Player of the Match
Player of the Match

All right. That was one tense match. You could see that tension on Kohli's face, and in how he exulted after every shot that came off. He nearly hurt Raina when he punched him after a four. The stat of the night is, Kohli faced just three dots. That is a champion batsman right there. So the final is set up. A repeat of the 50-over World Cup. India v Sri Lanka. Totally deserving finalists. A cracker this is going to be. Fun bringing this game to you. This is Sidharth Monga singing off. Cheers

"I thought we had batted excellently," says Faf du Plessis. "It was a very good score against a good attack on this wicket. Ash bowled really well. Credit to our batters to put up a good total. Runs on the board in the semi-final is what you ask for. The bad thing is, MS and his team know how to chase. They have done it many times. They pace their innings really well. Virat played a great innings. You have to credit. I thought we could have been better with the ball. The extras we conceded. If you have to win the World Cup, you have to get those one per-centers right. Unfortunately tonight, you can expect about five wides under pressure, but nine is too much. An up-and-down campaign for us. Our guys fought brilliantly, but India deserve to be in the final."

"There was a sense of calm in the dressing room when we went out to bat," says MS Dhoni. "Most of the thoughts were positive. Everybody saw that the wicket was better than those we have played on, and they believed they could chase this down. It is not just the self-belief, but the belief in each other that is crucial. There are not many who are as consistent as Virat. It is great to have him at No. 3. He grabs his opportunities. Something everyone needs to learn from him. Ashwin was brilliant. We kept him back for AB. We didn't want to give him pace. The least I could offer Virat was the winning shot so I played out the last ball of the 19th over without a run."

And Kohli talks a good game. Doesn't try to hide his emption. Doesn't try to hide how he works the game out. How honest to admit he was wary of Steyn bowling the last over. How educational to always thick of runs and overs to go. "Hundred in 10 overs sounds easier than 100 off 60 balls."

"Today was one of those days when I had to keep my cool," says Virat Kohli, the Man of the Match. "Against a world-class attack, with boundaries not coming, it wasn't coming. In Twenty20, I look at target in number of runs and overs to go, not runs and balls to go. Overs make it looks easier. I had to keep telling myself that I could make up later. I told Raina let's try to finish in the 19th over. We don't want to give Dale eight runs to defend in the final over. He can bowl six good yorkers. I wasn't feeling too good before this game, had some body weakness, so it is good to go out and let it all out (with that celebration)."

Oh what a finish. Virat Kohli does it again. South Africa wanted to take it deep, but Kohli calculated this chase perfectly, and took the odd risk at the right time. This is Kohli's time. He is making the most of it. Yuvraj Singh jumps out of the dugout, hugs Kohli, lifts him up in his arms. Kohli has to be one of the three best batsmen in the world today

India have never lost a semi-final under Dhoni. They win another. South Africa have now lost 10 of their 11 semi-finals. Were they too passive? Opening with Wayne Parnell. Not trying to take Kohli out early by bringing Steyn back on? Bowling Parnell to Raina when he just came in? They will look back at these moves and have sleepless nights

19.1
4
Steyn to Kohli, FOUR runs, Kohli finishes it off. And he lets out a roar. What a knock under high pressure. What a chaser he is. This is like Yuvraj finishing that quarter-finals chase off against Australia. What release of pressure. He has soaked it all in, and ends it with a flick past midwicket

Srinivas Goud: ".... and Dhoni makes sure the chase goes into last over :)"

18.4
4
Hendricks to Kohli, FOUR runs, and India don't even need Kohli. Short, waist high, poor bowling really at that pace. Pulled away for four through square leg

In comes MS Dhoni. If South Africa had any hopes going up with that wicket, they would have been crushed by the sight of the man coming in

18.3
W
Hendricks to Raina, OUT, Raina doesn't complete the job, but he has played his part. Short of a length, outside off, a nothing shot as he tries to clear mid-off, and ends up lobbing it to the man

SK Raina c du Plessis b Hendricks 21 (15m 10b 3x4 1x6) SR: 210.00

18.1
4
Hendricks to Raina, FOUR runs, short of a length, angling in, Raina gets inside the line, pulls it down, beats short fine leg

Chasing was supposed to have become difficult. South Africa had never lost after posting 166 or more. All that is about to change. Can South Africa find some magic here to prevent it?

17.6
4
Steyn to Kohli, FOUR runs, this game is all over now. He shimmies down the wicket, gets inside and under a shortish delivery, and goes over point for four. This is some innings from Kohli
17.3
4
Steyn to Kohli, FOUR runs, what wrists there from Kohli. How has he got that power with just a flick. On a length, middle and leg, and he has used that bottom hand to get this aerial shot wide of long-on. Kohli is pumped. Super pumped
16.5
4
Parnell to Raina, FOUR runs, that's 14 off edges in this over. Raina is carrying edges of god here. Makes room, clearly late on the full ball, gets the inside edge to the right of the keeper. Kohli doesn't mind how they are coming. He is super pumped
16.4
4
Parnell to Raina, FOUR runs, two edges in one over, and Raina gets 10 off them. Poor choices from Parnell, though. Slower bouncer, but too wide, and the edge goes fine of third man
16.2
6
Parnell to Raina, SIX runs, short ball with fine leg up, and too soft a short ball. Only ribs high. Pulled away over short fine leg for six. This is a top edge, but has gone the distance

Look at Donald on the sidelines. He is totally pumped

15.6
W
Imran Tahir to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, AB flies. Ab catches. Is there a twist still? Yuvraj gets too close to this one as he tries to go over long-off. Doesn't get the elevation. AB runs in and takes the catch with a dive

