India v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo

The ugliest shot of them all

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the Super Eights match between India and South Africa

Andrew Fernando in Colombo

October 2, 2012

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Virender Sehwag was bowled for 17, India v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 2, 2012
Virender Sehwag looks back to see his stumps disturbed after attempting a wild shot © Associated Press

The heave
Three batsmen in India's top five were bowled playing ugly shots, but Virender Sehwag will cringe the most when he sees a replay. He came down the pitch to Robin Peterson and, although Sehwag does not need to reach the pitch of a delivery to play a good shot as most batsmen do, swiped rashly across the line and missed the ball by a good six inches.

The trip
Fielders are taught to watch the ball into their hands but Dale Steyn might have done well to keep a slightly better eye on his surroundings as well when Yuvraj Singh launched Johan Botha over long-off in the sixth over. So intent was Steyn on completing the catch, he did not realise he was right on the boundary, and he tripped over it with arms outstretched, almost colliding with the hoardings. The worst thing was, the ball cleared the ropes by a good eight metres.

The sweep
The slog-sweeping of a medium-pace bowler is becoming more common but few batsmen can control the stroke, given the pace of the delivery. But that's exactly what MS Dhoni did when Jacques Kallis pitched one full in the final over of India's innings. Dhoni knelt and played a conventional sweep to Kallis, and the ball didn't leave the carpet until it hit the boundary.

The one-two
Peterson was caught at point playing a reverse-sweep off R Ashwin, but received a reprieve when it was discovered, upon review, that Ashwin had bowled a front-foot no-ball. The next ball was a free hit, and Peterson thought he'd attempt the stroke once more, but with Ashwin bowling flatter and faster, it turned out even worse for the batsman, and he had a stump uprooted.

The cheer
India have become Sri Lanka's nemesis over the last two years and the home crowd have realised that, at present, India seem to have the mental edge. As a result, the biggest cheer of the evening was reserved for a single, remarkable only because it was the run that took South Africa to 122 and put Pakistan in the semi-finals ahead of India. Sri Lanka fans added their voice to the Pakistan supporters celebrating in the stadium - though they are unlikely to be cheering with such unity when the teams play each other on Thursday.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by indusfan on (October 3, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

It is becoming more and more painful to watch the way Sehwag getting out. Somebody has to get into his brains and let him know that once he has hit a 4 or 6, just take a single of the next ball or play it safe. He threw away his wicket against Pakistan and South Africa doing exactly the same i.e going for a big hit just after crossing the boundry line on ground and in the air on the previous delivery.

Posted by kamiCric on (October 2, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

@cricraz I've never seen an English captain pointing to rain as an excuse in their defeat ever in England where it rains cats and dogs. You can vent your anger however you like!!

Posted by Jose on (October 2, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

It's time to say goodbye to Dhoni as a Captain. He has become more of a politician rather than a good captain. India was not able to go beyond Super-8 under his captaincy for the last 3 times. Nevertheless, India played well and unfortunately they have to leave for losing one match badly. Good that India is in Group-2, they got a chance to assess themselves against high quality teams (unlike low quality Group-1).

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 2, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

I've read many posts and comments relating to the semis and one thing seems to emerge? As an Englishman I am naturally disappointed to see England go out of the WC - but they deserve it as they played well below their best. Ditto S.A. and India - only NZ seemed to punch above their weight. WHY can't Indian fans admit that their team didn't perform? Ultimately 3 of the 4 losing sides could have qualified with just a bit more luck going their way? Bottom line is that they HAVEN'T QUALIFIED and so go home. There's no shame in losing, it's sport and there'll always be one winner and one loser in T20 crciket. Good luck to all sides and all fans for the semis. I'm cheering for Sri Lanka - a wonderful country with warm friendly people!

Posted by sirviv on (October 2, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

@kabaabRoll. Well said buddy. India helped Pakistan advance and South Africa followed the "no team left behind" exit strategy

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Why does Indian team have Gambir? He should be replaced..he is total failure from last 1 year.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

im so happy pak won,, hope i cud see the indian team packing their bags :( ,,, :P :D

Posted by Kays789 on (October 2, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

so lets see some excuses from the indians now shall we? was the ground too big? the ball too round? the bat too square? your team just wasnt good enough. end of story. you won just one game against pakistan and got pummeled by australia. only a run short of another loss today. and the so called pundits and analysts still reckon they were hard done. L-O-L.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

@phoenixsteve how can you good equate India and Eng in this tourney? India won 4 matches out of 5, that is equal to Pak. Eng were poor not India who were average just like Pak. Gul saved them in one match and their bowling wasn't exactly good or consistent except Ajmal before today.

Posted by cricraz on (October 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

The team that goes on to win the T20 will be one that loses to India regularly- Srilanka or Pakistan. No wonder the Srilankan fans were cheering wildly for SA to score 122. India played one awful game and were outdone by Watson and Warner. They need Sehwag, Zaheer, Bhajji to retire from T20 and not select Piyush Chawla again.

