2010 ICC World Twenty20, The West Indies
ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010
World Twenty20 2010 Final: England vs Australia - England wins Twenty/20 World Cup
May 16, 2010Man of the match Craig Kieswetter scored a wonderful half century (63) to steer his team to a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over Australia after England bowlers restricted them to just three sixes and ten fours in 20 overs. The current 50 overs World Cup and Champions Trophy holders Australia could only score 147 for six, with David Hussey's 59 the top score.Looking for their first ever Cricket World Cup win (in any format), South Africa-born batsmen Kevin Pietersen (47) and Craig Kieswetter were involved in a 111-run partnership for the second wicket. Pietersen was named man of the tournament for scoring 248 runs.
World Twenty20 2010 Final: England 148/3 (Craig Kieswetter 63, Kevin Pietersen 47) beat Australia 147/6 (David Hussey 59) by seven wickets.
Super Eight match 21: South Africa crashes out of the WT20
May 10, 2010
World Twenty20 Match #21: Pakistan 148/7 (20 ov) beat South Africa 137/7 (20 ov) by 11 runs.
Super Eight match 18: Comprehensive win for England
May 8, 2010
World Twenty20 Match 18: England 168/7 (20 ov) beat South Africa 129 (19 ov) by 39 runs.
Super Eights (match 14): South Africa beat New Zealand by 13 runs
May 6, 2010Albie Morkel hit five sixes in scoring 40 off 18 balls as South Africa scored 73 from their last 6.3 overs which powered the team to a total of 170/4 - enough for a comfortable 13-run victory over New Zealand in the World Twenty20 Super Eights.
World Twenty20 Match 14: South Africa 170/4 (20 ov) beat New Zealand 157/7 (20 ov) by 13 runs
Group Stage match 5: Raina takes India to Super 8
May 2, 2010India defeated South Africa by 14 runs in a Group C match, riding on a superb hundred (off 60 balls) by Suresh Raina, to qualify for the Super Eights of the World T20 at the Beausejour stadium in St. Lucia. Raina's first fifty took 42 balls, and his second was blazed in just 17. He was invloved in an 88-run partnership Yuvraj Singh who made 37 off 30 balls. 75 runs were clobbered off during the last five overs, which also saw Raina reaching 101 with a six. Jacques Kallis gave the Proteas a good start with his 54-ball 73, but the middle order, barring Smith (36) and AB de Villiers (31), failed to put up a good show. They could only manage 172 for five in 20 overs.
World Twenty20 Match 5: India 186 for 5 (Raina 101, Yuvraj 37) beat South Africa 172 for 5 (Kallis 73) by 14 runs
South Africa in India, 2010
India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2010India, who became the number-one Test side in December, will host a hastily-arranged two-Test series against South Africa - ranked second in Test cricket - at Nagpur and Kolkata, the Indian cricket board announced on Sunday. South Africa will also play three one-day internationals during the tour starting next month.
South Africa drew a three-Test series 1-1 on their last tour of India in 2008. Series Schedule:
|Match||Venue||Date and Time|
|1st Test||India vs South Africa at Nagpur||Sat Feb 6 - Wed Feb 10 (09:30 IST l 04:00 GMT)|
|2nd Test||India vs South Africa at Kolkata||Sun Feb 14 - Thu Feb 18 (09:30 IST l 04:00 GMT)|
|1st ODI||India vs South Africa at Jaipur |
|Sun Feb 21 (14:30 IST | 09:00 GMT)|
|2nd ODI||India vs South Africa at Gwalior||Wed Feb 24 (09:00 IST | 03:30 GMT)|
|3rd ODI||India vs South Africa at Ahmedabad |
|Sat Feb 27 (14:30 IST | 09:00 GMT)|
India vs South Africa 3-ODI Series
India vs South Africa ODIs
South Africa thrash India by 90 runs at Motera (SAF-IND: 1-2|3)
February 27, 2010Stand-in captain Jacques Kallis (104) and AB De Villiers (102) hammered unbeaten centuries to set up South Africa's consolation 90-run victory over India in the third and final one-day international at Sardar Patel Stadium on Saturday. Batting first, South Africa ended up with 365/2 after openers Bosman and Amla added 113 runs for the first wicket, and then Kallis and Villiers added an unbeaten 173 runs for the 3rd wicket. Chasing a victory target of 366, Indians lost wickets at regular intervals and were finally bowled out for 275 in 44.3 overs. Virat Kohli was the top scorer with 57, while Suresh Raina made 49. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja contributed 48 and 36 respectively. Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe took 3 wickets each.
