India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final

Classy Kohli takes India to final

The Report by Firdose Moonda

April 4, 2014

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India 176 for 4 (Kohli 72*, Hendricks 2-31) beat South Africa172 for 4 (du Plessis 58*, Ashwin 3-22) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Cullinan: Du Plessis has a lot of work to do as captain

It has been 14 years, five Champions Trophies, five World Cups and four World T20s since South Africa last won a knockout match at an ICC event and that has not changed. Neither has the fact that India have not lost a semi-final under MS Dhoni's captaincy. They marched into an all sub-continent final with a clinically cold-blooded chase against a South African team that put in one of their better performances in a crunch match but were still not good enough.

South Africa had never lost a T20 match after posting a 170-plus score before today and they would have thought they were halfway to breaking the hoodoo with that total. They were not overawed by India's spinners, apart from R Ashwin, their captain Faf du Plessis put runs on the board, he was supported by JP Duminy, with whom he shared the biggest partnership of the match, and they had big overs at the end.

But India matched them man for man and then outplayed them through one of them. The tournament's top run-scorer, Virat Kohli, went after the runs ruthlessly. He paced the chase perfectly, put on 56 runs with Yuvraj Singh, brought up his third half-century in four innings and then ushered India over the line with five balls to spare.

If India had reservations about how they would fare chasing a higher target than the most they have been presented with so far in this tournament -138 - the start they got would have put those to bed. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane raced to 33 after three overs, against some questionable South African strategies.

Faf du Plessis eased India into the task by using JP Duminy and Albie Morkel as his new-ball bowlers. India's comfort against offspin and the lack of a threat, despite his ability to take pace off the ball, Morkel posed allowed India's openers to settle. Dale Steyn bowled the third over, by which time Rohit had seen enough to upper-cut a short ball over the boundary.

South Africa continued to juggle their bowling with the relatively new left-armer Beuran Hendricks used before Wayne Parnell. Hendricks got the first wicket when Rohit launched him high but the shot had no distance on it and du Plessis took the catch running in from mid-off.

India would not have minded losing a man in the Powerplay because they posted 56 in the six-over period; the most they have ever put on against South Africa when the fielding restrictions are in operation. That was an early sign of how India were going to edge ahead of South Africa in every department. South Africa had scored 44 for 2 in their Powerplay, not a statistic worth mentioning except that it was the most runs scored against India in that period in this tournament.

Kohli and Rahane played Imran Tahir, the joint highest wicket-taker at this event, with the respect someone of that stature deserves. They milked him without hitting out and went through the next three overs content without boundaries. With a rising required run-rate, Rahane was the man to take the risk. He swung at a Parnell bouncer and was caught at deep mid-wicket by AB de Villiers.

With Kohli still out there, India did not have much to worry about. His response to losing his partner was lofting Duminy over long-on to start the second half of the Indian innings. Yuvraj Singh could not get the South Africans away with similar ease but played his part in rotating strike and leaving Kohli to do the big-hitting.

Du Plessis kept Steyn back until the last six overs, when India required sixty. Yuvraj had also found his groove by then and when Steyn pitched one up, Yuvraj met it with a pick-up over mid-off. Yuvraj was victim to another de Villiers catch, this time at long-off but for as long as Kohli remained, South Africa would have been uneasy.

That would have turned into despair when Parnell bowled the 17th over. India needed a big over, a 17-run over like South Africa had in their innings, and they got it. The runs came streakily - a six off a Suresh Raina top-edge, a four off an edge that went through third man and another off an inside-edge. India only needed 23 off the last three overs, Steyn was blunted and MS Dhoni even had enough time to block the final ball of the 19th over to allow Kohli to hit the winning runs.

South Africa could only dream of such luxury. They lacked it all tournament, with tense finishes underlining their campaign, and they lacked it again in the semi. Their innings started with the wicket of Quinton de Kock at the end of the first over and Hashim Amla and du Plessis had to start by rebuilding. Amla had some fortune early on, with an edge off Mohit Sharma flying through the vacant slip cordon, and was out as he found his touch. R Ashwin got one to turn in from outside legstump to peg back off and stun Amla.

Ashwin's first over and the two lbw appeals Ravindra Jadeja had off JP Duminy's failed attempts to sweep may have hinted at a raging turner but the surface was not that hostile. Duminy and du Plessis worked Raina and Jadeja around and dealt with Amit Mishra effectively. Du Plessis was particularly forceful, chipping Mishra over cover and slapping Raina for a one-handed six before bringing up his fifty with a lob over point.

He was eventually also bowled by Ashwin, with the ball coming off his body to hit the stumps. That brought de Villiers to the crease in the 14th over, leaving him with little time to make an impact. De Villiers scored just 10 but David Miller provided the late surge. South Africa took 38 runs off the last three overs of their innings but it was not enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by q4Qasim on (April 6, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

As a Pakistani cricket lover one of my favorite cricketer is Virat Kohli becoz the way he play his shots & scoring runs you will not feel that he feels any pressure but he is playing so natural that target become small. His method of playing ball is different from other players he never come with blank mind to hit a ball but he make the mind within fraction of seconds to hit the ball on his deserve position. Changing strikes makes him a great player who is not always hungry for 4's & 6's but he is a player who want to stay at the crease till India win or come to a winning position that's why he is a thinker player who keep one eye on the score board and other on his shorts.He not comes to crease to become out quickly but he come with a mission a 'mission ' to accomplish with India win. All bowlers dreaming to get his wicket but the bowler has no idea that Virat Kohli mind is computerize who adjust his hand & bat on the perfect position to hit the ball on his merit.His future is bright.

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 6, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

It was almost unbelievable that IND won against mighty SA's but yes it was in subcontinent condition but still SA played well its just again getting choked in the semis or final are not freeing them been really really unlucky being a great team that's sad for SA but true..this decent total was defendable even against IND's strong batting line up but Du Plessis bowling change idea was not good enough as he didn't chose the right bowler to bowl at the right time to bowl in some stage to the IND'n batsmen & that is in subcontinent but well played IND being still unbeaten & yet another crucial innings by Kohli to push IND to the final this time that is pretty good consistency by Kohli he is the best batsmen in the current IND'n team despite is funny gesture & bad immature attitude in the field...! best of luck for both IND & SL.. i would expect the better playing team wins in this FINAL!

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 6, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

It was almost unbelievable that IND won against mighty SA's but yes it was in subcontinent condition but still SA played well its just again getting choked in the semis or final are not freeing them been really really unlucky being a great team that's sad for SA but true..this decent total was defendable even against IND's strong batting line up but Du Plessis bowling change idea was not good enough as he didn't chose the right bowler to bowl at the right time to bowl in some stage to the IND'n batsmen & that is in subcontinent but well played IND being still unbeaten & yet another crucial innings by Kohli to push IND to the final this time that is pretty good consistency by Kohli he is the best batsmen in the IND'n team despite is funny gesture & bad immature attitude in the field...! best of luck for both IND & SL.. i would expect the better playing team wins in this FINAL!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Imagine that India didnt need Dhoni to bat chasing 170+ amazing !!! India checkmated SA in the chase by not taking risks and perishing. The perennial issue with SA is that the try to tighten the screws and wait for wickets there is no other approach, the only guy who had ideas was Cronje. Hence in knockout matches when the opposition puts everything on the line SA comes up short again and again, losing 10 out of 11 ICC semis is a huge deal. Many mistakes by SA..not starting with Steyn, not playing another spinner, 4 pacers .. why ? India's spin strategy misfired but the batting was phenomenally cool.. this was batting in the Miandad, Bevan , Waugh league...cool calculated and ruthless in the end...

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Indian cricket player are in a good form!! And we will rock in finals!!!!!!

Posted by theRule19 on (April 5, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

It was great win and a nice reply to the arrogant fans who disregarded the Indian batting might..Remember the game is not over until both teams have batted on it..This team is young and growing..and it has all elements required to succeed everywhere and if they continue playing like this they surely will. Funny how many ppl wanted SL v SA in finals and forgot about India who powered their way to the finals....Look out SL..India is back. Congrats and good luck to both teams for the final and may the best team win.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (April 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

No doubt Kohli is a top player - what should worry India is the quality of their bowling - there is no decent paceman around

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (April 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

@spamaster, I second you, it was not a tense chase, as India had a good plan of attack and were in control of the chase. The only thing tense about it is that it was a big game (semi final) and after all it is a T20I, things are more fickle than the ODIs. But we have Kohli who makes the best of these big game opportunities. He was determined, calculating, imperious with his performance, and most of all highly inspired to do well for India. The team think tank planned well, had Rohit and Rahane give a fast start and preserve Kohli for the role of the backbone. Kohli is not to take undue risk, that is left for the others. It is only natural as Kohli is the best Indian batsman these past two years and the most dependable.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Two of the best teams have come to the finals. SL had one off day against England. Other than that they have looked very good. Team India has looked good from game1. I suspect that the final match will be a thriller. India will find that SL will be the team to beat and same for SL who have been unlucky to miss the crown on several occasions in ICC events. If they do manage to beat India, it will be victory well deserved. If India do manage to win this, then they will be reigning holders of all event titles till the next ODI world cup.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (April 5, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Kohli was classy as always and Ashwin took crucial wkts yesterday and both could have shared the MOM. Raina's 21 off 10 was timely and took the pressure off Kohli. Rohit and Rahane made an impressive start and it all contributed to the comfortable win at the end. It was also nice to see Dhoni letting Kohli score the winning runs and later when asked by Harsha on why he missed scoring the 1 run, emphasising on the confidence each player should have on the other in a team environment, nailed his secret of success! ATB for the Indian team for yet another WC success!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

We should give SA credit too as they batted against spin battery of India which was so sucessful in this whole tournament but only Ashwin stood up with a commemdable and match winning performance otherwise SA batsmen milked runs off our spinners and posted 172.. SA certainly didn't choke but their bowlers cudnt repeat what ashwin did for India cz Indian batters just didn't allowed them to cause any damage whatsoever.. SA played well but It was India's day(not lucky day as it was for a team to qualify for the final) but a well earned hard fought day.. India may not perform well outside sc but it does perform on world stage on any continent and win.., It's our mental strength and muscles that help us win in big tournaments like this one.. #Bleedblueeveninafterlife

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

I'm an Aussie cricket fan posting. I watched a full replay of India's semi final win yesterday. I have to say that Kohli played a very controlled and brilliant knock. The way he played he innings reminded me a lot of the way M.Hussey bats in T20's. E.g get a feel for the pitch the first few balls. Then get regular singles and two's. Then when he was comfortable went for every opportunity he could to get a 4 or 6. I don't know the current batting ratings. But based on his international form the last 2 years. I would rate Kohli as 1 of the top 3 batsman in all forms of cricket ATM.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and an great admirer of Indian batting. I know Indians consider Tendulkar as a god , no doubt he is one of the all times greats. What most of cricket fans feel that he was not good at scoring runs in chases. With the advent of Kohli era in the Intl cricket the prospects have been even brighter. No matter how bad the Ind bowlers bowl , Indian batting mostly makes the target within striking distance while chasing. The sole reason for all of this this guy named KOHLI. I was a great admirer of Micheal Beven for his great finishing abilities . Kohli is a great blend of Micheal beven ( in finishing ) , Mike Hussey ( in chasing) and Sachin ( for runs making). he is yet to prove him in the tests , but in shorter formats he is certainly one of the BESTs. Ps* I wish him good luck , and wish he could learn some humbleness from great Tendulkar.

Posted by karnamgiridhar on (April 5, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Wow, Kohli shows the whole world, how T20 has t be played. Every run counts. Good report by Abhishek Purohit on ESPN. Shows the thinking behind this young batsman called Virat Kohli. Great Going Virat. You make Indians Proud, I wish India-Sri Lanka final will be a cracker of a match.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

nicely written article this. India were certainly the better team on the day and its the chase like that which counts. Under pressure of a semi-final, an equally challenging score to reach, with the latest series in SA going against them, India virtually had their backs against the wall. But they reversed all that with self belief and now are into the finals. for SA, they played super cricket throughout the tournament and their performance if analysed at all world events, i would rate this one as the best.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

I would now not consider steyn a world class as he cud only step up when conditions help him, indeed a fast track bully. the same with ashwin too(turner track specialist) . so no way nyone cud sum up india a flat track bully as conditions must suit for any world class player, otherwise even steyn is a zero. apparently kohli aravinda murali wasim inzi javed sachin waugh all have proven that tracks dont matter for them. its always fair to give the credit when it's due.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

i remember every outing of south africa gone gone in vein in crucial matches. but SA always seems a more determined team next time. it is only the luck which dont favour. sometime badluck comes in form of rain and duckworth lewis, sometimes in donald's run out and this time it was in form of kohli, most dependable batsman of current era. kohli can throw his wicket as in last match against australia, the match of no significance, but on big occassions kohli gets too determined, india stops to think about the reputation of bowler. tahir and steyn are the fresh victims. i hope herath and mendis will join the list soon...........

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

South Africa shot themselves in the foot the entire tournament. How one can keep a batsman of Ab's quality so low in the order that he doesnt even face 10-15 overs surprises me. they cud simply have batted him at 3 or 4 and walked the tournament.

Posted by Fijicricket on (April 5, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

@Posted by Travian.Cricket on (April 5, 2014, 10:26 GMT) Thanks for the figurs- Yes India has won 20 away games i the last 12 months! NO team has done that!

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (April 5, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

@mzm149

You're right. Kohli is a rubbish player. India are a rubbish team. England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are the greatest teams ever. They can play everywhere except the subcontinent because apparently they are flat tracks. And spin doesn't count. Only the great fast bowlers count.

Grow up. Kohli has centuries in SA, Aus and NZ so far. Out of 6 tons, only one was in a losing cause. I'd take a draw over a loss anyday. Not to mention that he has tons against every nation in every format in every continent.

Oh, and yes none of those teams that I mentioned are in the final. You guys can't play spin for nuts. #fasttrackbullies #cantplayspin #sorelosers #failuresinsubcontinent

Posted by Travian.Cricket on (April 5, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

@FijiCricket. Don't embarrass yourself dude. In the last 12 months, India has played 36 matches(AWAY) (All formats) and has won 20 of them. 8 of those wins came against Zimbabwe,Bangladesh of Afghanistan. If we exclude them, they have won 12 of there 28 matches. That makes it 42.85%. As you have mentioned Pakistan in the comment as well, here is there away record (UAE counts as away). Matches played: 54 Matches won: 28 Percentage: 51% If we exclude all the minnow affairs, then Matches played: 40 Matches won: 18 Percentage: 45.00% :)

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Take bow Ash. What a bowler. Oh I see Stryn going wicketless in a match. Did I say it correct, wicketless. You take wickets when conditions favour you. Fast track bully, Maybe! Win in subcontinent and then talk about asian teams winning in hostile conditions. World ranking don't count up when it matters performing at crunch games.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

@auravm5: Who were the opponents in Hobart ODI? Was it Australia? No. That's why I dint include it in the list.

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 5, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@mzm149 ... That happens to every top team. when they play at home they win and they are abroad, are thrashed. even Aus was thrashed black and blue 4-0 when they visited Ind. You know that but you wouldn't accept that..

Posted by rajcl on (April 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

@ mzm149 , mate u r wrong again & again vs SA & NZ we always play 2 or 3 test only its home or away in odi we play 3 or 5 odis in home or away & vs ENG & aus we always play 5 or 7 odis & 3 or 4 tests check stats first when u coment, & not only INDIA but PAK & SL also never win tests series in SA & AUS. as per virat one man not going to win u need a team effort , the best bowling team PAK lost to ZIM , what virat one man can do , he doing his job result is hands of team effort, atleast we can dominate in asia

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

Tired of India vs Srilanka finals in subcontinent pitches.But I am as anxious as always guessing who the winner will be.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

So much for Dhoni the genius. Rahane was never to be a opener as per Dhoni the genius. But there he goes back on his word. That's what is called cheap talk. Respect all man. Rahane is class.

Posted by Fijicricket on (April 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@Posted by mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 9:36 GMT) Lets settle your problem- simple- Pakistan is NO match for India.! Just ask ANYBODY anywhere in the world. Your comments degrading India and players have no value. Stop wating your time

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

This time SA played to their potentials, but too good a performance from team India. Well, with most of the cricketing action happening in the sub continent I wouldn't mind if someone says India are just good here! At least we are good somewhere :-) what about your team?

Posted by gauravm5 on (April 5, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

@mzm149: I think u forgot the HOBART ODI.

Posted by Fijicricket on (April 5, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@mzm149 Your team Pakistan is just no match to India. Just accept facts and get on with life! Who cares whether you rate Kohli high or low. The fact remains Pakistan is no match. I know 10-0 whitewash in world cup for Pakistan against India is a bitter pill to swallow. For your info- India has won more matches away than ANY other team in the last 12 months!

Posted by icemankimi on (April 5, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Its going to be "CLASH OF THE TITANS" tomorrow in the final. Well deserved victories for both India and Sri Lanka. Both teams were not 100% in their performance, but they knew the strategy on how to approach the game and had the temperment. A great knock from Kohli under pressure and other batsmen too chipped in with some quick runs which is all thats needed in a T20 innings. Hope for a cracker of a game

Posted by mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

@Rahul Menon: You play mostly at home. You play 7 game ODI series at home and 3 game ODI series away. You play 4 or 5 game test series at home and 2 game test series away. You don't respect future tour program so that you get away playing only minimal number of games in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England where you are beaten black and blue. Stats will obviously be inflated in favor of your batsmen and team. Then you say your team is invincible and your players are the best. WOW.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

I think IPL will be more challenging and more exciting for us Indians than this tournament. All the victories of India were so one-sided, that it became kind of boring. IPL is far more exciting than this...

Posted by ullasjp on (April 5, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Haters will always hate.. let us add some spice to their jealous by winning another tournament.. @mzm149 India is atleast strong in subcontinent wat abt ur team they neither win in asia nor in foreign.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

If I were a Pakistani fan, I would worry more about why my team can't even win in subcontinent, instead of worrying about why India can't win out of subcontinent....And why does Pakistan lose to India in all games played anywhere in the world in ICC world cups?

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (April 5, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Mishra was disappointing yesterday because he was bowling flat,the wicket was very sluggish and was not always on the stumps. When he bowled on the stumps at the pace of aroung 80, he looked good. I ope he has now realised that on these kind of wickets he needs to use spin,drift and flight to get the desired results. I was happy that Dhoni gave him his full quota yesterday. Mishra will do brilliantly if he has the confidence of his captain.The other thing he must realise is that in the shorter formats of the game he could go for runs if the wicket is sluggish like it was yesterday. He should resist the temptation to bowl flat. In fact Bedi and Prasanna used to smile when the batsmen tried to go after them. I wish Mishra would realise that and stick to his strengths.That is flight drift and a judicious use of the bowling crease.He is a matchwinner and I hope he realises it despite his poor returns yesterday.It is good to see also that Ashwin's stock ball now seems to be the leg break !

Posted by Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on (April 5, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

@DylanSamarawickrama- Wow!That's just a brilliant feat there Samara.You are one heck of a traveller....90 countries and many more I hope.And you have the wisdom to show for all your excursions.

Posted by Wallaroo on (April 5, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Well done India, a strong performance from the team which will win. Well done Saffas however you were never going to beat India who will take the final comprehensively.

SL fans enjoy your moment while you can, if you think RSA were well beaten you're in for a lesson.

What an innings from Kholli the man is a great in the making, despite all the criticism Dhoni has received he has done lots for India and shown heaps of character.

Hopefully Cricinfo will post this time.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

@mzm149 i think your pointing fan who always make a way to excuse indian talent , your talking aboutvirat performance out side india how you forget hobart & test century he is young player he not got many oppurtinity oversease , & winning is team efford not a single man always rescue you , if it happen like that laras century having more number lost than win , i am not talkong tendulkar here because he have more percentage of winning century , but as i said ur ponting fan you have to give laras stat

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (April 5, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha, Raina only had one inside edge score. I am not sure why the distortion in the commentary. Interestingly, when Amla edges it, the criticism falls on Dhoni for not placing a slip -- Raina doesn't get a similar break. Indeed, Raina is weak outside the subcontinent, but so are many from Eng, NZ, and Aus in the subcontinent -- otherwise those teams would have made the semi-finals! Is one weakness better than the other?

Posted by steve48 on (April 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Maybe a touch simplistic, but Kholi in after 3.5 overs, ABD in after 13.5 overs! Already having a less suited bowling attack to the conditions, why give India's world class player a 10 over advantage on South Africa's? Suicide. These games are 20 overs long, if you are lucky enough to have a really brilliant batsman, who is also super fit, why hold him back? Result may well have been reversed, if ABD batted 3 and Kholi 5! Really don't get it.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

only team can give challange to india is new zeland some how the always beat india in every t 20 matche they played couple of them were on indian soil & in 2007 wc also they beat india but as they r out of tournament hard luck to sl , they never gonna beat india in next five years in crunch game ,

Posted by Aadil_Cpt on (April 5, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

I feel SA played very well. India kept their cool and won. SA should be proud... it was a great match....either side could have won.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha This is the problem with internet users. I suggest you to watch the youtube video highlights to see how many runs Raina scored in edges (it is actually one inside not top edge) The one to the third man is deliberate.

You can write all you want but we won this match comprehensively and not due to any luck. And good luck to your Austeam . They need it as well.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Indian team is flying sky high and they are going to win the final also.The way and the margin with they have defeated the top teams speaks volumes of their present form and class Indians have never felt the absence of Tandulkar ,Dravid, Sehwag& lukhsman etc. as replacements were if not better but not less also where as Pakistan never found the replacements of Inzi ,Yosuf ,Yonus& Razzaq etc .players like Asad shifique ,Azhar ali, Umar amin,Nasir jamshed & Hammad Azam came and disappeared as they ere never developed and groomed properly

Posted by Stormf on (April 5, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

India deserved to win. Kholi was magnificent but our bowlers all giving away a wide with every one of the first balls of their opening spells gave India an extra over. Weak.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

great victory for india , for sa i think they are playing albie is not un derstandable , if you play him u have to make him bat , but that where story ends sa did not bat well they save wickets 107/2 they should be 205/7 but moment isaw first ball played by ab i knew he was not in his groove , he never reversesweep ball when come to last five these kind of shot he normally plays when he come early to crease , othetwise its just leg side onside show in crunch over & there r some turn but its very slow with no drift , so problems lies in overestimiting the pitch , after match jp said this pitch is difficult to play but from tv also it look like its just another slow pitch where dust appears nothing different than these guys play in ipl , & in bowling where is morkel , he is dangouros bowler for india than dale, other bunch of bowler r useless in these codition , i still think india played better against worst south africa though they not specificaly choke this time..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

This generation has problem of respecting the mediocre & taking superb for granted.

SA despite having no 1 & 2 ICC ranked so called class batsmen Amla, DeVilliers & no 1, 2 ,3 ICC ranked bowlers has failed to even make it to final of any ICC event shows only 1 thing that SA's so called greats r just overrated chokers who fail to perform when it matters the most: in big games.They have boosted their stats in low profile bilateral series & fail miserably in big games when opposition is serious.

True greats rise to the big occasion, like Aussie greats made AUS win 3 consecutive WCs including a total of 6 consecutive SFs QFs & finals without losing a single game in those WCs. ..The big match player of all time: Sir.Tendulkar was highest scorer in 3 WCs & was Man of the Match in 6 out of 9 Tournament finals that Ind won while he was in the team, with superior avg of 50+ in WCs & tournament finals. No other batsman has tournament final & WC record even barely close to him.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

more than happy to see SL fans CONGRATULATING INDIAN team for the victory. thats the true spirit.

Posted by Zycr9 on (April 5, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

SA didnt choke.. India just played brilliant cricket. The way Kohli paced his innings was awesome. Indian team dug out was calm, full of confidence and self belief. SA were having full grip on Indian batsmen till 15th over. So what did Kohli do? He took singles and rotated the strike. Something that overconfident and arrogant Sammy should learn. When runs dried up, Kohli kept taking the score board moving. And when yuvi got out, Raina came and took 16 of one over. From there onwards it was all India. SA tried hard but India was just too good. Now one last game remaining. I hope India comes up with similar or much better performance against SL. If India chases then it is advantage India. But if SL chases then India might not be able to defend as the bowling might come under lot of pressure due to finals. Either way good luck to India. The only unbeaten team in the tournament. All the best India.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 5, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

@ Sinthya on (April 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT) - My dear friend, there was a time when India were nothing without Gavaskar then Amarnath, Vengsakar and Azharuddin stepped up, then India were nothing without Tendulkar then Dravid, Laxmsn, Ganguly and Sehwag stepped up. India has a wealth of talent and there are players who can step up when required. Dhoni himself is a game breaker!!

Posted by stormer1980 on (April 5, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

We played messy the whole tournament and still got into the semi's ! We did better than all the other teams that's not from the Sub Continent ! We didnt even play that well but still got into the semi's ! In my book , we were never going to win this tournament and to get that far is a huge plus ... More positives than negatives here :

Our Team looks settled the way it is , just more experience in the bowlers which they will get , we took on the spin in subcontinent and almost posted 180 .. We can only grow from this

Problems : AB should bat at 3 and be Captain , We dont bowl enough yorkers !

Posted by OCCULT on (April 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Oh hold on!!! what a funny comments that !!!! "Kohli n Dhoni was not performing INDIA will loose" You mean Kohli n Dhoni is not from India!!!!!

If Mathews n Malinga not performing SL wn't be there IF styne n AB not performing SA won't be there If Gyle or Sammy not performing WI won't be there If MJ not performing AUS won't be there If Umal akmal or Ajmal not performing PAK won't be there This is applicable to every team... There will be two or three KEY PLAYERS in every team and if they fails the chances of losing that side is high and it is obvious...

And I don't think that KOHLI n DHONI was gifted by other nations to INDIA>>>>>LOL.....

