Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 April 2014

South Africa: Cricket - Five Reasons South Africa Lost Against India

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South Africa's World T20 cricket chickens finally came home to roost when they lost by six wickets to India in the semi-final on Friday. A sensational Virat Kohli knock sealed an easy win for India to send them into the final against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Another year, another so-close-yet-so-far story in an ICC event for South Africa. After plucking their way through the Super Tens, South Africa came up against the Indian cricketing machine and lost by six wickets. South Africa were completely outplayed for the first time this tournament and the shoddiness that they were allowed to get away with against worse teams, was finally shown up.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, South Africa posted 172-4 in 20 overs, on a track which probably had around 190 in it. Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy both notched up decent scores, but India managed to chase the target down with five balls still remaining. Virat Kohli - with an unbeaten 72 off 44 - set the tone for a very simple chase while South Africa's bowlers helped matters with some dreadful execution.

On paper, India thumped South Africa throughout the tournament and on...

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