Posted by KabaabRoll on (October 2, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Australia meet West Indians at Colombo on the 5th, Pakistan meets Sri Lankans at Colombo on the 4th, India meet South Africa at the airport- tonight.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Once Upon a Time there was a Match between India and South Africa............ And Pakistan Won.... Hahahahahahahaha :p

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

@Nmiduna: LOLZZZ ... o well hello ALICE! .. how is it going in your very own wonderland? :P lolzzz

Congrats you seem to have won the trophy for "the most lamest indian comment" :P

Posted by Sekhar_Puppala on (October 2, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

No doubt SL have becom nemisis of india after WC 2011 Finals humiliating loss and worry of India's mental edge. Still India will treat good players of any country on their merits and pay them in IPL. Dhoni and Boys did great. Virat was special.. UV came back well. Lot of possitive things to take.. Its facts that India bowling attach needs to be improved.

Posted by San_oo7 on (October 2, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Make your facts clear guys, India is the only team in this world cup which had taken all the 10 wickets four times, no other team i near to this feat. SO in the end its the India's batting which let them down .. Specially against the Aussies.. Anyways I am certain that WI gonna win this time.... pretty sure about it.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 2, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

I think India played the entire tournament really well. The problem was that there is just no margin for error in this tournament. The huge defeat at the hands of Australia and the inability to trounce Pakistan when it mattered most (Well before the 15th over) cost India in the end on Run rates.

Those 2 mistakes were the deciding factor. While Pakistanis found it similarly unfair that they played the entire tournament pretty well and will be out of contention just because of one match they lost to India. And the added disadvantage of India and South Africa going into their match with knowledge of what the standings are.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 20:44 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Being Pakistani ... i will definitely cheer ma Country but if in case Pak looses the semi final ... i willl happily and whoole heartedly cheer for Srilanka ... :)


Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

phoenix....i dont know if india did not deserve to go to semis. Let's see. Sri Lanka won all their games, definitely deserved it. Of the rest Aus, Pak, Ind, WI they all won 2 games each. WI being in the "weaker" group. They beat both Eng and NZ and neither of those teams made it to the semis. Ind beat Pak which made it to semis. So I would argue WI did not deserve to be in the semis. Now between Pak, Ind, Aus it is a toss up really. Each team lost one game pretty bad.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Well Done India! Now go play IPL.

Posted by duncanmoo on (October 2, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Back to the drawing board for SA, whatever they are trying to do in T20 is NOT working.

Posted by Kirstenfan on (October 2, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

South Africa was awful, what an embarrassment. At least they were only ranked 2nd in the world before the tournament began

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

It was an awesome experience at the ground and my friends sat between some vociferous Indians and some Pakistani's who were cheering the Proteas. After SAF passed 121 however, the Indians started chanting 'Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka' cheering the local team ahead of the Semis vs Pakistan :)

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 2, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

I watched this game as a 'neutral' and quite enjoyed it. On balance the best (most deserving) teams have progressed to the semis and Sri Lanka look to be the most dangerous. It was somehow ironic that Morne Morkel hit a six with three balls to go and only eight needed ONLY to revert to the SA choker style by throwing his wicket away off the next ball. Some things will never change I guess.... The folly of playing the two final group matches at different times was exposed in this World Cup - but without more venues it's hard to avoid. India and England both looked poor and didn't deserve to go further. The upcoming tets series between them will be closer than most are predicting - especially in KP returns. I'll probably contine to watch these games even though they start at 3am here and Sri Lanka are my pick! Good luck to all remaining sides and their supporters.........

Posted by Nmiduna on (October 2, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

spot on the last play!..but i think it'd been great to beat india on semi's..but yes..strangely sl and pak seems to fear india!...sheer geographical bigness?..political power??..mystery!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Well played India, but you should have never won by 1 run...Balaji in that last over was dreadful

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Good. Go home India, and focus on winning Test matches - the real cricket.

Posted by crindex on (October 2, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

The best match was between India and SA so far. Aussies are a wuss against Pakistan and India should shrug off their psychological fear of Aussies and beat them and teach them a lesson. Sometimes you need to stand up and give it back . That will silence the Aussies. Its the Aussies who are spoiling India's chances at the World cup tournaments. Best way to put them in place is to outperform them without fear or any mental reservations.

Posted by PakCric786 on (October 2, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Great win for Pakistan and i would like to thank our SL friends for the support it was real boost for Pak team. Good luck to both sides for the semi-final.. oh and thanks to the people who was writing Pak off it also helped them win.. and to some so called Pak fans who get emotional when we lose need to chill out its part of the game. Please publish

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

thank you srilanka for showing support to pakistan!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Plssssss dont blame rohit sharma for the loss !! he s d higest run scorer for india after kohli and gambhir !! typing tis with tear in my eyes !! by a true rohit fan !! this loss is all about poor captaincy and poor selection !! in the leque match against england dhoni said he s gonna take this as a warm up match and played irfan as an opener with 5 special bowlers in 11 !! and he took the same playin 11 for the match against australia with irfan openin thats the only reason i see india is out of the tournament !! did he take the match against australa also as a warm up game !!? wonder what gud thing dhoni did in this whole tour !!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

You would never witness the sheer scale and magnitude of rivalry between Pakistan and India as much as when each set of supporters cheer for opposing teams their rivals are playing against. Brilliant!!:D

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (October 2, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Team India lost but we fans are very proud of the efforts they put in the field.

Posted by Dunwall on (October 2, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

India team should listen nelly furtado's "POWERLESS" :D

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