Posted by Nishanthraju on (April 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Nayana Nilupul Jayamanna : You want dhoni to sit outside. LOL. That shows u r remembering the WC2011 finals. Good to see tat one innings has a great impact even today. If India gonna chase again, u dnt need to worry. Because our boys wont take the match till dhoni. Anyhow, Best wishes for both the teams. Wish Mahela, Sanga have a good last innings to remember

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 5, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

@ mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 6:47 GMT) - Pls stop your nonsense. Kohli is obviously the best batsman in the world. AB is the only one that comes close but given that he is further along in his career, the gap between Kohli and the rest will only grow! I can't say for sure but I think young Kohli has centuries in SA, NZ and Aus in one form or another. That is impressive for a young man only making his initial tours.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

India is wht Indians are. proud to b an Indian

Posted by y4yoga on (April 5, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Everyone knows that he is one of the great finishers in the world cricket. He could have smashed that short ball over the park. But he wanted Kohli to finish the game bcoz he knows that Kohli is a deserved person to finish the things off and Dhoni honoured the brilliant knock which Virat played by providing him the opportunity to finish the innings and to feel that proud moment. One of the great ways to motivate the team member.........Lesson learnt......

Posted by y4yoga on (April 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

whenever Ashwin doesn't bowls well... can find every comment against him.... whenever he bowls well... cannot find a single comments in favour of him...

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Ifew words to lankans India did beat sl in finals /semis , but what you expect to hand over a match? You guys did beat us in 96 wc semifinal so we didnt felt that srilankans are villains...we blamed our players... a team that plays better wins, as simple as that. Turning up before evry india match and start bashing unnecessarily is such a pathetic and pitiable behaviour I know every fan loves his team that doesnt mean team that beats you frequently is a bad team..well in that case you should search problems in your own rather than oppsitions

Posted by LionsofLanka on (April 5, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Phenomenal!! Only word to describe about yesterday's feat against SA.

India, you were awesome throughout the 2 weeks show. A big lesson for my fellow countrymen. Better stop whining if we can't accept the truth. Indians had literally toyed with every country as Croft pointed out few days back. If my country would have been there against SA, there would have been easy cake walk for them. There is nothing like population, size of the country on which Cricket depend. It's about popularity which makes Cricket, a better sport.

Are NZ/NED/WI/IRE bigger than our own Sri Lanka w.r.t. size of Area or population? They have world beaters in every other sport.

We had been LUCKY at many times in this world cup but IND scripted their own LUCK. Every cricket player is dreaming to play in IND just because of they receive love & affection from their fans. It's foolish to defame them by making fake stories of burning houses & pelting stones.

I really don't know what we achieve by doing this.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 5, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

@OCCULT Fantastic analysis mate - really good! Now all those who are bashing the Indian team plz take a look at these stats tht our friend has pulled up for us!!! Once u do, I think everyone will know which team has been the best for the past year and a half!!!

It is just tht the Indians have raised their standards tht expectations run high whenever they take the field but I am wondering how come some teams' fans tht dont even have the stats to show their prowess outside their comfort zone are commenting on India's non-performance??!!!!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

@ Vineet. Well said brother. An SL fan.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

The reality is we are in front of a cracker final. It will be a very tight game. Both teams are talented. Whilst batting talent would sway a bit towards India and bowling towards SL. So guys lets not jump the guns, but wish our teams all the best for a breathtaking finals. If Indian fans would expect the same batting performance they displayed against SA, it wouldn't be likely in front of the SL bowling line up. And also SL batting is quite used to handle spin attack. Here I am not at all discounting Indian talent. It it is an intense game. Am I wrong to suggest both fans should stop boasting or under-estimating their counterparts , and wish for an entertaining match ! Let the best team win... We all know one thing for sure...The cup will remain in South Asia. Cheer up... SL fan.

Posted by BHAGWAN-XI on (April 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

for india i could again they best in asia, should repeat in next WC in Aus. For SA why they not understand the ability of De Villiers. When he going very good in last match as a captain and batting at no. 3. So why new captain and then he must needed at no. 3 and again captain promoted him self. The big reason of SA lost is De Villers not batting good. When he comes at no. 3, he spent some time than he start big. But when he come no. 6 he has not much time for batting. If we compare the De Villers with kohli its same things. Kohli always batting at no. 3 and when kohli batting well India wins and same with De villers. So SA should have given him the chance to promoted him at no. 3 for all formats.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

These western nation fans will always have excuses about tracks. If they can't win, then it is due to the track, and not because they don't know how to play. And the funny thing is that even Pakistanis have begun complaining about tracks, as though their nation is located somewhere in Europe... Lolz...

Posted by Blade-Runner on (April 5, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Even though I consider SA as my second favorite team, I was hoping for an Indian win here coz we, Sri Lankans have some scores to settle in the final. :) So, the wish is granted and waiting for the grand finale tomorrow.

About this match : Faf has nobody but himself to blame here for their defeat. Poor captaincy made the job easier for India here. SA simply tried to pull a fast one and sneak into the final and paid the price. Why in the world did Faf start the overs with Duminy and Albie ? They should have attacked for the word go, not letting India to get the full use of the power play. Rohit Sharma accepted those pies Duminy threw at him with both hands and India never looked back. I'm pretty sure, with that kinda attack/defensive captaincy, India would have chased even a target of 200 with ease. So, Kudos to India for their victory and see y'all on Sunday !!!

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

@BDRoxx: Indian team loses when only Dhoni/Kohli click and it always wins when others click. In NZ, only Dhoni and Kohli were clicking so we lost even after scoring close to 300 runs in all ODIs. In this tournament, everyone is clicking, so we are winning all the matches. And in BD, why is it that there no batter who clicks? I think you guys should stop playing cricket, or play it only with UAE/Afghan/Pakistan for several years, and stop embarrassing yourself in front of the whole world the way you have...

Posted by Maliduke on (April 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

Commendable chase by India taking bowling attack into consideration, im not sure SL chances in WC 2015, but the big guns form SL will turn it on this time here in mirpur. belive MSD's will go down this time to SL

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

@mzm149 Are you intentionally ignoring test match scores by kohali in these countries? Go have a look,Which are more challenging in my opinion and it would suggest that he can score in alien conditions, a century and 97 in both innings at wanderers , a century at Wellington....or what is your exact problem? Have patience he is just 23 and will tour more in future and will score to shut your mouth up. Instead of appreciating good game you are turning up wid miserly comments..its ovbvious that some1 will drag pak into this to reply your unsporting comments..he has done better than many of his generations including his team mates and players of other countries

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

The reasons SA/Aus/Eng etc. can't perform in subcontinent is because their players are simply not good enough against spin. But when they had good players in the past, they did win in India once in a while. For example, WI under Clive Lloyd had players who could defeat any team any where, and they won all over the world including India. Aussies under Steve Waugh also had good players, but not as good as WI under Lloyd. So Waugh's team also won at a lot of places except India. But these days Aussies simply don't have players who can win on spinning tracks, so they get defeated in India every time they visit. It is a matter of your skills and not where you play...

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

Time has come folks, time has come to change the bad fate of SL in Finals. Earlier on this same Cricinfo forums i mentioned from 2014 SL gonna thrive on Cricketing world unlike never before. they have tried 4 times and no team is better than them to win this title. for the first time yesterday i cheered for India only because i need them to be in the final with SL. SL gonna win it tomorrow, with their sheer talent, Dedication and newer say newer attitude and with the blessing of Tripple Gems. May Tripple Gems bless Lankan team to bring the cup home this time. MARK MY WORD!!!

~Great King Ravanaa~

Posted by Fijicricket on (April 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

@Posted by Mervo on (April 5, 2014, 5:29 GMT)-Do you want wickets to suit Australia/NZ/SA/England? Why apart from the obvious!? All teams play on the same pitches so your excuses are invalid. As for the coming world-cup in NZ/Aust- do you think the pitches should be made to suit the Asian teams? Just like you want world cups held in Asia to have wickets that suit your teams? Or do you want to call the event AUST/NZ white cup?Grow up! Your teams are not good enough in Asian conditions. Get a grip

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

Kohli's supreme confidence, his consistency and his stroke playing ability makes him the BEST BATSMAN in the world across all formats.

Cricketing world can hail the new STAR.!

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 5, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

@Mervo - mate, so now ur blaming the track for Ind performing well - there were other 2 sub-continent teams tht did not make it to the top four! Ur saying tht the 50-over WC is wht matters - well, India has it in its kitty already being defending champs!

Acc to ur logic u expect the sub continent to produce fast and bouncy tracks to fit Aus, SA, NZ and Eng..... will they be preparing turning tracks in their counttry if the SC teams are touring??!!! No way! If a SC team is faring poorly on bouncy tracks u say they are not proficient but when these teams tour the SC and lose badly, u blame it on the tracks??!!!!

4 test playing nations are from the SC, U cant give excuses any more! Most of the top players of all teams play the IPL and are very familiar with these conditions but the vice versa doesnt happen but yet u jump at them when they find it difficult! SC tracks shud not be new to those who play IPL! If they are incapable inspite of the exposure they enjoy, its a sorry state!

Posted by Big_CricInfo_fan on (April 5, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

@ lol_india: Rgding your comment on finding a perfect 11 in a small population compared to a large population. Large population has its own advantages. For example, India already have young & talented cricketers succeeding the ageing cricketers like Sachin and have even demonstrated their potential in WC2011 and this WCT20. Who is there to replace your cricketing greats - Dilshan, Sangakkara and Mahela - and have shown that on the international arena? I hope you know what I mean. ;).

Posted by rajuramki on (April 5, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

While Kohli's contribution towards India's semifinal victory against SA was commendable , it should not be forgotten that Ashwin's contribution was equally commendable . By getting rid of SA's top three batsmen Amla,Duplessis and Devilliers at the right time Ashwin stalled SA's progress and ensured that their total had not gone near 200 runs. Hence, the contribution from both these players were instrumental in India's march towards the final .

Posted by BDrox11 on (April 5, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Do you guys know, you won't believe this, Reality of Indian Batting is they always over depend on Dhoni and Kohli. if you take past games almost 90% of these games are won because of these 2 only. it shows the bitter reality of Indian talent pool.

Posted by kartcric on (April 5, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

A section of srilankan fans are talking too much in this page.To them i say first look at your teams performance against india before doing that. Following are srilankas continuous defeats against india-ICC World cup final 2011,4-1 home series loss(also lost t20 match),ICC Champions trophy semifinal 2013,Tri series in west indies 2013.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

With growing complexities and critical of T20, in an ever more rapidly mounting intensities in a close encounters like this, premium should be attached to discern the critical sensual and build up scenario for more competitive cricket. This is exactly what kohli did. wonderful...

Posted by SLslider on (April 5, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

@ mzm149 Our colombo Legend Sanga has 4 100s outside ASIA after playing 122 test matches. Sachin had 5 outside ASIA before turning 20 and Kohli has 3 after playing only 8 test matches in these countries. LOL. And here in Sri lanka we think Sanga is the best.

Posted by SpaMaster on (April 5, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

Tense chase? There was only one team that looked like winning the match given the start Indian batting had. South Africa was always playing catch-up. Sorry, this was a chase that was always in control. Nothing tense about it. South Africa had to do something more to get its nose ahead and they never had that chance. India had this game well under control. South Africa had some chance during and just after their batting. But once the first over of the Indian innings was over, it was never South Africa's game after that.

Posted by BDrox11 on (April 5, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Reality of Indian Batting is they always over depend on Dhoni and Kohli. if you take past games almost 90% of these games are won because of these 2 only. it shows the bitter reality of India

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 5, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

@cricketsubh good analysis mate - but one correction - India did not struggle in SA and NZ because they cudnt face the pace and bounce in fact the batsmen did a wonderful job of batting well in both these conditions but it was the poor bowling of India tht cud not win them matches - Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Vijay, MSD, Jadeja and Ashwin all had scored centuries and half centuries on these conditions.

So batting is not a worry but bowling is big time!!!! The other 3 SC teams though have a role reversal where they have good bowlers but dont have the batsmen for the job when it comes to the shorter formats - for the longer formats, well its better tht we dont say anything at all ;(

Posted by TNRR on (April 5, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Yes, Mohit Sharma does't deserve to be in Indian team.

We need some quality good seam bowlers who can bat as well, Just like Kapil Dev for us.

They need to bowl wicket to wicket and right on the block-hole in the death overs and bring down the run-rate drastically.....

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

The problem with the fans of certain countries particularly SA/AUS/Pak is that they have convinced themselves that they are the best. And when the results are not in agreement with their assumption they get angry and upset... and begin to troll pages where they don't even belong....

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 5, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Frustration level of Aus/SAffas/Pak/Eng fans seems to be very high and understandable. Nothing succeeds like success, and nothing hurts more than a defeat. That is human nature, and rationalizing your defeats by looking for excuses is also part of human nature... quite understandable.., lolz...

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

@mervo An amazing bowler is an amazing bowler anywhere..why conditions affect ? See Mcgarth Warne Murali Lasith...performed evrywhere in each condition... Whats point in beating your chest after bowling on green tops? If you are such an amazing team then why cant you win in subcontinent? Why your conditions are to be termed as standard ones? And ours pathetic? Not having a talented spin bowler who can exploit conditions is not our problem...get a solution instead of criticizing conditions

Posted by Fijicricket on (April 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

@ Pakistans mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 5:57 GMT) What happens to this Kohli guy and Indian team as they play against Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand in their country.?Exactly what happens to these very countries when play in India! .

Posted by mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

@wapuser: Why are you dragging Pakistan into discussion? I simply asked what happens to Indian strong batting line up when they play in Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand. Pakistan even with weak batting lineup won a series in South whereas India has never.

As far as Kohli's centuries are concerned, he scored just two in ODIs in these countries (one in England and one in New Zealand) and both in losing cause. Out of 23 ODI matches which Kohli played in these countries against them, India just won 4. He scored 3 test centuries in these countries (one in a Australia, one in New Zealand and one in South Africa ) and India never won a single test match he ever played in these countries.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Unless you provide bounce, Aussie bowlers are harmless. Unless you provide swing, Eng/SA bowlers are like poodles. And it is difficult to figure out why Pakistani bowlers don't click on subcontinent, if they click at all....So Indians should be good hosts, and convert Mumbai to Perth when Aussies visit, to Kingsmead when Saffas visit.. In other words the playing conditions should always suit bowlers of South Africa, England or Australia....and spin should be banned on a permanent basis. Only then these westerners will show up to play in India...

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Kohli made it looked so easy to chase such a competitive total, no doubt Kohli is a classy player. Looking forward to a good contest between two top ranked teams in T20. Good luck to both teams from Pakistani Fan

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Interesting Fact India Vs Sri Lanka now in all ICC events Final 1st in Champions Trophy 2002. That time match was abandoned due to rain and India and Sri Lanka were the joint winners. 2nd in ICC World Cup 2011. That time India win now 3rd time in T20 World cup 2014. What will be the result now???

India have never lost to Sri Lanka in ICC event final.

Asian Teams are great...

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (April 5, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

@mzm149 Maybe you were not watching the CHAMPIONS trophy that India won undefeated. And need I remind you that your glorious Pakistan team was biting dust against Ireland and Zimbabwe not too long ago. Almost lost to Afghan tigers as well.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Nayana Nillupul Jayamanna - Why is Dhoni in a bad form??? On what basis have you come to this conclusion??? Is it bad captaincy, bad batting or bad wicket keeping? It cannot be captaincy because India is the only undefeated team in this tournament. He has been pretty good behind the stumps as well taking all his catches and effecting stumpings. Our top order is in such a good form that Dhoni didn't even get a chance to bat more than 2-3 overs except against the game against Australia he made a decent 24. So why is he out of form???

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Indian players perform the best in ICC events, no matter in what part of the world they are held. Like in WC11, CT13, or T20 14, and will do very well in WC15 also. While players of other teams get their cheap thrills by winning irrelevant bilateral series (who no one remembers 2 weeks later) by playing on doctored seaming tracks, but come a cropper in ICC tourneys. It is a matter of priorities really...

Posted by LearnCricket on (April 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Common guys...its not south Africa who lost, Its India who won.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

I think the time has come for fans from Ind and SL to stop fighting each other regardless of what happens in the final.. as a SL I would love to see SL win and im partly confident that it will happen.. Mahela and Sanga deserves a World cup, so maybe as sammy said after the hail storm, even the almighty God wants SL to win this time..

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

During India's tour of Australia in 20011, Kohli scored a century and very decent runs most of the time. During India's tour of SA recently in the first test match Kohli scored a century in the first innings, and 96 in the second innings. Kohli again scored a century against NZ in the last test match. In the ODIs also he scored several half centuries. Kohli is by far the greatest batter the world will ever see in this century. If his other teams mates could step up like Virat, and no team will be able to defeat India. And in this series, all the batters are stepping up, and therefore India has won all its games. This is in spite of the fact that Indian bowlers failed in the game against SA. And the same Indian team won the CT which was held in England. Indian players perform the best in ICC tournaments, while players of other teams (Pak in particular), perform well in irrelevant bilateral series, and fail collectively in ICC events.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

India will give farewell to mahela and sanga as they gave murli in 2011 world cup.

Posted by maddy20 on (April 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Lots oif rear-hurt from English and Aussie fans and ofcourse from of our neighboring countries that couldn't make it to the final. Just what exactly did Aussies win in India in tests? They haven't won a test in India in about 11 years and they talk about our weakness against the short ball. Pot calling Kettle black!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

@Mervo - We Asian teams can say the same thing about wickets in Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. Why not make an artificial wicket where even the Asian teams can compete. So when we fail overseas we're a bad team and when one of your team fails in the subcontinent then it's because of poor substandard pitch. Grow up. Instead pf calling it a flat wicket I prefer to call it a spinning track. Just like your countries have fast wickets we have spinning wickets. Australia, New Zealand, England were all exposed to the spinners. Give us spinning tracks and we'll give you fast tracks.

Posted by SSNT20 on (April 5, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

@Mervo: I don't understand the outcry on India. Arent you born when India cruised wins in 1st T20 in SA and Champions Trophy in England. What is more special in fast and bouncy track. If you are more interested in speed, why don't you advice your national side to play Base ball. Please admire the beauty of Spin and Swing. Remember the Bowlers who took most number of wickets Shane, Murali, Wasim bhai and Pigeon aren't Bouncy, Fast yorky, Rib cracking. A cricketer should adapt and emerge as a winner on all kind of wickets. If any nationals are that worried about swing and spin friendly pitches, please omit youself from travelling to sub continent. C u here after WC2015. please publish it Cricinfo, this is very important matter to address..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

@Mervo - We Asian teams can say the same thing about wickets in Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. Why not make an artificial wicket where even the Asian teams can compete. So when we fail overseas we're a bad team and when one of your team fails in the subcontinent then it's because of poor substandard pitch. Grow up. Instead pf calling it a flat wicket I prefer to call it a spinning track. Just like your countries have fast wickets we have spinning wickets. Australia, New Zealand, England were all exposed to the spinners. Give us spinning tracks and we'll give you fast tracks.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

It is very interesting to see the frustration of Pakistanis, Aussies, and Saffas... that is looking for excuses and trying to turn their sound defeats into victories....

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

If you have any Cricketing sense then one should just stand up and clap you hands and utter the word " BRAVO" for both the teams.I think one should clap louder for South Affrican team showing their class in a defeat rather then the Idians keeping their cool in a very hard fought game. I don't remember seeing a more evenly contested in my life and I am 62 years of age.

Posted by OCCULT on (April 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

I am posting some interesting statistics of the year 2013 here....

team--home winning(total match played in home)- - away winning(total match played away).......

1. India -9(18) -13(18) 2. Pakistan -0(00) -15(32) 3. Sri Lanka - 8(16) -06(14) 4. Bangladesh - 3(3) -02(06) 5. Australia - 7(10) - 4(15) 6. England - 5(13) - 4(8) 7. South Africa - 11(19) -2(9) 8. West Indies - 6(12) - 4(16) 9. New Zealand - 3(8) - 6(15) 10. Zimbabwe - 3(11) - 0(3)

Who is really playing well in away matches???????

ref :

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/team/series_results.html?class=2;id=2013;type=year

Posted by Cricket_Fan_LK on (April 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

Well played India, good match. I believe Kholi is the best player in recent times that can really thrive under pressure. Its going to be a good game on Sunday. Both teams earned their places in the final. May the best team on the day win. Hope its a cracker of a game. Cheers from a Lankan Fan.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

It was a great win for India and a superbly constructed innings by Virat. Take a bow. Its good to see MSD let Virat score the winning runs, he deserved it. All things went well for India during the chase if not during the bowling. Many people were asking why MSD did not bowl Ashwin or Jadeja at the end but it was clever not to bowl them with two LHB at the crease and a shorter boundary on the leg side for the slog overs. Rohit and Ajinks gave the kind of start India wanted, aggressive, calculated risks. Raina ahead of MSD with shorter boundary for his likes and a SIX at the same place put things right back in place. Lets not take anything away from SA, they played fantastic cricket. They had runs on board, all their batmen fired. Faf was strategical with field placements, bowlers bowled to that, superb fielding, excellent catching. Its Raina and Virat who took the match away from them. Any other opposition SA would have definitely won the match but Young Guns of India too good for SA.

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

@ mzm ..man u sound like a heart broken pak fan who is more worried for India s win than Paks defeat.

And fyi...kohli has scored tons in every nation he travelled aus. Nz. Sa etc.

And indias ct win in eng and paks zero win there shows who stands where.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Australians are again talking big. They forgot that they lost 4-0 to India last time they visited. And 2-0 before that, 2-0 again prior to that It has been ages since Aussies won a test in India. I think it was way back in 2005. While India won a test in Australia in 2008, and defeated them in Perth when they had the trio of Mitch Johsnon, Brett Lee, and Shaun Tait...

Posted by Negative on (April 5, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

@Vineet Yadav: you are absolutely right, who cares who win this? its to Asia no matter who wins. Lets enjoy some good cricket from both sides. All the best to both sides!!

Posted by SLslider on (April 5, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

@ mzm149 Same thing that happens to us when we play against IND. LOL. At least IND has won test matches in all countries and has 3 ICC tourneys outside ASIA as well. We on the other hand are yet to win a single test series outside Sl since 2000. What a pathetic team SL is.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 5, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Truly speaking, India has good batting lineup than SL team..And SL has better bowling attack than Indian team..with these two combination, finals going to be tight and nail biting match..Wishing all the best for both teams..(SL fan)

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 5, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

So now all those guys from Western nations are out, when their team can't win on the subcontinent, they just blame the wicket. Never mind the fact that wicket is the same for both the teams, and in a T20 game it hardly changes over the course of the game. They will never admit that their bowlers are actually 'fast track bullies'. Unless you provide them with a wicket which swings and seams, they are pretty harmless like a poodle. It is on this same wicket that a bowler like B. Kumar got a wicket, but Steyn went wicketless. They should simply accept the fact that their batters and bowlers simply don't have the skill set to compete on subcontinent wickets, and move on. The fact is that most of their best players have plenty of experience of playing on subcontinent wickets during IPL. In spite of that, if their skills don't improve, then at least don't blame the wickets. It is your players who are simply not good enough, when taken outside of their backyards...

Posted by Zycr9 on (April 5, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India & Dhoni for winning a crucial game against SA. It was much needed Victory. India now brushed aside Bangladesh, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and last but not the least West Indies with relative ease. This is how you chase a bigger total. After SA innings with 173 to win it was advantage SA but India came up with even better performance in semi-final when it mattered. Virat Kohli mastered the chase, played some amazing shots. India needed 60 of 36 with asking rate of 10. He went about his business in a calm and assuring manner. Dale steyn couldn't do anything. SA played excellently and they duly gave respect to the opponents but it was India who played better. Sammy was very arrogant and over confident.He was talking about winning the cup even before semi's finished. Sammy should learn alot from Dhoni and FAF. Sammy should follow his own preaching. U can talk all you want but Cricket is played on field. Dhoni is not just a captain he is a LEADER..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

@Mervo .as SA,Australia,England pitches are to styen,Johnson or other quicks so are the Subcontinent pitches for Ashwin,Narine ,Ajmal or Herath .The English and Aussies just missed the proper temperament to handle the spinners otherwise this biggie tournament has been as impressive as others in the past..cheers ...Love and Respect the Game ...

Posted by Vinay_Rai on (April 5, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Alright, another ind-sl match. Both teams deserve to be in the final and india deserve to win the wc cup, not only because they are a strong team but also they have remained unbeaten in this tournament. No favours needed, India would win it. I was compelled to comment bcoz there is a lot of hype that this is sanga and jaywardene's last t20 match and how gud human beings they are. Remember 2011 wc final? Dhoni and match refree didn't hear sanga's call at toss but how did sanga not know what he called!!! Great human, irony!!! The same team colluded to intentionally bowl a no ball so that sehwag doesn't get to his century...sportsmanship? Just don't remember how many times have jaya and sanga acted against the spirit of the game on the field. Respected them a lot but not now. It isn't only abt these two, but also dilshan. Besides, I don't see jaywardene as a great player. He might be good for SL, but stands nowhere in world cricket. Thrives on sub continent pitches and weaker oppositions.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 5, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

I wonder what happens to this Kohli guy and Indian team as they play against Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand in their country. They are badly exposed. They couldn't win even a single ODI or test in these countries on their last visit.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

@rock.rockyin: you brought in a very good point my friend...am afraid this performance will extend the contract of fletcher...he is not the right coach for Ind team...we will be again exploited when we play in overseas am afraid...lets hope for better things...

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

@Shridhar bhat- Dhoni didn't gave Jadeja the last over bcz a)There were both left handers out there to bat and b) On side had the short boundaries for that last over so Duminy or Miller cud have hit three or four sixes in one over over mid-wicket or fine leg or square leg boundaries.. Dhoni understands the game better than anybody in this forum or world.. He understands situations and delivers according to situations.. Don't criticise him just for the sake of it

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha: who cares??...when your team can bat only in doctored green tracks and your so called best fast bowlers can only bowl in green tracks and get slaughtered in subcontinent tracks then why blaming India for not playing well in overseas...why this double standard??first go figure why your overrated teams cant win anything in subcontinent and then lets talk...give credit where its due...BTW football is a different ball game altogether that was a very bad example for obvious reasons...