South Africa 365/2 (Kallis 104*, de Villiers 102*, Amla 87, Bosman 68) beat India 275 (Kohli 57, Raina 49) by 90 runs
Sachin, Sehwag rested, Vijay, Rohit, Mithun in for 3rd ODI
February 26, 2010With India having taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead, the national selection committee decided to rest Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for the third and concluding match of the ODI series against South Africa at Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu opener M Vijay, Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma are in the team.Indian squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ashish Nehra.
India win Gwalior ODI, Series (SAF-IND: 0-2|3)
February 24, 2010India beat South Africa by 153 runs in the second cricket one-dayer and went 2-0 up in the three-match series. de Villiers put up a fighting 114 not out in 101 balls, but there was no way the South Africans could reach anywhere near the massive 401/3 that India put on the board with help from Sachin's 200*. It was the first ever double-hundred in the game's history and Sachin's 46th one-day century.
After Karthik who hit 79 departed, Yusuf Pathan upped the pace with 36 off 23 balls, including two huge sixes. Dhoni scored 68 from just 35 balls and provided fine support for Sachin towards the end.
South Africa 248 (de Villiers 114, Sreesanth 3-49, Pathan 2-37) lost to India 401/3 (Tendulkar 200*, Karthik 79, Dhoni 68*) by 153 runs
Sachin Tendulkar breaks ODI world record, hits first ever 200
February 24, 2010Sachin Tendulkar became the first man ever to score double hundred in one-dayers as he propelled India to 401 for three in the second ODI at Gwalior. The 36-year-old hit 25 fours and three sixes in a stunning 200 off 147 balls.It passed the previous best of 194, set by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar in 1997 and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry last year. His previous best one-day knock was the 186 not out scored against New Zealand in 1999.
Highest ODI individual scores
|200*||Sachin Tendulkar||India v South Africa||Gwalior||2010|
|194*||Charles Coventry||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh||Bulawayo||2009|
|194||Saeed Anwar||Pakistan v India||Chennai||1997|
|189*||Vivian Richards||West Indies v England||Manchester||1984|
India win Jaipur ODI by one run (SAF-IND: 0-1|3)
February 21, 2010India beat South Africa by one run in the first cricket one-dayer to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. They survived a late batting onslaught from South Africa tail-enders Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn to hold on for a tense last ball victory.
Contributions from the top order saw India post a total of 298 for nine, with Suresh Raina's 58 the highest. South Africa were 225 for 8 at the fall of Kallis' (89) wicket in the 43rd over, but then Parnell (49) and Steyn (35) put on 65 runs to take the visitors closer to victory.
India 298 for 9 (Raina 58, Sehwag 46, Karthik 44, Kallis 3-29) beat South Africa 297 (Kallis 89) by one run
India vs South Africa 3-ODI Series
Indian team for South Africa ODIs
Pathan, Nayar recalled to India's ODI squad
February 18, 2010All-rounders Yusuf Pathan and Abhishek Nayar were recalled to India's 15-member squad for the first two One Day Internationals against South Africa. Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the series due to a groin injury, while Harbhajan Singh will also not play due to personal commitments. Pacemen Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra were also included in the team for the Jaipur and Gwalior matches.Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone new face in the team, while Uttar Pradesh pacer Sudeep Tyagi managed to retain his place. S Sreesanth might replace Zaheer Khan who suffered an injury during the Kolkata test, and didn't bowl on the last day of the test. India ODI Team: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, S Sreesanth, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan and Amit Mishra.
India vs South Africa 2-Test Series
Kolkata Test, day five: India beat South Africa to level series, retain No.1 spot (SAF-IND: 1-1|2)
February 18, 2010Harbhajan Singh took five wickets as India secured a dramatic innings and 58-run victory in the final minutes of the second Test against South Africa at Kolkata. The last wicket partnership between Hashim Amla (127*) and Morne Morkel (12) defied the Indian bowlers for more than 20 overs, but Harbhajan returned to snare Morkel with around 15 minutes remaining on the final day.Hashim Amla batted superbly to frustrate India with his second century of the match, but could not deny India a series tying victory. He took the man of the match and man of the series awards for centuries in each innings at Eden Gardens and 490 in total. He was dismissed only once in the series.
