India ended their miserable Twenty20 World Cup campaign
India ended their miserable Twenty20 World Cup campaign on an embarrassing note with a 12-run defeat against South Africa –their third straight loss in the tournament– in a low-scoring Super Eight match here.
India’s star-studded batting order failed yet again as they could not chase down 131 runs that would have spared them the ignominy of finishing their Super Eight campaign without a single win to show.
In the end, 118 was all they could manage losing eight wickets.
This was after India’s disciplined bowlers — eight of them were pressed into action — had restricted South Africa to 130 for five on a sluggish track, last night.
Going by their start, a defeat never looked like a possibility for India. With Gambhir wasting precious little time in imposing himself and his aggression rubbing off on Rohit, India were off to a flying start till the mid-innings collapsed happened
Gautam Gambhir (21) and Rohit Sharma (29) gave India a strong start but it was Yuvraj Singh’s run-a-ball 25 that actually rekindled India’s hopes of a win in their swansong tie before the defending champions faltered.