Player of the Match
Player of the Match
693dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Classy Kohli takes India to final

India 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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
72(44) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 12 11 7 3 15 22
F du Plessis
F du Plessis
58(41) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 28 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 15 4 8 0 10 21

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
R Ashwin
O4
M0
R22
W3
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BE Hendricks
O4
M0
R31
W2
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India advanced

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.0

Match days

4 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

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 :)"

END OF OVER:
19 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 172/4 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 1.00)

  • MS Dhoni0 (1b)
  • Virat Kohli68 (43b)
  • Beuran Hendricks4-0-31-2
  • Dale Steyn3-0-32-0
18.6
0
Hendricks to Dhoni, no run, slower short ball, Dhoni stand still, and leaves it for Kohli to finish with a defensive shot off the last ball
18.5
1
Hendricks to Kohli, 1 run, slower bouncer, Kohli shimmies down and pulls this to deep midwicket for one
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

18.2
0
Hendricks to Raina, no run, slower bouncer, outside off, Raina doesn't want to have anything to do with it

South Africa kissing goodbye to their 10th semi-final. They have won only one in 10 tries before today

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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