Result
24th Match, Durban, Sep 20 2007, Group E (N), ICC World Twenty20
153/5
(20 ov, target 154)
116/9
India won by 37 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Inspired India evict South Africa

A sensational spell of 4 for 13 from Rudra Pratap Singh dumped SouthAfrica out of the Twenty20 party as India romped to a comprehensive 37-runvictory that sealed a place in the semi-final against Australia

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Scorecard summary
India153/5(20 overs)
South Africa116/9(20 overs)
Albie Morkel36 (37)
Mark Boucher36 (41)
RP Singh4/13(4)
Sreesanth2/23(4)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 116/9CRR: 5.8 
Makhaya Ntini4 (2)
Morne Morkel1 (3)
Harbhajan Singh4-0-31-2
RP Singh4-0-13-4

The presentation ceremony begins now and there are two captains with contrasting emotions ready to have a word.

Graeme Smith: "It's hugely disappoiting. We've played some superb cricket and to think we've lost only one game and are out of the tournament, it's very disappointing."

When asked about where it went wrong Smith says: "Good batting in the end from India took them to 150. But we just kept losing wickets. 150 under lights with a bit of green on the pitch was always going to be a tough ask.'

When asked if South Africa missed Jacques Kallis, Smith said: "I wasn't even thinking about that. It's a credit to have someone like Jacques Kallis in your side at any time. We've played some good cricket in this tournament so far. On a day like this, in a big game, it's always good to have experienced cricketers in the mix."

Mahendra Singh Dhoni says: "We played professional cricket. This is the way we need to play. We needed to get a good start from the bowlers and had to back that up with solid fielding. The important thing is to be determined about winning and have the belief and then you'll come out on top."

When asked if his team were worried about the pitch Dhoni says: "We're not too worried about the grass. We have a very decent bunch of fast bowlers. The way they've played today shows they're among the best in the business."

Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match for his superb innings. "I've played in conditions like this before. I'm used to it," he says when asked about coming in to bat in a tricky situation. "We felt it was enough," says Rohit Sharma about the total India put on the board. "There was a lot happening in the wicket. Our bowlers did a really good job as well."

When asked about the transformation in the Indian fielding Rohit says: "We've been working hard on our fielding for the last couple of months. It all came out very nicely today."

That's all we have for you from the presentation and from this game. Do stay with Cricinfo for all the analysis of this game. And do remember to be logged on for the two semi-finals: India v Australia at Durban and Pakistan v New Zealand at Cape Town.

For the moment, though, this is Anand Vasu, signing off, saying cheers and good night.

19.6
1lb
Harbhajan Singh to Ntini, 1 leg bye
fired in full and fast into the pads, that's it, India have won and South Africa haven't qualified for the semis
19.5
4
Harbhajan Singh to Ntini, FOUR runs
Ntini drives at one outside the off stump and edges it down to third man for four, but that's too little and too late
19.4
w
Harbhajan Singh to van der Wath, OUT
van der Wath charges and has another swing but once again he gets beaten, Karthik whips off the bails in a trice and Harbhajan is elated, South Africa have been upset here, and New Zealand celebrate!
JJ van der Wath st †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 2 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
19.3
Harbhajan Singh to van der Wath, no run
van der Wath swings wildly outside the off stump and can't make contact, South Africa are going out

South Africa need 15 for the semis.

19.2
1
Harbhajan Singh to M Morkel, 1 run
bowled full and fast into the blockhole, Morkel can only manage a single to midwicket, just a single, they need more
19.1
1
Harbhajan Singh to van der Wath, 1 run
low full toss, van der Wath hits it down the ground to long on, South Africa need 16 more

South Africa need 17 to make the semis. Harbhajan Singh will bowl the final over. Kingsmead is extremely tense.

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 109/8CRR: 5.73 • RRR: 45.00
Morne Morkel0 (2)
Johan van der Wath1 (3)
RP Singh4-0-13-4
Harbhajan Singh3-0-25-1
18.6
Singh to M Morkel, no run
that was quick, the short ball banged in at 143 kmh, Morkel can't connect with the pull, India have a foot in the semis and so do New Zealand
18.5
Singh to M Morkel, no run
banged in short outside the off stump, Morkel tries to pull but mis-hits it towards cover

Morne Morkel strides to the middle.

18.4
w
Singh to JA Morkel, OUT
bowled him! RP bowls a full ball on middle and off stump, Morkel clears his front foot out of the way and tries to hit through the on side, he misses and hears ball hitting wood, South Africa are sinking and somewhere New Zealand are celebrating
JA Morkel b Singh 36 (60m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 97.29
18.3
2
Singh to JA Morkel, 2 runs
RP Singh bowls a short ball which is too quick for Morkel, the ball is really skidding, he gets a top edge down to third man
18.2
1lb
Singh to van der Wath, 1 leg bye
another good length ball skids on to van der Wath, he tries to pull but misses once again, another leg bye
18.1
Singh to van der Wath, no run
short of a length outside off stump, van der Wath has a swing across the line and misses

South Africa need 20 more to qualify, and 48 to win. RP Singh will bowl the penultimate over.

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 106/7CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 24.00
Albie Morkel34 (35)
Johan van der Wath1 (1)
Harbhajan Singh3-0-25-1
Sreesanth4-0-23-2
17.6
2
Harbhajan Singh to JA Morkel, 2 runs
Morkel drives Harbhajan straight down the ground to long-on for two more
17.5
1
Harbhajan Singh to van der Wath, 1 run
sweeps and gets an inside edge to short thirdman

Here's Johan van der Wath, he walks in under super amounts of pressure.

17.4
w
Harbhajan Singh to Philander, OUT
Harbhajan tosses it up teasingly, Philander charges and tries to hit him straight down the ground, he misses and Karthik completes an easy stumping, South Africa are stumbling
VD Philander st †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 2 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00
17.3
1
Harbhajan Singh to JA Morkel, 1 run
bowled full and into the blockhole from round the wicket, Morkel edges it down to fine leg
17.2
1
Harbhajan Singh to Philander, 1 run
flicked off the pads through square leg for a single
17.1
Harbhajan Singh to Philander, no run
defended on the front foot to the off side, the pressure is building

South Africa need 53 to win, and 25 to make the semi-final.

Best performances - batsmen
RG Sharma
50 runs (40)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
1677160211
MS Dhoni
45 runs (33)
4 fours
1 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
17 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
7011951111
Best performances - bowlers
RP Singh
O
4
M
0
R
13
W
4
Eco
3.25
SM Pollock
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
Eco
4.25
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 2007
Player Of The Match
Rohit Sharma
Match numberT20I no. 43
Season2007/08
Hours of play (local time)First Session 18:00-19:20, Interval 19:20-19:40, Second Session 19:40-21:00
Match days20 September 2007 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Simon Taufel
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsIndia 2, South Africa 0