Player of the Match
Player of the Match

All the qualifying rounds, calculations, minnows, group stages, different grounds and permutations are now done with and we move to good old-fashioned knockout cricket. First semi-final is on Thursday with hosts Sri Lanka taking on Pakistan, that is going to be a humdinger in Colombo at 7pm IST. The second semi follows on Friday as Australia and West Indies engage in what should be a really interesting match, tough one to call, also at 7pm IST. But from the Super Eights, this is Alex Winter signing off...

So India, despite winning four out of five games in the tournament, go out of Group 2 alongside South Africa, who won just two games out of five. A tough pill for India really, being undone on net run-rate, that hammering against Australia really cost them. But the reality is that they have failed again at the World T20 and have a very poor record since winning the inaugural edition in 2007. South Africa's miserable run at major tournaments continues too, a semi-final in 2009 is all they have to show from the four World T20s - this is a bit of a disaster for them considering the side they came into this tournament with and their No. 2 world ranking.

So both these teams heading home, time for a fun presentation. "Disappointed isn't the word to describe it, we've had a poor tournament," AB de Villiers says. "We've let the country down and that's what hurts most. We did all the preparation possible, we though we were ready but the guys didn't click."

"If you take the Australia game out, where the rain intervened, we performed brilliantly and can't have control over how other teams played," an also disappointed MS Dohni says. "Overall I'm quite happy with how the team performed. There were instances where we should have had 10-15 runs more on the board. We lost too many wickets early." Man of the Match goes to Yuvraj Singh for runs and wickets.

Well what an ending that turned out to be. A dead rubber ensued but South Africa came fighting back and lost it with a ball to spare by just a run. India put up a decent total, largely thanks to Suresh Raina's 45 in 34 balls after a rare failure for Virat Kohli. South Africa then strolled past the 122 they needed to knock India out, not that it mattered to them, and looked in good shape to win the game while Faf du Plessis was compiling a breezy half-century but when he fell, others struggled, wickets tumbled, and, despite Morne Morkel's late blast, fell short by the smallest margin, Balaji holding his nerve at the death.

19.5
W
Balaji to M Morkel, OUT, got him!! Full onto the off stump and Morkel swings and misses, is cleaned up and India win it by a run! What an ending. After a terrible long hop, Balaji has responded really well there with a fast, straight yorker that was too good for Morkel

M Morkel b Balaji 6 (2m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

So now 2 from 2...Super Over anyone...

19.4
6
Balaji to M Morkel, SIX runs, oh amazing! Into the stands again! Picks up a back of a length ball going back in the crease and it's a huge shot, 78 metres over square leg, what a shot that is
19.3
0
Balaji to M Morkel, no run, another slower ball, really well bowled, Morkel totally deceived and was there way too soon as it went over middle stump

My investment looks safe again...

19.2
W
Balaji to JA Morkel, OUT, another slower ball, this time fuller outside off and he drags it on so India back on top. Backed away and tried to go off side, got a thin edge onto the middle stump, was reaching out for it and it came off a thin bottom edge

JA Morkel b Balaji 10 (12m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

And the odds on SA come tumbling...

19.1
6
Balaji to JA Morkel, SIX runs, hoho! First ball slugged over midwicket, what a shot, pitched outside leg, a little slower than normal, batsman clears the front leg and smashes it over the rope, big hit

So 14 to win off the last over, my cash if firmly on India...

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 139/8 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.31, RRR: 14.00)

  • Albie Morkel4 (4b)
  • Dale Steyn0 (0b)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-27-1
  • Zaheer Khan4-0-22-3
18.6
1
Ashwin to JA Morkel, 1 run, full on the off stump, dug out past extra cover
18.5
W
Ashwin to Botha, OUT, goes again but this time find long off who goes to his left to take a two-handed catch at head height, wasn't quite to the pitch and reached out for it, slapping it almost wide enough of long off but not far enough

J Botha c Raina b Ashwin 8 (6m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

18.4
6
Ashwin to Botha, SIX runs, but that will help, a gorgeous strike down the ground for a straight six, beauty of shot, a step down and timed to perfection over the rope

Forgot there was still a game on here, South Africa struggling...

18.3
1
Ashwin to JA Morkel, 1 run, meets this on the full outside off, slapped down to long off
18.2
1
Ashwin to Botha, 1 run, leg stump, flicked in the air down the ground, nearly carries to long on
18.1
1
Ashwin to JA Morkel, 1 run, floated up and tucked from off stump towards point

END OF OVER:
18 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | SA: 129/7 (24 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.16, RRR: 12.00)

  • Albie Morkel1 (1b)
  • Johan Botha1 (2b)
  • Zaheer Khan4-0-22-3
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji3-0-25-1
17.6
1
Khan to JA Morkel, 1 run, gets the yorker spot on again but the bat comes down at the very last moment and keeps it out to long leg
17.5
1
Khan to Botha, 1 run, leg stump flicked into midwicket
17.4
0
Khan to Botha, no run, short and leg side, hooked at and missed, obviously close enough to leg stump to be legal

Hat-trick ball...

17.3
W
Khan to Peterson, OUT, oh lovely, two in two as Peterson is yorked. Perfect inswinging yorker onto the base of off stump as Peterson backed away and tried to play into the off side, done by a beauty

RJ Peterson b Khan 10 (17m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

17.2
W
Khan to Behardien, OUT, slower ball, plays with hard hands down the ground, chipped up and it carries to long on running in off the rope to claim a comfortable catch

F Behardien c Raina b Khan 13 (26m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

17.1
1
Khan to Peterson, 1 run, length ball around off stump, goes down and paddles down to third man, loves playing the wrong way goes old Peterson

Bye, bye India. Can they go out on a high here with a win though...Zaheer's final over...

END OF OVER:
17 | 13 Runs | SA: 126/5 (27 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.41, RRR: 9.00)

  • Farhaan Behardien13 (11b)
  • Robin Peterson9 (8b)
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji3-0-25-1
  • Ravichandran Ashwin3-0-17-0
16.6
4
Balaji to Behardien, FOUR runs, mid off is up so this is four, lifted up on over the in-field, good timing this, length ball on off stump timed nicely

South Africa reach 122 and even if India win, they will go out on net run-rate. Pakistan are through to their fourth World T20 semi-final in a row...

16.5
1
Balaji to Peterson, 1 run, slower short ball, pulled off a glove wide of the keeper and that's it for India

So India need to take 5 for 0 now...

16.4
1lb
Balaji to Behardien, 1 leg bye, length ball again, goes across his stumps to flick to leg, struck on the pad to point

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0JH KallisHM Amla
2nd16JH KallisAB de Villiers
3rd30AB de VilliersF du Plessis
4th49JP DuminyF du Plessis
5th12JP DuminyF Behardien
6th20RJ PetersonF Behardien
7th0RJ PetersonJA Morkel
8th11JA MorkelJ Botha
9th7JA MorkelDW Steyn
10th6DW SteynM Morkel

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL33060.998
WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS32140.464
PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA22042.825
ENG21120.65
AFG2020-3.475
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS22042.184
WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
PAK22040.706
NZ21121.15
BDESH2020-1.868