some say in who goes in to bat when not just the coach. Its all part of their plan which i hope works out cause as you rightly pointed out overs are ticking over and ABDV just may not have enough overs to do anything meaningful .

  • Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 15:49

    Will win this game and good luck SA boys! We behind you and pls make us proud as you did before! We love you! All the best!

  • Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-04-04 15:49

    Haters and prophets of doom are eating the humble pie, we're cruising all the way.

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 15:53

      The most epic of chokes have always been from the second half, it's all well and good that some heroism from good old Faf (and AB to come) gets us one foot through the door, but let's just pray that Mornel and the rest of the bowlers won't pull it right back out.

  • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-04-04 15:54

    Nice going by the skipper keep going...come on JP put more effort I know u can do this but good going boys yeah!!!!

      Elgin Oosthuizen - 2014-04-04 16:09

      there they gona go one by one...start of the chokers..lol

  • Sandile Bulwana - 2014-04-04 16:00

    Gud job Faf

  • Ayanda IsiGora Sokhela - 2014-04-04 16:02

    Go SA!!!

  • Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 16:02

    We have the game so far & keep it up guys! We SA people know the truth you are best & either way it's a game but you doing the job to make this country be recognised as the best when it comes to beautiful things! I just love my country! As soon Zuma step down and good government comes on board will get to enjoy the life without hassles & that beauty again! My WISH!

  • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-04-04 16:04

    Gud faf...so excited AB is in let take the game away from them

  • Elgin Oosthuizen - 2014-04-04 16:14

    Come on jp...another big one

  • Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 16:26

    Time like this you wish you had 6 Steyn Removers. Or some Pollock and Ntini.

      Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-04-04 16:27

      man thats all we need 3 or 2 good bowlers

      Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 16:32

      Tahir is really stepping up to the plate though, he might just become our first consistent and reliable spinner since god knows when (Pat Symcox maybe? Big maybe there). There's no better time than this game for him to really make a name for himself, imagine, a spinner to carry SA to their first finals since 1998, and the pitch is perfect for him! Warne knows!

  • Siakha Bin Gxagxa - 2014-04-04 16:27

    Momentum with the proteas at the moment. Couple of early wickets in the powerplay maybe Kolhi & Sharma. SA in with a chance. Now its up to the bowlers. Captains knock by faf, still not convinced by miller but today he at least contrubuted. Its gonna take a team effort now guys.

  • Psyfo Nongcula - 2014-04-04 16:27

    great batting from SA. Our bowlers will skin India alive!!

  • Randall Justin Coetzee - 2014-04-04 16:36

    With that kwaai effort I can say with great certainty that S.A did really well. The batting came to the fore (as it did in the England game). We peaked at the right moment; don't you guys think? Now.... Steyn remover, Imran and (please God, just let the youngester prove he has that kind of talent... I know he does) Hendricks bowl them out for less than 100-----it's happening if I go on my own intuition... Great performance, everyone! Including De Kok, the final you'll demolish the opposition... I just know you will

  • Edward Sengar - 2014-04-04 16:44

    Well that's not a good start. Bad omen.

  • Ryan Smith - 2014-04-04 16:50

    Line and Length!!! Come on boys! You can do it!

  • Wolfgang Gutmann - 2014-04-04 16:52

    Love ur comment

  • Ron Hobson - 2014-04-04 16:54

    As I said before Duminy not an outright spinner, wrong move not to Play Phangiso.

  • Moses Govender - 2014-04-04 16:54

    Why are our idiot quickies bowling short and wide?

  • Sandile Bulwana - 2014-04-04 16:57

    Gud

  • Ryan Smith - 2014-04-04 16:59

    Line and Length!!!!! OOPS sorry, it appears you can't do it????

  • Moses Govender - 2014-04-04 17:16

    What is Albie Morkel in the team for ?He bowls 2 overs and can hardly breathe.

  • Darian Gray - 2014-04-04 17:37

    Expecting South Africa to choke. Can't see South Africa winning

      Stephen Axtell - 2014-04-04 18:02

      How can losing against the favourites be called choking, serious how retarded are people on here.

