India vs S Africa
India beat South Africa by one run
Take the context away, and you're left with a superb game of cricket. But alas you can't take context away and the thrilling conclusion to the match was played in a curious atmosphere with both teams knowing their tournament was over. Down to the last four now, with Sri Lanka facing Pakistan and Australia taking on West Indies on Thursday and Friday. Join us again for those.
WICKET! M Morkel b Balaji 6
What a finish! Morne Morkel follows the pattern established by Albie as he smashes a six but then has his off stump knocked back to hand India victory by one run! Both teams heading home but they've served up a cracking old game to conclude the Super Eights.
WICKET! A Morkel b Balaji 10
What a finish this would be if anyone was remotely interested. Morkel clouts Balaji over the ropes at midwicket to make the equation eight from five but is bowled by a yorker next ball. Morne replaces Albie.
Over 19 - South Africa 139/8 (A Morkel 4, Steyn 0)
Albie Morkel gets a single from Ashwin's last ball so will have the strike for the final over, with 14 runs needed for a consolation victory.
WICKET! Botha c Raina b Ashwin 8
Botha gives South Africa hope with a glorious six down the ground but is then caught at long-off trying to repeat the dose. Eighth wicket down with South Africa needing 15 runs off seven balls.
Over 18 - South Africa 128/7 (A Morkel 1, Botha 1)
Albie Morkel and Johan Botha both off the mark with singles, but that's a stunning over from Zaheer. He ends with 3/22 from his four overs, and South Africa need 24 runs from the last two overs to avoid going home with three Super Eight defeats.
WICKET! Peterson b Khan
Two in two for Khan as his yorker pegs back Peterson's off stump. Too little, too late for India, but they're well placed to at least win this match now.
WICKET! Behardien c Raina b Khan
Behardien pays the price for timing the ball too well as a little chip down the ground carries all the way to Raina at long-off. Curious atmosphere here: a really close finish in a game between India and South Africa in Colombo, with all the noise being made by Pakistan fans.
Over 17 - South Africa 126/5 (Behardien 13, Peterson 9)
South Africa reach 122 to huge cheers from the Pakistan fans in the crowd. India are out, Pakistan are through to Thursday's first semi-final where they will face hosts Sri Lanka. Australia play West Indies on Friday. Behardien slaps the last ball of the over for four down the ground, and South Africa are still chasing victory here; they need 27 runs from the last three overs.
Over 16 - South Africa 113/5 (Behardien 7, Peterson 4)
Peterson gets a huge let-off as he chips the ball to square-leg but is reprieved when replays show Ashwin has comfortably overstepped. Unforgivable for any bowler to overstep in T20 cricket, but truly shocking for a step and fetch it like Ashwin. Two 'wickets' in two balls as Peterson aims a big reverse-slog at the free-hit and is bowled. He finally plays a sensible cricket shot next ball and picks up two over cover.
Over 15 - South Africa 107/5 (Behardien 6)
Looks increasingly likely that India will record a bittersweet victory here.
WICKET! Duminy c Gambhir b Balaji 16
A good over from Balaji - just three singles from five balls - and the pressure tells as Duminy goes for a big shot to finish and picks out Gambhir on the square-leg fence.
Over 14 - South Africa 104/4 (Duminy 15, Behardien 4)
Pakistan fans starting to party in the stands now. They're almost there as Ashwin's over goes for six runs. Good, tight bowling, but not good enough for India at this stage.
Over 13 - South Africa 98/4 (Duminy 11, Behardien 2)
New batsman Behardien off the mark straight away. Yuvraj has picked up eight wickets in the tournament now, but it doesn't look like he'll have the chance for any more.
WICKET! Du Plessis c Raina v Yuvraj 65
A fantastic knock comes to an end as du Plessis holes out to Raina at long-off for 65 from 38 balls. Gives India renewed hope of winning the game, but surely comes too late to allow them any hope of qualification with South Africa needing just 27 more runs to knock India out and with plenty of time to get them.
Over 12 - South Africa 90/3 (du Plessis 61. Duminy 9)
One-man show this at the moment. Lakshmipathy Balaji into the attack, and probably straight back out of it again as du Plessis smashes him for successive boundaries over midwicket.
Over 11 - South Africa 79/3 (du Plessis 52, Duminy 7)
Du Plessis reaches a superb half-century in streaky style as he runs down the track at Yuvraj but is beaten in the flight. He manages, though, to get the inside edge to the ball and send it runnnig away to the boundary. India's fielding looking ragged now; they know the game is up.
Over 10 - South Africa 73/3 (du Plessis 47, Duminy 6)
R Ashwin into the attack now. Surely should've bowled ahead of Sharma, but too late to worry about that now. Another tight over, but India need wickets.
Over 9 - South Africa 68/3 (du Plessis 43, Duminy 5)
Better over for India as Yuvraj concedes only five. But they probably need to bowl South Africa out know to reach the semi-finals.
Over 8 - South Africa 63/3 (du Plessis 39, Duminy 4)
Du Plessis is inspired here. A couple of well-controlled paddle sweeps bring him successive twos before he comfortably clears the man at deep midwicket to pick up six more. Sharma's first over costs 13.
- 2nd Oct 2012
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena and R J Tucker
s africa BATTING CARD
|Amla||c Sehwag b Khan||0|
|de Villiers||b Singh||13|
|du Plessis||c Raina b Singh||65|
|Duminy||c Gambhir b Balaji||16|
|F. Behardien||c Raina b Khan||13|
|J.A. Morkel||b Balaji||10|
|Botha||c Raina b Ashwin||8|
|M Morkel||b Balaji||6|
|Total||All Out, 19.5 Overs||151|