You talk of a chase and Kohli’s name would come up before even thinking about the opposition. Yes, opposition doesn’t matter for him, not even the best bowler in the world. What matters more for him is the ball which is there to be hit.
It indeed was a semifinal, the way both the teams played it. Faf du-plesis, JP Duminy and David Miller ensured a fighting total over the scoreboard. Ashwin’s magic with the ball spell bounded the crowd as he finished with an economical figure of 22-3 off his 4 overs. He took wickets on the first ball of his first over, second of his second over and on the third one of his third over. South Africa managed to pose some threat to Indian way towards the finals as they possessed a quality attack led by a genius in the form of Dale Steyn.
Indians started off as if Mr. Fletcher had asked them to do it their own style. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma showed some brilliant skills on display with Sharma playing a gem of shot while hitting a fierce Dale Steyn for a six over point boundary. With fall of Sharma arrived the “messiah” of current Indian cricket, Virat Kohli. The man who has been in form longer than some of his contemporaries have survived, made it look like a cake walk as he started off slow, then started showing some aggression in middle overs and then when things started getting a bit intense, knocked South African bowlers out of the park and ensured a comfortable win to proceed into another finals of T20 World Cup. Yes, a target of 173 turned out to be a comfortable one and credit goes to Suresh Raina too for a brilliant match winning cameo being played by him to ease off the pressure from the shoulders of Kohli. And he perished when things were in the hands. Mahendra Singh Dhoni won million hearts by allowing Kohli to score winning runs as he abruptly defended the last ball of the 19th over when scores were level. Meanwhile Yuvraj couldn’t manage to convert a struggling start into a good match winning knock when he started looking comfortable.
This match posed a serious test for Indian batsmen and Indians passed with distinction and justified their evolution on the land of Tendulkars. So, history repeats itself again and India will face off the Lankans in the finals of the ICC World T20.