India will play against South Africa at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, for the second Semi-Final of ICC World Twenty20 2014 on Friday at 7.30 pm IST.
India emerged the only unbeaten team in all four games in the Twenty20 this year in Group 2 of the Super 10 group, with Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh wiped out in the pre-semifinal matches.
South Africa, defeated by five runs in the hands of Sri Lanka, survived with three match wins – against New Zealand, the Netherlands and England.
In World Cup history, India has lost thrice in the semifinals and has been beaten at the knockout stages of these competitions five times.
Otherwise, India has won the Champions Trophy twice and the 50-over World Cup twice, and was the champion at the inaugural World T20 in South Africa.
South Africa has been in the knockout phase of ICC events 11 times and in 1998, it won its first and the only ICC title. Later on, South Africa has suffered eight straight knockout losses in world events.
However, in a three-hour 20-over game, form doesn’t hold much standing or significance. South Africa’s form might be somewhat patchy, but given how quickly a T20 game can change, it has edge over India to play a decisive game on Friday.
India, having played all its four Super 10 games at the Sher-e-Bangla, is well poised with the ground, the pitches, the ball’s slow movement and the turn. Moreover, it has the bowling skills with spinners such as Amit Mishra and R Ashwin with Ravindra Jadeja on the stand-by.
Indian batsmen are the second best in International and Test series, but the pitches during the ODIs, were different. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have shouldered so far the responsibility of chasing runs from the beginning and Dhoni has set himself up in style for the finishing knockouts and Yuvraj Singh returned to his form in the last game against Australia.
South African batsmen, except Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, haven’t been consistent. Quinton de Kock and David Miller have failed and Faf du Plessis, the captain, has missed two games so far but AB de Villiers has turned out to be the most inventive batsman to play the most outrageous strokes.
Prediction: India may win, if it can restrain South African batting to virtually a double-digit with tight fielding.
Where to Watch Live:
Following TV channels in respective countries will show the match live:
In India, watch it live on Star Sports 2; Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD1 and in South Africa, Supersports 2 will show it live.
UK – Sky Sports 2;
Afghanistan – Lemar TV;
Pakistan – Ten Sports;
Sri Lanka – CSN;
Bangladesh – Bangladesh TV;
UAE – OSN Sports Cricket;
Africa – Supersports 2;
Online Live Streaming Information:
In Pakistan, click HERE / HERE.
In the US cricket fans watch it HERE.
In the UK, visitors can click HERE
In the Middle East, click HERE
In South Africa, Africa, click HERE
In Australia, click HERE
In Latin America HERE
In Europe, click HERE
In Sri Lanka, click HERE
In Canada, visit website HERE.
For LIVE SCORE, visit ESPNCricinfo.com.
India: MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Mohit Sharma.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Aaron Phangiso, Jean-Paul Duminy,Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, David Miller, Beuran Hendricks, Farhaan Behardien, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Quinton de Kock (w/k).
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