24th Match, Group E (N), Durban, Sep 20 2007, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 154)116/9
India won by 37 runs
Player Of The Match
50* (40)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 116/9CRR: 5.80 
Makhaya Ntini4 (2)
Morne Morkel1 (3)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-31-2
RP Singh 4-0-13-4

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.

Harbhajan 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

Harbhajan 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

Harbhajan to JJ 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!

Johan van der Wath st †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 2 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Harbhajan to JJ 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.

Harbhajan to Morkel, 1 run

bowled full and fast into the blockhole, Morkel can only manage a single to midwicket, just a single, they need more

Harbhajan to JJ 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 Singh 4-0-13-4
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-25-1
Singh to 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

Singh to 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.

Singh to 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

Albie Morkel b Singh 36 (60m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 97.29
Singh to 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

Singh to JJ 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

Singh to JJ 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.

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