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Mohit Sharma doesn't have enough talent to get a berth in Team India.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

Well Said Vineet Yadav . Best of luck both teams . Let the match be decided on the Cricket Pitch . From a Sri Lankan Fan

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

sangakara should be dropped for final. he is out if form

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

@ Sarathi Ratnayake - its not 22 million or 1200 million playing the game. Its just 11 players. Spain won the football world cup, their population is just 47 Million. So according to your theory china should be the world champions in all games. Small countries like Srilanka has the advantage of combings players and conducting training sessions to players as all are within same and reachable area. Whereas in India, 11 players speak at least 6 different languages. Its clear , as you said Lanka once had a good team, now its not upto mark. So accept the team who plays well even if it is India or bangladesh.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

I can't understand y ppl can't value an Indian victory. When they win its coz of luck or conditions. And when they loose they are not quality players. Plz gv d credit to d team for playing well as the record sd 5 out of 6 games won by team batting 1st and India defied that especially against a good attack as per many mentioned in d earlier posts. For Sri Lanka fans plz stop dis war. I hv started loosing respect for ur country as wel as grt players like mahela and sanga reason being ur mindless comments. And v r no one to gv d result especially in a t20 as v all kno its a matter of #1 big over. so guys lets enjoy cricket and gv credit to d players who hv shown y they r there whether selected from a pool of 120 million or 1200 million. Cheers

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

@DylanSamarawickrama: you are absolutely right sir..its important we enjoy the cricket rather than fighting with words...these two teams deserved to be in the finals...Respect to SL as well for being so consistent...lets try not to post any disrespectful comment between us fans...only love can overcome hate...let the spirit of cricket triumph...

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (April 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Hope it will be the best match of the tournament....congrats to Indian and Sri-Lankan fans....mallinga and sangakkara remain last wall to break and kohli and dhoni for sri-lanka....hope all the walls get broken leading to exciting final.

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Logic of population is irrelevant... It may be 1200 millions but 80 percent of indian population lives in villages... out of 1200 millions only 11 can play...cricket as profession is taken only in 10 to 12 big cities Others just watch on television...its not like SA Aus NZ where facilities are available to evryone...loads of talent doesnt reach to the surface Just imagine what will happen if that comes through..and still india has produced some world class players ..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

@Cricketsubh!! The first t20 wc was in SA, India won it there, so called bouncy and pacy wickets!!! The fact that Asian counties are giants when it comes to ICC events cannot be denied.

Posted by SLslider on (April 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

We Sl fans can only hope for a win and then cry after the game. Good that my fellow fans are try to trash talk coz that's all we can do. Our players are incapable of doing anything. That's the reason we are yet to win a single ICC tourney outside ASIA while IND already has 3. And yet to win a single test series outside Sl since our LEGEND Sanga's debut. Most hopeless teams. My fellow fans are so nervous writing the comments. Well my friends these comments will not help us. We will talk now but after getting thrashed we will not even return to forums for 2 days. That's what we always do.

Posted by ChinSL05 on (April 5, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan I hate to see passing bad comments over the opposition by the SL fans. Its really ugly to see. The one thing for certain that the good cricket wins at last. So lets hope that both the teams can put up a nice show on Sunday. Hope to support my country SL, but all the best for India as well cos they are the only undefeated team in this WC. Let's live harmony cos we are the neighbors in the cricketing world.

Posted by Mervo on (April 5, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

Pretty boring stuff really. To watch an amazing bowler like Steyn reduced to being a trundler was indicative of the nature of these poor standard wickets. And the Netherland beating England? I am sure they won't be losing sleep over that bizarre outcome.

This should be called the India Cup, not the World cup. Otherwise, use an artificial wicket so that all teams can perform on some equal basis. The current approach is boring and makes poor-fair bowlers look like world beaters. Let's see how these teams go in the 50 over World Cup, the original and still the best.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

@DylanSamarawickrama: you are absolutely right sir..its important we enjoy the cricket rather than fighting with words...these two teams deserved to be in the finals...Respect to SL as well for being so consistent...lets try not to post any disrespectful comment between us fans...only love can overcome hate...let the spirit of cricket triumph...

Posted by rock.rockyin on (April 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

I fear D fletcher will be continued as coach based on these wins .. We need a coach to take us fwd in TESTS and matches away from home .

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

India must drop Dhoni for finals even if they want to get close to Sri lanka , because Dhoni out of form , Best of luck Sri lanka

Posted by indopakfan on (April 5, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

I just love to hear the Sri Lankan National Anthem. How beautifully melodious it is. Even though i understand only the meaning of the words 'Namo Mata", the anthem is so lovely to hear!!!

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

@ Slinga_Malinga on (April 4, 2014, 11:36 GMT) "Score Card- If India bats first - they will score somewhere between 130-140. And SA will chase that with in 18 overs. If SA bat first they will score 170+ and india will loose the match by 40-50 runs. Best bowler Steyn will pick up 4 wickets and AB will score more than 70 runs in this match. Kohli will will not score more than 10 runs today. This is as per the Astrology."

This is your comment before yesterday's match. Please stop embarrassing us. We are no where near IND team. They thrash us at will and will do it again. U have no credibility to comment.

Posted by kasun_SSS on (April 5, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Ok Guys, All have set to the Final, Let's go for the war.. Let's Rock Sri Lanka.. we don't have billions of people behind us like huge countries, but let's show what this small country can do.. LET'S DO IT SANGA & MAHELA...

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@ TheBigBoodha: who cares??...when your team can bat only in doctored green tracks and your so called best fast bowlers can only bowl in green tracks and get slaughtered in subcontinent tracks then why blaming India for not playing well in overseas...why this double standard??first go figure why your overrated teams cant win anything in subcontinent and then lets talk...give credit where its due...BTW football was a different ball game altogether that was a very bad example for obvious reasons...

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (April 5, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

@ CricketFever11 & slinga-malinga Well I would ask my fellow indian fans to not reply to SL fans comments. There is no point. Let them enjoy them overrate and overhype their colombo track bullies our team will thrash them on the field and answer to their comments by crushing their LEGENDS dreams. LOL. Mahela & Sanga are going home empty handed again.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

Everybody tell that India win only on flat tracks. Your teams are not even able to win of flat tracks. Where will your team win man. On "Moon". Ha ha ha

Posted by hasran on (April 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

I am a srilankan fan,however I feel that India was yet to be tested in entire tournament,I doubt whether our spin bowlers can test that world class batting line up,but I have to admit that Indian bowling is not that strong apart from ashwin,if the bowling can be over shadowed by the class of special kohli and other batters India will win the match,srilanka has a chance if kusal fires at the top.but don't underestimate srilanka,60 India and 40 srilanka,will be enthralling encounter,"

Posted by SajidC on (April 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

Dhoni faced 1 ball no run......this 1 ball will not forget for a long time.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

both teams have braggedd rights to praise their teams.... but I wondering when was the last time non sub continent team won in sub continent... cheers guys we have maintained that record.... I hope blistering knock from sanga and mahela but India wins.... great players and humans.. Sri Lanka will miss them in t-20...hope to see the new sanga's and mahela's, Murli's! all the best India.....

Posted by manisacumen on (April 5, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

A great win by india. I had expected them to lose in the SF long before yesterday's match. I suspected indian batting strength. One opener was not in good form and the other very inconsistent. Yuvraj just meandering. not at his best, though i would have him in the side. middle and lower order not really tested. And when SA made 172, it was confirmed. SA would win and lift the cup for the first time. But india surprised me. the opening stand was the key. And kohli, as great as sachin but a great match winner unlike sachs. So we win courtesy virat. and in the final, if he doesn't fire, india surely in doldrums. india depending too much on virat, in the same way when sachin was at his heights. All the best india. if you do it this time, then this victory would be regarded as the best. Dhoni is proving to be luckier again. The Midas touch is with him. Hope it stays with him at least till this wct20. we need lots of dhoni luck to lift this cup.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 5, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Congrats to Ind team and well played SA...I think SA lost the plot by bowling spin in the first over and to Albie in the next over...I would say that cost the match for you guys...When you have the world's best bowler in your team why cant you use him and put pressure at the start?? Got to give credit to Dhoni since he knows how to manage with his limited resources....imagine if we have some one like steyn, morkel in our team...we would have been unbeatable...and thanks to SL and Pak fans for their wished too..cheers :) as expected the cup is going to stay in Asia.. :)

Posted by DylanSamarawickrama on (April 5, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

It's sad to see so many out of place comments from Sri Lankan and Indian fans. Guys, let's not fight! Let's enjoy the game in good spirit! It's no good calling Sri Lankan team is not good. If they weren't they surely won't be in the finals. We all have heroes. But remember, heroes rise and heroes fall! India is one of the greatest teams. But you also need to recognize the greatness of the Sri Lankans. It's a tiny little island without being a great economy. But they stand tall! They show the world how to fight for their cause as a team! They are determined but they are humble players without controversies and without foul play! That's the Sri Lankan class. As a traveller who has gone through more than 90 countries, India is one of my favourite countries. But I love Sri Lanka without having to hate someone else's country. Peace to you all and let's look forward to a great match on Sunday!

Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Sri Lanka must drop Malinga for finals even if they want to get close to Indiia

Posted by cricketsubh on (April 5, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

it is simple think to say in cricket at this time ind,pak,sl will do well in these conditions no suprise same think happen when t20 playes in aus,eng,nz,sa team like aus ,sa,eng,nz do well at the moment cricket depends on conditions i donot think no team can win is the condition not faver them att all at the moment ind strugals in aus,sa,nz,eng becoz they canot play pace well diffrent ,aus,sa,nz,eng strugals becoz of thy canot play spin well. and icc need to promote t20 in aus ,nz ,,they just play wc in subcountinent that not fair icc need to give other country a chance to host wc event plz publish cricinfo.

Posted by lol_india on (April 5, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

Gayle, Steyn, Miller etc are only IPL performers. What ever it is the country comes first. If you cant perform for the country, you are such a loser. All of them showed that they are losers. Really disapointed how did steyn bowl yesterday with so many wide and loose balls. Good luck Steyn, perform more in the IPL. Because you belong to India not to SA.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

Again it will be 22 millions VS 1200+ millions. We Lankans respect Indian cricket as what MSD and co have done in the past. But sadly it is very very hard to find someone who admire Sri Lankan cricket and what they have achieved being a small island and a toooooo small population when compared to India. No matter what we Lankans happy and proud of our country and the 11 boys at the middle. Tomorrow also, the better team "ON the DAY" will win. As many Indians say, we do remember 2011 WC final. we lost. and our late records against India is not good at all. But everyone must accept that nothing is "permanent". SL used have a one sided game against India during 96-98. 2000- 2008 even Stevens. India lost to SL in 96WC semifinal, remember who closed gates to India in 2010 T20Wc reaching semi? against whom India had the biggest lost in 2007 WC? all these things are just past. new day new venue, different country. Home Sl will answer to all properly. Hail Lanka.

Go Lions

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (April 5, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

Mahela is a key in the final - if he bats long Sri Lanka's best strikers will have less scoring opportunities and India will win.

Posted by chamil96 on (April 5, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

will see what happen on sunday night. but dont cry and dont say SL are luck.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

WELL played team India .... Respect ! ..... Go Kohli Go .... they deserve to win t20 cup 2014 but who knows !!!! .... <3 from Pakistan ......

Posted by lol_india on (April 5, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

India will win this trophy for sure. They have found 11 payers from 1270 million population. But country like SL have found 11 players from 20 million population. So how come SL is superior than India though they have made 5 times in a row to the world cup finals. If you know what I mean ;) ;)

Posted by chamil96 on (April 5, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

kholi,dhoni,yuvi,raina or who ever SL never mind them.past is past.Indian Guys dont overrate your team. All of Indian cricket fan to have cry on sunday night. Dont always write a bad feed back for SL. as a SL Fan i am realy happy ther way..bcoa from 2007 to 2014 all of the global tournament SL were played the final. we are proud about our cricketers weather final will win or no.....we salute you SL Cricketers.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

I don't understand Dhoni's captainancy! Jadeja was quite economical and Dhoni did not give him last overs. In the last match, Jadeja gave away too many runs and still he was final overs in spite of the fact that Raina was economical. Dhoni is riding the luck.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 5, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

@Al_Entity thats not true mate.... plz read thru the thread of tht NZ match, u will find lots of Indians crediting SL for tht win.... Its only whn some Sri Lankans mock the Indian team tht some of them return the favor!!!

SL is a good team, as an Indian fan I do accept tht, they do deserve to be in the finals. Just as u say tht having the no.1 status is def an achievment then so does being No.1 in ODI rankings, No.1 in test rankings and no.1 at the moment in T20 rankings which India has achieved!

India is the only ctry to be in the top 3 across all formats - it wud be nice to see some SL accepting tht instead of passing unnecessary comments and taking a dig at Ind batsmen and bowlers!!!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Sanga n Jdene are classacts n I wish them well.. Senanayake shud be persisted with coz hes very much like Mendis with more control n the offie his go to delivery.. Malinga to some extent is neutralized by Ind but we all know champions can never be written off.. Hope all rise to the occasion n we have a swashbuckler come Sunday..

Posted by wapuser on (April 5, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

It's now the repeat of the epic and historic night at mumbai ironically on the month of April 3yrs ago

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 5, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

SL fans are really behaving as if there is war going to happen? @tearisle, what are you comparing? Since SA has scored 160 against then SL and 178 against SL's bowling is better than India's? Then why SL couldn't defend 189 against ENG who didn't even enter into semi's? Also didn't you know that India in this innings didn't have to chase high scores and India collapsed AUS to 86 all out?

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 5, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha Compare apples with apples - playing conditions are not the same for Football and Cricket!!! Yes, Ind had a disastrous tour - earlier it was the aging crop this time it was an experimental crop of youngsters!

Plz lets know whts SL's record in SA, Eng, Aus and NZ bilateral series are.... remember Champion Trophy was in Eng and the trination in WI with SL being so much a part of it... was all outside the SC!

Yes Ind are World Champions whether u accept it or not!!! If Raina is MJ's bunny then Malinga is Virat's and MSD's bunny remember??!!!

Posted by wick_key55 on (April 5, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Hats off to virat. The way he paced his innings was just outstanding. Others played around him and played their part superbly. But iam really disappointed by FaF's captaincy. His field setup, bowler rotation and most importantly the organisation was pathetic. Anyway congrats to team india...A tougher challenge awaits in the final..

Posted by balajik1968 on (April 5, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

It was a good collective batting effort by India, but SA's tactics puzzled me. Not opening with Steyn let the openers settle. Once they got off to a big start, Steyn could not put pressure. Again du Plessis missed out when Yuvi came in to bat. Yuvi is a slow starter nowadays and the chance to put some pressure through Steyn was missed. By the time Steyn came back, things were moving India's way, and he could not do much.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

Mahela is a key

Posted by GuruNaik154 on (April 5, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

Really nice to see all the congratulatory messages from pakistan. Thanks a lot guys, hope you support us in the finals as well. As for the "lions", keep boasting about yourselves and calling kohli an over rated player etc, just shows how insecure u guys are feeling right now. Anything can happen on sunday but even you guys know that if kohli shows up, there is no way India can lose

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

@vkias, Nobody will try to get you out of your dream world that it is only India can win World cups. However, I have to remind you two things you have forgotten. 1. This time, World T20 finals are between the teams world ranking No.1 and No.2 and both teams are very sound in of sub continent pitches. Do you think that keeping No.1 position for 24 months continuously in this format and still in the top 2 is merely a luck? 2. Whatever the status of single players (i.e. Kohli is the BEST EVER batsman of the Universe) in the team, no team is IMMUNE to be defeated by the weakest team in the world in an any given day (in T20 format).

JAIHO SRI LANKA!!!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

shami requies at final india gonna win the final with ease

Posted by Rohit... on (April 5, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

@ Slinga_Malinga : How did you know that India will set a Target of 180 against Sl & not a Target of 240?

Posted by CricketFever11 on (April 5, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

Dear India. Lankan Lions are waiting to meet you. You have 24 hours to enjoy. They all year you have to be regret. We have a revenge to be taken. Mind you this is not Indian flat wickets. See you tomorrow. Until then enjoy the day.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

@Lilian Amarakoon and others who are saying india is flat track bully all should know that india won the t20 world cup and icc champions trophy in fast track of south africa and england.In facts apart from india all remaining team are home conditions bully.Australia england south africa cant play on spining tracks and srilanka westindies and others on fast tracks.and surface in bangladesh cant said to be flat track as its helps spin.remember even when the australia were at their peaks having players like pointing gilly symonds hayden hussey clarke it was india who defeat them in their home track at vb series .currently looking towards other teams india has the best bid for retaining their world title at australia 2015.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (April 5, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

@tearisle

On feb14, 2014, you personally sent email on my FB & predicted BD would be in future finalist on 6th April 2014 just because of your team was able to win against BD on both occasion at last ball of the matches. You bragged about your team could easily thrash ENG,SA, WI,IND,..... ENG & Hales stunned you & your Mendis. SA was literally chased your team's challenge in spite of bowlers' favorable pitch condition. Against WI,NZ your team has to thank pitch, rain god & LUCK which is more than that. Regarding your team's practice match against IND, Kohli had come very late & MS didn't bat to allow other to have a look at their game. MS used that game as practice for every individuals in the team. If you call practice game as a base for comparing & if you call bowling practice as a ball of century, only GOD will help you only. You can't digest pure classic from others thinking about self appreciation of your countrymen only which is unfortunately termed as narrow mindset.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

To be honest, other than ashwin, the indian bowlers were completely out of sorts. It was the batters who won this game for us and the fact that i loved abt this chase is how they paced their innings. They never let the pressure of run rate take over them by continuously taking singles and twos. I haven't seen any other team in this tournament do that while chasing. All other teams chasing followed the rule of hit a boundary or take no run at all. They all shpuld learn frm india how to chase well. I have no doubt that india will lift the t20 wc trophy on sunday. go guys, bleed blue :-)

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Please dont rain on Sunday

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

@Albert_cambell- India will win 2015 world cup as well..just wait and watch..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha-Same goes for Australia too..fast track bullies and spinners' bunnies.. What happens to ur australian team when thry come here in sub-continent?Last time I checked, Australia crumbled out of this tourney and India crushed them in their league match.. Your team is quite mediocre here in the sub-continent and we all know what to them when they last toured India?4-0 loss in test series, 3-2 loss in ODI series... Just accept this that nobody can touch India here and Australia can't win anything here cz they don't know how to play spin.. Fast track bullies..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

for once I would not be disappointed if Sri Lanka wins tomorrow.... because they deserve this cup.... but being an Indian I would support India no matter what. hope it would be a cracker of a match....

Posted by paapam on (April 5, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

A good performance but Sri Lanka will be much tougher to beat. In the final India must somehow contrive to bat first. Sangakara's will be the key wicket though he has had a quiet tournament. After the NZ tour India have surprised fans. The off-field developments in India has galvanized the players. World champions are more likely to be forgiven after all!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

This victory was very well deserved. In the South African innings, India played poorly. The fielding was below par and Mishra bowled either half-trackers or full tosses, whereas with his turn, a good length would have been very hard to hit. Yuvraj has to focus. But the batting made up for all the flaws. Rohit started well, Rahane consolidated, Raina gave the impetus and Kohli timed the innings perfectly. If India has learned from their mistakes the future is bright.

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 5, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

@ TheBigBoodha ... Who cares

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

There is always HOPE when Virat is at the crease. He is just stupendous. His approach to the game is simply astounding. He creates classic shots in his simple style. And he has proved again that when it comes to chasing he is No.1 now. Even Sachin pales in front of him. For Virat the team winning is always a priority and this aspect is not easy for many greats. Rohit, Rahane and Raina - all three threw away their wickets when the going was good.Sportingly Dhoni gave Virat the chance to score the winning run. Bowlingwise Ashwin was simply superb. The balls that got both Amla and Plessis were gems. Bad day for Amit for a change.However the bowling coach seems to be clueless as he cannot teach the bowlers the art of bowling yorkers. There was not a single one by the seamers. Of course the bowlers have to work out on their own for better pitching. The game was played in good spirit by both the sides. Sri Lanka must be worried now when it is a match against India. And that too in the final.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

This was clinical batting performance by Ind. Just like a shuttle launch each batsman fell off after doing their job and the next followed the same.

SL has no choice but to bowl first and chase. It's their best option with double edged sword.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

Great show India. Good finish by Kohli. What a player have India got. Excellent find for Indian and world cricket. Ashwin rocked earlier. His magical deliveries dragging India back to the game chipping three vital wickets of Saf. Great show of back to form. Rohit's batting was need of the hour changing his slow style, atleast for this time. For a change, could admire his batting today. One cant forget Raina's cameo efforts and Dhoni's gesture to extend credit to Kholi. Amazing to watch, hear and read about all these happenings. Heavenly feel.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

yesterday was a special victory purely because of the consummate ease with which India chased a large score. we are now surely one of the best exponents of the shorter versions of the game. it is important that India now sets its sights on improving as a test side, esp overseas. all it needs is a single-minded focus and dedication to become world beaters at the test arena- the arena that really matters.

Posted by moonlight555 on (April 5, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

@Slinga: Lets wait & see wht happens tomm! We'll come back and discuss then! I also want SL to win the toss and put India in....Lets see how your so called "LIONS" perform under pressure....On the bowlin stats, I would recommend you to see the numbers of ur team and ours in this tourney...

Posted by jimbond on (April 5, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

Lets face it, 170 plus in a semi final of a T20 is a tough target to get. It needed more than one brilliant effort and while Kohli held it all together, there were brilliant cameos all around which took the pressure to the bowling side- efforts such as those by Sharma, Rahane, and Raina. Their performance was so good that the best limited overs batsman (Dhoni) did not have much to do. This performance will put the SL team under a bit of pressure. Whether this pressure will make them perform better or worse remains to be seen. While Steyn and Hendricks were good, SA missed a third pacer- possibly Morne Morkel. The other Morkel was wasted in the team- did not get to bat.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

I'm Sri Lankan, and what ever is said about India, they seem primed to win this title. It's not really the undefeated status, but the form of their batting. If it were a SL vs SA final I could say it will be evenly contested. But now SL has an uphill battle, where India are clear favorites. Just compare the No. 3 spot (usually occupied by a teams best batsman they say). Virat "Consistent-Flawless" Kohli VS Kumar "less than 20 runs in 5 innings" Sangakkara. @Slinga_Malinga is right, SL has best chance chasing. Intl. commentators say repeat of 2011 WC. Don't say that to a SL supporter. It may be the case. But we still keep hoping.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

There was hate in it but only outta despair.. If only the cric info admin wud have read between the lines.. I put my back into it and am not gonna be able to replicate tht effort so.. Go well Ind SL :) Remember.. Life will go on after Sunday..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

This is the best indian team that I have seen after along time. Kholi is the best, he is better than Bradman for sure. SL vs Ind final is always going to be played on and off the field as well as a test for mental strength.congrats India, we were waiting for the bride...lol

Posted by nalinrr on (April 5, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

@Liyanage.1283: Wait till the final and the lions will show you the real team skill. And be ready to get kicked out of the country. Cos ppl like u don't deserve to be in Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4: Shows how certain teams cannot bowl in sub continent pitches

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (April 5, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

HAPPY that my team entered into finals....

I was dreaming for IND-PAK final, as PAK is my second favourite team.

But, final with SL will also be very thrilling. SL looks stronger now, when compared to what they are in last couple of years. At the same time, my IND team also looks stronger now with the kind of performance they put in this tournament .

Thanks for PAK bros who are congratulating IND team.

But, sad to see some WORD BATTLES b/w few IND and SL fans.

Hoping for a thrilling match and IND's win... :)

All the best for both the teams.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Oh oh , Steyn the top notch bowler can stop any team but to India it's impossible to stop their momentum , kohli the genius ,bowlers like Steyn , tahir can't find where I can find the weak area for kohli, u can see in d 17th over parnell asking his captain after he went for 4s and 6s where can I bowl , wherever I bowl they are hitting me men, captain replies come on pack up '''

Posted by weditha on (April 5, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Congrtzzzz IND ... i agreed ,VK is the most talented batsmen of the modern era..his shot selection and power is unmatchable, and his consistency..by the time he leave cricket,i guess he will put his name in lot of records..but i do not like his attitude.. arrogance.. look at MSD,SANGA,ABD..how humble they are..anyway another final SL Vs IND,better team will win, both fans talk big..jst wait and see...congrtz to both teams..hope MJ will cross the 1000 in WC and both MJ and KS will have a unforgettable farewell..(SL Fan)

Posted by CricinfoSriLanka on (April 5, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

For those who doubt Sri Lanka's qualification for finals should understand that SL players can't control weather conditions. NZ won one match in group stage against England where only 5 overs were bowled & NZ were just 6 runs ahead by the time rain came but SL won by 27 runs against WI..In 2012 T20 world cup final SL batsmen played checking D/L score throughout their inning to be ahead of D/L score at any point since there's a fear of rain at any point. That's how they lost wickets time to time & finally collapsed but no one talked about rain once WI won title. Also in 2011 WC final dew came in the end and it was very difficult for SL bowlers to york or spin the ball but no one talked about those things once India won tittle.. SL have topped ICC T20 rankings for almost last two years & also topped Group1 after group stage matches. No other team deserves to play finals rather than Mighty Lions..!

Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 5, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

two things: 1. Sri Lanka beats India once per year and that is already done in Asia Cup.

2. "Yorker king" Malinga is simply useless against superior Indian batters. And the whole world know how good India is against any spin

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

I am an Indian team fan, but SL would be definitely a tougher opposition for us esp if we are batting first. Its not easy to predict how much to score and SL bowlers esp spinners are difficult to get away..Another thing in 20 20 things can chcange to anyones favour...So india may hv an edge....but Hope thinks go our way on the D day...all the best

Posted by Vishal_07 on (April 5, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

@Kaushik KG, SL did let Murali go w/o a WC win, wink wink!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (April 5, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

To all SL supporters sply slinga_malinga, where are you hiding now? What happened to your calculations? analysis? percentages? Once again proved all those calculations are as garbage items. I would suggest all SL fans to be ready for one more final defeat. If anything saves you from this defeat is only the "LUCK" otherwise there is no chance.

5 convincing wins by India. Duplisis said they lost to better team. & said as "Problem with India is if we get a wicket, next batsmen comes in & takes the match away"

We entered in finals in ROYAL WAY. NOT BY LUCK LIKE SL.

Stayn's figures -> 3.1overs, 36 runs / 0 wkts at 11.36 runs/over - Wow... and why not? it is world's best batting line up. Tomorrow Malinga's figures will be similar to this.

What SL should do if they win the toss?Take batting & Bat without pressure & handover the match to India as they will not loose while chasing?Or Bat second and loose wickets & match under pressure ? Have to choose which one is better. Tough choice.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

Congratulations team India!!! we hope to have a nail biting finish at the final...two of the best teams meet at the final...wish you best of luck both of the teams from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

@Mavenopts- Don't insult a legend like warnie.. He simply helped an inexperienced leg spinner Tahir and there is nothing wrong in that and he said India's body language is not looking good but that was when India were bowling and yes India's body language was not looking good when Du plessis and Duminy started their assault, any commentor wud have said the same..He is one of my most loved cricketer, he's a fantastic human being and a great player..Please don't disrespect him like this..BTW..I am an Indian..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

at te start of te tournament I want india Sri Lanka to b in final. ....it happened. ...s.lanka b ready.....b happy wt asia cup...but not world cup...

