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ICC World T20 2016: India beat Australia by 6 wickets to enter semi-finals

Updated: 28 March 2016 15:45 IST - Published: 27 March 2016 17:11 IST
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This win will go down as one the best chases ever in T20 history. India will go into the semis with some real momentum. West Indies meanwhile lost their game against a spirited Afghanistan. It is all boiling down to a cracking encounter at the Wankhede.
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Shane Watson tried all he could, but this performance will be his last in Australian colours. He certainly did himself proud. He was brilliant with the ball and in the field.
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India will take on West Indies in Mumbai in the semi-finals.
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Steven Smith: " That was a serious innings from Kohli. Zampa could have bowled one more over. But Virat played an unbelievable knock. I thought 160 was about par. And it took an incredible innings from Kohli to take them over the line. Good luck for India for the rest of their matches."
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MS Dhoni: "It was a tough total.If you see their batting, first 6 overs was good. It was difficult to hit from the back of a length. But looking at the side boundaries, we felt we could put their fielders under pressure. Virat has done it consistently from the last 6-7 years. He has kept improving his game. Now the other batsmen need to step up too. Can't always rely on him. I feel that we are batting at 65% of our potential barring Virat."
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India started the innings in a sedate manner, and then they lost 3 quick wickets and were in a lot of strife. Watson was brilliant and he picked up wickets to impede the chase. Yuvraj started hobbling, as he twisted his ankle and they could not run. He hit few lusty boundaries but he was in a lot of strife. Kohli took over once Dhoni came in and mesmerized the crowd with his dazzling strokeplay. He was brilliant and Dhoni ran hard to keep him going. Kohli dragged the team through with Dhoni hitting that typical finishing boundary.
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Kohli: "Would thank the crowd for the unbelievable support. This is why you play cricket, they improve you as a cricketer. I am overwhelmed by my performance, happy to cross the line. MS kept me calm. Yuvi stuck in and his boundaries helped in the middle. Was tough when Yuvraj hobbled, because could not concentrate on the work at hand. You train at the gym for running like that and all that training paid off. this innings will be at top and I am emotional now, lot riding on us and we have pulled through. Mohali has been special, the 2011 Semis, the crowd helped a lot."
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Virat Kohli is the player of the match.
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Kohli sinks to his knees after the winning shot, what emotions, what pride. He has bossed the chase all by himself.
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Australia today have not lost a match to India, they have lost to man called Virat Kohli.
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19.1 Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni finishes off, what a script this has been. Full ball and Dhoni lofts it over mid-on.
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Virat Kohli for President of India?
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The stage is set, the script is written. Can MS Dhoni finish it off in style?
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18.6 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, full ball on off and Kohli launches a cover drive that scorches the outfield.
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18.5 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, down the track and he bowls a slower bumper and he misses with his pull.
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18.4 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, down the track and lifts a length ball over extra-cover for another boundary. This is amazing. I am out of superlatives.
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18.3 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, short on pads and Kohli pulls it past short fine leg. Take a bow champ!
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18.2 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, pacy full ball and Kohli opens the face of the bat and gets another boundary.
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18.1 Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, slower ball banged in and Kohli misses with the pull.
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Dhoni has tweaked something. He is taking deep breaths. They have sprinted a lot here. Taking his time. The physio is out there.
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17.6 Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, taps it just on the circle at mid-on ann another sprint allows another double.
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India needed a 15 or 20-run over from somewhere and who else but Kohli to deliver that. 17 runs off five balls in this over.
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17.5 Faulkner to Kohli, 1 leg-bye, on the pads and they cross over for a single.