Yuvraj Singh c de Villiers b Imran Tahir 18 (24m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.88

15.4
6
Imran Tahir to Kohli, SIX runs, Kohli gets to fifty in style. What a big innings this is turning out to be. Slogs this legbreak from outside off. They have had a deep midwicket for him, and he clears the field. He takes the risk, but backs himself enough
14.6
4
Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, Yuvraj produces the boundary to ruin the over for Steyn. This is a lovely stroke too. Slower ball from Steyn, a half-volley, and he lofts it over mid-off. Well picked by Yuvraj
13.2
4
Imran Tahir to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, short of a length, turns back in from outside off, Yuvraj gets an edge as he goes back, but there is no no slip
12.2
4
Hendricks to Kohli, FOUR runs, short, pitched outside leg, regulation pace, he goes back and pulls it wristily over short fine. Think this has carried all the way for six. Replays show it hasn't. Just bounced inside
10.1
6
Duminy to Kohli, SIX runs, Kohli takes charge now. Down the wicket, right to the pitch, clean-swings it over long-on. India too bowled Raina in the 11th over. Duminy bowling one too many too?
9.3
W
Parnell to Rahane, OUT, the big Rahane wicket. He charges at Parnell, who bowls a bouncer, Rahane still swings at it without any control. Gets a top edge. AB makes a lot of ground from deep midwicket, and turns this into a comfortable catch

AM Rahane c de Villiers b Parnell 32 (41m 30b 2x4 1x6) SR: 106.66

4.6
6
Parnell to Rahane, SIX runs, oh that's clean as a whistle. Jumps out of crease, turns this short ball into a length one, and drives it inside-out for a flat six over cover. Beautiful shot
3.5
W
Hendricks to RG Sharma, OUT, Rohit is gone. He tries to hit this on the up and straight down the ground. The ball is a touch shorter than he expects and he skies it. This has gone nowhere. Faf comes around from mid-on to complete the catch

RG Sharma c du Plessis b Hendricks 24 (17m 13b 4x4 1x6) SR: 184.61

3.1
4
Hendricks to Rahane, FOUR runs, short, wide, angling away, even though Rahane is on the front foot, he manages to cut it cover point. Poor bowling all right, but solid batting from India

Chris: "Is Faf's captaincy inexperience going to cost SA here? Looks like the Proteas going back to conservative approach that hasn't worked for us in the past."

2.5
6
Steyn to RG Sharma, SIX runs, Rohit takes Steyn on. This is brave batting. He makes room, gets inside a short ball, and upper-cuts it for six over the shorter boundary
1.6
4
Morkel to RG Sharma, FOUR runs, this is poor bowling. Short, at Albie's pace. Rohit is forward, but he can still pull it clean over midwicket
1.3
4
Morkel to RG Sharma, FOUR runs, crunched away. This is a poor delivery. A strange defensive cagey start by South Africa to bowl Albie at the top of the innings. This is short, wide, and sits up for a soft boundary
0.6
4
Duminy to RG Sharma, FOUR runs, the spin start hasn't quite worked. Well it might have had if the slip was in. Rohit down the wicket to this ball, reaches the pitch of it, and drives it straight of mid-off for four. high-quality shot. A mere push, really
0.5
4
Duminy to RG Sharma, FOUR runs, South Africa had a few of those early. India get one too. And this would have been swallowed by the slip. On a length, outside off, Rohit pushes at an offbreak, but this doesn't turn and takes the edge for four

There hasn't been a slip in for Duminy

0.3
4
Duminy to Rahane, FOUR runs, Rahane is off right away. Just a touch short of a length, just a touch wide, and he rocks back to crunch it past cover for four all along the ground

Yuvraj Singh is also padded up

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Fantastic Kohli

70.66

Kohli's ave in chases in T20Is (excluding this match), averages 25.61 batting first

Run Machines

3

Number of fifties Kohli has scored in this World T20, equals the most. Stephan Myburgh has also got 3, from seven matches.

India's man for chases?

35.81

Yuvraj's average in chases, better than his ave of 30.27 when batting first. He has a strike rate of 140 in chases

Powerplay

56

Runs scored by India in the Powerplay - just one run short of the highest they have scored against SA

Profligate

8.91

SA's economy in the Powerplays, worst among teams in this World T20, they concede a boundary of every four balls

Early blues

10.60

Ave runs conceded by SA in the first over in this World T20, most by any team

India's spin strength?

9.18

Spinners' economy against SA in the last five - their worst against any team in T20Is

Mishra's nerves

17

Runs conceded by Mishra in his second over, the most he has conceded

Weakest link?

121

Runs conceded by Jadeja from his 16 overs, most by a spinner in the league stage

A new day

34

The previous highest India had conceded in the Powerplays in this World T20, against Pakistan, SA have scored 38 already

Silent Hash

40.75

Amla's average in this World T20, is the third-highest run scorer with 163 runs

Miserly

34

Runs conceded by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar from ten overs of Powerplay in this World T20, before today

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32141.466
NEPAL32140.933
AFG3122-0.981
HKG3122-1.455
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NL32141.109
ZIM32140.957
IRE3214-0.701
UAE3030-1.541
Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL43162.233
SA43160.075
NZ4224-0.678
ENG4132-0.776
NL4132-0.866
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA44081.28
WI43161.971
PAK4224-0.384
AUS4132-0.857
BDESH4040-2.072