Posted by sriyan76 on (April 5, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

@ Rohit, By trying to compare the SA bowling attack which is one dimensional with only Steyn as a world class bowler to the Lankan attack with Malinga(The best death bowler with 2 or 3 hatricks including the double hatrick )Kulasekara (the only seam bowler in the T-20 top 10 rankings,Herath who just destroyed NZ, etc) shows how little you know about cricket.l

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

@kavum- Nobody would be more happy than little master himself if Virat brakes his phenomenal records..And he already said in a function that if anyone can brake my record it is Virat and Rohit and I would be extremely happy if they do so..You know why he said that bcz record doesn't meant anything to him, it was always India and It's pride that matters him the most..Virat is an Indian and the record will stay intact with India..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

@Adnan Januzaj - India already holds all three titles. And all three titles were captured by Dhoni. He's India's best captain ever.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

where are blabbering srilankans? too much of a talk even b4 match started..wish you guys keep quiet and enjoy good cricket and you are free to blabber after the match according to the result...till then talk sense talk sport...

Posted by Sniper on (April 5, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

It was mainly due to India's positive and aggressive attitude that made them reach the finals. Sri Lankans wanted to meet SA in the Finals as they felt India was a weak team though they have won all their matches in this tournament. Let us see if Sri Lanka can beat this weak team. Sri Lanka has been the bridesmaid in so many finals but has not won a World Cup after 1992. For the sake of Sanga and Mahela they should put their best efforts on Sunday. The problem with the Lankans is that they talk too much and think no end of themselves. They are lucky as rains have helped them many a time. The finals will be keenly fought unless Dame Luck again favours the Lankans. Sniper

Posted by LiveWithThat on (April 5, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

SL is a very small country with about 15 million population. It is a shame that Indian fans are really scared of that small small country !

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (April 5, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

i wish for a great final, both teams are playing really well at the moment. also i hope yuvi scores and makes an odi comeback we'll need him next year

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 5, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

I am happy that they included Rahane in the team. Dhawan is not in form but on his day he can be far more destructive than Rahane. Kohli is due for a failure in this series and I hope that comes in the final. Kohli and Dhoni are the players who could take the game away from SL. On the other hand SL rely on team work. Small little contribution from every player will bring the win for SL.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Bad captancy has caused the match for RSA. We can safely say two best teams are in the final. Ranked No: 1 and 2. must be a good game. How many times these two teams are coming to final? Really no other team could stop these two unstoppable trains.... India and Sri Lanka Rule the cricket Jai ho for both teams let the best team win and dont fight each other. both countries are power houses and big match players and family members for over 1000 years

Posted by VK_MSD_IND_Champs on (April 5, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Okay..Now as we expected INDIA has reached the finals.But feel for you as SL will get their revenge (as they got against WI) this time(hope you all remember recently concluded ASIA CUP). IND is a mediocre team with one man show (Kohli). Srilankans play as a unit,where IND collapse when Kohli fails..LOL

Posted by pollydon on (April 5, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

there is nothing to do with the 'C' word in this match. SA were run-over by a better run-machine.

Posted by ullasjp on (April 5, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Wow man avg of 82 for Kholi in T20 chases.. Thats a huge no in t20

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

South Africa seemed to lack strategy with the ball. Even Steyn had a bad day. As per the comment someone saying SL bowlers been better, I think they are referring to within this format, and in this context - I too agree that SL have an attack more conducive to conditions, and perhaps are better situation aware. SL batters too are very familiar with Indian attack and leadership is stronger, so bring it on India!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

well done india ...sl hopes revenge..teams play better on the day win...not revenge

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Greatest Sanga's and great Mahela's last T20.. Wish lions to win the tropy to make both them proud.. WCT20 champion title will be the best farewell gift to two lions.. Pray for the victory of Sri Lanka against India first time in my life..

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

to all lankan fans & players. . please respect other team playing good cticket - like FAF did you lankans always self praising. . play with revenge in mind....

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

First of all people who are saying SA choked or Steyn is overrated lack big time in cricketing knowledge.SA plated superbly and wanna know how good they are watch the respect in the eyes of Indian players for these guys after the match. Now coming to my own team INDIA.you guys are true champion and i hope on Sunday India will have all the major icc ltd over trophy that is a huge achievement.But remember even if that doesnt happen we still love you and you guys are the already champions for us the way you have played.Kohli you are a gema nd my all time favorite player i dont know how many times i will say that and what else i can say to praise you because nothing is enough. Just waiting for the super sunday SL is a strong team and its going to be a cracker.All the best to both teams and may the best team bags the trophy.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (April 5, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

If SL bat first, India will win if SL score anything below 200. Chasing 300+ in ODI or 160+ runs in T20 is walk in the park for India these days in sub continent condition. Looking at batting depth of INDIA, no score is a safe score against India, specially when a 'run machine" Kohli is there. Cricket means Kohli..Love from Bangladesh Kohli.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:20 GMT)

If India can get Kusal and Thiri out cheaply , India will win If SL can get kohli out cheaply , SL will win Simple as that

Posted by ASK3 on (April 5, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

@Rajindra Rohitha Welihinda you're absolutely right, as an Indian fan, I will admit SL had the easier group, still a tough group mind you. Both teams deserve to be in the finals and no one got there through luck; it's silly for some fans to suggest so. Good luck to both teams and hoping for a great match that comes down to the last ball!

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (April 5, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

What an innings by Kohli .Loved it.. Only India can stop Sri Lanka. Good luck to both teams and hope best team wins (glad that cup will remain in ASIA). -A Bangladeshi Fan.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

I think that last over of Wane Pernell cost SA the game. something around 20 runs in that over that raina took of Pernell shifted the game completely to India.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

Great play by India and lot of support from other Asian nations... Whoever wins the finals it'll be good. Hope next few T20 WCs are played outside Asia and still wish these Asian teams to march into finals... Well played from SA. Loved that Ashwin's delivery to dismiss the great Amla!

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (April 5, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

Great batting from Kohli once again. He seems to be one well programmed auto-pilot .The difference being he is little too demonsrative for an auto-pilot :) How much I would like Sanga and Jaya go into the night with this ch'p win but being an Indian fan I cannot wish that so hop'fully SL fans will understand. However SL does have a small window of getting Kohli early and for that they will need to play Mendis. Will that happen? ..Sunday cannot come soon enough ?

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

few things are inevitable in life...death, taxes and indo lanka matches....you just can't think of any tournament without indo lanka match.... and yeah India thumping Lanka is inevitable too...:-P

Posted by oppaii on (April 5, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

OK !india,like you lost the asia cup,SL will take this cup too.take both crowns home guy,to bad for my indian fans

Posted by sams235 on (April 5, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Its unfair to say SA choked. So stop using that word. In all fairness India was better than SA to have won the game.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

It is one of the remarkable performance of the Indian side. Besides Rahane and Kohli, the sparkling few shots of Raina, gave a fine finish, without which the team might have finished as safaris failed to measure his precision. Godd luck for the final.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

We are bored to see same opponent in world finals.... If kohli fails then there will be huge game on the finals... Its time to test kohli's temperament in Big finals against rangana and mendis may play.....I wish all the best to TEAM INDIA in the finals... Beat their same opponent they used to recent past...Asia cup champions vs World Champions.....It may be Good farewell to duo's of SRILANKA with win or captain cool may have other Idea....

Posted by nothingnew on (April 5, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

Everyone knows just 10-15 runs shorts . It happened after fat and AB's dismissals . Duminy didn't play good cricket even though he scored 44+ the thing is he has so many dot ball . He didn't rotate the strike as much as what fat did . He was stuck against Aiswin even he is ordinary bowler. nothing mystery from him except carom ball(these days everyone delivers carom ball ) nothing special at all . When considering batting Indian batting line up so big and powerful . Taking early wicket is the best option to open the gate for winning . As we know , It is hard to out virat kohli . He is brilliant with timing . The one thing i love him is he never play odd short to score runs .He always try to score with Genunie shots . SA bowlers are over confident everytime . playing with SL is different bowl game . They are best team who can defend any runs what they scored . Good luck for SL and India for final

Posted by danishalitallat on (April 5, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

Pakistan may have lost many bcoz of virat kohli but I admire virat kohli is setting new benchmarks in world cricket.love to see him whenever hes in the middle. die heart fan of his strokes with the nerves of steel . a fan from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

One of the best cricket chasings I've seen in recent time. All the credits must go to Kohli. He took the pressure & released others. Good cricket - from a SL fan

Posted by srinideva on (April 5, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

Indian supporters will never satisfy with what they have. Ashwin the bowler is only next to Saeed ajmal in terms of skills as a bowler. btw, he performed better than Ajmal in this tournament. Kohli is a class act. Touch him if you dare.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:28 GMT)

Just saw some great batting, kohli is in great form, and when such class meets form, the results show them self. Very happy to see india in da final. It makes the win that much more valuble to SL in the final. Though we do not have batsmen in the class of kohli or dhoni, SL as a team can do wonders on their day. Looking forward to a great game of cricket. With all due respect to team india. And all hopes with sri lanka.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

Mahindra Persaud-Bahamas. India played a fabulous game against SA . I expect a cracker of a match for the final on Sunday! The sentimental choice would definitely be the Lankans since Mahela and Kumar will be playing their last game for the lions but the way the Indians are playing no team seem capable of beating them. The lankans have lost so many finals and this one seems just as elusive as the others. They have to come up with a special plan to deal with the best lion wrangler in town--Virat Kholi!!!!

Posted by srinideva on (April 5, 2014, 1:18 GMT)

very sad for South Africans. But I am happy with the result. Ashwin bowling is crucial in the 1st inns. Hope it`ll shut the critics mouth for a while.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

India doesn't need the help of toss & DL to win a match. In this tournament, INDIA won all the matches easily and we will see INDIA doing the same in the FINAL.

Posted by khanm12 on (April 5, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

The best chase ever. Very professional and impressive display of Cricket by both team especially from India. Congratz Team India. You were simply awesome there today. Good luck in the final. A new fan of Indian Cricket from Pakistan!

Posted by spinkingKK on (April 5, 2014, 0:56 GMT)

South Africa played well. But, this Indian team is very much on the game. They have a game plan every time and the guys are executing them without putting themselves under any undue pressure. They knew exactly how the openers should approach the chase. Once they score 56 runs in the first 6 overs, it became a lot easy for the middle order to continue on. True, Kohli played a brilliant knock and Raina played a very important knock too and it is wrong to take those for granted. In my opinion, the opening partnership was the key reason why India was able to chase this target with ease. Overall, everybody contributed. It is going to be a good final.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 0:49 GMT)

Virat run chase was one of the finest innings of T20 cricket, he was methodical in his approach and curbed his natural atacking game, scoring most of the runs in singles and twos, it was treat to see him take team to final. Not to forget Dhoni gesture, the guy commands respect for nothing, playing a dot ball and giving Virat opportunity to score winning runs...how many others would have missed that chance, hats off MSD

Posted by niazbhi on (April 5, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

New generation of indian batsmen rock!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (April 5, 2014, 0:28 GMT)

Well just looking through the commentary Raina - AKA Johnson's bunny and the ultimate flat track bully - came in on a flat track and scored 75% of his runs off edges to win the game in the second last over playing for a team who cold only win 8% of its overseas games on recent tours. Now that team is laying claim to being "world champions"? Something is not right. If the Brazillian football team could only win 8% of its games outside its local region there would be legal investigations. Certainly nobody would consider them a good team.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 5, 2014, 0:27 GMT)

We had the game in our hand until the moment when raina scored 14 runs from top edges and inside edges against the parnell over. That turned the game towards India. Once luck went towards India's way. We will fancy our chances in Aus next year. No subcontinent team will have a chance in that world cup.

Posted by cricwar4184 on (April 5, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

uummm again IND vs SL.... we got little bore with these two teams. How grt if INV face WI in final. ok no problem we will enjoy.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

Great match all round, good chase by India, and very good innings by Kholi. Indian fans, in your deserved pleasure at winning, please do not put too much expectations on this fine cricketer with comments like "best batsmen ever against any opposition" - his stats do not show it. If you look at his figures outside of india, you will find he has yet to lift his game to the same heights he does at home. against Australia, he has averages in all formats at least 20 runs lower than home. Similar agianst WI, although he only played there in 2011. In SA, his test record is better (off 2 tests), but ODI and T20 is also similar. In tests, no one compares to Bradman, av ~ 100, next best ~ 61, Kohli at 46 is good but not exceptional. In ODIs he's up there but needs to prove himself against quality teams overseas. And T20s the same. Give the man a chance, he has lots of good batting in him, but don't label him with titles he hasn't yet earned.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

Champions on flat tracks....go india go...

Posted by ground-boy on (April 5, 2014, 0:12 GMT)

Taking heed of advises, talent put into practice.Stuck on to 150% strike-rate-formula. India did it in grand style. Lions first booked the place in final,longed for a WC win are hungry, know the woods and cages, extents and limits therein.Hunt is on,heat is on,CUP waiting for SRI LANKA.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

thozar: You never cease to make me laugh. In those same five or six years South Africa did not lose a test series. India lost several, I lost count.

You cannot make conclusions like South Africa being an overrated test-side because India made the final of the T20 world-cup.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

SA did nothing very wrong. India were just that bit better on the day, and if you look at their team this is not surprising. Kohli must surely be considered one of the best batsmen in the world over all formats, and when conditions favour spin, their attack has variety of different types of spin to keep the batsmen guessing. They are clearly favorites, but in T20 particularly, there is luck and fluctuations.

Posted by YashMaster on (April 4, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

All good Faf! As a South African fan, I am happy with the performance. At least we tried. Another day, this would have swung in our favour - it's good to see the boys keeping their cool under pressure. The extras were the key for us in my opinion - we need a Malinga-esque performer in our side, who can pull yorkers out of nowhere.

Posted by Snambidi on (April 4, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

In continuation of my unfinished blog .

It was a fatal error on the part of Misbah to attempt an unwarranted Reverse Sweep. India ,thus ,was destined to take home the Cup. This view is more evident from the fact that it was Yuvaraj Singh who brought India back into the fight for the Cup with a win over England through his historical despatching of all the Six balls of an over bowled by Veteran Bowler Broad into the stand over the rope.This over became the basis for entering later into the final against arch rival Pakistan.Had this match against England not won ,India couldbhave got eliminated from the World cup.

This cup was yet another laurel India achieved under tha Captaincy of MSDhoni. The victory March did not stop here. Cricket continued alongnwith occasional ups& downs. Again in the Mini version of world cup known as Champion Trophy was won By India again under the Captaincy of MSDhoni when he registered a grand win hitting Two Sixes& a 4 in the final over against SL(see next

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT)

Kohli is really the lynchpin of this batting line-up. Maybe I am being over-anxious or over-protective, but I strongly feel that your best batsman or bowler should not be made captain, especially during their peak. After another Kohli masterclass, people are shouting to make him captain as soon as possible. Captaincy is a huge mental and physical drain and its unfair to impose it on young Kohli in the form of his life. It seems counter-intuitive, but a less critical player should be made captain of India, who has to handle politics and speculation outside the stadium much more than any other team's captain. Post 2015 WC, I wouldn't mind seeing Jadeja/Ashwin as limited overs captain, or even a long shot like Rohit Sharma (provided he keeps his place), who seems to do better with a little responsibility thrust upon him, like with Mumbai Indians. Really don't want to see Kohli struggle like Tendulkar, Cook etc. after they became captains.

Posted by Snambidi on (April 4, 2014, 23:02 GMT)

This World T20 Cup is a yard stick as far as the capability of India is concerned.

India started her Victory march from the 50 overs limited cricket World Cup in India in the year 2011. This tournament under the captaincy was a historical& classic event as far as India could look at it. The prominent players in this Word cup of 2011 were veteran Sachin Tendulkar,Yuvaraj Singh,first Kohli,M.S.Dhoni.& spinners of Indian cricket. Especially so was the performance from Dhoni,Yuvraj Singh,tendulkar& Kohli. The victory march continued in the same year with yet another title against Pakistan in the first version of World T20 Cup.In this match the last over of the final was the decision maker. When Sreesanth took avspectacular running Catch to dismiss Misbah-ul- Haq when the batsman attempted a Reverse Sweep the title was becoming yet another feather in the cap of India. Pakistan had started celebration anticipating a title win ,when their lastbwicket was taken by India.[CONTINUED]

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (April 4, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

SA fought well ,but AGAIN SAD to watch losing the SEMI .If you want to win the big title like WC ,....you should work hard on selection method .Why did they bring back A.Morkell ( almost retired player ) ...........FAF and AB should think about it to gather .......????

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

Even if Malinga clicks in Place and Herath keeps run rate down, India has too many options in Batting line up. It's a luxury at present when Dhoni and Jadeja hadn't had any batting to do yet. Good luck India.

Posted by DreamCricketer on (April 4, 2014, 22:32 GMT)

DreamCricketer: Very poor bowling by South Africa. Effortless batting by India. SA needs a good bowling coach.

Posted by Divinetouch on (April 4, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

The classy to qualify for this final and any final. Congrats to India you did the right way. I was hoping for West Indies to be in the final but the rain disturbed them.

Posted by svenkat02 on (April 4, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

Feel sad for South Africa. Maybe one day when India has an early exit from a tournament, I will support SA to go all the way! But I loved the way India went about their chase today. Perfectly timed! Rohit and Rahane gave the best start, Kohli/Rahane/Yuvraj kept it rolling with well taken singles, two's and the odd boundary. And then, Kohli and Raina stepped up the tempo at the right time to finish it off before Steyn could produce any magic.

India are the champions! Its now a matter of one additional good game before they are officially crowned!

Posted by WTEH on (April 4, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Indian fans seams be very comfortable. That's really good. Hope the team will feel the same way. It is much fun to steel a victory from their hearts. Well that's priceless. Sleep well India, Lions will hunt you down on Sunday night.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 22:04 GMT)

dream on about a finals win team India

Posted by anton1234 on (April 4, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

It was wrong to send in Miller ahead of Morkel. I always feel Morkel should be a floater. If a wicket goes with 5 overs to go then he should come in. If he stays for 3 overs then he easily takes the game away (given the position SA were in today at the fall of AB DiVilliers' wicket). And even if we went very cheaply then. Miller would have been next in anyway. Of course, the absolute key wicket was that of Di Villiers himself. Just a rush shot.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:52 GMT)

I Think captaincy made the difference here AB was better leader than faf he should have chosen same policy of chandimal glory over captaincy it was AB who brought SA to semis he should have come @ 3 not 4 !!! wrong decisions faf you have long way to go as a captain of SA

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

Surely it has been 4 world cups since they last won a knockout match at an ICC event? 1998 right?

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 4, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

well desrved victory, Wonderful batting from India specially Kohli. SA were the weakest bowling attack in this tournament for BD pitches, They hardly defended their score against Zealand, even in last over of Styen, the NZ players choked else there was nothing dangerous in the bowling, Against England their bowlers were lucky that they had very big total to defend, they hardly won there by 3 runs defending 196, Ntherland lost their match to them due to inexperience. But here against India, SA bowling had no chance. SA were just trying to delay things, and wanted some miracle happen to get rid of Kohli. What a pathetic performance with the ball, and their captain had no clue.

Posted by MikeNQN on (April 4, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

SA only 4 down at the end with Albie Morkel being rested (did not bat) while JP Duminy plays for a draw or worse to preserve his wicket to the end to ensure a not out at the end. Why even have Albie in the team if the plan is too keep a bench warm. This was a world cup semi final for heavens sake.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

Congrats to Team INDIA... Sri lankans beaware...m

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

Well, same old same old... South Africa failed in a knockout, India chased well, Sri Lanka are in yet another final... This tournament has definitely kept up with tradition.

Hope we have a good game without rain/dew and hopefully, the toss won't decide the winner.

Good luck to both teams. May the better team on the day win. :)

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (April 4, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

@sriyan76, @Slinga_Malinga: You guys are hilarious. Before the match was over, you guys started predicting. Glad that you guys were wrong at the end of the match...

Posted by badyon on (April 4, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

batting JPD above ABDV?? ha! saffas deserve all the bridesmaids titles they can get. JPD lowest strike rate in SA innings. ABDV best batsmen in the team. Figure that one out. However, T20s are such a lottery that it basically comes down to home conditions. Subcontinent T20 = subcontinent finalists - who could have guessed?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

its how the captain behave like a gentle man and gives the winning shot to virat

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

its how the captain behave like a gentle man and gives the winning shot to virat

Posted by vish.nadiadi on (April 4, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Congratulations to India! SA should held their heads high as they put up a good fight. South African team didn't choke, T20 is an unpredictable game and the match can swing anyways. Team won not due to Kohli's heroics but it was a comprehensive team effort. Bowlers excluding Ashwin had an off day in the field but I hope they will bounce back in the finals. Virat Kohli bat sums up his ability "GENIUS"

Posted by kp_jersey on (April 4, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

I really admire Dhoni . Hardly faced any balls, hardly made any runs yet has the presence of mind and the grace to allow Kohli to hit the winning stroke. What a lovely touch, what a captain. A real class act.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 4, 2014, 21:04 GMT)

Well Sri Lanka Vs India another final, when we say we've had enough of this encounter. However what it does prove is they look like the two Best teams in the world! That's why they keep coming to the finals together than others.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

what a batsman kholi

Posted by Anil_Mathews_Al_Khobar on (April 4, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

Team India, sweet revenge against SA..After or with Dhoni magic, now it is Virat or Kohli magic. What an innings... Best of luck to Team India for the finals..

Posted by KeepitHonest on (April 4, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I hope we don't have to see an Indian innings in which Kohli and Dhoni don't fire. I shudder to think what the Indian total would be in that scenario. Indian batting looks shaky without their contributions. No one looks dependable or solid enough to carry through at a high rate. Most end up getting out to unimaginative shots like swats off slow balls for catches when upper-cuts or scoops may work better when the batsman is not strong. Good luck in the finals to India. Sri Lanka are an aggressive side with a better bowling unit than the Proteas.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

if SL bats first in FINAL think of scoring at-least 220-240 to make sure u have a little chance of winning any target less than 200 India can easily chase they r master of chasing .. calculate it well and executes perfect..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

For me - Raina the game changer

Posted by Neutral007 on (April 4, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Well done India! Thanks for all neutal fans comments especially from Pakistan. It will be a great final on Sunday between two Asian giants. Doesn't matter who wins as long as it is a great treat for all cricket lovers. Jaihind!

Posted by jb633 on (April 4, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Well done India. Best side in this tournament by a mile and will go on to thrash SL I feel.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

kholi play the best cricket according to situation and game plan was showing,perfect performance by india & keep carry-on in final to take the T20 cup 2014,good luck india best team among the world teams.

Posted by SVMEL on (April 4, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

Incredible India! One question though why does Raina get 4 overs and Yuvraj none ?

Posted by tearisle on (April 4, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

kelvin shah go check out the delivery that virat kohli was bowled with by ajantha mendis in the warm up match india vs sri lanka, it pitched on middle and virat played forward and the ball deviated slightly and brushed his off stump he was totally flummoxed bowled lock stock and barrel, that to me was the ball of the century.

Posted by Balumekka on (April 4, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

Congratulations India! Now everything is set for a big final between neighbors. Hope Sri Lanka will win at least this time. But against this Indian team in this form, It will be really hard, unless they fire their all guns. Best of luck for both the teams! A Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by tearisle on (April 4, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Well to all you Indian armchair critics. south africa scored 173 against your team, but scored just 160 against sri lanka in the first round and sri lanka beat them. which obviously means that sri lanka has a better bowling attack than the indians, besides sri lanka beat india in the warm up match Sri Lanka scored just 153/6 and India were bowled out for 148, ajantha mendis bowled kohli with a peach of a delivery, they say that ashwins delivery to amla was the ball of the tournament go check that delivery to kohli by mendis and then talk, so lets not get carried away and count chickens before they hatch, and lets not live in a world of make believe lets come down to earth and face the realities on ground, sri lanka is a better side than india and they will beat india come sunday.

Posted by billbowden311 on (April 4, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Coincidently, players not currently playing in the IPL bowled so well, Tahir and HEndricks. While coincidently, Steyn in his super-hot form ended with an economy of 11.33, odd? Duminy, ended with 9.60, odd? AB played a blazing innings before and got out for 10, odd? Very odd indeed.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

20 yrs for following cricket seems worth it , watching Kohli bat.. just flawless.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (April 4, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Congrats Team India and looking forward to a great match with SL. Both teams deserving finalists after their strong play during the tournament but beyond that their strong record over other world tournaments as well (ODI WC, WC T20 and the CT). Well done to these 2 great Asian teams despite being disrespected by the overseas fans. Good luck to both teams for the final!

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 4, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

well done to India today and look forward to seing you in the finals on Sunday. India are favourites but we like and are used to being underdogs..good luck to bot teams and hopefully the fans will also be sensible..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

Enjoy guys. coz ull be enjoying only today and tommorrow. sunday it will over for good. 2014 T20 Champs Srilanka

Posted by pillais1978 on (April 4, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Can we let SL play with 13 players in the final to make this a more even contest?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Virat kohli has proved he is the best batsman currently He greatly strengthens the Indian team. For SA, I feel they were a bit unlucky in the Parnell to Raina over. However, duminy had batted slowly and should have scored 10 or 15 more runs to put SA on top.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Congrats India n Kholi u class act, what a chase under pressure, glad one of the asian teams will win the WC T20! Hope pak taking notes on how to chase big totals and stay calm under pressure.

Good luck to the finalist easily the best 2 teams.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

@Sinthya....India did not enter the final by luck (just like SL)...it showed why it is best in the world....so luck wont work for second time....the loss of another final is inevitable for SL....on sunday SL is playing for the sake of formality....

Posted by CrickFans007 on (April 4, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

A moment SA won the toss and Elected to bat first, They lost the match very early. B bad decision. You can not defend a total against great batting line. SA could have won easily if they put India on bat first. I saw Dhoni was so happy when SA choose to bat. I can give final Sunday result here, If SL won the toss and put India on bat first then game over for India otherwise India can chase any total. They can only loss of you put them on bat first.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Kohli is match finisher and now India ready to lift wt20 .

