ICC World T20, India vs Australia as it happened: Kohli masterclass powers India into semi-final
It's a no-brainer! Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Match.
Checking my phone to see the Ind v Aus T20 match........well done to India and probably going to be a Ind v NZ final 🏏— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 27, 2016
Kohli was down on his knees when Dhoni hit the winning runs. Harbhajan then lifted him when he was going back to pavilion. 82 off 51 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. What a classic innings.
When I grow up I want to be Virat Kohli chasing in a limited overs match— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 27, 2016
That's it! India win by 6 wickets. What a fantastic chase. What a fantastic innings from Kohli!
Kohli showing all class. He is class! He places a yorker through backward point for four and then pulls one to long leg for anther and then hammers one over extra cover for another one. And then smashes another drives through extra cover to end the over with a four. With 4 needed off the last over, Dhoni does what he does best, finishes it off with a four over rmid on. India into the semi-final of World T20.
Coulter-Nile back on.
Dhoni said 2, Kohli didn't even look back before turning for 2nd. Trust and understanding.— rootofall3vil (@rootofall3vil) March 27, 2016
After 18 overs, India 141/4 ( Virat Kohli 66 , MS Dhoni 14)
Kohli in GOD mode now. He pulls one behind square leg for four, then places one through backward point off a very full delivery for consecutive fours and then lofts a slower one over long off for a six. 14 off the first three ball. He then flicks one wide of long on for a quick couple. A single and then a brilliantly run two makes it 19 runs off the over. 20 needed off 12 now.
Faulkner is back....
After 17 overs, India 122/4 ( Virat Kohli 50 , MS Dhoni 12)
It was turning out to be a brilliant over. Watson bowled yorker after yorker. But he bowled the last one a tad wide, on good length, Dhoni slashed hard but got an outside edge to third man for a streaky four. 8 runs off the over. 39 needed off 18.
Seems like Faulkner has left the field. Reason is unknown.
Kohli now has 2nd-most runs while chasing in T20Is, going past Guptill's 882 (in 31 inns). McCullum has most (1006 in 38 inns). Kohli in 19.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 27, 2016
FIFTY for Kohli, off 39 balls! Another brilliant innings while chasing. Three fours and one six in that over. He needs to stay till the end now.
Watson into his last over.
After 16 overs,India 114/4 ( Virat Kohli 49 , MS Dhoni 6)
Kohli turning it on now. He takes on the fielder for a risky second. Then again off the next ball and then hammers one over mid-wicket for four. Another brilliantly run couple off the next ball and then again behind square leg. 12 runs off the over. This is what India missed while Yuvraj was batting injured. 47 needed off 24 now.
After 15 overs,India 102/4 ( Virat Kohli 37 , MS Dhoni 6)
A crucial boundary in that over from Dhoni. At was just two runs off the first three balls until Dhoni pulled one behind square leg. 8 runs off the over. 59 needed off 30.
Watson back on.
After 14 overs,India 94/4 ( Virat Kohli 35 , Dhoni 0 )
Another very good over for Australia. Faulkner gives away just 5 runs and gets the wicket of Yuvraj.
OUT! Brilliant catch from Watson. Yuvraj departs. Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1x4 1x6)
It's that slower ball again. It holds onto the surface. Yuvraj has committed into his drive but done in by the slowness of the pitch. He ends up scooping it to extra cover where Watson pouches a diving catch.
MS Dhoni strides out to the middle.
Faulkner back into the attack....
After 13 overs,India 89/3 ( Virat Kohli 32 , Yuvraj Singh 19)
Yuvraj finally gets going. Zampa offers him a full toss and he clobbers it over wide long on. A huge LBW appeal is turned down next ball as Yuvraj misses his pull. Replays show it had pitched outside leg. 9 runs off the over.
After 12 overs,India 80/3 ( Virat Kohli 30 , Yuvraj Singh 13)
Kohli finally releases some pressure as he lofts one over long off, he didn't get it off the middle but still it sailed over the fielder. 12 runs off the over. Including a well-run two. 81 needed off 48 now.
