April 4, 2014
Following the rain and hail on the previous day, there was lots of weather speculation in the lead-up to India v South Africa.
Cricketing weather gods again threatening Dhaka. Can understand the divine intervention yesterday, but today Samuels won't be batting. #wt20— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 4, 2014
The other point of discussion, of course, was South Africa's poor record in knock-out games.
Perhaps our most cherished stat in any sport; South Africa have never won in a knockout stage of a World Cup. Now that's consistency #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) April 4, 2014
At the toss chat, MS Dhoni let us know how he spent the four days between games. Discovering his inner self wasn't it.
Dhoni plays FIFA. We are all set for a Bopara v Dhoni FIFA special aren't we? Stream it live on YouTube.— Sim Mahon (@SimUKCricket) April 4, 2014
South Africa came out punching. Quinton de Kock was out soon, but Hashim Amla opened up with some rousing strokes.
Just had to do a double take after reading Cricinfo headline, "Bhuvneshwar nips out de Kock early"— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) April 4, 2014
Amla Weak Zone. Please. The very concept is offensive.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) April 4, 2014
Well time shot. Amlamazing.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) April 4, 2014
Amla's strong zone is batting in cricket matches. #wt20— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 4, 2014
Mohit Sharma took some tap, and Dhoni persisted with him despite that. India struggled a bit in the field as well.
Awful Indian fielding. Nasser on commentary. Ravi Shastri cracks his knuckles just as a friendly warning... #wt20— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 4, 2014
R Ashwin came on with India needing a wicket. And he produced it, landing a carrom ball on leg stump, and spinning it across Amla to hit off stump.
Rash > Hash— Monish (@Crownish) April 4, 2014
The wicket pegged South Africa back, and Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy took a while reviving the innings.
Tons of finishers to come, but before you know it this innings will be ... Er, finished!— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 4, 2014
Du Plessis broke free with a few big hits off Amit Mishra who was having a rare off day.
Faf du Plessix.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) April 4, 2014
Mishra may well be the ultimate mystery spinner. In that it's a mystery how someone who looks like a postal worker can get a gig #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) April 4, 2014
From there, there was no looking back for du Plessis. Shoulders drooped among Indian supporters.
A. Mishra is in his anagram avatar today, i.e. that of I. Sharma— Diogeneb (@diogeneb) April 4, 2014
@congusmaximus but more importantly, not have to play sri lanka— Mohan Krishnamoorthy (@mohank) April 4, 2014
India needed a wicket, and Dhoni brought back his trump card.
Ravi Ashwarne back into the attack...— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 4, 2014
Du Plessis fell to another carrom ball, which rolled onto the stumps off his body.
This tournament has raised the bar for comedy dismissals.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) April 4, 2014
Faf du Plessis weak zone: Armpit #wt20— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) April 4, 2014
De Villiers meant business from the time he walked out. He played a reverse sweep from leg stump through backward point for four.
AB has his own batting manual that is not MCC approved.....— Khanyiso Tshwaku (@kaymorizm) April 4, 2014
Mishra's troubles meant Suresh Raina bowled a full spell.
One over too many after the one over that was too many?— Sim Mahon (@SimUKCricket) April 4, 2014
The frenetic action seemed to be getting to everyone.
Ashwin removed de Villiers too with a carrom ball, but South Africa finished well thanks to JP Duminy and David Miller. Mohit travelled again in the 20th over.
That wasnt even in arc. Still out of park. #MillerPower— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) April 4, 2014
joginder….ishant…rohit…mohit…dhoni trusts his sharmas #wt20— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 4, 2014
India needed 173 to enter the final. South Africa had never lost a T20 game after scoring 166 or more.
Prediction: India will be 17/7 after 4.4 overs when rain comes.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) April 4, 2014
Tahir busy applying Make-up. FFS... knew we shouldn't have left him with Shane Warne yesterday.— Quinton not de Kock (@notdekock) April 4, 2014
JP Duminy and Albie Morkel got the new ball, which surprised some.
Rohit Sharma kick-started the chase with some expansive strokes, including a six in Steyn's first over.
Fast bowlers hunt in packs they say. It helps if they all have the same hairstyle.