The win means India retain their place ahead of South Africa at the top of the Test world rankings.
Kolkota Test, day five: India 643/6 declared (Sehwag 165, Laxman 143*, Dhoni 132*, Tendulkar 106) beat South Africa 296 (Amla 114, Petersen 100, Zaheer 4-90, Harbhajan 3-64) and 289 (Amla 127*, Harbhajan 5-59, Mishra 3-78) by an innings and 58 runs
Kolkata Test, day four: Bad weather helps SA stay afloat in Kolkata
February 17, 2010Only two-and-a-half hours of play was possible on day four, but India tightened their grip against South Africa, picking up three key wickets. South Africans were struggling at 115/3 when rain forced an early closure at the Eden Gardens. India are left with just one day to push for a series-levelling win, after Rain and Hashim Amla (49 not out) frustrated their bid on a day when only 34.1 overs could be bowled. The visitors are still 232 runs behind India, with only seven wickets in hand.
Kolkota Test, day four: South Africa 296 and 115/3 (Amla 49*, Mishra 2-15) trail India 643/6 decl. by 232 runs
Kolkata Test, day three: Dhoni, Laxman tons take India to 643/6
February 16, 2010VVS Laxman (143*) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (132*) both added unbeaten centuries to give India a huge 347-run first-innings lead in the second Test against South Africa. It was Laxman's 15th and Dhoni's fourth Test centuries. Nightwatchman Amit Mishra racked up 28 runs at the beginning of the day before losing his wicket. It was the only wicket to fall on day three as India resumed on 5 for 342 and went on to declare their first innings closed at 6 for 643. It was only the second occasion that four Indian batsmen have scored centuries in a single Test innings. The massive seventh-wicket partnership resulted in an unbroken stand of 259 runs, a new Indian record for the seventh wicket. The total is India's highest against South Africa, beating the 627 they scored at Chennai in 2007-08.South Africa added six runs without loss before bad light ended play.
Kolkota Test, day three: South Africa 296 and 6/0 trail India 643/6 decl. (Sehwag 165, Tendulkar 106, Laxman 143*, Dhoni 132*) by 341 runs
Kolkata Test, day two: South Africa strike after Sehwag, Tendulkar tons
February 15, 2010A double century partnership for the third wicket between Virender Sehwag (165) and Sachin Tendulkar (106), both of whom scored their second centuries of the series, allowed India to establish a 46 run lead over South Africa on the second day of the second Test with 5 wickets left. The opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag plundered 73 runs off 9.2 overs - at a rate close to 8 runs per over - before Sehwag ran Gambhir out with a call for a non-existent second run. After Murali Vijay came and left putting only 7 on the board, Tendulkar joined Sehwag. While Sehwag (165 off 174 balls, with 23 fours and two sixes) scored his 19th century, Tendulkar completed his 47th century and his fourth in successive Test matches. South Africa were bowled out for 296 in the morning, adding 30 runs to their overnight score of 266/9. After two sessions that completely belonged to India, they came back into the match with a 3-wicket haul after tea. After Sehwag fell to Duminy in his second ball, Tendulkar and S Badrinath followed in quick succession within 4 overs. At stumps, India were 342/5, with VVS Laxman batting on 9 and night watchman Amit Mishra for company.
