Home > Features >

India vs South Africa semi final, ICC World T20 2014: Highlights

India and South Africa produced a great exhibition of T20 cricket © Getty Images
India and South Africa produced a great exhibition of T20 cricket © Getty Images

Another knockout match in a World Cup and another disappointment for South Africa. But this time around there was no reason to call it a ‘choke’. They were completely outclassed by Virat Kohli, for whom it was another day to thrive in a run-chase. Abhijit Banare looks at the highlights of the semi-final between India and South Africa in the ICC World T20 2014.

Ball of the century

Hashim Amla was bamboozled by what was an almost unplayable delivery © Getty Images
Hashim Amla was bamboozled by what was an almost unplayable delivery © Getty Images

Even Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that he would not know how to bowl that delivery again. Ever since the Asia Cup, Ashwin has become more of a leg-spinner than the off-spinner. His carrom ball is something the batsmen are starting to get more and more familiar with. Despite that, the ball that got out Hashim Amla was exceptional. In the limited overs format, Amla tries to shuffle across a lot. The first delivery was a carrom ball as well, but it was too far outside the leg stump and turned only little, thereby ending as a wide. Seeing Ashwin bowling round the wicket, Amla had decided to shuffle across and work him away on the leg-side. The ball turned enough to beat the wristy push of Amla and crashed in to the stumps. A class delivery to get a class batsman out.

Also Read:

World T20: South Africa’s loss was no choke

Kohli’s knock emphasised on the value of 1s and 2s

It’s the Faf du Plessis show

Faf du Plessis (left) along with JP Duminy built the strong South African total © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis (left) along with JP Duminy built the strong South African total © Getty Images

After losing two quick wickets, South Africa could have slipped further. Instead, some brilliant strokes from skipper Faf du Plessis only made things difficult for the Indian spinners. By consistently using his feet to unsettle the bowlers, Du Plessis picked runs at ease against the likes of Amit Mishra. Along with JP Duminy, he had scripted a potential match-winning partnership. His half-century only made the low score of AB de Villiers less relevant.

Rohit-Rahane, the new partnership

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma gave a new dimension to India's opening combination © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma gave a new dimension to India’s opening combination © Getty Images

It was high time Ajinkya Rahane made good use of the opportunities he was getting. Securing another chance ahead of Shikhar Dhawan, the Mumbai batsman emulated the role which he played for Rajasthan Royals to perfection. By giving the steady starts with crisp shots without much element of risk, Rahane played an anchor’s role in the chase. This new partnership has altered the strategy where Rohit Sharma tries to go after the bowlers while Rahane keeps the other end in control. Chasing 173, Rahane did well to give a brisk start which was complemented well by Rohit’s big hits. By the time Rohit departed, India had already knocked off 39 runs.

South Africa’s strategical blunders

Skipper du Plessis will go back as a much more experienced captain after that loss. He missed some vital tricks right from the start of India‘s chase which proved costly. India’s fascination for hammering off-spinners allowed them to take on Duminy and then Albie Morkel‘s pace only allowed the openers to pluck the much needed momentum. It was only in the third over that Dale Steyn came but didn’t get another chance to build some pressure on Rohit, a batsman who has struggled against Steyn. Even while Virat Kohli was marching ahead, Du Plessis held back Steyn for too long. Six bowlers in first seven overs only highlighted the tentative mindset of the Protea skipper.

Virat Kohli love for run-chase

Virat Kohli churned out another chasing masterclass to make a cakewalk of the competitive South African total © Getty Images
Virat Kohli churned out another chasing masterclass to make a cakewalk of the competitive South African total © Getty Images

Statistical records pertaining to run chases may soon become irrelevant as Virat Kohli is busy creating new ones every time he comes out to bat. South Africa had never lost a T20I scoring 170 plus. In other words, Kohli got an opportunity to create a new record. It was Rahane’s brisk batting which allowed Kohli to get his eye in. And by the time he was settled, the beautiful flicks, drives and pulls were starting to take the match away from the South Africans. Kohli now averages an astonishing 82.66 in run-chases in T20s. And the record is only going to get better every time he is going to chase big scores. Even England women’s team cricketer Daniel Wyatt was bowled over by Kohli’s batting and tweeted him to marry her.

The 17th over which sealed the match for India

India still needed 40 from 24 balls and things could have changed course if the South Africans had brought back Steyn, it could have provided a window of opportunity. A nervous Wayne Parnell was hit for a six by Suresh Raina with a short arm jab. The boundary off the outside edge on the next ball was going to offer him more encouragement to go for wild swings. Even the fifth delivery flew past the keeper of an inside edge. A six and two boundaries helped them earn 17 runs. From thereon, the target looked like a cakewalk.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Barbados Tridents vs Hobart Hurricanes, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar fans turn Durga Puja pandal into cricket stadium

Pakistan players would be allowed in IPL soon, hopes Shahryar Khan

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Barbados Tridents Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab KKR vs Dolphins Kolkata Knight Riders

Afghanistan invites top cricketing nations to play cricket at their backyard

High Court forms selection committees for Rajasthan cricketers

Rohit Sharma ruled out of India-West Indies ODI series

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should appoint Virat Kohli as Test captain: Mohammad Azharuddin

CLT20 2014: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to maintain consistency against Chennai Super Kings says George Bailey

CLT20’s structure unfair to non-IPL teams

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi-final, CLT20 2014: KKR Likely XI

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi-Final, CLT20 2014 – Key battles

CLT20 2014: Players who impressed in the league stage

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi-final, CLT20 2014: KKR Likely XI

Ontario Reports Lower Budget Deficit

NGOs pursue education for all

Research Breakthrough Offers Huge Benefits To Diabetics

Alia Bhatt goofs-up again, unaware of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s resignation!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

6 changes that take place in your breasts during pregnancy

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to launch in India on October 10

Afghanistan invites top cricketing nations to play cricket at their backyard

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available, here’s how to download it

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here