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

this indian team looks extremely dangerous.. all the 5 matches played by them were truly dominated and they dint let the opposition even a slight chance of a win.. its time to rule the cricketing world for the indians and they r making it sure by defeating evryone brutally.. its Sri Lanka's turn..

Posted by v_giri on (April 4, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

It was a relief to see Faf back at the helm and "normal" think tank of SAf in full action. Faf made sure that their best bowler and best batsman were kept in check and not allowed to operate early in the innings. In the earlier match against Eng they had a substitute captain and he flouted the standard operating guidelines and sent AB early in the innings. This kind of thinking can lead to non-standard results esp. in a knock-out match. The SL has the audacity to think about captain differently. I was worried SL kind of thinking can be infectious. Thank God SAf immunity system is very effective and were not impacted by buggy thinking closeby. Good Luck SAf - you have the probably best 11 players but somehow the synergy is missing. A little aggressive captaincy can get you better results in WC ODI. All the best.

Posted by anvesh4444 on (April 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

love u Rohit, your 6 of Steyn made my day.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

I still remember India not qualifying to play semi final in earlier world cup against SA, Fab proved to be a thorn then, India was fielding and Virat was fielding near the boundary and was wiping off tears as we were knocked out of the tournament. Come this world cup - Virat is now a matured cricketer, the way he played the entire innings was incredible. Hats off to a Champ - Virat Kohli

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

steyn should remember this for the whole life .... this will be enough to bringl his ego a bit down... love you kohli, no matter what the world cup stays in asia... Love from pakistani

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

This T20 World Cup will go to India what I see after Indian teams great performance in all matches they've played in World Cup. SL is a tiny team compared to Indian team. As long as Indian team doesn't provide any chance to lose any game, they won't be defeated. I wish India wins. Let's see how Indians bang SL team in the final.

Posted by Natesan333 on (April 4, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Are there any complaints about India chasing slowly, any worries about NRR :) No better chasing team in the world than India, especially in limited overs.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 4, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Well played India.

Kohli is a phenomna. Nice touch from Dhoni blocking the last ball of the 19th enabling Kohli to score the winning runs

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Kohli's no match for Dave Warner-best bat in world after Clarke,De Villiers.Of course in shorter versions,Warner's by far best,dest. in world in all conditions. His inngs. v hosts BD spin-splendid,1 of best of tourney so far.Also Lahiru's for SL in s/f.

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

Indians are very lucky to have an opponents like SA in semis.. If they get PAK, WI or SL in semis they would have found very difficult to beat.. indians are running on their Luck in this WT20..

Posted by naansari on (April 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

It was a perfect chase and Virat Kohli performing well as usual while India is chasing. All the best to Indian team for the final against SL

Posted by SevereCritic on (April 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Dhoni - the Don Vito Corleone of Indian cricket and Kohli his Luca Brasi. "Consider this my gift for the precious innings you played for me". /bow

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Simply great by a ever great player. What a player India has produced to rule the cricket world. Kohli, you beauty!!!! best wishes for team india and indians from a Pakistani!

Would love to see India beating Sri Lankans in the final!!!

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (April 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

come on india...LIONS are waiting..!! SL have to win the toss and put indians bat.. What ever the total SL can chase with Poor indian bowling unit..Even 180 can be chasable with this avarage indian bowling..!!

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

@tearshan

Can you explain what is that 'team skill' you talkin about?

1) Inda won all games in large comfort 2) India won games both setting (160 runs) and chasing (as low as 130 and as high as 173) 3) India did not lose more than 4 wickets so far 4) India won games both due to spinners (mishra, ashwin) and pacers (bhuvi) 5) India tried 13 out of 15 players in the squad, none of them flopped 6) India won Aus, Pak as compared to SL winning just NZ (Both teams defeated WI and SA) 7) India did not need D/L at any point of time 8) All players in top order clicked big time ... Rohit. Rahane, Kohli, yuvi. raina ... Dhoni as we know is big match player ... The team is so good that Jaddu and Ashwin were never needed to bat but they bowled great 9) India has almost 2 leg spinners (ashwin bowls 50% carrom ball ... Amla wicket is one of the best wickets in any format). 10) Shami is definitely good so is dhawan ... India has the comfort to place both, come finals ...

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

@ luckyias...where is your 90% chance yar...its absorbed by only one guy KOHLI....get ready to face INDIAN STORM in finals...i was laughing at all the comments posted by some fans after SA's innings...but as soon match is over, they all disappeared from this forum to hide their faces....congrats INDIA for one of the best batting performances of the tournament...as i always tell, India just love chasing....Kohli got the habit of chasing any totals in limited over cricket and thus India also addicted to chase BIG totals....

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

Shows how certain teams can W only in 'their' conditions.This game,eg. if played @ Aus/SA Ind would berely make 120.Even then,good short balls had all Ind bats in trouble.SA missed Morne badly.Would've been diff.-him,Dale attacking with new ball/bouncers.

Posted by rk_ks on (April 4, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

@SL_rockz : India took it from you. When did you earn it to take it from you. You earned it in 1996 and not anytime after that.

Posted by Criticalthinking on (April 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Congrats India, Brilliant ball from Ashwin.The main difference between both the teams is Ashwin. Look at his figures, 4 overs-3 crucial wickets (Amla, Faf and ABD ) for 22 runs. This awesome bowling made the difference. Think if anyone of the bestmans are not out. The final score would have been a different one.But we cannot take credit out of Kohli's batting performance and Raina's cameo.

Posted by anshu.s on (April 4, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Being a Indian fan i am thrilled to bits with us winning and reaching the finals, it was a keenly contested and a highly strung affair but yet there were some moments of comical relief

1) Shane Warne comments during the match that Rohit Sharma has more talent in his little finger than most others have it in..... i believe you Shane

2) Sanjay Manjerekar yelled a spontaneous "wow " before realising Rohit Sharma attempted wow shot was heading straight in to the palms of Du Plessis inside the 15 yard circle.

3) Did anyone hear Steyn in his 2nd last over yell a four letter expletive on the stump mik to Suresh Raina when he rushed out of the crease at non strikers to sneak a single .... that was gold dust... it just summed up the frustration and incomprehension of Saffers that how could the Indians be chasing down this total.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster. commented "Well done India and than you SA for a wonderful game."

Thank you, Cpt.Meanster, for your polite & respectful comments, and congratulations on India's victory. Good luck for the finals.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

@ Slinga_Malinga on (April 4, 2014, 13:28 GMT) - Sorry mate, were you saying something? Sounds like, you were trying to say, "Chak de, chak de Indiaaaa, chak de, chak de Indiaaaa"!! One can draw a lot of parallels between SA in knockout phases in big tournaments and Pak in big WC games against India and, indeed, SL in finals of WC tournaments - They all choke!! See, generally, I don't gloat when India wins but I am getting sick of all this anti-Indian sentiments on this site, especially from the neighboring nations. I promise to stop the war of words as long as you guys stop - Just admire the talent that is Team-India as opposed to being jealous and cutting them down!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Easy win for India. SA is an over rated team. 2-3 batsmen only. Poor in spin attack. No bowling attack. Dale is the best bowler in test only. He is worst in ODI and T20. His speed is the advantage for oposition. No variations. He doesnt know how to bowl a yoker. No slow bouncer. SL and India's attack are much better than other countries. But not the best. The advantage India have is strong batting. So SL have a tough game in final.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

What a spectacular triumphTeam India, had over the so far unlucky Proteas in World events !

Kohli deserves all accolades, plaudits for his splendid, unblemished, immaculate & classical essay , without even giving a split trifle of a chance, marked with consistency & class.

The hapless initial SA ploy of to send a makeshift part timer Spinner in Duminyagainst the Indians, who tackle Spin with dirt ease was tactically wrong and after that everything went in favour of India.

Rohit did give a good beginning, but may stay longer.Yuvi is quite tentative but needs to grow in confidence.Amit who was penetrative so far was blasted [ may be, he tried to bowl differently and the very same performance can't be expected always.Shami needs to be brought back after his much needed break in place of Mohit.Rahane seems to have cemented his place.

So we are looking forward to a high decibel fight between 2 Asian neighbours and needless to say India will continue their clinical performance to win !

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

guys whoever wants to say whatever .... but all of u forgot ... AWESOME is the word for MEN in BLUE ....loving the journey of t20 wc <3

Posted by Haleos on (April 4, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

@giri - ur overconfidence is amazing. Ur team is open book to us. No mystery no greatness.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Congratulations India on a well deserved win. Their textbook run chase skillfully exploited du Plessis' poor captaincy, Kohli's brilliant innings of control & aggression took India home with ease, & Rohit & Raina's run bursts kept India in full control.

SA opened with part-time & not strike bowlers, & India's assault left SA's bowlers floundering & erratic. Their 9 wides cost 24 runs: Rohit's 24 took 5 more balls! India's 3 wides & 1 NB cost 10 runs, & Amla's wicket.

Indian bowling was punished, but the difference was Ashwin & Jadega's control, conceding in 6 overs only 6 more than he cost of SA's extras, Ashwin gutting SA's batting in the process.

Stubborn SA put AB in too late & wasted Steyn's new ball impact, leaving him visibly frustrated. du Plessis & Domingo squandered their best players, & another semi. Dhoni's & Kholi's calm control took to India to another final.

Since Cronje, no captain had the mental skills to LEAD SA's players to a knockout win. SA - time to get real!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@ Slinga_Malinga...where are you dear, i was searching you after the match...in spite of taking the support of three nations, SA lost the match very easily....and on sunday, its SL's turn....SL has not won any single final/knockout against India in last 6-7 years....im seeing the fear in all SL fans....they expected SA to come to finals..sorry SL, the another final loss is inevitable

Posted by annys on (April 4, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Kohli what a player, sheer pleasure to watch his batting. yuvi needs to work hard in the nets for sure.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Virat was just awsome infront of the wicket as usual. Dhoni given the winning run to kohli (respect)... :) Jai ho!

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (April 4, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

SL might already be worrying by seeing the most feared opponent they are facing again..They must be thinking God cannot be so cruel to let go final again and again.. My suggestion if u bat first put 200 or let India bat even if there is worst condition to bat second.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (April 4, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

Kohli will get all the plaudits & rightly so but let us not forget the wonderful platform laid down by Rahane & Rohit in the powerplay to get the batting momentum going. Special mention to Ashwin too - looks a real class act when compared to the innocuous bowling seen by him on the NZ & SA tours. What a ball to get rid of Amla!!! Hope it a good sign & that he does well when he comes here to England. Loads of fickle Indian fans have a go at some of our players like Rohit, Ashwin, Yuvi etc but if you show faith in the undoubted talent all these guys have, they'll come good when it really matters for Indiia. T20 maybe a lottery at times but not a surprise that the two group winners are deservedly in the final. Chak De India!

Posted by openbat04 on (April 4, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

India can only win in sub-continent pitches,they can never win anywhere else,they are a good team but only in the sub-continent,they would never win any tournament on fast,bouncy pitches

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

Sri Lanka Vs India Final!!! Can't wait!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Well played india...kholi ..wow what a player. ..Only 3 dot balls...It shows how he value his wicket..come on india...believe ur self everything is possible

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

When was the last time Kohli was out of form?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

the correct title of the article is "india edge out south africa"

Posted by nooni007 on (April 4, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

well done India, keep it up, kohi played wonderful inning, blaw blaw blaw blaw,

but this was first T20 match which india played against its equivalent site, and fortunately they win, match with srilanka is ahead, n i dont think so luck is againt merciful to india, so keep some coments with yourselves guy cuase certain lose is seeing way of team India, hahahhahahha

Posted by sportofpain on (April 4, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Well done India -that was truly a brilliant chase - Kohli was magnificent - can we start calling him a great player now? but it was a team effort while chasing - Rohit, Rahane, Yuvi, Raina all played important roles. As for SA well played but today the Indians were better. You did not choke SA - if you knock on the door enough times eventually it will open - you can be proud of your consistency. Ashwin was also fantastic.

Will be a good final - India look strong but shouldn't be complacent. The lankans will be super hungry.

Posted by shuraif on (April 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Do not think this time india can beat lions.if same team or changes trophy to lions.good luck sri lanka..............

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

If you see closely, it was not perfect from India. Had fauf stayed a while or AB continued, India might have had to chase 190 plus. Also Dhoni made some tactical mistakes. Yuvraj is not yet fluent. SA also made a mistake in bowling duminy first up helping the openers settle. Also only Kohli seems to continue after a start. Rahane and Rohit need to do more. Why did Yuvraj not bowl at all? SL will analyse all this. So India must play well. As it is they have done very well to reach the finals.

Posted by Pradeep-Malappattam on (April 4, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Congrats.India..for a wonderful match....!!!! Kohly you beauty...what a man..All the best for Finals... and well ply SA...

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (April 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

As soon as Kohli hit that match winning boundary, I could sense that the whole of Pakistan and Sri Lanka was going to have a collective heart attack. Hahhaha.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

My dear Indian fans, I am a Sri Lankan fan and want Sri Lanka to win tomorrow. There is no doubt that India has the strongest batting line. Kohli is a great batsman and I agree that he can chase any score. However, do not forget that cricket is the most uncertain game in the world. Two quick wickets can change entire situation and anything can happen. So don't be over confident. Congratulations to both team from sub continent.

Posted by IndieFan on (April 4, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

That was a great game. Feeling bad for SA though. After a good batting performance they still end up on the loosing side. Guys please don't call this a choke. SA fought well. It was just great batting that took the game away from them. Virat Kohli. Already a legend in my opinion.

Posted by Dileep.Iyer on (April 4, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Now I remember Darryl Cullinan predicting that India will lose against the West Indies in their league match, because "he didn't think" that India has the ability to win 2 matches back-to-back... lol... 5 matches back to back Mr. Cullinan.... Hows that? God willing, the boys will make it 6 in a row... and retain their No: 1 spot in T20s for a long time...! :-)

Posted by pritpalpabla on (April 4, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Great chase by Kohli and company once again... This is first time in this series, Indian bowling under performed but batsmen make it up for this.. Good practice before finals... Now I can see Indian team winning finals on Sunday.... They looked like a complete team in this tournament. The only selection delima will be between Mohit and Shami... And I have a feeling that Dhoni will go for Shami in the finals.... Good luck team India... It's been a whille since we won T20 world cup... Bring it guys..

Posted by vasu.victory99 on (April 4, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

The opposition team might score 120 or 140 or 170... India is gonna chase that in 19 overs, Kohli being the man behind that chase... Kohli and Dhoni absolutely love playing with Srilanka, where they could score runs like playing with high school....

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (April 4, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

If there were any doubts about how strong the Indian team have been in this tournament, it was eliminated with this win. I'm sure that won't stop haters from predicting India's loss to Sri Lanka, just like they had predicted a loss to West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia and South Africa. They've kept waiting for that loss to come so that they can finally have something to smile about, but it just hasn't come.

Posted by sumit1982 on (April 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

I think must bring dhoni must play shami rather mohit sharma.He is much better blower .

I think dhoni need to talk with Mishra bhai today he is bowling to quick , if he lit bit slow then he can became threatening to any opposition.

Posted by hail_sarcasm on (April 4, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Well Played India! you deserve every bit of it, nice team effort. SA also played exceptionally good, but it was not their day. Guys, for god's sake stop calling them Chokers, they didn't not if you understand cricket. SL fans, Steyn is not bad bowler, check opinions from fellow cricketers before commenting. I too like Malinga but that doesn't make Steyn ordinary I know that there was lot of things said by SL fans today but guys try to take victory and defeat in same spirit. Virat was exceptional today like many more matches. And boy, you are example to lot of people what grit means.Ashwin amazing, my MoM today.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Awesome batting vice Captian innings

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

This is the new team India - playing freely led by classy Kohli and cool Dhoni. The spinners bowl like idiots today apart from Ashwin. Thankfully Bhuvi and Mohit did not leak more runs than they did. It was a pathetic bowling performance by India but it was expected given it is the semis and that SA are a really class act. This time SA did not choke, they were simply outplayed by Ind batting line up. If there was one error it was to ask Albie to open with JP instead of Steyn but the way Nohit turned into Rohit was the key and another reason is Rahane instead of Dhawan. More important Kohli relishes these kind of challenges and played this match like IPL - whatever the target i will get it provided others do not crumble around me.

Good luck Ind in the finals! It will be a tougher opponent in SL but these two teams are no strangers to each other and I am sure it will be a cracker just like this one!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

warm match lost to sri lanka , it will be another warm up for sri lanka.

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

Although i m SL fan, i m very hate other teams giving-up the tournament and paving way to another SL Vs IND final, failing to break that autocracy in subcontinent.However,best wishes to both neighbours.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

We will see final how to win you india,,,,,,,,

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Still feel we need to get shami back for mohit or even a binny as belive it partnership between kohli and yuvraj won it. It could have turned there itself. Kudos hats off to team India . Ashwin now ready to replace bhajji. Still would prefer both of them with mishra as England is a long 5 test series.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

today india just outplayed south africa but sa dint choke today its was just the wonserfull batting performance by india

Posted by geevee97 on (April 4, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

from the time i have watched cricket, i have never seen a cricketer who can dissect any bowling attack to a pin point precision like Virat kohli.. he looks fired up from outside and calm from inside.. that is exactly diametrically opposite to dhoni.. Long Live Kohli.. and mark my words that herer is one person who if continue like this will break sachin's records for more centuries in all formats.. Hard luck south africa.. the only difference was Kohli and they would have themselves silently admired the innings.. he has set a benchmark for cricketers to emulate

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Duplisis captency is the weak link,what ever you score you need to taje wickets other wise you cannot defend any score,the frist choice bowler should be styne but went for duminy what a blunder to keep steyne till 15 th over what ever bowler you cannot do much from 15 th over

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Kohli the magnificent! apart his own on field attitude or character..... he knows how to bat and probably the only reliable batsman from current Indian line up who has equal class playing away from home soul! a great combination of Dravid's overseas class and Sachin's hunger for runs!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

well played guys..SAF gave the thoughest fight to India in this world cup.but the main thing they did wrong. by asking Indian batsman to chase .all dhoni,yuvi ,kohli ,raina comes on top while chasing. no score is safe while indian batsman are chasing.

Posted by pitch_curator on (April 4, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

I do not agree at all the SAF choked. It is an insult to them. They played brilliantly and were simply outplayed. Any team would have lost to Kohli today. SAF tactics were questionable with the ball - agreed but it was not definitely not choking. They simply did not have the bowling attack for the conditions and their captain made a choice to keep his best for the last. Unfortunately this resulted in losing momentum in the beginning and Indians to their credit kept the momentum till the end. If Steyn had bowled in the beginning, then Morkel would have had to bowl at the ending and Indians can score 20 off his over at the death every time. SAF missed Kallis with the ball. Basically conditions were no suited to their style of play but they fought very hard. This was no choke like the WC QF against NZ. SAF under ABD and Faf would be a power in the 2015 WC when conditions suit them. Feel sad for them and Steyn despite being an Indian supporter

Posted by likeintcricket on (April 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I am impressed with India and on these wickets no one is better then them SL is very lucky with 4 out of 5 tosses win and sneak in to the Finals but I believe this Indian team whether they bat first or last they can easily handle Sri lankans. Only a very bad day by Indians can allow Sri lankans to win.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I would also like to thank SA for putting up a very good score. They played very well and please don't call them the C word. It's unfair and uncalled for. SA have been the BEST non-Asian team for a long time in world cricket where they have been competitive in all conditions. They have some brilliant players in their ranks. No worries boys. In a few days, the IPL will start and you can start hugging and rubbing shoulders with your Indian friends. AB and Kohli along with Gayle and Yuvi will be brilliant for RCB - my favourite team in IPL. But tonight is India's night ! So well done India and bring that cup home on Sunday.

Posted by NextSana on (April 4, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Looking into how SA bowled we can easily defend 170 against India with out spin attack Herath, Senanayake and also yorker king Malinga.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Virat is now our next Run machine after sachin. Even we can bet on him every time when India chase the target. Watch it Srilanka.

Posted by sixesandfours on (April 4, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Good Controlled Innings by India both at Bowl and Bat. Wishing you all the best for India in Final. God Bless India Cricket Team and India!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Kohli is the best batsman ever produced. Today's innings is a gem. Best wishes to team india in final..

What does it take to win a knockout match for South Afr

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

From a SL fan : I think Mahela and Sanga farewell are set to be on a losing cause ....

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

CONGRATS INDIA FOR A FABULOUS WIN :-D

What a performance by India, what a player Virat Kohli is, what a ball Ashwin delivered to dismiss Amla, it is surely the ball of the tournament so far.

Kohli is once in a generation type player and on his way to be included in the category of the True legends this sport has produced. What a consistency he has shown in all formats (he is lagging a bit in Test Matches, but I am sure he will race ahead in that domain too very soon)

A target of 173 was difficult to chase but the openers made a really good start. Rohit needs to curb his impulse to play rash shot else he will soon lose his position.

Overall I am very happy by the Team India performance. Looking forward to another great match on Sunday.

Cheers !!

Posted by latnadu on (April 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

First of all congratz to Mighty India. from Sri Lankan Fan, and i saw some of Lankan friends blaming SF for there bowling performence. and That's Is totally Wrong. Better Team won today... and Kohli done well.

But some of indian friends predicting the up-coming finals All Belongs to India. With These performance it is fare call, But...

But i want to point out some of important tips about up coming finals. which is,

1. Anybody ever seen that Malinga trying to saving 4 Runs? happent last WI match, 2. And with that i want to remember last 50WC finals? Malinga got 2 in Quick time (Biggies, Sachin - Shewahg) and suddenly shout down soon as he done that? 3. But, now he is the responsible person to answer to the world for WIN or Defeat situation. as a active captain. in a big screen.

The Game is On Friends... We Have a Match Here,,, and Exciting One as Well... Good Luck for Both Teams...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

I am sorry but havent SA got it all wrong by including Amla in the mix???

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

SA fielding was very poor on T20 semi final with India. 172 runs for India is a big chase however Virat Kohli played a wonderful game. All the best India for your coming final match. Be careful with batsman Malinga. :) :)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Thanks to all the Sri Lankans who wanted India in the Finals. Well, your wish has been granted and guess what... we are going to be your biggest nightmare.

Posted by Dave1957 on (April 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

South Africa's fatal flaws were many: They went into a defensive mode by letting JP Duminy open the bowling - with off-breaks to righthanders! Steyn likes bowling to righthanders, and he could have put pressure on the Indian lineup with the new ball. If he bowls two cheap overs in the beginning of the innings, his task at the end is so much easier. Hendricks would have been a better option than Albie Morkel as opener. Why JP Duminy was asked to bowl another over, is a mystery. There were enough better bowlers to finish the innings. South Africa has an unhealthy obsession with bowling short balls and a similar obsession with avoiding yorkers at all cost. Most of India's fours came from short and/or wide balls. It is time to add yorker specialists like Abbott and Theron to the mix. South Africa has the potential to be champions in T20s and ODIs, but they lack creativity in the bowling department. Donald should resign and focus on test cricket.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Hey Indians, plz wait and see men. Overconfidence may ruins your dreems. Please keep calm and pray for your team. (Actually pray for there houses which are going to be fired by you guys)... Just a reminder. ... WE ARE THE #1 T20 CRICKETING NATION......

Posted by Nishanthraju on (April 4, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

The way Virat is pacing his innings is really phenomenal. Srilanka is in thirst of a victory in Wold cup finals. They would not want to repeat what they did in last 8 years in a worldcup final. But it has been a cakewalk for India so far in this tournament. Hope final would be a close encounter

Posted by Nawab67 on (April 4, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Where is TommySaffa and his Brethren????? Here is the guy who talks alot and sadly his team backs up nothing!!!!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (April 4, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

SL might be thinking what to do if they win the toss? Bat first and play without pressure? and give match to India as they definitely win while chasing? or bat second and loose the game under pressure ourselves? Tough choice to make.

Every SL fan was overrating Stain before this match, but his figures are 3.1 - 36 runs at 11.36 econ rate without any wicket.

Forget about SL fans but I feel sad about SL loosing one more finals. How tough to face that situation. I could not have tolerated those continuous final defeats. I would have stopped watching cricket. SL fans are having great patience.

No doubt that now every one talks about Malinga's bowling and we all know how well Indian's play Malinga. I would say SL should drop Malinga for game against India.

congratulations to SL fans for coming to at least finals. be ready for one more final defeat in hands of India.

Posted by priyafdo on (April 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

SL is a better side than SA. They beat India at Asia cup. They have better batters/bowlers than SA.More than that they are tacticians . Sl is allround team and they will win this trophy. GO SL GO. BRING THE CUP HOME. GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

India has the worst bowling attack in the tournament. only Ashwin is productive But we Sri Lanka have Mahela and Thirimamna who bats well against spinners. Also India batting power lot depends on Viral n MS. if they fail or pushed in to a corner others will fall apart. Raina, Yuvi and Rohit are no good when pressure is on.

Sorry India, it's our game now. Our guys never let go Sanga and Mahela trophy less when their farewell is set.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

India has the worst bowling attack in the tournament. only Ashwin is productive But we Sri Lanka have Mahela and Thirimamna who bats well against spinners. Also India batting power lot depends on Viral n MS. if they fail or pushed in to a corner others will fall apart. Raina, Yuvi and Rohit are no good when pressure is on.

Sorry India, it's our game now. Our guys never let go Sanga and Mahela trophy less when their farewell is set.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

it's dhoni / kohli mania nobody in the world can stop india jai ho blues. great luck

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Bit confusing to why Dhoni employed few tactics such as 1.Opening with pace bowlers when spinners were most successful as proved in earlier matches and added to it persisted for 5 overs when the score reach 40+(De kok was a poor decision not really a bowlers wicket) 2.After a very successful ashwin over let the hook off SA and bowled Raina who went for 28 in 3 overs. 3.Didnt introduce Mishra until 11 overs when SA got settled. 4.Giving B.Kumar and Mohit a bowl in final overs when Jadeja had the figures of 2-0-8-0 made no sense and those two were taken apart.. Hope Dhoni doesn`t make costly blunders in final..Wish SL and India all the very best..

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

kohli's class is showing the depth of his ability. definitely he is one of the gem of the crown of mother India .

