IND vs SA T20 Live score: India lose Sehwag, Kohli, Gambhir early
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India started their must win encounter against South Africa on wrong foot as they lost their top-three batsmen inside Powerplay overs in the final Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 at R Premadasa stadium on Tuesday.
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Spinner Robin Peterson dismissed Virender Sehwag (17) in the sixth over to reduce India to 36/3 in 5.3 overs. Sehwag was clean bowled after hitting the previous ball for a huge six.
Jacques Kallis added more misery to India when he removed the in-form Virat Kohli (2), a rare failure for the youngster, soon after Morne Morkel gave the Proteas an early breakthrough in the previous over.
Morkel dismissed Gautam Gambhir in the fourth over as India started terribly in the crucial match.
India need to beat South Africa by 32 runs if they score 160 (and by 31 if they score 140) to finish with an NRR higher than Pakistan's.
Earlier, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to field.
"Very disappointed, it wasn't part of the plan to be like this tonight. We've got pride to play for," AB de Villiers said after Pakistan's victory knocked South Africa out. "Very disappointed, we've let a lot of people down."
MS Dhoni said he would have bowled first as well, because India need to win by a particular margin to make the semis. India are unchanged for this game.
South Africa have made two changes - Faf du Plessis replaces Richard Levi and Albie Morkel comes in for Wayne Parnell.
After Pakistan defeated Australia comprehensively by 32 runs, India have a herculean task in their hand against the Proteas in order to make it to the last four.
India have to beat South Africa by a margin large enough to take their net run-rate ahead of Pakistan's +0.273 and join Australia as the semifinalists from Group 2. India's net run rate is -0.452 at present.
India's campaign is back on track after the morale-boosting win over Pakistan but they can hardly afford to relax as they take on an erratic but still quite intimidating Proteas.
The fight for the second semifinal slot from Group 2 is intriguingly poised as both India and Pakistan have a fair chance of making the cut. Australia have made it to the final four even after losing their final group match with better run-rates.
India: MS Dhoni (c), Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.