      Madimetja Dmax Mashao - 2014-04-04 18:11

      They didn't choke, in fact they played well because it went all the way to the last over

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-04-04 17:47

    Edge of the seat stuff! Come on boys! We can do it!

  • Ryan Smith - 2014-04-04 17:52

    And South Africa grab defeat from the jaws of victory!!!! Line and Length!!!! WTF do you idiots practice every day?????

      ThandoGqabaza - 2014-04-04 17:53

      Parnell sold it

  • Quotas Semoer - 2014-04-04 17:53

    Quotas cost us... Parnel... This made my day... Thx india... Where is abbot?? Maar die donker quotas MOET speel... Lekker verloor julle mo3re...

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-04-04 18:18

      You are singing quotas from day one no wonder your loving AB went out for 10 and SA nemesis Kohli, what else can I say about this wonderful player

      Randall Justin Coetzee - 2014-04-04 18:36

      Mac, to start thing off... I hate your approach when commenting and it kills me to even agree with you slightly... So before I start... Go screw your sister... Now... King Rich... I mean... Uhm... Oh whatever j boer! Jo rasistiese bek is priceless. It suck sieke vi jo as j sien die leading run scorer is ni jou geliefdes nie. Ek ken vi jo "wonderkind" en as j wil kan ek sy nommer vir jou gee dan kan jy hom lekker liefde maak want js duidelik verlief op hom... Proteas het verloor, maar hulle het verloor met n fight. Eks trots op hulle. J moet ook wees of is j ook soos dai plastic South Africans wat ook net prys gee wanneer die span wen?

      Quotas Semoer - 2014-04-04 20:40

      Ja randall tipies happy met 2 de beste jou kom dont... Dis hoekom die land so is

  • Darian Gray - 2014-04-04 17:53

    Klomp patetiese losers. Sal nooit 'n worldcup wen. Chokers.

  • Deepesh Thomas - 2014-04-04 17:53

    Parnell should never bowl in pressure situations at the end of the innings!

  • Bliss Ignorancis - 2014-04-04 17:54

    Absolute *#¤ bowling by Parnell.

  • Moses Govender - 2014-04-04 17:54

    How many wides have we bowled in this game & tournament? What the hell is Donald's job as the bowling coach??

      Christo de Klerk - 2014-04-04 18:16

      To teach them to bowl BETTER wides.

  • Deepesh Thomas - 2014-04-04 17:54

    How do you expect to win a T20 game with 10 wides?? The margins in this format of the game are so tiny!

      Ryan Smith - 2014-04-04 17:57

      Basic Schoolboy Errors made by a bunch of professionals. Oh the joys of being a Proteas supporter......live in neverending hope.........

      Deepesh Thomas - 2014-04-04 18:00

      Their bowling technique has been horrible this whole series (with a few exceptions)

      veektor.vahl - 2014-04-04 19:34

      Proteas: Always wide and short. Stuff puke is made of.

  • Sandile Bulwana - 2014-04-04 17:55

    Damit Parnel throw the game away

  • Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-04-04 17:56

    This Indian guy is celebrating here whilst he benefits from BEE

  • Moses Govender - 2014-04-04 17:56

    Can someone please introduce our bowlers to the "yorker"

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-04-04 18:21

      you mean chokers! Kohli is the man and they say QDK is gonna set the world alight. Not sure if he can now hold his place in this line up.

      veektor.vahl - 2014-04-04 19:33

      SA have lost many a game bmo short and/or wide balls. Makes me want to puke!

  • Ryan Smith - 2014-04-04 18:01

    Basic Schoolboy Errors made by a bunch of professionals. Oh the joys of being a Proteas supporter......live in neverending hope...

  • Khaya Magadla - 2014-04-04 18:04

    See no point in having our hopes up when we have so-called big hitters like Miller who never deliver. Still believe selection is our problem like why Morris was not selected?

      veektor.vahl - 2014-04-04 19:31

      Miller: real beer, all brewing and farting

  • Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 18:06

    We winning this game!

  • Africa Peterson - 2014-04-04 18:06

    We winning this game!

      veektor.vahl - 2014-04-04 19:30

      Choking on your words now?