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Great win by India. Till today it was spin department gave us all wins but today alongwith bowling Indiam batting chased 172 runs shccessfully against worlds top most bowling attack. Kohli was simply brillent. What an important inning he played. But here I was very much interested how Indian batsmen faces Steyn & co. In SA tour it was so much hype was created about Steyn. And Indian batsmen too found it difficult to tackle Steyn. Today I am verymuch pleased how confudentely Rohit tackled Steyn. In fact when Rohit hit Steyn for a six, Steyn fear factor demolished. In fact after Rohits brillient six, Steyn face told all the story. Congrates Rohit. Everybody targets him, he plays too slow. But as situation demans, no Dhavan, he transfer himself in Dhavans role. Made rapid 24 runs & India got most important start about 40 runs in powerplay. After Rohits brillient start it was Kohlis show. Kohli is in brillient form. Kohli hits three fifty plus scores so far and Rohit passed fifty twice.

Posted by atthipatti on (April 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Today's match was the virtual final...the winner today would be winner of the tourney anyway....match on Sunday is irrelevant!!! ICC needs to call off the match on Sunday & save some electricity in Bangladesh...India...wipe that dust in your way and take the cup!!!

Posted by lovepork on (April 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

We blew Pakistan away and going to blow Lanka away in the final! Kohli is good enough to take on the entire Lanka team alone

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

I think this is not an issue of South African talents. It was a lack of tactics. I don't why they did not use another spinner still believing about their seamers. In last overs they suffered these thing. In someone playing in South Asia they will be use more spinners than seamers. Also they have problem with a experience in Mirpur. It was not their issue. It was ICC error. Best of Luck all two teams which are selected to final.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Looks a different Indian team that was spanked 6wks ago in NZ.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Neighbour teams shud take a lesson out of the innings by the Classy Indian batsmen..

INDIANS wer patience and played like world champs

Posted by Dileep.Iyer on (April 4, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

It was one of the outstanding chases in T20s. India looks like the best team in this tournament and today the batsmen peaked at the right time. So much were said about Indians in this forum, how lucky they were to be in Semis and all that crap.. Hope all of them got their answers today...

Well, its mostly Pakistani fans who couldnt take it that Indians faring so well in this format, while their team plagued with politics and favoritism were gone without a fight... Other half of the so called "critics" are lankans who now will be really be worrying what to do now... If there is a side in this tournament who are lucky to be where they are, it is the Lankans... NZ lost the match rather than SL winning... and Rain did the part to take them to the finals...

Hope its going to be another cracker on Sunday... and India continues its dominance and come out as the deserving winners.... Congratulations to Young India.... Jai ho!! :-)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

After sA put up 170 plus I had my reservetions / thinking of possible Indian Victory But Virat showed reallly Veerata ( means BOldness ). .. all the best to India

Posted by StevieS on (April 4, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster "This is why Indian batting line up is the BEST in world cricket", how did they do in New Zealand playing proper cricket? This mickey mouse cricket means squat I am afraid.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 4, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Plz mates, though SA has been known for choking under pressure - today i dont think they choked....

It was just Ashwin's accuracy, Rohit's strokeplay, Rahane's shot selection, Yuvi's patience, Raina's dominance and Kohli's brilliance tht took it away from South Africa!

Well played Proteas, u stilll have the respect and love of true cricket lovers......

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Kohli batting is perfect...another chase in india...good louck

Posted by CurrentPresident on (April 4, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Now Sri Lanka have a big tactical problem. Should they bat first on winning the toss (which would be a no-brainer against any other team)?

Even if they bat first, they will be under pressure, knowing that anything under 200 is fair game for the Indian line up.

SL's real chance is to put India in, let them ramble to around 160 and then back themselves to chase it down. Sanga, Mathews and Thiramanne are capable of it.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

At no point did India look like losing I thought even the players got out at a right time ;) Rahane , just as he was about to get stuk in the middle Yuvi, Just played enough balls to allow Raina that clarity of thpught when he came in Raina , Just to allow the Cap to come in with the Vice Everything was very clinical. Openers rocketed Partnership A blitz short inning A holding together force That . Makes for a pro chase.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Next final playing eleven=same ten player shami comes for mohit

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

srilanka be ready to loose again like in2011

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Feel sorry for SA. They are really a good team. I was really scared before today that they will peak at the right time. They have things going on their way earlier. Kohli stood between SA and the victory and won.

Unlike others mentioned in the thread, they didn't choke. Put a good score and bowled good as well in patches (Tahir, Steyn), But India has too good a batting especially in the conditions.

Let us bring the T20 world cup to the place where Champions Trophy and ICC World cup are and Lets not forget its not a easy job against a formidable opponent.

I definitely feel bad for SA, they have everything you would ask for. Good batting some match winners (AB especially), Classic bowling attack. I only can attribute something beyond my comprehensive that is causing them to not even win a single knock out game. They are too good a team to overcome this. I hope they win the World cup 2015 if it was not India.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Why everyone is speaking about finals with SL on sunday. Whether india or SL we can argue ourself in the preview before the match.Right now enjoy the wonderful chase by indians.I thought the game is over for indians after the first half but kohli proved me wrong.Feel sorry for SA. once agian thanks to india they didnt crumble in chase like england or newzealand but shown this entire world how to chase... Go india Go...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Remember one Mr. God. He is no comparison with this new kid on the block - Virat Kohli. That God never scored when India needed most. That's the colossal difference between the two.

Posted by srisri on (April 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Was a gr8 match. SA was good. India was too good. Now IND need to trash the backdoor entry guys in the final!

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

For me the moment ov d match wz M S not hitting d winning run whn.he easily could n leaving it for the saviour ov d Indian ship.....big hearted Mahi for giving the due respect to Kohli...hats off

Posted by Dani-Successful on (April 4, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

I would be more than happy if SA would win today ... But what a knock by virat kohli ... I dont like indian team but today I must have to admire kohli's class ... I wish my team would have such a classy player ... he is splendid, outstanding, stunning, tremendous, fabulous, superb. This is the least I can say....a pakistani fan.

Posted by KingOwl on (April 4, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

It was a good game no doubt. SA did not choke. But they had a conservative game plan. Odd, very odd. It will be SL - India again. I hope SL wins. But I know it will be a good match, and I think India is looking very good. I will be watching it with my buddy from India, and with a pint in hand.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Ya kohli is greatest batsmen in world ..... Har har kohli ..........

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

@Omar-In that case,Kohli is 10 times better than your inhamam ul haq and Javid miandhed.

Posted by dr.shafikhan on (April 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

a realy good show by indians. final wl b a cracker worthy of final.wish u both teams. superb from kohli,nothing to b taken away from him

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

Congrats to India and Kohli. Awesome innings by Kohli. In addition to skill it was a very intelligent innings.

So it's IND Vs SL final again. Being an SL fan I back my side to win the WT20 Title this time and also believes that they have the strength to overcome India in the final. It's gonna be very tough to beat India, yet it's possible.

Expecting a great battle on Sunday and hoping that no weather interruptions. Good luck to both teams!!!

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

DeVilliers, Amla etc. can't hold a candle to Kohli. #ChampionUnderPresssure. Salute !

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

a real & strange coincidence! Indial playing all matches on fridays & sundays with kumara dharmasena as on onfield umpire all along there.....

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

bring it on india, its payback time

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Losing a match is not choking.. The better team won today

Posted by Testcricketistop on (April 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

ShankarNarayanan

Your comment is poorly chosen, South Africa put up a very competitive total, they weren't expected to even get to the semi finals, it is comments like yours that shows little respect to a great team that has struggled throughout the competition with selections and poor form

Show some respect man.

Well done to India, certainly the best team in the competition

Posted by DINESHCC on (April 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Like the predicted thunder storm, now Albert Campbell is also hiding somewhere else.

Posted by vick2025 on (April 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

I don't think SA "choked". They played very well to put up a total of over 170 but it wasn't enough for India because of their superb batting. What an amazing match to watch. Virat is and will be the future of Indian Cricket. All the youngsters in team should learn from him especially Dhawan. It was a good choice to add Rahane instead of Dhawan to start the match. I think each Indian batsman contributed to this excellent WIN..Now we just have to wait and see how the final game will turn out to be and I hope that India wins this CUP because from today's match they totally deserve this CUP...All the best to both TEAMS :)

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Atfirst, a warm congratulaions to India for earning the victory. To all the ignorant fans who still thinks SA choked i would say go check the word "Choke" in the English Dictionary. By saying that u are insulting Kohli n co's performance cos SA played really well but India Batted amazingly and sensibly. So far SA has given the best competition to India in this Tournament. Maybe with this kind of fight from the young SA outside the subcontinent they would have beaten India. India is yet to face the best T20 team in the world SL. Tho India is playing the best in this tournament. But it will all come down to which team can hold on to the end. The SA team is young and still hav a lot to learn in T20s. A good job done by SA in flat putches. Good luck to Both teams in the Final. I have a feeling SL might change the course this time around .

Posted by Kavum on (April 4, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Ho hum. India beats SL (again) and wins yet another title. Kohli was, as I predicted elsewhere on this site, just magical. SRT's records and his repute are in serious danger if this lad keeps up his phenomenal performances. MSD also deserves kudos for nurturing him through his bratty phase. Best natural talent I have seen since Lara. I do not like being a supporter of another losing SL side but seeing Virat come into his own in the last 2 to 3 years has been a pure joy. Joy tinged with sadness since he destroys my team every time. Mali and the boys watch out.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Unlike the OTHER team, India did not take the help of rain and D/L method to go final....INDIA is the BEST team in the world....they are yet to be beaten in this WC....im seeing some sorts of fear in SL fans....most of them expected SA to play against them in final...and half of them were already decided during innings break...Albert campbell, where are you dear, i told you that i will meet you after match....hiding your face....good it is.....i thank all the Pak and SL fans who supported us..meet you in final

Posted by 3ddy on (April 4, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

@rohit_batra , most of the comments from pakistanis here are congratulating india , cant u read? on TOPIC , SAF tried their level best but it wasnt enough given they have almost no decent army of spinners without which u cant win on these tracks , kohli was awesome (pak fan)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Soon the captains will not allow India to chase any total in any format s long as Virat is playing for Teanm India. Chances are ICC will consider putting ban on Team India batting second in ODI or T20.

For todays mathch : As usual Virat successfully led the cha Hamla clean bowled will remain etched in memoery for years to come , Well bowled Ashwin

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Virat "operates" on yet another chase with doctor's precision.....SA were far from choking in this match though,believe me, i have seen them choke..This wasn't it, they were plainly outplayed here...The calmness in the chase though is unsetting ,i was eating every bit of my nails out and Virat was still cold as ice out there on the pitch ...Thats just plain awesomeness ..... As for finals the my prediction is it will be "Dhoni Vs Srilankan 11"...Pretty sure Dhoni is going to ram the last ball in the stands here

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

KOHLI is the BEST BATSMAN in world cricket at the moment in all formats. His supreme temperament and technique makes him better than his rivals.

He will break all records in the coming years. Cricket World can hail the new KING.

Posted by Chn2 on (April 4, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Great innings by Virat. Team India moved to final with ease. Again like 50 over WC the Lankan are standing in final huddle. As we did in 2011, this time also it will be a walk in the park.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Just one game away from becoming the first team to hold all three titles! Awesome

Posted by dhiru22 on (April 4, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

I think that best over of indian inning was 8th over when the scored 8 runs without hiiting a single boundry..thats how you chase and this is the learning lession for all the other teams like WI ,eng and SA ...T 20 is nt always abt hitting boundries..as you can see virat kohli inning he played only 3 dot balls in 44 balls amazing....

Posted by screamingeagle on (April 4, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Entertaining reading the older posts. As usual the haters stay away when the Indian teams wins. They had plenty to talk at the break. LOL.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 4, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

@SL_rockz: Your message seems to be in good sports spirit...for once from an SL fan :). The law of averages support SL because of all the finals losses in the past, but the force is with India!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

South Africa is a country of new ball bowlers... But chose to open the bowling with their two worst bowlers using the new ball ? Steyn , Hendricks and Parnell all use the new ball well ? Also when Raina came in why take Steyn off. It was a poor bowling display from a team of bowlers ? 9 wides = 9 extra balls and nine runs. Still well played to India - think they still had more gas if needed. And what a pleasure to watch Kohli bat no matter who u support !

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Congrats to India. All fans criticizing Dhoni and India must be eating humble pie now. Some of the fans are here to just criticize Dhoni for everything. It seems they think they are more knowledgeable than MSD. Get a hike buzzo.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

virat kohli is "morden master of cricket" jaiho India.....

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

My only wish is to have a Virat Kohli calibre player in Pak team. ASAP. good luck team India you truly deserve it. No arguments there!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Hooo nice team india today super fight for India cricket

Posted by ProdigyA on (April 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Oh what can you say about King Kohli...what is this guy made of...just unbelieveable...Hail the King. SL's worst nightmare comes true. They hate to see India in a final, but here they are. I think half of the morale would be down now. Deserving finalists..and the only team deserving to win the final.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

So it will be walk over to Sri Lanka for t20 champions! Welcome the champions of 2014 t20 world cup.... SRI LANKA!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Whoever is Indians got good practice match..pls donot go over baord.I don't agree with that. We played against good and strong team. SA played well especially against spin bowling. It is the problem with their bowling. Asian countries cannot play well in western picthes and vice versa. SA must be unhappy not because of losing but because of their clueless bowling today. Cricket these days is more on pitch dependancy...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

oh poor mishra!! if not for that no ball he would have bowled more confidently.. one bad delivery and everything collapses. .that's why t20 is most unpredictable

Posted by gautam_iit on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

yeah..it was a great chase lead by Kohli. Innings by innings, he is showing how good cricketer he is. When Sachin retired i believed that nobody can match his standards but now this guy is proving me wrong. Keep going..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

oh poor mishra!! if not for that no ball he would have bowled more confidently.. one bad delivery and everything collapses. .that's why t20 is most unpredictable

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Catch the repeat telecast of ICC WORLD CUP 2011 on day after tommorow..

Posted by niazbhi on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Congrats india. In Ashwin, Misra, Kumar and their awesome batting line india is a lot to handle. SA had a chance if someone else could have also played an innings like Faf (like Miller or AB played a bigger innings at 150 SR). SA has Styen, Hendircks and Tahir. Their 4th bowler should be Abbott. India has the edge in finals.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Looking at all the posts here it feels like Ind Vs SL has replaced Ind Vs Pak rivalry. Fact is the two best teams got to the final . SL is a great team and they have my respect , unlike Pak and BD who are inconsistent and incompetent respectively. Go India.

Posted by niazbhi on (April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Congrats india. In Ashwin, Misra, Kumar and their awesome batting line india is a lot to handle. SA had a chance if someone else could have also played an innings like Faf (like Miller or AB played a bigger innings at 150 SR). SA has Styen, Hendircks and Tahir. Their 4th bowler should be Abbott. India has the edge in finals.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Just love one of the comment by a sri lankan fan yest...he said India's is not a very good batting line up except they have few good players like Kohli, Dhoni, Raina..wait hold on a minute..here is the break down for you: Kohli>Sanagakkara+Jayawardena Dhoni>K perera+mathews Raina=T.Dilshan But one big advantage Sri lanka will have is the "MALINGA" factor that can get them close to win against India...If India can neutralize this one factor, it is a walk in the park for India.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Team India is in great for but Sri Lanka will surely win the final.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

To win the t20 world cup is like being the best at the worst lol. This event will never really gain any credibility so best to shelve t20 to domestic level 'hit and giggle' stuff. International t20 is a bit farcical because its only purpose is to generate 'value' for players in the domestic leagues where they earn the big dollars. Nobody takes it seriously as a team, unless they are bound together by self-interest for monetary gain. Does anyone else find t20 to be incredibly boring to watch? It is so monotonous! It is devoid of real emotion because it all happens too suddenly.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

well to be honest as sl fan kohli and the indian team are already giving me night mares. what a run chace by the indian team.no total is safe when india is chasing. I wish sl and india all the best in the final showdown.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

I think shami should come in for mohit..

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

@tearshan

Can you explain what is that 'team skill' you talkin about?

1) Inda won all games in large comfort 2) India won games both setting (160 runs) and chasing (as low as 130 and as high as 173) 3) India did not lose more than 4 wickets so far 4) India won games both due to spinners (mishra, ashwin) and pacers (bhuvi) 5) India tried 13 out of 15 players in the squad, none of them flopped 6) India won Aus, Pak as compared to SL winning just NZ (Both teams defeated WI and SA) 7) India did not need D/L at any point of time 8) All players in top order clicked big time ... Rohit. Rahane, Kohli, yuvi. raina ... Dhoni as we know is big match player ... The team is so good that Jaddu and Ashwin were never needed to bat but they bowled great 9) India has almost 2 leg spinners (ashwin bowls 50% carrom ball ... Amla wicket is one of the best wickets in any format). 10) Shami is definitely good so is dhawan ... India has the comfort to place both, come finals ...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

The mental strength shown by Rohit, Rahane, Kohli and Raina was remarkable. I was not hoping for an Indian win after 172 runs were posted by SA, specially because few months back India had a horrible tour of that nation. I just wish and pray to god that India carries this confidence with form, outside the sub-con as well. They truly showed their colors of a real champion team.

Posted by yellow_jacket_98 on (April 4, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

An excellent game of cricket and full credit to S. Africa - they looked shell shocked not because they choked but because India kept their cool and played a calm, sensible and clinical innings. Credit to the overall strategy and kudos to Kohli for playing a master class knock today - two areas of concern were Yuvraj who looks woefully out of touch and the fielding. We gave away 10 extra runs in the field today. In any event, Sri Lanka have a lot to play for on Sunday and are excellent in these conditions so India will have to play like they did today to win. Also Ashwin deserves a lot of credit for taking those wickets and keeping the S. Africa total manageable. I really thought they would have scored 180 plus at one point.

Posted by Karthik78 on (April 4, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

India is the only team which is still tested its capacity in this tournament. They keep matches easy to finish. SL has already lost a match. So obviously, India has upper hand in the final.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (April 4, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

It is unfair to say SA choked. They did all the things the best they could and did not goof up.

It's just that they came upon God of the chase. With Kohli around, no total is enough.

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

'THIS IS SPARTA"....yelled Gerard Butler as he knocked down the Persians...Virat Kohli seems to be yelling 'THIS IS INDIA" each time he goes out to bat!! All that success definitely has not come without hard work. Wonder how many hours he spends in the nets each day when he isnt playing!!!

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

poor captaincy by du Plessis.he never use his bowlers properly......

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

Best part of the game was the singles/twos by all the batsmen instead of getting out trying to hit sixers. South Africa lost the game in letting those singles/two's along with too many wides. Definitely did not choke but beaten by clinical and mature batting by Indian batsmen. Rahane was class act and so was Raina relieving the pressure. Kohli is the Tendulkar of the nineties. This Indian team's ability to not panic and execute is one of all-time best India teams. Credit should go to Dhoni and IPL for instilling that confidence. As far the final goes, I think India deserves to win. The Indian batsmen need to watch out for SriLankan bowlers who know our weakness more than any other team. Considering we will not win the one day World Cup in Australia, this is the best chance we have for another World Cup, even though it is T20. Lets get it done boys!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

I am 27 and I have been sensibly watching cricket for around 20 years. But I do study a lot about cricket. With my so short knowledge about cricket I want to tell that Kohli is the best batsman cricket has ever had. May be it's too early to say it, but batting is what he displays. If someone is looking for a book like "How to bat", he should be given the youtube links of Kohli's batting.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Congratulation India!!!. Reading the all past comments especially from some Indian fans (not all Indian fans), I can conclude the results so far in this tournament as 1. One teams has advanced to the finals purely because of their talents and superiority. That's India. 2. Other team has advanced to the Finals purely because of their LUCK. There is no talents available in that team. 3. Final is a cakewalk for India.

I have no comments on these conclusions because it will be decided in next 48 hours. However, one thing special in this tournament is that ICC ranking No. 1 and No.2 are competing in the finals. I do not know how many times No. 1 and 2 fought in the finals of ICC tournaments ( including ODI and T20 world cups). I think ICC ranking is fairly correct.

If Sri Lanka can manage Kohli and Dhoni's wickets early... then???

Posted by Rohit... on (April 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Surprised to see some SL fans like Ranathunga commenting on SA bowlers... These people rates SL bowling better than Steyn & Co... Had it been SL bowlers, INDIA would have chased it down within 12 overs... Just Like India Chased Down 300+ Target in 37 Overs... Just Because U are in Finals doesn't mean that U are the Best Team... Losing to England & Winning tee Semi with the Help of Rain & Self-Destroying Bating Line-up of the Opponents is a proof that U are in the finals because of Pure LUCK.

Posted by three_tamil on (April 4, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

@SL_rockz; yes we took WC2011 from you, but this team is different from that 2011, now without SRT, Viru, Gambir, Zahir, and Harbajan. So now also this team wants to win WC. Lets hope for good match. this IND team wants to win over same old Sanga, Mahela, Dishan and slinga. Best of luck for both IND and SL. Thanks to PAK and BD fans who gave their support.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

@The Greatest Game. Without swing or seam movement from the pitch Dale Steyn becomes cannon fodder for batsmen. There have been several occasions during IPL and even during international ODI when MS Dhoni has swatted him like an offspinner. Today was yet another example, albeit by Kohli.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

I am really happy to see our pakistani brothers congratulating Indian team.. Thank you guys.. We appreciate your sportsmanship.. I wud have really liked Ind-Pak final, Let's hope it happens next time..

Posted by rohanblue on (April 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

any ground, any opponent, any format, kohli is d Boss......

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

well played kohli!! familiar opponents meet at finals again..

Posted by Dhadumia on (April 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

As said by naudurivsm SA didn't choke. It was India's good batting that undid the SA's effort in batting. Kohli what a GEM he is! No indian was as good a chaser as Virat Kohli is. Mind you guys had India not have Virat Kohli they today again might have faltered. It was Virat Kohli who pulled off an excellent innings to see India through. One thing guys you should have noted Virat plays almost a zero-risk innings. You will hardly see oppenents getting chance for to OUT Virat Kohli. Even with Sachin Tendulkar there was always chances of him getting out but with Virat Kohli you hardly see opponent getting chances or half chances. I dared to compare Kohli with Sachin but Guys he is indeed playing really well.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Why is the best batsman in the world batting at no. 5? Makes absolutely no sense

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

congrats to the indians india is hot favoritue but i want SL WC2014. Lost 5 WC FINALS in 7 years..

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

u want see lions roaring please watch 2014 t20 final

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

What an excellent chase.... KOHLI proved once again that he is the "king" among the batsmen while chasing a target.what a confidence and concentration!!! Raina played a cameo and his role helped india from succumbing to pressure.Nice turnout!!!For all those guys who wished for the defeat of india in the hands of SA.... never underestimate your opponent's strength.Be sportive and try to acknowledge the achievements of others rather than searching for silly reasons to undermine those achievements.

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

@tearshan says India hasnt been tested yet.LOLZ!!I am extremely disappointed for SRI LANKA tonight .They have yet lost another trophy.ha ha!!

Posted by CricBoy01 on (April 4, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Never posted in this thread before although i do follow posts here. The guy who made me to comment here is one and only Virattt Kohli !! Really impressed with his performance. He is a diamond!! Pure one... I used to hate him but recently, i saw his video where he was saying that i am a fan of cristiano ronaldo and Real Madrid. You know i love Real Madrid and Kohli instantly became my favt lol. Coming from a Pakistani !! Kohli you super Kohli

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Two best teams in the final...well actually India are the best but i suppose they have to play someone...Jai Hind!!

Posted by Prince458 on (April 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Today's win was great. Now I am really worried about COMPLACENCY.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

good to see both n eibhore plyaing final good team will win

Posted by naveedriaz69 on (April 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Kohli is by far the most complete batsman and a true fighter

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

What class from Kohli and Dhoni showed his class in just one ball. Hats off and thanks for making my day.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

This is a classic instance of showing what Kohli is all about in Cricket History. There were plenty of occassions when someone once called Mr. God of Cricket could have delivered when chips are down and the going got tough. Unfortunately and strangely enough, God hardly delivered. But this new Kid on the block is different. He wins it for his nation with Courage, Power and Super Skill. Isn't it? Touch wood, when he hangs his boot, people will go awe struck.

Posted by No.444 on (April 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Ahhhhhh! at the halfway stage I thought we were going to be OK, no choke, and a really good effort...but enough about SA - this has to be about India. Well played India. Control all the way and never really looked like losing once they got to the wicket. Kohli was sublime and India essentially had Dhoni in the tank for in case things got nasty. He wasn't necessary. Class act.

Respect to the Indian fans too. The usual arrogance has evaporated and are humble in a great win. Looking forward to final. Should be a cracker. Good luck to both teams. I'll take up watching curling from now onwards...less pain.

Posted by Lanka1003 on (April 4, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

I cant say its talent, it is luck... Dhoni's luck as caption continuous. Dhoni is only difference frm asia cup. We are up to the challenge, cup is ours.

Posted by Texmex on (April 4, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Dhoni should have attacked with Mishra when Amla got out. Hope he does not repeat that mistake. Raina helped them and get settle.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Lions go for it boys. Nothing can stop you. Not even Kohli.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

It was Kohli show all the way..but credit has to be given to two players who played a crucial part Ashwin and Raina...it was a collective effort from Ind...one more obstacle to cross...thanks for the wishes to some SL and Pak fans who have posting a very warming and nice comments in this forum....

Posted by ultracoach on (April 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

From Sri Lanka's point of view; One sweet revenge in the Semis for the loss in the last T20 finals. I hope for another sweet revenge in the finals for the loss in the last F50 finals. Though I give a 55-45 chance to India.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

No disrespect to India at all great team, lots of exiting players wiht lot sof exciting play!

1) Once I saw WD parnell was bowling I gave up watching he's absolutely useless at T20/ 50 Over cricket as a bowler, the inevitable extras wides/no balls creap in the wayward bowling the pressure.

2) The Selectors need to open their eyes, maybe they were watching a repeat of the U21's win & didn't see WD Parnell screw up another tight match!!

enough said!

