Wednesday, April 7, 2010

India v South Africa

On a spin-friendly Trent Bridge surface, South Africa's apathetic bowlers rubbed alkali and some spices into India's broad World Twenty20 wounds, arresting a bashful absolute of 130 with able ease. The absolute aberration amid the abandon admitting was AB de Villiers, who batted absolutely alluringly for a 51-ball 63 on a angle area no added batsman excelled. With the ball, Johan Botha took 3 for 16, and was alluringly accurate by Roelof van der Merwe (1 for 13) as India stumbled from 47 for 0 at the end of the Powerplay overs to 69 for 5.

The two Punjabis, Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh, briefly floated some hope, but Botha and Dale Steyn snuffed out the claiming to accelerate South Africa through to the semi-final undefeated. They will face Pakistan at the aforementioned area on Thursday. In altitude that could accept been anywhere in the subcontinent, India will admiration aloof how they were so able-bodied beaten.

They had started with some panache, as Gautam Gambhir buttery both Steyn and Wayne Parnell through the covers. Anon after, Rohit Sharma took over, abridgement both Parnell and Albie Morkel through midwicket to accumulate able-bodied advanced of the allurement rate. But as anon as circuit was introduced, India fell apart.

Gambhir spooned Botha to abysmal cover, and Suresh Raina clubbed one beeline to long-on. Rohit again miscued a big boost off JP Duminy to point as South Africa belted the Indians to aloof 17 from six overs. But the calamity didn't end there. MS Dhoni aching about for 5 afore chief on a headless-chicken allegation bottomward the angle with Yuvraj not accidentally interested. Morne Morkel aggregate Mark Boucher's bandy and removed the bails.

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