Colombo, Oct 2: India have been knocked out of ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Tuesday night. India did manage to win a thriller against South Africa by one run but Pakistan edged India on net run rate to qualify for semi-finals with Australia from Group 2. India had to keep South Africa to 121 or less to go past Pakistan in net run rate.
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In first semi-final, on Thursday, Sri Lanka face Pakistan while on Friday, Australia and West Indies lock horns. Both semi-finals are at R Premadasa Stadium. Final is on Sunday.
Chasing 153 to win, South African batting was led by Faf du Plessis with a fine half century. But India picked wickets at regular intervals. Proteas needed 14 off the final over and Morkel brother had a six each off Lakshmipathy Balaji but with two needed off final two balls, Balaji bowled Morne Morkel to give India a win which was of no use in the end. South Africa were bowled out for 151 in 19.5 overs.
India Innings Report
India, who have to win by 31 runs to qualify for semi-finals, have scored 152/6 in 20 overs by South Africa in their final Super Eight game of ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Tuesday night. Suresh Raina was the top scorer with 45 while captain MS Dhoni hit a quick 13-ball 23 not out in the final overs. India need to keep South Africa to under 121 to reach semi-finals.
India began well in the opening two overs but were soon in trouble as Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag were back in the pavilion in the first six overs of powerplay. They 36/3 in six.
Gambhir was bowled by Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis dismissed India's best batsman in recent times, Kohli. Sehwag, trying to be aggressive against left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, hit him for a six but charged down the wicket next ball only to see the offstump disturbed.
Yuvraj Singh played two magnificent shots into the stands, each off Both and Peterson but Morne Morkel returned to clean bowl him with a full ball. Yuvraj fell for 21 off 15 balls with two sixes and one four.
After Yuvraj's exit, Suresh Raina joined Rohit Sharma and they started the rebuilding process. India were 68/4 in 10 overs. After a partnership of 44 runs in six overs, Rohit was trapped LBW by Peterson for 25. Raina was dropped by Farhaan Behardien on 36 off Kallis.
Pakistan's 32-run win over Australia earlier in the day has meant India have to defeat South Africa by 31 runs to better Pakistan's net run rate and qualify for semi-finals of ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Tuesday night. India will be batting first after South Africa won the toss in their final Super Eight game here at the R Premadasa Stadium.
India are unchanged from last game. South Africa made two changes. They dropped opener Richard Levi and brought in Faf du Plessis. Wayne Parnell made way for Albie Morkel.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain and wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.
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)