Posted by bootlicker on (April 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Most of the comments are biased and with prop up the nationality and personal emotions. The ground situation is two inform teams have come to the final. Obviously there are talented players in both teams but if you take head to head SL is more superior than India. If Mahela get another chance to lead the team IND has no chance in the final. In contrast if they do not take Kholi's wicket soon SL has very remote chance of winning. However SL have better fire power than IND and they have varied bowling attack than IND. So the final result depends on these points not individual emotions.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Sincere thanks to Shane Warne for providing wonderful tips so that Indians can bat well.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Its a team effort but kohli inning was really special and last ball of 19th over.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Hats off to the indians. All their wins have been clinical. They deserve the title this year. From Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

I see sachin of 90s in virat performance..terrific going virat..I don't believe in one more sachin. but u r challenging me..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Hats off to the indians. All their wins have been clinical. They deserve the title this year. From Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

What a class player, Birat Kohli!! More sensational game on Sundy!

Posted by JChandi on (April 4, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Great batting from Virat Kohli....ha ha bring it on India, SL are ready for you!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

SL plan for final Allow Kholi hit a century, then india definitely loses. lolz

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

congrats indians from #pakistan

Posted by inswing on (April 4, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

India is definitely great in these conditions. Kohli is not just playing good knocks, but is unbelievably consistent. Hate to be negative about a win, but Kohli's form is hiding a number of weaknesses in batting and bowling. Sharma, Dhawan, Raina, Yuvraj, and Jadeja are all suspect with the bat and so are Bhuvi, Mohit, and Shami with the ball. They are doing well with the help of Kohli and Mishra, but in Aus they are going to be brutally exposed. Especially Yuvraj and Raina are sitting ducks overseas, and so is Ashwin. But enjoy the win for now, worry about the future later. Money is on India in the final.

Posted by akramk on (April 4, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

What a batsman Virat Kohli is! Its his attitude that stands out. If he can play like this against SA, he's going to destroy the poor SL bowling. There should have been a better opponent to India in the finals, but unfortunately for the cricketing masses SL mumbled and jumbled into it.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (April 4, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

DARREN SAMMYS PREDICTION CAME TRUE.IND IN FINALS, but had it not be the rain it would have the greatest PREdictions by any captain till date.Thanks rain didnt come today & play spoil sport.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Venu Gopal Rao played one entire over of Dots so that Dhoni can reach a Score of 183*... Venu did it long back while Dhoni did it today... ‪#‎Hail‬ ‪#‎Venu‬... the unsung hero... (am I over reacting??--May be, but far less than crazy Dhoni Fans)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

what expected teams two again in final this the time for lions wc2011 revenge

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 4, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

@Dilum Thilakarathne ... we are just humans and you know we love hunting lions. Bad luck. you would have loved a SA / SL Final

Posted by Agila on (April 4, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@many07, well pal, electric_loco_WAP4 seems to be a rail fan as his name suggests, WAP4 is more of an indian rail thing, I wonder if he is NOT an SL fan, he is just one of those cry baby "glass is half empty" Ind gentlemen

Posted by realfan on (April 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

lol... whats surprising is jadeja bowled 2 overs for 8 runs and he dint complete his quota of 4 overs, instead raina completed 4 overs.... lol.. that s hilarious... he is second best bowler for india after ashwin in this match....

and oh man... all the hideouts must be filled with haters now... i heard lots of people jutst went missing, especially from lanka and pak... and few from bangla.... hope they get back soon...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

I still love you Proteas

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Got to say team India got the mental strength to nail it on big occasions and kohli proves yet again why he is a class act. Happy for India they deserve every bit of it right from the start of the tournament.Pak has alot to learn from these young guns of India but happy for both the subcontinent teams in the final. Cheers from Pak.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Kohli is God's gift to India. Perhaps, He wanted to atone for aging Tendulkar so soon.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Congrats to India on making the final. I thought 172 would be a tough score to chase but India made it look easy, especially once Raina started hitting them all over the park. Glad to see India knock SA down a level after dropping the test series a few months earlier. Well, I can honestly say based on tournament performance that SL and India are the 2 best teams. In fact, its heartening to see 2 Asia based teams in the final especially since neither one of them gets any credit overseas. With that in mind, I would like to wish good luck to SL and go India! :)

Posted by walidabbas on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

i was hoping for south africa victory. but full credit goes to virat kholi. what a player, hats off. steyn shoul have came on when raina walked in though

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Yet another convincing win by India. I am so surprised to see such a hopeless bowling by SA. They were really scared to bowl Indian batsman from the very first over.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

India will now are champions beating SA

Posted by Nimantha1982 on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

we, Sri lankans happy to see Indians in the finals.. simply because we know Indians deserve to be there and we need to beat them to be champions.. being champions without beating India is not complete... so the two best team in the finals.. but sad to see some Indians fans under estimating SRI LANKA.. but mind you cricket is a very funny game.. and fingers crossed for the finals... COME ON SR LANKA WE NEED TO GIVE GREAT SEND OFF TO MAHELA AND SANGA... WHICH THE DESERVES

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Cngrtz india. U deserve to win the match. South africa better luck next time. Better team win.frm sl fan.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

You can't compare kohli with any other player. He is unique and masterpiece. Wat a wonderful and world class player

Posted by jaya_niyathai on (April 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

" Sri Lanka won World T20 -2014.. " - Headline of Monday news paper...

Posted by ksquared on (April 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Well done Kohli and Team IND. The two best T20 sides in the world are in the final should be a cracker of a game on Sunday!!!!!!

Posted by manjeet0860 on (April 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Once again India vs SL.. should be a easy win for India. But I hope for a intense final. Kohli is a master. Unstoppable.

Posted by realfan on (April 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

look at this all you team players... this is how you chase, this is how you bat.... no slogging, no blind shots... no miss hits... just pure classical text book batting from all the players.... rohit especially gave a good start and that six to styne must have sent nerves to Saffa... rahane was just all class helping kohli to get setled... then comes the man for india , kohli who is all text book stuff player, UV was not at his best but was gaain looking good, raina completed his role with perfection giving india a much neede momentum in the end and the other man for india, dhoni ... look at him , he could have easily taken single in the last ball of 19th over... but he left kohli to have the glory... take a bow indian chasers....

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

INDIA is not dependent on Toss & DL to win a match.

Posted by KK_SL on (April 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Congratulations Indian fans for the wonderful victory over SA. It was always on the card as I expected earlier. Looking forward to witness a great game on Sunday !!! - A Sri Lankan Fan

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (April 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

No CHOKE! Everyone would agree...it was absolutely good batting by all Indian batsman and just a minor(or major) mistake of not bowling steyn more earlier...Two of his overs were useless...I hope Sri Lanka makes the same mistake with Mallinga in final...He is a greater threat than Steyn Mind you... I thought South Africa played a super excellent game...Duminy and Faf both played well and India was always under pressure but luckily openers gave a good start and then this team with Dhoni left to come was always ahead of the target.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win final. time to accept the truth. India will give back fever to them for 2011 WC. Digest it now or see heartbreak.

Posted by sergio11 on (April 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

to be honest..SA gave everything they've got..fielding was soo good..its not a choking by any means...Kholi made the difference..i really wants to see SA winning the WC2015...if they are not facing ind in the finals..lol

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

india were just superb the way the way they been through the tournament always in control. initially ashwin then kohli along with a cameo from ever reliable raina meant India coasting to the seemingly difficult target.

Posted by anvesh4444 on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

ROHIT'S 6 of STEYN made my day

Posted by deepu_upeed on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Kohli!!!!! you are the match winner.. dont show the mercy on SL !!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

incredible India. proud to be an Indian. I don't want 2 speak much on finals n SriLanka since Sunday awaits for a major frustration for SriLanka n Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

is kohli is best player in the world????

i don't thin so......

cuz he's the best best player ever born........mark my words!

no lie..................only opinion

Posted by TRAM on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

I got mad when Dhoni didn't bring back Ashwin when every other bowler was going for runs. But it seems a master plan he kept him back for AB. Seriously AB could have caused much more damage otherwise. It was a question of 190+ versus 170+ score. It shows how well Dhoni sees both the current requirement as well as the long term / overall match requirement. Also Dhoni sent Raina at the end to bat with Kholi, when every one thought Dhoni needed to be there in the middle. Raina's striking ability without ANY time to settle down is amazing. He is the best in India in that aspect. To me, it was really Raina's innings that took away the win from SA.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats to india ! Kohli has shown to pakistan how to chase not once he showed again and again what a classy act , as an big fan of kohli i just want to say he is the best ! Love watching Him play Great act Great player . Insha Allah india Will win they Will thrash Srilanka ! Geo Virat Kohli and co

Posted by naudurivsm on (April 4, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Jai Ho Team India .. Congrats!!

Now SL will be thinking what would be a safe and dependable target if they have to bat first. :)) because it is evident now , no target is safe. Keep thinking guys !!. Good luck for Final to both teams

But one thing for sure: SA did not choke and comments from others on this are wrong and un-called for; It was just brilliant batting ability of Indians that won the game. Just a treat for the eyes to watch.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Kohli is the best batsman ever produced. Today's innings is a gem. Best wishes to team india in final

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 4, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

This is how you chase down a big total in a knock out match. What a win by India ! This is why Indian batting line up is the BEST in world cricket. Virat Kohli, take a bow son. What a player !! What a genius ! SA did well to post 172 but they were always going to struggle against this mighty batting line up. India will win the finals now. Nothing can stop this team. SL are a good team but they have no chance. Well done India and than you SA for a wonderful game.

Posted by jango_moh on (April 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

another perfect chase from india and kohli..well done india!!!! i think mishra and company will come good in the finals.... luckily, the batsmen stepped up when the bowlers had an off day!!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Team India got good match practice before final match on Sunday...Tough for Srilanka, India truly deserves the trophy...all the best..Go India Go....

Posted by realfan on (April 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

5 matches 272 runs out only twice with a strike rate of healthy 128 at an average of 121 with highest being 72 not out in most important game..... that kohli for you in this T20.... he is the only who excels in every format, every ground against every team... what a gem for india...

Posted by Raj1960 on (April 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

I don't expect Dhoni to change a winning combination. He never does. I expect same team to play the finals and why not. They resoundingly defeated SA, a very good team. India is clicking in all cylinders, the only way they loose to Sril Lanka is by overconfidence or under estimating them. If they play to form, India should win easily

Posted by mithun_25 on (April 4, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

before the match started SA had a slight fear with the indian spin bowling attack but they really managed to set the target of 173 runs on the board . they know the pitch conditions that is suitable for spin bowling and produced a good total at the end but they are really strong in fast bowling attack and they failed to restrict india to win the match . again the same battle field happen at the end in the upcoming final with same opponents . lankan lions vs indian tigers .. may be again a breath taking final will happen with these two opponents .. all the best india .. all the best to sanga and jw.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

It is the very familiar "C" word. History is tough to ignore. This is too gooooood by india. Jai hind.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Nice victory!! Indians kept their cool till the end and Raina started at a perfect time. Wayne Parnell is a good bowler in helpful conditions but subcontinent is not his cup of tea. The way MSD took stance for a helicopter and then just dabbed a dot was so amazing. Cheers to team India..way to go guys. Full throttle on the way Lankans!

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

I was worried SA might win at the intermission.. I want India to win so we can win against them on sunday... Stage is the same except the number of overs...2011 it was 50 and 2014 it is 20... We will take what u took from us on Sunday.Just keep calm and watch .... #respect KOhli for showing such a temperament in a big game. I worry not about Kohli but about the captain.. He is the man !! SL get rid of Dhoni ... Then we win... HE is the man in Finales for India...Especially against us....

Posted by AsifAbbasi on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Well played india... They have been the best team of the tournament so far...

Posted by tearshan on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Hello Indians..great job done. But team's skill has not been tested enough during the tournament. SL know do s and don'ts against India. It will be a prrssure game not for them but for fans :) Love you SL.. And congrats for neighbouring India.

Posted by Midonoff on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Congrats to India, you played the best in this tournament. Kholi is great. Now go and win the final :)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Amla's dismissal off Aswin was the best ever ball in T20.......anyone agree ? I watched that more than 50 times so far.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Simply.. India is the best.. Consistent n comprehensive wins in all matches sofar.. Real champions..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Same old S.A. losing in the Semi Final........

Same old S.L. vs IND in the final.........

and same old INDIA lifting their 3rd consecutive ICC World cup......

I know that feeling Sanga & Mahela......... your farewell will get ruined.......

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

TCL. Perhaps it is your turn this time! However we really want to win the HOLY TREBLE. WC, CT and T20WC. We are the guns!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

A very good match before finals. All key players got good match practice.....

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

unstoppable kings, now we r again ready to watch 2011 WC highlights on sunday,

Posted by three_tamil on (April 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Fitting finale with two best teams in the world, IND Vs SL as my previous posts, it is only Asian championship. Those fast track bullies could not play spin bowling technically. Batting means not only swinging against fast bowling but also read and predict spinning ball and play wisely which fast track bullies don't know. Now what to say IND is only playing first and nothing? now they have chased 172 against one of the best bowling unit on earth steyn and co.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

as expected. well played by india. they deserved it. SA didnt have bowling for this type of wicket and their main bowler was not successful.

faf played well with duminy but i think they consumed a bit more balls in middle. well played by virat kohli. he is always among runs.

i think both sl and india deserved this. both have been playing superb cricket. sl lost 1 game but that was hales special. and we all know that type of innings are not very common. other than that they have been good and india played 100% in this event. no weak links or any thing wrong. good game

Posted by peaceloving on (April 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Magnificient win by India. I am very happy that both teams from Asia qualified for final, not because I'm biased against western teams, but due to the onus of must win for Asians in their own conditions. If somebody says India, or asian teams only perform in subcontinent, they shouldn't forget performances by non-asian teams on asian pitches. Every country plays best in their own conditions. It is natural. Sheer professionalism and consistency shown by India throughout the tournament, even the disciplined bowling from a weak bowling unit, is enviable. India is fortunate to have likes of Dhoni, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj and Sharma. Congratulations from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

I think Saamy now realises the importance of running between wickets. 1st 10 overs of Indian Innings should be in coaching syllabus were Indian batsmen shows the importance of singles nd doubles in between 6s and 4s.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

just 3 dot balls for Kohli,this guy is a pure genius. Regarding the finals its 101% sure that India will win

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

If we compare apple to apple ... India are much ahead and better than SL considering the margin and comfort that India showed in the winning ... Also consider the quality of teams in this format that India won vs SL won excluding the teams that they both won in common(Aus, Pak that India won as compared to just Nz that SL won)

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (April 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

what a performance by Kohli !!!! truly a magician with the bat & worst nightmare of SL coming alive now with IND arriving in final LOL. This cup belongs to IND for sure. Feel a little sorry for SA, they played some very competitive cricket in conditions which were quite alien to them & qualifying for semis was an achievement. Good luck next time SA

Posted by CricBoy01 on (April 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Never posted in this thread before although i do follow posts here. The guy who made me to comment here is one and only Virattt Kohli !! Really impressed with his performance. He is a diamond!! Pure one... I used to hate him but recently, i saw his video where he was saying that i am a fan of cristiano ronaldo and Real Madrid. You know i love Real Madrid and Kohli instantly became my favt lol. Coming from a Pakistani !! Kohli you super Kohli

Posted by dharam_16 on (April 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

during innings break, we saw duncan boosting up the openers!!!! was nice to see that

Posted by VS_Sunder on (April 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Probably the world will see the best world class cricketer surpassing sachin tendulkar ,the way he is playing reminds me of the future.

Posted by DVSK on (April 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

As an SL fan I welcome this as it will make the final more entertaining. SA was in this game, but they made such poor bowling choices.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

though l m a Pakistani and love our team but I have to admit that really India played like a champions

Posted by criclover112 on (April 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

SA choked again. Steyn is overrated. Kohli is the best limited overs batsmen.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

lets take what is ours from dhoni

Posted by realfan on (April 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

oh kohli.. you beauty... what a player.. what a chaser... a perfect player for the perfect team.... surprised that dhoni went with mohit shrama and rahane... but as all know its his way of doing this.. and he does his it way..... i am sure kohli is going to rule the batting world for at least 7-8 years from now... he will make sure he breaks every single record that comes his way..... oh man,,, styne got thumped for 36 runs... that is soo good to see... a fast bowler getting thumped of 36 runs in 3.1 overs... while defending... all big talk by him took him down... hope he concentrates on bowling rather than talking..... hope dhoni sticks with rahane opening in ODI too..

Posted by Fazu on (April 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Cong.............. for team India. from a SL fan, Best of luck for the both team in the final

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Sportsmanship by MAHI...!!! Class Kohli..Sensational Rahane..!!! Smasher ROHIT & Patient YUVI...!!! Sealed the easy win...!!!

Posted by SunnyD on (April 4, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

There was no choke. Just briliance from V Kohli. However, nightmare came true for SL. I know they wanted SA in finals.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

loved what happened but somebody got to say it ,sending yuvraj singh at that stage could have been a little dnagerous.Suresh raina breathed life in indian run chase ,not that kohli and dhoni couldnt have done that but a priicelss innings by raina

Posted by Topgun10 on (April 4, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

THIS IS GREAT! India showed true metal & class today in chasing a decent total... GO INDIA!!!!!! I felt SA could have posted another 10-20 runs if they had pressured in the final overs, that probably was the diff in the end. Off course, Kohli & Raina took the game away also.

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Congrates SA for reaching semifinal and breaking some sweat of Indians. Other couldn't do it. You are a great side but not better than India in short format anywhere in the world except in SA.Your team selection was also not good.Steyn bowling before would not have made better impact.The major reason we won coz we always had a partnership and we ran very well against one of the best fielding side.Feel sad for SA players as they are very humble and honest.Better luck next time for SA and WI. Surely this Indian team should be regarded as best chasers as almost everything has been chased by them in the last 5 odd years very frequently and without breaking the sweat. Now where are India haters hiding? Before very match they wrote that this side will be thrashed but see what happens? After IPL Indian players have learnt how to soak up the pressure.This match reminded me of how India played and approached QF,SF and Final matches in WC11. Great win India and see you thrash SL,once again..yawn

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Oh no another SA exit. They should have picked Morne and unleashed steyn early. Parnell is not effective in these conditions. Also the lack of a telling spinner is hurting SA. Tahir is okay but not against subcontinent teams. Also while batting SA made it look so difficult initially but India made it look easy. But India should target test victories overseas in SA, Aus, Eng, NZ especially. India also has a bowling weakness. An medium pace bowling allrounder would make the team very good in the shorter formats.

So poor India make it somehow. They face the mighty SL. Mahela, Sanga, and Sanath Jjayasuriya would already be drawing up plans.

India has a traditional army with no surprise weapons. SL has a bit more variety and flexibility.

SA has not played freely when batting. Miller and AB and Albie were not getting more runs. They should have sent in a pinch hitter after Amla fell.

Posted by Nawab67 on (April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Virat...Love you bro...You beauty!!!!

Posted by RahulWise on (April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Excellent win by India.... it was tense chase, until that over where Raina some how got 16 runs + one wide. SA didnt choke today, they fought till 18th over... many teams have lost after scoring 170. Recent loss of Aus to WI is one example. Sammy got the runs in the end overs. Please dont call SA as chokers.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

That my friends is HOW you chase down BIG totals in a knock out match. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW. Virat Kohli - What a player !!! A genius. Good game by SA but they were always going to fall short. Nothing can stop Team India in this tournament. Bring it on SL.. we are ready for you. We will be the champions !!!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

5 out of 5!!!! that was truely a professional chase.. look at the scorecard. except dhoni, lowest run getter is UV and he still gets 18 off 17 balls.. way 2 go guys.. sri lanka beware!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

what was commendable in today's innings was the way he planned his innings. he looked totally in control . The fact that he played just three dot balls in 44 that he faced stands as a testimonial .

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

virat kohli to me is the best batsman ever to play the game. much better than tendulker. temdulkar has not won those many games for India as kohli has won in the last few years. what a player. no words.

Posted by sunny70 on (April 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

2 days in a row - the losing teams in the semis are the same among Men & Women squads!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Has yesterday's rain reduced the potency of spinners and made batting easier in DHAKHA.If its so it will negate the effect of Herath & co. in the final

Posted by Hanumall on (April 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

India have paced this chase beautifully. All credit to them. In fact SA played quite well. But India simply played better. 173 to chase against SA would be a tall order for any team. In fact no team did it before.One of those rare days when nothing went wrong with the chase. No unexpected early hiccups and, thank God, no hailstorms. Three cheers to Kohli! But let some one (Rohit/Rahane/Yuvraj/Kohli/Jadeja/Raina) please be ready to take over his role in the final. Beware, the law of averages.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

there were so many people telling india will lose after the first innings...a big LOL to them...they said we cant win if we bat first-when we did we crished australia...and then they said we wont win if we chase more than 150-crushed that too against SA and steyn had a 10 plus economy...kohli is absolutely a gem of a player...any pitch anywhere any tournament proves his worth..and hats off to dhoni for letting him finish the match...manin difference between ahswin and misra ashwin knows how to bowl in big matches(has done it every year for CSK in IPL)....ashwin bowled superbly and certainly people who curse him need to appreciate him today took three big players who coud have taken the game away from India...one more match to go and srilanka will be difficult to play...hope we win the world cup...it will probably be a record India if India wins it...holders of Worldcup(50 overs) CT and T20 too...hope it happens...best of luck dhoni and boys...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

congrats India and exellent Kohli

Posted by PJ_team11 on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!! ..... THIS IS THE TEAM INDIA ...... We will finish the game in STYLE whether it is 120 to chase or 175 to chase........

SL be ready the INDIAN storm is coming.............

This is called the real entertaining... This is called the real cricket....... What a game!!!!! Well played both teams and the better team won... congtraz all......

Posted by Snambidi on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

It was indeed one of the glorious matches India ever played.When Yuvaraj remained at the crease without hitting sixes,tension mounted all over India.though Yuvraj Singh did not waste balls,there was big expectation from all the corners to watch him sending the ball overvthe rope. Thoughbthis did not happen,Raina rose to the occasion to register a wonderful win. Yuvaraj is sure to score in the Final with towering Sixes. He could become the MoM in final against Srilanka. Let us hope so.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

I don't care what anyone says but there is no better chasing side in limited overs cricket and there is no better batsman in chases than Kohli. 5 matches, 5 wins, one more to go. Unlike the other team in the finals, that lost to the number 6 ranked side and then got some help from DL(although in fairness WI was self-destructing anyway). SL's worst nightmare - playing India in a final. Bring it on!

Posted by Raviskrish on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Congradulations India and well done Kohli. IPL has made our guys tougher than oak for these T20 matches. SA was never in the game.

Teams confidence can be seen by the way Dhoni playing defensive shot on 18th over and giving strike to Kohli to hit winning run!!.. It must be shocking for SA and for SL too to wath it..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

south Africa played very well. but India know how to chase . India bowling was not bed raina and mishra economy high then give this charge in batting. start form bhuvi well and just unlucky. and last srilanka you go,went,gone

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Kudos to Team India! What an incredible knock by Virat who was given the privilege and honour(and deservingly so!) to hit the winning run by the thoughtful MSD. Great job! Best wishes for the final onslaught!!!

Posted by sunny70 on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Kohli had a strike rate of over a 100 even when you discount all his 4s & 6s - to me he is the modern day Javed Miandad when it comes to rotating the strike.....I wonder if there has ever been another batsman with a better average while chasing!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I dedicate this win to all the Pakistani fans who were praying for India to lose. Thanks guys!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

don't under etimate the power of india

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

lions are lions never afraid any team.lions are the best team in t20 cricket

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

As always, India is going to beat Srilanka once again ... From a SL fan

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Kohli will definitely break Sachin's limited overs record..way way better than him. What a player!! - A Pak fan!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

who told that M.S.Dhoni must leave his captaincy????? Again he take one more step ahead to catch another world champion title in 3rd short format after World cup & champion's trophy.. Wao Batting by Sir Virat kohli........ best of luck for finals.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Well Done India!!!!! clinical performance

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

lions are lions never afraid any team.lions are the best team in t20 cricket

Posted by warneneverchuck on (April 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

India shud win this tournament easily.....

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

It is funny reading the half-time comments from some people saying India is done and dusted. I wonder what they are thinking now. In hindsight, we can say that all the bowlers weren't mediocre, but Ashwin was exceptional. Back to the match...I can say today that SA did not choke. Credits to the SA for playing the way they did. For the first time, they put the Indians in a tough spot, but boy o boy, were our young men up to challenge. Only one word to say for Kohli - respect. My pre-match worry was that India was playing like the SL of WC 2011. I can say that is wrong. India is playing like the India of CT 2013, rolling over whatever comes in their path. So India faces SL in the final...again. Malinga vs Kohli, anybody?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Indians are human the better team on sunday wins.....

Posted by DinKJindal on (April 4, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Great we won. Credit goes to Kohli.

There are a few things to notice though for the next game. A good leader should control emotions. Despite Yuvraj's great historic background, he's not in good form although he scored good in one match by chance. Not a good fielder either. We should bring Shikhar back.

Although Rohit has been making good runs recently, many of those are not based upon his batting but opposition's fielding. We may keep him for the next match but going forward, perhaps Shikhar and Rahane are better openers

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Kohli i s the all time match winner for India

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Wonderful game. India are looking confident in winning this WC.

Posted by 11MP on (April 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Good win by Team India. Raina change the game and gave easy victory to India. Where is Albert_cambell?

Posted by Bamarolls on (April 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Hats off, wonder boys of INDIA. The switch that flicked on as soon as the RRR hit 10.00 ... was wonderfully timed. Thanks for the excellent team work. One of the commentary comments was "Today Kohli was top 3 best batsman." I did not see anyone else bat as well, masterfully, gracefully as Kohli.

Also reminded me of 1983 semifinal, India's intermediate target was 100 with 20 overs left against England. They had 98 left to chase with 8 wickets in hand. Kohli & co., under Dhoni's leadership had 100 with 10 (approx) overs left.

Posted by Shan_Karthic on (April 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Having 3rd spinner is not a great advantage against SL so India need to look at dispensing away with Mishra and either playing both Shami and Mohit or playing both Dhawan and Rahane. Jadeja, Raina & Yuvi have to manage 4 overs between them in the 1st case and 8 overs between them in the 2nd case. Anyway, they will be most likely to bowl better than Mishra in a proper match under pressure.

Posted by many07 on (April 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 deep condolence buddy. I hope you would have already started searching for excuses now. You cant blame toss either because it was SA who one the toss. You seems like SL supporter.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Amazing game of cricket. I would take this as a great birthday gift for me from Team India. Love the way Virat bats its magical. Love him for being a great player & team man.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

@tommysaffa and @Albertcambell Sorry folks, the results come out of what happens in the field and not in this forum. Where are you guys, awfully quiet today?