Kolkota Test, day two: India 342/5 (Sehwag 165, Tendulkar 106) lead South Africa 296 (Amla 114, Petersen 100, Zaheer 4-90) by 46 runs
Kolkata Test, day one: India on top after dramatic South Africa collapse
February 14, 2010South Africa, who were 218 for one in 58 overs with the help of quick centuries from Amla (114) and debutant Alviro Petersen (100), crashed to 266 for nine as Zaheer and Harbhajan picked up three wickets apiece as they ripped through the visitor's middle order.After losing the toss India who were asked to field opened with the wicket of Graeme Smith, only to see the second wicket duo of Petersen and Amla adding 209. The collapse however began with Petersen edging Zaheer to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Amla left shortly after the tea interval as he mistimed a pull off Zahir and giving Dhoni his second catch of the day. Harbhajan then destroyed South Africa's fragile middle order with a three-wicket burst.India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Vijay, Tendulkar, Laxman, Badrinath, Dhoni (C/W), Harbhajan, Zaheer, Mishra, I Sharma
South Africa: Gm Smith (Captain), Prince, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (Wicket Keeper), Duminy, Petersen, Steyn, Parnell, M Morkel, P Harris
Kolkota Test, day one: South Africa 266 for 9 (Amla 114, Petersen 100, Harbhajan 3-60, Zaheer 3-77) v India
Kolkata Test: Sreesanth returns for Eden Test
February 12, 2010Kerala pacer S Sreesanth is likely to play in the second Test match as the Indian selectors dropped the back-up seamers Sudeep Tyagi and Abhimanyu and brought him back into the side. Dinesh Karthik - a batsman who can keep - and Suresh Raina - a middle-order batsman - were also named in the 15 member Indian squad. VVS Laxman, who missed the first Test due to injury, was also retained. Wriddhiman Saha was dropped inspite of him playing a fighting knock of 36 from 101 balls where he frustrated the South Africans. A 1-0 or 2-0 victory for South Africa will give them the No. 1 world ranking. India can keep that poistion if they win the Test and tie the series. India have not lost at the Eden Gardens in the last five Tests.India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wkt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Subramaniam Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper), Suresh Raina.
Nagpur Test, day four: South Africa steamrolls India in Nagpur (SAF-IND: 1-0|2)
February 09, 2010The Proteas romped to a crushing victory over India by an innings and six runs after another superb display by pace bowler Dale Steyn who achieved match figures of 10-108. Sachin Tendulkar earlier hit his 46th Test century, but proved once again he doesn't have the heart to play a second innings like Laxman, Dravid or Gambhir when it matters. It was India's third innings loss at home in 25 years, all of those coming against South Africa. The South Africans now need to just draw the second and final Test beginning in Kolkata on February 14 to reclaim their top ranking from India.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a vocal advocate of youth over experience ever since he started leading India, finally saw his wishes come through before the Nagpur test. For someone who has always tried to get rid of the seniors in the team except Sachin, it might have been a dream come true to see a playing XI that didn't feature Dravid and Laxman. The team was stacked with youngsters ("It is easy to motivate youngsters," Dhoni after WT20 2007 victory). And the result? Dhoni's first loss as Indian captain.
Nagpur Test, day four: South Africa 558/6 declared (J Kallis 173, H Amla 253 not out, AB de Villiers 53) beat India 233 (V Sehwag 109, S Badrinath 56, D Steyn 7-51) and 319 (S Tendulkar 100) by an innings and six runs
Nagpur Test, day three: India 66/2 after following-on, trail by 259 runs
February 08, 2010South Africa were eyeing victory after Dale Steyn picked a career-best 7-51 in the Indian first innings, and then dismissed Virender Sehwag, the only batsman who troubled them on day three. In the first innings Sehwag scored 109 runs off 139 balls - his 18th Test ton - while debutant Badrinath scored 56 from the same number of balls. Dale Steyn ripped apart India's fragile middle order, with a career-best haul of seven for 51 as the hosts were bundled out for 233 in the first innings. India are struggling at 66 for two in their second innings at close of play, after losing both openers. Murali Vijay and Tendulkar are at the crease, with a 38 run partnership for the third wicket.
Nagpur Test, day three: India 233 (Sehwag 109, Badrinath 56, Steyn 7-51) and 62/2 trail South Africa 558/6 declared by 259 runs
Nagpur Test, day two: Hashim Amla hits double ton
February 07, 2010An unbeaten 253 from Hashim Amla - his first double century - helped South Africa to compile 558/6 declared on day two of the first Test against India at Nagpur. Amla shared in a 108-run fourth wicket stand with AB de Villiers (53) after taking his overnight partnership with Jacques Kallis (173) to 340.India were 25 without loss in reply at the close with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir not out on nine and 12 respectively.
