AB Thumps Singh to Keep SA Show on the Road
BYLINE: ZAAHIER ADAMS
NOTTINGHAM: India returned to their traditional strength to restrict the powerful South Africa batting line-up to 130/5 in the final Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 at Trent Bridge last night.
Taking a leaf out of Sri Lanka's book, who booked their semi-final place earlier in the day with a convincing win over New Zealand, India turned to their spinners on a dry and worn Nottingham surface.
The defending champions utilised five spinners, along with the three seamers, to keep South Africa in check in this "dead-rubber" game. South Africa have already qualified for the semis, while India are on their way home.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni called on Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina after pacemen Zaheer Khan and RP Singh collectively conceded 47 runs in their five overs.
Left-arm seamer RP Singh was the first Indian bowler to taste success when his Deccan Chargers teammate Herschelle Gibbs (5) chopped one on to his stumps after gloriously cover-driving the previous ball for four. After Gibbs's dismissal, though, AB de Villiers (63 off 51 balls; 7x4) thumped RP Singh for two boundaries square of the wicket. …