Proteas Trio Teach Indians a Lesson in Art of Spinning

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NOTTINGHAM: Not even the most ardent South African fan could ever have believed the day would come when their team would out-spin India on a dry and turning pitch.

Well, that's exactly what the trio of Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe and JP Duminy did at Trent Bridge last night in the final ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight match.

The upshot is that South Africa will face Pakistan in the semi-finals tomorrow, with Sri Lanka and the West Indies meeting on Friday.

For so many years, India's spinners had weaved their magic at the expense of South African batsmen, without any threatening response.

But the cricket landscape has changed, as Botha and Co proved by collectively claiming 5/32 to restrict India to 118/8, 12 runs shy of the Proteas' meagre total of 130/5.

Botha's contribution of 3/16 allowed his team to escape with scoring just 36 runs between the fifth and 13th over of their innings. That was too pedestrian when an innings lasts just 120 balls, but India were even slower as they only managed two runs fewer in three more overs.

Both teams' pace bowlers took a pasting in the power play. South Africa raced to 45/1 off five overs, and India smashed their way to 47 without loss after six. …