Nagpur Test, day two: India 25/0 trail South Africa 558/6 declared (Amla 253*, Kallis 173, de Villiers 53) by 533 runs
Nagpur Test, day one: Kallis, Amla punish India
February 06, 2010After Zaheer Khan (2-67) sent back openers Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith in a fiery opening spell, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla slammed unbeaten centuries to help South Africa seize the momentum against India in Nagpur. Kallis scored 159 (off 290 balls, 13x4s, 2x6s) and Amla made 115 (off 225 balls, 11x4s) as the Proteas recovered from a 6/2 to reach 291/2 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test.While Amla struck his eighth Test century, Kallis completed his 34th Test ton. He equalled legends Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara, and is now behind only Ricky Ponting (39) and Sachin Tendulkar (45). India team: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, M Vijay, SR Tendulkar, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (Captain, Wicketkeeper), WP Saha, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, A Mishra, I Sharma.
Nagpur Test, day one: South Africa 291/2 (Kallis 159*, Amla 115*, Zaheer 2-67) vs India
Nagpur Test: Battle for No. 1 begins
February 05, 2010Under a cloudy sky, India will begin their 2-test series against South Africa in Nagpur today, needing only to draw the series to pick up the $175,000 bonus from ICC as the world's numero uno Test team. As for the Proteas, they must win the series at least 1-0, to regain their top ranking they held from December 2008 after dethroning the then champions Australia. Graeme Smith and Gautam Gambhir will battle it out for the No. 1 spot for Test batsmen.India in all probability will feature a new look middle order batting line up, with VVS Laxman still uncertain to play. From where things stand, S Badrinath and Rohit Sharma are set to debut today in the middle order. The last time a middle order batsman made his debut in Team India was Yuvraj Singh in 2003. Inexperienced M Vijay will also be in the final playing XI.
|India vs South Africa||Tests||Won by IND||Won by SAF||Drawn|
|in South Africa||12||1||6||5|
South Africa ready for India challenge
February 02-03, 2010After bowling out Board President's XI for 318, South Africa overtook the target to reach 354 before folding. Leg-spinner Chawla (4/88) and off-spinner Ashwin (3/96) exposed the vulnerability of the visitors, especially the middle and lower order, against turning balls. Ashwell Prince (42), Smith (45), Hashim Amla (72 retired), Jacques Kallis (63 retired), JP Duminy (39) and AB de Villiers (27), all got the practice they were looking for.
Board President's XI 318 (Nayar 100, Dhwan 70, Morkel 3-24, Parnell 3-66) drew with South Africans 354 all out (Amla 72 retd, Kallis 63 retd, Chawla 4-88)
Reported earlier: South Africa begin their quest to regain the No 1 Test team spot when they commence their tour of India with a two-day practice match against Indian Board President's XI in Nagpur today.
With the Board XI having named a squad of 14 it is likely that both sides will use more than 11 players during the match.South Africa : Amla, Botha, Boucher (wicket), de Villiers, Duminy, Harris, Kallis, McLaren, Morkel, Parnell, Petersen, Prince, Smith (Captain), Steyn, Tsotsobe
- India vs South Africa Cricket Series in India, 2010
Injured Dravid, Yuvraj out of Nagpur Test; Mithun, Saha in against South Africa
January 28, 2010Karnataka medium-fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun and Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha are the surprise inclusions in the 15-man squad announced by the national selectors in Mumbai to play in the first test against South Africa in Nagpur. While Saha was called up as back-up wicketkeeper for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, twenty-year-old pacer Mithun was rewarded for his excellent performance in domestic cricket ever since his debut in November 2009.
The 6' 2" tall Abhimanyu Mithun made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy match against UP and grabbed 11 wickets, including a hat-trick. In just 10 matches he now has 52 wickets.Tamil Nadu's Subramaniam Badrinath might make his Test debut as India is missing both Dravid and Yuvraj Singh due to injuries sustained in Bangladesh. However, VVS Laxman, who missed the second Test against Bangladesh after injuring his left hand, is expected to be fit.Team India will lose their No. 1 spot if the lose the series 2-0, while a 1-0 loss will leave both teams level on 123 rating points.Indian Squad (15): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Subramaniam Badrinath, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Sudeep Tyagi, Pragyan Ojha, Abhimanyu Mithun, Wriddhiman Saha. Board President’s XI squad: Abhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Manish Pandey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhishek Nayar, Piyush Chawla, R. Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Manpreet Gony.
ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England
South Africa at the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England
Boom Boom lifts Pakistan into World T20 final
June 18, 2009Shahid Afridi shone with bat and ball at Trent Bridge as Pakistan dumped South Africa by seven runs to storm into the World Twenty20 final. Boom Boom smashed 51 from 34 balls and then grabbed 2-16 with his leg-spin as Pakistan successfully defended 149-4 to restrict the favoured Proteas to 142-5 before a sell-out crowd.
