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India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final

April 4, 2014

Ravichandran Ashwarne

Nitin Sundar

Following the rain and hail on the previous day, there was lots of weather speculation in the lead-up to India v South Africa.

The other point of discussion, of course, was South Africa's poor record in knock-out games.

At the toss chat, MS Dhoni let us know how he spent the four days between games. Discovering his inner self wasn't it.

South Africa came out punching. Quinton de Kock was out soon, but Hashim Amla opened up with some rousing strokes.

Mohit Sharma took some tap, and Dhoni persisted with him despite that. India struggled a bit in the field as well.

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.

The wicket pegged South Africa back, and Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy took a while reviving the innings.

Du Plessis broke free with a few big hits off Amit Mishra who was having a rare off day.

From there, there was no looking back for du Plessis. Shoulders drooped among Indian supporters.

India needed a wicket, and Dhoni brought back his trump card.

Du Plessis fell to another carrom ball, which rolled onto the stumps off his body.

De Villiers meant business from the time he walked out. He played a reverse sweep from leg stump through backward point for four.

Mishra's troubles meant Suresh Raina bowled a full spell.

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.

India needed 173 to enter the final. South Africa had never lost a T20 game after scoring 166 or more.

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.

Rohit Sharma perished to a Hendricks slower ball that he spooned straight up for a simple catch.

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?

The pressure piled up on India, with Yuvraj Singh taking a while to find his shots.

Kohli and Yuvraj gradually turned it on.

Yuvraj perished in looking to take on Tahir, and Suresh Raina walked in ahead of his captain.

Raina got lucky in a Wayne Parnell over, with 14 runs coming off edges. Kohli, meanwhile, was looking invincible.

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.

And so, again, it's those two old adversaries, in blue and dark blue, who will play the final.

We'll save the remaining #IndvSL jokes for Sunday.

Nitin Sundar is a social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by DINESH on (April 5, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

10 days ago someone tweeted "RAVICHANDRAN AKMAL". Today he is tweeted as RAVICHANDRA ASHWARNE". He is improving.......

Posted by Subrata on (April 5, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

Now that's what I call exaggeration. Undoubtedly, the way Amla was bowled by Ashwin was amazing. I mean, you will have to bring out something special out of your kitty to bowl to one of the finest batsman if you are seriously considering the prospects of getting him out. But comparing Ashwin with Warne is too much. Comparison is never good. Infact, during the post match conversation with Harsha, Ashwin himself admitted that probably, he won't be able to deliver the same ball again, the one he did to Amla in the crucial tug of war. So, let's rest it, shall we? VK batted well, Ashwin bowled well, we did pathetic in the field and India won. Period.

Posted by Harry on (April 4, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Warne was admiring Tahir's make up when Ashwin was sneakily watching how to bowl leg spin - Ravichandran Ashwarne is perfect!

Posted by Vishal on (April 4, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

Thoroughly enjoyed above tweets! Keep up the humor TWITTOS

Posted by ESPN on (April 4, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

hahahahahahaha dose r osum...... great fun....

Posted by Rakesh on (April 4, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Some of the tweets are just amazing........

Posted by Poojan on (April 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

You missed out one by English Cricketer Danielle Wyatt who proposed to Virat Kohli openly on twitter !

Posted by TR on (April 4, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

And the Best Dot-ball award goes to .... MSD.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Just accept it Ind and SL are the best teams in the world in the absence of superior team.

Posted by vishwas on (April 4, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

"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 "

"Raina's innings was like Kejriwal's tenure as Delhi CM. -- Diogeneb (@diogeneb) 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 "

"Death, taxes, and India v SL -- Ramesh (@rameshnat27) April 4, 2014 "

"If it is April, it must be Ind v SL in a cricket World event final #wt20 #worldcup2011 #INDvSL -- Hemant Buch (@hemantbuch) April 4, 2014 "

my picks.... especially the death taxes and india sl

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