India’s hopes of reaching the t20 World Cup semi finals were ended by South Africa despite a one run victory for MS Dhoni’s side against the South Africans at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Having recorded a total of 152-6 India needed to restrict South Africa to a total of just 121 or less in order to leap frogged above Pakistan and sneak their way into the semi finals where they would have faced Sri Lanka.
Faf du Plessis was South Africa’s main threat scoring 65 runs which included six boundaries and two sixes after the early loss of Hashim Amla (0) and Jacques Kallis (6) inside the opening four overs.
With the game in the balance du Plessis slowly inched the Proteas towards the key target of 122 which was reached in the 17th over to hand the final semi final place to Pakistan.
Lakshmipathy Balaji (3-37) picked up two wickets in the final over to seal victory after South Africa were bowled out for 151 but it proved to be in vain.
India’s hopes of reaching the t20 World Cup semi finals were left hanging by a thread after a lack lustre display with the bat; having watched on as Pakistan beat Australia by 32 runs, MS Dhoni’s side knew they would have to record a total of 160.
At the end of India’s innings MS Dhoni’s side knew they would have to bowl South Africa out for less then 121 after they recorded a below par total of 152-5 after they were put into bat by South Africa skipper AB de Villiers.
After a faltering start which saw the early loss of Gautam Gambhir (8) and Virat Kohli (2); India slowly fought the way back into the game thanks to Suresh Raina (45) and Rohit Sharma (25).
Yuvraj Singh (21), MS DHoni (23) and Virendr Sehwag (17) played minor roles to leave India needing to restrict South Africa to a total of less than 121 to stand any hope of reaching the Semi Finals for the first time since winning the tournament in 2007.