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World T20: Kohli masterclass steers India into semis over Aussies

world t20 Updated: Mar 27, 2016 23:08 IST
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Virat Kohli (L) celebrates as Australia's James Faulkner watches after India’s win.(Reuters Photo)


Over 20: Dhoni hits the winning runs, as is the tradition. So Kohli’s masterclass takes India through to the semis and Australia are out. India will face West Indies, New Zealand will play England.

Over 19: Four more boundaries from Kohli. India need just 4 more. 157/4

Over 18: Big, big over for India. Kohli taking a liking to Faulkner once again, as he has in the past, with two boundaries and a six. 19 off the over. 141/4

Over 17: Just 8 off the over. 122/4

Over 16: 12 off Hazlewood, excellent running from Kohli and Dhoni. 114/4

Over 15: 8 off the over. 102/4

Over 14: 5 off Faulkner and the wicket of Yuvraj. 94/4

13.6 Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT

A superb catch! Watson is having a great night! The slower short of a length ball stopped on the left-hander outside off stump. Yuvraj pushed hard at the ball and then checked his shot but it was too late. It lobbed in the air towards cover and Watson covered good ground, running back and to his right from extra cover to take a tumbling catch

Over 13: 9 off Zampa. 89/3

Over 12: 12 off Maxwell, including a six from Kohli to push the rate a bit. 80/3

Over 11: 3 off Zampa. India really need to get a move on with the run rate here. 68/3

Over 10: 6 off Maxwell. 65/3

Over 9: 9 off Coulter-Nile. 59/3

Over 8: 5 off Watson, including the wicket of Raina. 50/3

7.4 Watson to Raina, OUT

Watson has two! He is striving to ensure this is not his final game! He bangs the ball in short and it springs up on the batsman, not coming on to the bat smoothly. Raina moves across in his crease to pull but ends up gloving it to Nevill

Over 7: 8 off Faulkner, including Raina’s first boundary. 45/2

Over 6: 3 off Watson and the wicket of Sharma. 37/2

5.5 Watson to Sharma, OUT

Superb bowling! “Come on,” screams Watson and Australia rally around him. He doesn’t want this to be the last match of his career. Bowls a fine cutter, and Rohit doesn’t help matters by premeditating. Came down the track too early and can’t adjust. The ball sticks in the deck a little more, and with Rohit having made room, he is left reaching with a horizontal bat instead of a vertical one. Beats him, and bowls him

Over 5: 10 off Hazlewood, including two beautiful back-to-back boundaries from Kohli. 34/1

Over 4: 6 off Coulter-Nile and the wicket of Dhawan. 24/1

3.5 Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, OUT

Caught at short fine leg! Coulter-Nile bangs in the heavy bouncer, it rises at pace on Dhawan who hooks but top edges it into the air behind the keeper and to short fine leg’s left. Khawaja takes a while to settle under the ball but holds the catch safely in the end

Over 3: 9 off Hazlewood, including the first six of the chase, a beautiful pull from Dhawan. 18/0

Over 2: 3 off Coulter-Nile. 9/0

Over 1: 7 off the first over from Hazlewood, including a beautiful cover drive from Dhawan. India 7/0

Riding on the back of a blazing start by openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch, Australia posted a competitive 160/6 in their World T20 match against India in Mohali on Sunday.

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After Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat, Khawaja got the Aussies off to an incredible start, hitting Jasprit Bumrah for four boundaries in the second over. 50 came up in the fourth over.

With Khawaja’s wicket in the fifth over, India started to pull things back. Pacer Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers, picking two wickets and conceding 36 runs off his four overs.

For Australia, Aaron Finch topscored with 43 off 34.

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