After 11 overs,India 68/3 ( Virat Kohli 20 , Yuvraj Singh 11)
Zampa has started off well. He bowls a googly first up, beats Yuvraj all ends up. Neville waits and waits and waits and then clips the bails off. In that time, Yuvraj has lifted hid back foot and brought it back down. He got his timing wrong and did a reverse Dhoni. Zampa bowled disciplined lines. Just 3 runs off the over.
Adam Zampa into the attack now. Crucial phase......
After 10 overs,India 65/3 ( Virat Kohli 19 , Yuvraj Singh 9)
India are playing cautiously here. Looking for just singles. Yuvraj's injury not helping the cause as they missed out on two extra runs in that over. 6 runs off the Maxwell over.
Glenn Maxwell into the attack....
Yuvraj is getting his ankle taped by the physio.
After 9 overs, India 59/3 ( Virat Kohli 15 , Yuvraj Singh 7)
Meanwhile, India have another problem. Yuvraj seems to have twisted his ankle while playing a flick and was down in pain. He had edged one earlier to third man for a streaky four. He then took a single and was still hobbling. 9 runs off the over.
After 8 overs,India 50/3 ( Virat Kohli 13 , Yuvraj Singh 1)
Another very good over from Watson. After he got Raina out. He had a short leg and a slip for Yuvraj. Yuvraj charged on his first ball and tucked it to square leg for a single. Just 5 runs off the over. The required rate has climbed to 9.25.
OUT! That short ball was going to get him out isn't it? Watson strikes. SK Raina c Nevill b Watson 10 (7b 1x4 0x6)
Short outside the leg stump, Raina shuffles a tad and goes for the pull but ends up gloving it to the keeper. India in some trouble now.
Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.
After 7 overs, India 45/2 ( Virat Kohli 12 , Suresh Raina 7)
A good over from Faulkner. He lured Raina into a drive off a slower one. Raina misjudged the pace and committed to a drive, luckily for him, it flew uppishly just wide of the mid off fielder for four. Four more singles in the over made it 8 runs from the over.
James Faulkner into the attack now.
That crucial phase of the game when Kohli takes singles and rest act as if asking rate is 20— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 27, 2016
Mohali, India: Australia will look to dump hosts India out of the World Twenty20 tournament on Sunday in a do-or-die clash between cricket's two biggest teams.
A narrow win by India over Bangladesh, followed by Australia's 21-run triumph against Pakistan, has effectively reduced Sunday's group encounter into a knockout, with the winner making it to the semi-finals.
"We've got a massive game coming up against India, whoever wins that goes through," said Australian paceman James Faulkner after Friday's win against Pakistan.
"It was on our shoulders to turn the ship around and start winning.
"We have won two in a row, now we need to win another three to win the World Cup," said the bowler, who enjoyed a five-wicket haul against Pakistan, the first Australian to do so in T20 cricket.
Australia are the reigning 50-over world champions and the number one Test side, but have failed to win the World T20 in five previous attempts.
If they do manage to win the trophy this time around, it would be a fitting tribute to all-rounder Shane Watson, who is set to quit international cricket at the end of the tournament.
Watson was part of Australia's World Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2015 and also starred during the team's winning campaigns in the Champions Trophy finals of 2006 and 2009.
The Aussies have won two games in this T20 edition while going down to New Zealand, who have already qualified for the semis with three wins from as many matches.
India were also handed a thrashing by the Black Caps, who are sitting on top of Group 2 and are clearly one of the better-looking sides in the tournament.
'Stay in the moment'
The home side, which won the inaugural World T20 edition in 2007, bounced back to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan before pulling off a nerve-wracking one-run win against Bangladesh.
The Indians will be praying for a full game Sunday because a washout would throw the hosts out of the tournament, since Australia enjoy a better run rate.
India's star batsman Virat Kohli admitted the players would have to raise their game against the Aussies and not let themselves be overwhelmed.
"I think the only thing that we can do in this situation is to stay in the moment and not get carried away by the bigger picture," Kohli said Saturday at a pre-match press conference.
"Sometimes we forget to do what exactly we need to do on a particular delivery, which could be a game-changing event," he said.
"This format requires you to be top of your focus and concentration for 120 balls while you are batting and in the field.
"If we play to our potential, we have the ability to go all the way."
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.
Australia: Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa
Published Date: Mar 28, 2016 12:14 am | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2016 12:14 am
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