Preview: India's task, win or go home

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Preview: India's task, win or go home

Colombo, Oct 1: India brace up for another big day at ICC World Twenty20 2012. Tuesday will decide whether MS Dhoni and his men stay in Sri Lanka or pack their bags and head home.

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When pushed to the wall, this Indian side has the ability to bounce back. They showed it against Pakistan on Sunday night. Again, they have to be at their best against South Africa on Tuesday night in the final game of the Super Eights.

By the time captain Dhoni walks out for the toss at the R Premadasa Stadium, he would have known the result of the earlier match in the day involving Australia and Pakistan.

Australia will do India a huge favour by beating Pakistan. If that happens, then India's task is simple. They have to just beat South Africa without bothering about the net run rate.

But in case Pakistan get the better of Australia, then Indian team management will be busy with their calculators as to how they could edge out Pakistan on net run rate.

India need to be wary of South African pacemen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. The duo has troubled Indian batsmen in the past and they will be raring to go again.

The semi-final door is also not completely shut for South Africa. If they win, they have a slim chance of making the last-four. However, if Pakistan emerge victorious against Australia then they are knocked out even before the start of the match.

South Africa, who have always struggled against spin, will be put to a big test by Indian slow bowlers. Harbhajan Singh might return to the side to strengthen spin department.

It is a big day for India. Another do-or-die clash it is.

Will India be able to reach the semi-final of World T20 for the second time since 2007?


India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ashok Dinda.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain and wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Rod Tucker (Australia)

Third umpire: Ian Gould (England)

Fourth umpire: Richard Kettleborough (England)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)

Match starts at 7.30 PM IST. Also playing on Monday, at 3.30 PM IST, Australia Vs Pakistan

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Story first published:  Monday, October 1, 2012, 15:22 [IST]
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