Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014


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India won by 6 wickets.

Toss South Africa, who chose to bat

Player of the match V Kohli (India)

Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and IJ Gould (England)

TV umpire BNJ Oxenford (Australia)

Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Reserve umpire RA Kettleborough (England)

Virat Kohli fired an unbeaten 68 from 43 balls to ensure India sailed into the final defeating South Africa by six wickets in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

Needing 173 to win, India got off to a rousing start with Rohit Sharma (24) and Ajinkya Rahane (32) making healthy contributions. Kohli continued the good run with Suresh Raina chipping in with a 17-ball 18 as India overhauled the target in the final over.

Earlier, a sparkling half-century by skipper Faf Du Plessis and JP Duminy’s brisk unbeaten 45 helped South Africa to a strong 172-4.

Opting to bat first, South Africa had lost both their openers by the sixth over with just 44 runs on the board, before Du Plessis (58) added 71 runs with Duminy in 8.4 overs to prop up the innings.

Duminy played aggressively even after Du Plessis, who returned to the side having missed Saturday’s group match against England with a slow over-rate suspension, departed, hitting three sixes and a four in his unbeaten 40-ball knock. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers, giving away 22 runs in his tidy four overs to claim the key wickets of Hashim Amla (22), Du Plessis and the dangerous AB de Villiers (10).

India have emerged as group champions, winning all their four matches in Group 2, while South Africa were second in their group with six points by virtue of three wins.

India have also replaced Sri Lanka as the top T20 side in the ICC rankings released on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, the second semifinal between unbeaten India and South Africa could also boil down to a spinners’ showdown between Imran Tahir and Indian pair Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Leg-spinner Mishra’s nine-wicket haul in four games has been matched by off-break bowler Ashwin’s seven wickets, helping India to become the only team to win all four Super-10 matches.

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