India Lost: Pakistan Reached into T-20 Semi Final
By Zaheerul Hassan
India beat South Africa by one run Tuesday but still crashed out of the World Twenty20 as Pakistan went through to the semi-finals by virtue of a higher run rate. Pakistan will meet host Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Colombo on Thursday while Australia, who went through on run rate despite losing to Pakistan, will play West Indies on Friday.
Indian witnessing the match in the stadium went into shock and started weeping. Interestingly, since last night, the whole Indian media is thrashing out their Cricket Team due to her poorest performance. In fact attraction of playing in Indian Premier League and earning money through gambling has brought down the performance of Indian Cricket Team. Some Indian media segments as their routine practice are also alleging ISI involvement in South African scoring of more than 122 runs.
Earlier, Pakistan gave fantastic and polished performance and went into the World Twenty 20 semi-finals with a shock 32-run win over Australia, who reached the last four regardless courtesy of their net run rate. Faf du Plessis led the South African reply with an aggressive 65, studded with two towering sixes and six boundaries off just 38 balls.
When he fell in the 13th over with 58 runs were still needed but India’s bowlers led by Zaheer Khan (3-22) kept their nerve to record their second win in three Super Eights encounters. South Africa, who had lost both of their two earlier matches in the round of eight, needed 14 off the last Lakshmipathy Balaji over. Albie Morkel hit a six off the first ball but was bowled off the second.
Morne Morkel also hit a six off the fourth ball but Balaji snatched the win when he bowled the last man with a full-length delivery, ending on figures of 3-37. India owed their total of 152-6 to Suresh Raina’s 45. Raina hit five boundaries during his 34-ball knock and added 44 for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma who made 25. India were off to a disastrous start as opener Gautum Gambhir was bowled by Morne Morkel in the fourth over for eight, before the in-form Virat Kohli was caught behind off a rising delivery from Jacques Kallis for two in the next. It became 36-3 when Peterson bowled Virender Sehwag for 17, after the Indian opener hit him for a big six a ball earlier. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with a quick 13-ball 23 with three boundaries. Morkel finished with 2-28 while Peterson took 2-25. A Australia reached the last four on net run-rate, and Pakistan went through via the same method following India’s narrow one-run victory over South Africa later on Tuesday.
Nasir Jamshed’s 55 helped Pakistan to 149-6 before their spinners took over.
Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-17 and Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Raza took two wickets each to limit Australia to 117-7.