Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 82 from 51 balls helped steer India into the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals at the expense of Australia on Sunday in Mohali. The host nation was chasing 161 for victory after the Australians won the toss. Kohli clubbed nine fours and two sixes but the six-wicket victory was far from straight forward.
With retirement imminent Shane Watson (2/23) removed Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) to leave the Indians at 49/3 after 7.4 overs. However Kohli and Yuvraj took their side to 94 before the men in blue’s Test captain and T20 skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, teamed up to take the 2007 champions over the line. Yuvraj contributed 21 from 18 deliveries while Dhoni hit 18 from 10, including the winning boundary off the first ball of the 20th over.
Earlier the Baggy Greens posted 160/6 in their 20 overs. Aaron Finch top scored with 43 from 34 balls (three fours, two sixes). Glenn Maxwell’s 31 and Usman Khawaja’s 26 were the other highlights as six of the eight Australians to spend time at the crease reached double figures.
Hardik Pandya’s 2/36 was the best effort by an Indian bowler while Ashish Nehra conceded just 20 runs in his four overs, while also accounting for Nehra. The home side is through to the final four, where the West Indies lie in wait. The Aussies are packing their bags and returning home.