I thought I was having a bad hair day til I saw Tahir, Steyn, Parnell & Hendricks rock up like second-hand Rihanna impersonators. #INDvSA— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 4, 2014
Beuran Hendricks should have donated some of his hair to AB de Villiers. #INDvSA— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 4, 2014
Rohit Sharma perished to a Hendricks slower ball that he spooned straight up for a simple catch.
only rohit sharma can get out to such a pretty shot #wt20— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 4, 2014
Great J.Srinath impersonation there by Sharma.— Anand Ramachandran (@bigfatphoenix) April 4, 2014
Brilliant hit. Six distance : 10m.— Praveen K (@pravunplugged) April 4, 2014
We see now where Dernbach got it wrong. It isn't shit tattoos, but rather a shit haircut that makes for an effective T20 bowler #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) April 4, 2014
That shot from Rohit Sharma mirrored Hendricks' hair style. Goes straight up, comes straight down and looks plain ugly.— Tony Sebastian (@notytony) April 4, 2014
That kind of hairstyle can disCOMBbobulate anybody— Diogeneb (@diogeneb) April 4, 2014
Shane Warne criticizing haircuts is like Rohit Sharma criticizing soft dismissals. #INDvSA— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 4, 2014
Virat Kohli wasn't distracted by the hairstyles. He got going without a fuss, though Ajinkya Rahane struggled after starting well. Would spin do the trick for South Africa?
We think we've discovered a new definition for desperation. It's putting all your faith in Imran Tahir somehow winning you the game #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) April 4, 2014
The pressure piled up on India, with Yuvraj Singh taking a while to find his shots.
Kohli and Yuvraj gradually turned it on.
This match is a fight between South Africa and the inevitability of a India v Sri Lanka match every 10 days.— Tony Sebastian (@notytony) April 4, 2014
Kohli averaging just 237 vs off spinners since 2012.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 4, 2014
That Kohli pull shot was as ridiculously fun as Lil Wayne lyrics.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 4, 2014
Hendricks about 15mph too slow to bang it in half way down to Kohli— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 4, 2014
Yuvraj perished in looking to take on Tahir, and Suresh Raina walked in ahead of his captain.
You knew atleast one more wicket would fall cos expecting RCB pair to finish things off is hahahaha— Monish (@Crownish) April 4, 2014
Dhoni says there is no platform. Need to wait until 19th over— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 4, 2014
Raina? Great Stuart Broad impersonation from Dhoni there.— Anand Ramachandran (@bigfatphoenix) April 4, 2014
Raina got lucky in a Wayne Parnell over, with 14 runs coming off edges. Kohli, meanwhile, was looking invincible.
Hi Sachin, lock up your records. Kohli is coming for them.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 4, 2014
One day, one day the Proteas will discover a thing called a yorker, and all will go well.— TheBounce (@followthebounce) April 4, 2014
South Africa had gambled by keeping three Steyn overs for the end. The move backfired, as he had too few to play with. Raina perished after taking India to the brink. But Kohli stayed on to hit the winning runs in the final over.
Raina's innings was like Kejriwal's tenure as Delhi CM.— Diogeneb (@diogeneb) April 4, 2014
When do we see a "Kohli" painted Indian fan?— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) April 4, 2014
India chase scores better than a single Shane Warne #wt20— Sportbilly (@sportbillysays) April 4, 2014
SA have now lost 9 out of 10 semi-finals they've played in. You know how many Zimbabwe have lost? NONE.— Liam Brickhill (@Gomorezvidinha) April 4, 2014
If Mike Hussey is Mr. Cricket, I am pretty sure now that Virat Kohli is Dr. Cricket..— Comedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) April 4, 2014
World's best chasers: -Leopards -Soda water -Virat Kohli. #wt20— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 4, 2014
Every girl on twitter wants to marry Kohli now. Where were you when Lakshmipathy Balaji & Joginder Sharma won us matches?— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 4, 2014
And so, again, it's those two old adversaries, in blue and dark blue, who will play the final.
Death, taxes, and India v SL— Ramesh (@rameshnat27) April 4, 2014
We'll save the remaining #IndvSL jokes for Sunday.
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