India v South Africa

World Twenty20, 2009

At Nottingham, June 16 (floodlit). South Africa won by 12 runs. South Africa 2 pts. Toss: South Africa.

The only interest for the neutral in this otherwise dead rubber was in whether India could win heavily enough to knock South Africa off the top of their group, and when they started their run-chase brightly, reaching 47 without loss in six overs, that looked possible. But on a slow pitch occasionally allowing extravagant turn, India's batsmen - normally so masterful against spin bowling - lost five wickets and scored only 32 runs in nine overs of spin. When Yuvraj Singh was eventually adjudged caught low down after scuffing Steyn to Boucher, the match was decided. South Africa, after making 47 in the powerplay, managed only 83 more off the last 14 overs. Despite leaving out Ojha, India still used five spinners of varying types, and between them they took three for 75 in 14 overs, the first eight of which featured no boundaries. India, the 2007 champions, departed this competition having beaten only Bangladesh and Ireland.

Man of the Match:A.B.deVilliers. Attendance: 15,880.

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