Afridi, coming on to bowl in the seventh over, struck twice in four deliveries when he bowled Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers to make South Africa 50-3 in 8.3 overs. Veteran Jacques Kallis made a brave attempt to take the South Africans home, striking seven fours and a six in 64 from 54 balls, but the other batsmen faltered against the spot-on attack.
2009 ICC World Twenty20, First Semi-final at Trent Bridge, PAK vs SAF, June 18 2009: Pakistan 149/4 (Afridi 51, Malik 34) beat South Africa 142/5 (Kallis 64, Duminy 44*, Afridi 2-16) by seven runs
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June 18 & 19, 200916:30 GMT | 12:30 EDT | 22:00 IST :: 1st Semi-Final - Thursday, June 18
South Africa v Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
South Africa is one of the only two teams in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 to reach the Semis without losing a single match (Sri Lanka is the other). The perennial favorites in any form of cricket, and big time chokers at crunch time, South Africa will have to overcome their nerves to go on to the semis when they meet a resurgent Pakistan team which is looking stronger and stronger with each match. AB de Villiers is currently South Africa's top scorer with 185 runs in five matches, and teammate Jacques Kallis is not far behind with 174 from four matches.
Seamer Roelof van der Merwe is the team's best bowler with 9-106 from 17 overs, while Wayne Parnell has 8-93 from the same number of overs.
Right-arm seamer Umar Gul is the main reason the Pakistanis have progressed so far in the tournament after a stuttering start. Gul, who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa when Pakistan ended runners-up to India, again tops the list with 12 scalps in this tournament. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is joint second with Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga in the wicket-taker's list with 11 wickets, while leg-spinning allrounder Shahid Afridi has eight. Pakistan were routed by South Africa in a practice match ahead of the tournament at Trent Bridge, losing by 59 runs after being bowled out for 127 in reply to South Africa's 186-7.
Tournament ResultsSouth Africa
beat Scotland by 130 runs at The Oval
beat New Zealand by one run at Lord's
beat England by seven wickets at Trent Bridge
beat West Indies by 20 runs at The Oval
beat India by 12 runs at Trent Bridge Pakistan
lost to England by 48 runs at The Oval
beat Holland by 82 runs at Lord's
lost to Sri Lanka by 19 runs at Lord's
beat New Zealand by six wickets at The Oval
beat Ireland by 39 runs at The Oval
16:30 GMT | 12:30 EDT | 22:00 IST :: 2nd Semi-Final - Friday, June 19
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Kennington Oval, London
Sri Lanka, the unbeaten, strongest, and best balanced team in the tournament, will face West Indies in the second semi-final at the Oval on Friday. Three of Lanka's big four batsmen have been in form, with the opening partnership of Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillekeratne Dilshan performing consistently well. Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene showed in the match against New Zealand that they have the class and composure to lead their side to victory on the big stage. Dilshan is the tournament's top runscorer.
While spinner Ajantha Mendis is an absolute terror, veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been successfully strangling sides in the middle overs. Mendis already has 10 victims in the tournament while sling-shot fast bowler Lasith Malinga lies joint second in the leading wicket-takers in the tournament with 11 and are expected to provide the main obstacle to West Indies' chances of progress. West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, after beating England in a do-or-die match went on to remark that some teams were now scared of his team. Dwayne Bravo, with 154 runs from 4 matches and eight wickets for 123 runs from 14 overs, has been the best all-rounder in the tournament so far. Lendl Simmons with 150 runs from 4 matches is also in terrific form.
Tournament ResultsWest Indes
beat Australia by 7 wickets at The Oval
lost to Sri Lanka by 15 runs at Trent Bridge
beat India by 7 wickets at Lord's
lost to South Africa by 20 runs at The Oval
beat England by five wickets at The Oval (D/L method)
beat Australia by 6 wickets at Trent Bridge
beat West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge
beat Pakistan by 19 runs at Lord's
beat Ireland by 9 runs at Lord's
beat New Zealand by 48 runs at Trent Bridge
- First Semi Final: Pakistan vs South Africa, Trent Bridge
- Second Semi Final: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, The Oval
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