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (April 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Wow Wow WOw!!! What a great player KOHLI is!!! Simply the best... Infact BETTER tha AMLA (In limited overs) and better than AB (AB fails under pressure) . What a victory from india...Simply top class and such a great team!!! How many world events we have been successfull is simply uncountable!!! Cheers india...Next Finish SL..Great to see 2 subcontinent sides in finals!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

As an Indian Fan, I dedicate this win to all the Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans who were praying for SA to win. Thanks guy's. We could not have done without you!

Posted by Nimantha1982 on (April 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

welcome to finals INDIA.... will be a great final.... no doubt the two best teams in the finals ...fingers crossed for Sundays game...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Ashwin was beauty with carrom/ leg ball.....hope Mishra will perform well in the final.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

open the kholi style

Posted by lovepork on (April 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

VIRAT KOHLI, Bradman of India, take a bow

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Kohli you beauty...... No doubt you are the best batsman I've ever seen in my life.... Congratulations neighbours

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

well played india with poor bawling attack of SA.we were really like to meet you in the final..

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

India's victories have been so easy that I am feeling bored by this tournament! I think IPL will be more exciting than this...

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (April 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Du Plessis let India do what they are best at "CHASING", after winning the toss. By scoring 172, they did put pressure on Indian Batsmen, but the Openers started the Chase on a positive note and our ever reliable Virat showed that if a target is in front of him, no one can stop him from taking the team across the line. A good team effort by everyone and another comprehensive win. The only thing that SA did wrong was let India Chase, they batted well, looked good on the field but with Virat's calmness the Chase looked all to easy for India. Well played boys. And all the best for the finals. Cheers!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

This was just too easy. Is our team that great, or the opponents are that bad? I think chases against WI and Bangla were more challenging than this. Feel sorry for Saffa bowlers, where just about everyone went to the cleaners.... Today when our bowlers failed, our batsmen stepped up. Our earlier victories were set up by the bowlers, so this is really great. One last hurdle remaining on Sunday....

Posted by Wallaroo on (April 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

@Sinhabahu pity you lack the humility and friendliness your cricketers show.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Dhoni is a selfless captain.He dint hit the winning run,but left it to Kohli! That was really touching.

Posted by Tushi_dreams on (April 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Kohli .. all the way and special thanks for espn for the tag line #one big over which Raina produce , good to see Ashwin bowling .. !! SL has to be carefull of India now

Posted by Kirchoffs_law on (April 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Well done Kohli, hats off to you, Lankans here we come :)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Congrats India. We'll done

Posted by binojusjp on (April 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Well come you guys for to the final..But remember the this time the cup is not for you..

Posted by kahvas on (April 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

@sinthya: every side has one special player, we have Kohli whose unarguably the best in the world, no matter where he plays. For your side you have Sanga/Mahela. This is not even a full strength team, once Gambhir comes back in the ODI side, India will be much more strengthened.

Posted by anvesh4444 on (April 4, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

ROHIT'S 6 of STEYN made my day

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 4, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

This is an amazing chase by India. 172 was a tough target. Many teams in this very tournament have gotten out for less than 100 scores chasing much lesser totals. But look what India have done here? They have hardly broken a sweat in doing this against Steyn & co. I did not think victory would come so easily to India.

What an awesome player Virat Kohli is. He is going to re-write history books. He IS re-writing history books. I am absolutely ecstatic at the moment, not cos we have defeated SA or entered the final but due to the manner in which we have handled this run chase.

In his twin battles today with ABD & Kohli, Kohli has won by several leagues.

What brings ennui to me is that we are going to play YET another match with Sri Lanka. Yawn.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Now can the Pak and SL fans appreciate the genius of Team India. Before this match there were loads of silly messages here, now its the time to stand up and clap.

Posted by rick333 on (April 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Nothing to take away from Kohli, But Ashwin was the Man for India today. Dhoni uses him as Trump card. He brought him against well set batsmen in crucial stages of the game as a wicket taking options. Mohit bowling well today meant Dhoni could unleash Ashwin to pick wickets not to restrict runs and boy he picked up Amla, Faf & DeVillers who were looking to explode. That made the difference for Kohli chasing a total of 172 again 190/200.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Chak de Indiaaaaaa!! Kohli confirmed what was obvious already - He is the BEST BAT in the world. But let's not forget the unsung hero, Raina. Raina was a victim of a lot of criticism but he has once again come through with flying colours when it really mattered - When a WC was on the line!! Tough luck to SA but this is a WC, after all!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

superb! chase india they are the best.

Posted by AshwinMS on (April 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

The difference between the teams was not Kohli.It was Ashwin.There was many batsmen who performed well in SA team.But none of their bowlers could do well like Ashwin

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

LOL. After all. We didn't have to depend on rain to save us. Steyn goes wicketless. His most expensive in this tournament.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

dhoni playing out a dot ball so virat scores the winning runs.... big heart n team spirit to the fore... brilliant work....

Posted by indopakfan on (April 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

@ Slinga Malinga.....sorry, inspite of you evoking the support of 3 nations for SA, Sri Lanka will get the chance to lose yet another final to India...Hey, where have all the Sri Lankan fans disappeared....they were very active predicting a SA win a few hours ago!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

What a win by India! Congratulations from a Pakistani fan. Guys you totally deserve to win by the way you play, that can do will do attitude is unbeatable!I only wish that Pakistan team had only one batsman of VK's calibre! It seems pretty bleak for SL if India take the same form to Final. Best of luck to both teams. Will be there for a great match!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Perfect chase from India, at the end got 173 comfortably against a tough bowling unit. They have shown why they are currently the best in the world, even though bowling didn't click today. Its fair to say that best two teams of the tournament reached the Final. Looking forward for Sunday...

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (April 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Virat Kohli: Whatttaaaa Playaaaaa....

Posted by saket44 on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Good batting by both SA and India. Difference Kohli and Ashwin. But where is that man who said India is an easy opponent and its a walk in park for SA? Common mate never underestimate the opponents. Overconfidence....

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Wow! What an exceptional run chase..A great start by Rahane and Rohit.. But After that it was all Virat Kohli show all over again..Raina chipped in with that blitzkrieg of 21 off 10 with Virat.. This is why this batting line-up is most feared by every team..At the end of it all it was just too easy for India.. SA batted really well too to put up a mammoth score but cudn't bowl well..Du plessis and Duminy set it up in the beginning but I think SA went in with one spinner short.. Even Dale steyn cudn't stop this Indian juggernaut known as Virat Kohli.. Well, I hope haters can take rest now cz many astronomers predicted India's gonna lose this match and law of averages favours SA and this and that..But what makes me most happy is that India earned it and didn't get it with the help of D/L method.. I am very proud to be an Indian.. Virat Kohli do it all over again in the finals too! Nobody can touch you now! Come on!!! JAI HIND!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Raja75 on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

This was inevitable. Asian pitches are not made for South Africans. SA bowling seem like club level bowling on these pitches.

By the way I was remembering the comments of few people who said that once India will start playing in Subcontinent pitches people will forget about their away performances. Same Raina seems like Don Bradman, Aswhin become a baller of the century and above all Dhoni is the captain of the centuries. How media and people change so early.

I want to say that India is the best team on Subcontinent pitches and it is a fact nobody can negate it. As a matter of fact where ever they will get pure batting tracks they are really hard to be defeated.

Ind vs SL in final, both deserving. India has 0.8 probability of winning it. SL batting is weak compared to India. My sixth sense says the pitch for final will be pure batting track with very less support for the bowlers.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan awesome batting from India . 2 best teams in the final . Cannot wait. With this India batting line up we should bat first and make 280 .

Posted by deepu_upeed on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Congrats IND !!!!! SL will think now whether to bat or bowl first in final :)

Posted by Nampally on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Magnificient Kohli with a Roar of Lion finishes the 172 run chase with a Boundary- How sweet was this victory which pushed India into the Final. Great job India - a well deserved victory. It was a magical performance from the whole team which has realised that T20 is a team game. One person cannot win the game however great he may be. In each of the matches India played with intensity & as a "Team". Today Raina came in an smashed 17 runs off 16th over to change the complexion of the game. Earlier in the innings the way Rohit & Rahane started the innings showed that they meant Business- "No messing with India" was the message given to SA loud & clear right from the openers. Every player contributed their bit. Ashwin was superb in this 4 overs to get 3 wickets @ around 5 runs/over. Mishra could not produce his magic. But Jadeja & Raina compensated for him. Chasing 172 is no mean task on any surface. India & Dhoni deserve for a well disciplined & organised Chase- One more effort - T20Cup!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

It was no stroll by any stretch of the imagination but a clinical finish. Great display of cricketing maturity by India. Love it.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (April 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

@Francis Mel as u said that is the exact game plan IND work with. They are more intelligent and talent than SA. SL also good with game plans but IND talent is more here so will see what happen on Sunday. SL is my wish, good luck for both teams..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Congratulations Team India You Really Deserve this WIN and to be in the finals Slot gr8 victory best wishes for the finals you guys really played as a team handled the pressure really well this is the way to play from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

ccooommmeee on India!!! love you! ! u are the best!!! Proud to be Indian!! Jai Hind!!

Posted by Rohit... on (April 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

SA played really well... If not for Kohli, they would have been the Winners... It is a disappointment to see "INDIA v SA" in the semis... These teams deserve to be in the Final & not Semi Final.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Poor poor bowling from SA SL bowlers wouldn't have been literally washed out like that. Fact of the matter is SL and India is the best 2 teams in the world cricket. India might have tiny edge because of recent successes but not a massive gap. Can't wait for the final. If india crumbles that would be against us.

Posted by aiksa on (April 4, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

India at the moment look simply unstoppable and unbeatable. Their body language oozing confidence and specially Kohli's tremedous form are making things so easy for them. They are just too strong for any team to even come close let alone beat them. They are the champions already. Sorry Sri lanka.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Excellent knock by Virat !!! hats off to that small man....a powerhouse. Congratulations India good display of batting skills. From an SL fan.

Posted by Brahams on (April 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

As an old timer - Kohli is the new Viv Richards!

Kohli owns that 22 yards when he come to bat. For the rest it is just a rented place - owned by the bowlers.

Go Kohli! Go Kohli!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

There are two scenarios : 1. He gave me a slap . I put ice on my face. I felt better. 2. He gave me a slap. I gave him one back and kicked him down. I am feeling lot better.

I think the second is what happened in todays match. That is the spirit of cricket.

Posted by dhsingithw on (April 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

The best in Sub-continent.

Posted by CricketMakdi on (April 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

I think Yuvraj is still not at his best. He has to go back to domestic cricket and start from there. Hope he fires in finals!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

superb! chase.... wow india u batted well

Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Kohli the best player in the world .... proved in all formats, played great knocks every where including Aus, SA, Nz etc ... what a player ... next to him comes A B Deviliiers, Williamson, Amla etc (criterial : class in all formats)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

kohli always rock.weldone india

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Kohli - Hero of Indian Cricket, Hero of World Cricket says Nasser Hussain in Commentry!!! True... true and true!!!!! The New Iceman!!! He does it again!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Congrats India for entering into finals . SL vs Ind final interesting contest .All the best to both teams .

Posted by Sinthya on (April 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

India is nothing without KOHLI...!!!

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (April 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

SL pull your socks up. Indian Team is on their way. Chokers choked now its your turn.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

really its very poor decision by Dhoni to put shami and Dhawan out of the game...India still have the chance to pull out this game because of its strong batting line up....

Posted by kahvas on (April 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

Good game SA. There is so much harmony between the two sides, look at how Steyn hugged Kohli.

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

This is an amazing chase by India. 172 was a tough target. Many teams in this very tournament have gotten out for less than 100 scores chasing much lesser totals. But look what India have done here? They have hardly broken a sweat in doing this against Steyn & co. I did not think victory would come so easily to India.

What an awesome player Virat Kohli is. He is going to re-write history books. He IS re-writing history books. I am absolutely ecstatic at the moment, not cos we have defeated SA or entered the final but due to the manner in which we have handled this run chase.

In his twin battles today with ABD & Kohli, Kohli was won by several leagues.

What brings ennui to me is that we are going to play YET another match with Sri Lanka. Yawn.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Couple of days ago, Someone here said, " South Africa has it easy that their facing the Indians, a easy win for South Africa" Who has it easy now? you must be eating your own words right now. Up next is SriLanka waiting to get trashed. PLEASE PUBLISH CRICINFO

Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

really Kohli is a run machine. SL have no chance in finals

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Vow it was a cake walk for India. Kohli is the greatest batsman in the world. What a player. He was hitting SA bowlers at will. and where ever he wanted. Steyn was truly deflated today.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

What a win INdia!!! KOhli U beauty!!! Rohit, Rahane, Virat, Yuvi, Raina all firing...... Worrisome times for Sri Lanka!!!! Superb chase!!!! Hats off boyz!!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Well done India.Do you know why you won? Rotation of strike and playing for the team

Posted by cooljack_143 on (April 4, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

MSD allows KOHLI to take the credit this time to finish!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

And that Ladies and Gentleman, is how its done. Indian fans remember our prize is the World Cup. Lets keep our eye on the prize. This is just another game to get out of the way.

Posted by Lion_96 on (April 4, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

India's batting strength is phenomenal! Respect from SL!

Posted by thozar on (April 4, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

As well as Kohli as played as always, R.Ashwin was the main difference between the two teams in this match according to me. I always thought RSA was an overrated team. They have played well in tests in the last few years but not in limited overs. Even in tests, they never beat us in a series for 6 years till the last tour.

Posted by nothingnew on (April 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

@twistatwistaa haha . that's why always malinga is best in the depth . he can bowl 6 out of 6 ball as yokers . Good luck indians you did right through out the series . SL waited india for grand finale. What SA doing ? They overrated their bowlers always .JP u didn't know the how opposition are strong . when you are doing statement be careful India can chase even 300+ in this t20 match . weldone virat .good luck

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (April 4, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

So predictable. Kohli show again, what a player. 25 years old, he had to be the best across all formats now. He loves the pressure and genuinely believes he can win the game from all positions. Absolute gun.

Posted by Dhanno on (April 4, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Gotta give this much to Kohli. Stood up every time on major occasions in limited over format. On balance of probability the guy is supposed to fail but he has done it most of the time. I wont nit pick now to find some game some day when he might have failed. But limited overs pressure situations have been handled by this fellow regularly. Does the early running, hits clean as much when possible, slogs when needed. Only wished he would have been around more in Test match days. I dont see him giving the kind of importance to Tests and frankly he would not be provided the opportunity, year round cricket + bulk of it IPL style the guy will never get 5 test match series back to back and be able to savor the fruits of those triumph. Something which say Australians did recently against SA.

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Bow down everybody. Kohli is shanshah of cricket. The greatest.

Posted by thozar on (April 4, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

We have won this without Dhawan and Shami. I think India's second XI will be the 2nd best team in the world if they were allowed to participate as a separate team. That is the gulf in class and talent between India and the rest of the world.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Indian fans, we know what our Team can do. Lets be gracious in both victory and defeat. Cheers!

Posted by thozar on (April 4, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Even 200 is not sufficient against India. RSA are at least 30 runs short. India will be the world champions:-) I mentioned yesterday that if India win, they will be the world champions, if RSA win, SRL will be. What a team India is. ODI world cup, Champions Trophy, and now WT20. India proving again why they are the best team in the world.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (April 4, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

What a player Kholi is. See u IND in finals.. Hope SL will do something better than SA in bowling.. But brilliant batting from both teams still IND well ahead from taking 2s and signals in the middle overs. Great match..

Posted by twistatwistaa on (April 4, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

steyn is the most overrated bowler, he cant bowl one yorker always length balls

Posted by cooljack_143 on (April 4, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Watching IND match in PAK TV.I hope Ind wins today & meets mahela&co in Finals.

Posted by Shan_Karthic on (April 4, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

India conceded 10 - 15 runs more otherwise this would have been a walk. Getting carried away with Mishra and playing him in a proper match was a big mistake. Keeping fingers crossed.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

part 3 of plan executed by reaching 122 in 15 overs. Now to play out Steyn and hit every one else. See you guys at the finish!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Hopefully we will reach 120 in 15 overs.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

SA need few quick wickets immediately to play against SL on sunday.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

no boundary in last 4.5 steyn-less overs and now a wicket.. not good going

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Time to take Imran Tahir apart and Rahane has to get India past 100. Next target 120 in 14 overs. This will allow Yuvi to play himself in.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

India will win thiz.best of luck .sl fan

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Part 1 of our plan executed. India 56/1 in the first 6. Now we play out a few overs to get to 80 in 10 :o)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

SureshKottega. We Indians believe on karma. What goes around comes around :o) You will see SA now being whacked around and thats what we love to see!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Sriyan76. Thats really sweet of you. Dont lose hope so soon, we will do our best to see you in the finals mate.

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Boy now we know how good Ashwin was while bowling. Touch wood, Indian batsmen are hammering SA bowlers. Keep going boys.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Where are the Ashwim haters now? He has single handedly kept India in the game. Player of the tournament in my opinion.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (April 4, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Lovely opening partnership end with rohit sharma inning.. He is fantastic today. I think IND got the momentum here. Wish IND for the victory.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Ajit007. Thats right mate. You can ask Lions to meet the Proteas in the losing corner ;o)

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Some people would have a problem with Dhoni not giving Jadeja more overs and letting Raina bowl full quota. The reason, as far as I can see is that SA had two lefties there & Jadeja with his balls coming into the lefties would have been easier for them to hit. Raina would have turned the ball away, meaning more difficult to be scored off. Jadeja's initial spell was in a diff situation so his 2 overs for 8 won't have counted.

As of now, India aren't doing too badly in their chase. Let's hope they carry on like this.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Mainhujikar. Just keep watching the TV screen and you will find out how India chases 173 :o)

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 4, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Frustrating to see du Plessis hand over the momentum to India by opening with his weakest bowlers, conceding 23 runs and allowing the batsmen to get their eye in right away and get well settled against weak bowling. Advantage India!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

iluvtest on (April 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT) : Dhoni might have thought to use him in later stages of match but then both batsmen were left handed making Jadeja less effective.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

India has to break this chase down. 50+ in the first 6. Kohli has to bat till the end. Dhoni has to finish it with a flourish. SL we are coming for you :o)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

bowlers won 4 matches for india .....nw its time for batsmans to how some serious knock

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Sharma and Rahane should look to score atleast 50 in the power play.

Posted by mainhujigar on (April 4, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

I don't see how India can pull a win! Huge total SA posted.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

173 is a walk in the park for us. Easy as pie :o)

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 4, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

At the break the game is certainly poised to go both ways. SA posted a very competitive score, but what remains to be seen is if their pace attack can get enough out of the wicket to trouble the Indian batsmen. Mishra was a big disappointment for India, and it remains to be seen whether the much maligned Tahir can pose a real challenge to India's batsmen, and silence his Indian critics.

Steyn, Tahir and Parnell can be the key here, with Hendricks posing a challenge at the death.

A great match so far!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

till now mishra overstepping is key moment of this match

Posted by iluvtest on (April 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Can any one tell why Jadeja bowled only 2 overs? Is Raina a better bowler to bowl full quota? Only MSD can tell.

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Go SA go! India's luck is over..

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

India can win this match as 173 is achievable as we are batting power

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

as an AFGHAN don't worrrryyyyy ind fanassss we are the winnerrrrr inshallah

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

C'mon Proteas! Steyn, Tahir and Hendricks key here.

Posted by Waqs77 on (April 4, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Why title is not "India restricted SA to 172...lolz. Mishra, the weak link, exposed straight away when the first time had to bowl in pressure situation.

Posted by AjitOO7 on (April 4, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

OK Lions get ready face finals with PROTEAS

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

I guess it will be SL vs SF final after all. India, good luck chasing 160 with rain at the horizon!

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (April 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

A good target to chase for India. This will be the preparation our boys need to face the well balanced Lankans. Ashwin has once again proved that he can deliver when no one can. Quite surprising to see that Jadeja did not complete his spell in spite if ending up with the lowest run rate. With the batting fire power our team has this target is achievable. But T20 is anyone's game, but we can surely expect a great chase against one of the best bowling attack. All the best boys. You deserve to win. Cheers!

Posted by mzm149 on (April 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

Come on South Africa you played really well on a tough pitch. You are favorites to win the game unless you err big time.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

India getting thrashed. SA batting itself made my day

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

Blunder 1 by MSD: Should have given Aswin 1 more over after Amla got out. Mistake 1: Not giving Misra a bowl in the 9th over.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 4, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

really its very poor decision by Dhoni to put shami and Dhawan out of the game...India still have the chance to pull out this game because of its strong batting line up....

Posted by Texmex on (April 4, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Poor captaincy by MSD. When Amla got out he should have attacked with his best bowlers Ashwin and Mishra, he let part time. When will he reaize that it is wickets that reduce run rate??

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

172 very good score keeping in view SA bowling , expecting a good game of cricket ...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (April 4, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

It looks a new T20 world champ in 2014.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (April 4, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Regular bowler Jadeja gets 2 overs and Raina gets 4 overs to bowl. Bear in mind that Jadeja was the most economical. I do not get MSD sometimes. I rate him as one of the best captains India ever produced. But sometimes he just does not stick to the basics....

Posted by TheKeeper on (April 4, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

India bowled and fielded really badly. Other than Ashwin, everyone else was mediocre. Dhoni's bowling changes were very questionable. I feel that SA will defend their total and meet Sri Lanka in the final. Bring it on!

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

I think Mishra is great when playing against minnows and is thoroughly exposed when big boys comes to the party. They just thrash him all over. This was a spinning pitch. Ashwin and Jadeja bowled great but Mishra failed and SA scored 172 in just 20 overs. Hope Indian batsmen will be up to the task.

Posted by sriyan76 on (April 4, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Good bye India, we will miss you in the finals.Im sure there will be plenty of excuses, batting second,dew,etc

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

@Albert_cambell on (April 4, 2014, 14:04 GMT) : Your team already in finals mate , don't worry we are also coming. Cheers!

Posted by Zycr9 on (April 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

173 to win.. SA clearly having the advantage.. It is looking more and more like SA vs SL .. final.. unless India surprise everyone with stellar performance.. I hope I am proved wrong but it is def that SA might enter finals .. it is looking more like that.. half way stage.. it is advantage SA .. All the best India...

Posted by luckyias on (April 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

OOOps 173 is this gettable to india. very tough. I hope now SA has 90% chance to win.

Posted by DinKJindal on (April 4, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Dhoni is a great keeper and batsman but not a skipper. His bowling changes didn't make much sense esp. taking Ashwin out after his first over with great wicket and 1 run.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

here comes the real challenge for india in this tournament ... let's see what've they got ... can someone publish my comment ... fan of espn cricinfo :(

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

india getting whacked all over the park. that's what we wanna see

Posted by Kashi0127 on (April 4, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

SA deserve to win this one.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

SA got very decent score here.. they fight well.. congratulations for SA... will see how indian try to chase this target...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

All Izz Well ... common india common India can do it easily :)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Boy o boy! Am absoluletely loving it! SA building up the p'ship at top order and batting Ind spinners into submission. Waiting for some carnage at the inngs end. Duminy set and ready to take off. 180 and big SA win is on.

Posted by Shan_Karthic on (April 4, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Aswhin and SA has put Mishra in his proper place. All he is worth is win raves when opposition is already struggling and he is bowling with no pressure. But when top order is not taken out and batsman are in a position to attack, he is a total failure.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Can someone at the production unit realise that the tv viewers need to be respected. We can't see the replays of wickets. ...looks like we r watching cricket in between ads.

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

Ashwin is bowling great. No wonder MSD trust him more than any bowler. Mishra is having a real off day (I hope, because this is his story, he plays good in first few and then lose it gets thrashed all over the park and is dropped). Hope he will recover soon.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 4, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

126 in 15 overs. Mishra getting whacked all over the park.

Posted by GoCho on (April 4, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

And Mishra flops when it matters most! Not sure if it is dew but Ashwin has shown greater control today.

Posted by mtayyabrana on (April 4, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

Wow!!! Every team who bat first will easily win in this tournament

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

vin the mach india

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Fauf was very pumped during the national anthems - focused too. Looks like they had a plan to play off the back foot. He had a charmed stay at the crease. Indian spinners bowled gifts today of all days...Anything over 140 is tough to get.

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Hmm.. Are we staring at 160? Boy that would be too tough against SA bowling. Fingers crossed.

Posted by wanatawu on (April 4, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Come on Faf play a captains innings

Posted by elvis9999 on (April 4, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

India winning easily, I don't see the SA boys matching anything here

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

why SA is waiting for?? have no clue. . they should start playing shots by now

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Duminy is playing like SA is going to be all out in the next ball. they still have 8 wickets in hand & anything lower than 180 gonna be tough to defend against India.

Posted by Temuzin on (April 4, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

MSD is holding Ashwin and Mishra back. Great move. He is keeping an eye on ABD.

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (April 4, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

go SA go..!!trash india...All BD, PAK, SL fans supporting SA..!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

It's ok. Amla is still there.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

win or lose..... indian fan untill die

Posted by wapuser on (April 4, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

India will b T 20 Champ 2014

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

i don't think so! south africa have any chance against.. india,

the olny threat for india is AB & dale ....

indian spinners will destroy to SA .........

no need to woory .....come from a indian fan!

Posted by a.gehan on (April 4, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

If SF scores 150+, it is difficult to chase that score. Good Luck for both teams !!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

go India go

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 4, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

In a T20 match there are no favorites, as we saw recently in Eng vs Netherland & SA vs Netherland. And when it is India vs SA, the gap is practically zero. Ind have some players who can win or turn the match on their own, so does SA. Players like Yuvi, Kohli, Dhoni, ABD, Amla, Steyn can produce something splendid and win it. Anyone who thinks that he knows who will win today doesn't know the game at all.

Ind def have the better spinner(s) & the wicket seems to help them. OTOH, dew can make the spinners like lambs in the slaughterhouse. So what is your strength could become your greatest weakness.

SA have Steyn but honestly, the other bowlers haven't been impressive. Tahir may not trouble Indians much. This I think could be their weakness. SA def have the batting to counter or go one up on India but they seem a bit weak in bowling. But still, India don't have a Steyn.

Ind batting 2nd means the help of dew, it also means the pressure of chasing.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

no shami....hope mohit will do well.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

hope to see epic battle today...may the cricket wins today...come on proteas...come on india...!!

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