India take on SA in high voltage clash

Updated: 20 September 2007 14:51 IST

India will face South Africa on Thursday night's do-or-die decider, which they have to win to make it through to the semis.

India take on SA in high voltage clash

Durban:

India will face South Africa on Thursday night's do-or-die decider, which they have to win to make it through to the semis.

If India have Yuvraj Singh, then South Africa have Justin Kemp. And considering the number of power hitters in both batting line-ups, there is going to be lot of fire works tonight.

Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put on 136 runs against England and India will be banking on the openers once again to get them a solid start.

"Well, it's another do or die game for us. We know that South Africa is going to come up with strategies for our batsmen who are batting well and the bowlers who are doing well, but we'll have to go out with a positive approach and give our best," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian wenty20 Team.

While this is being seen a contest between the big hitting batsmen on both sides, South African captain Graeme Smith believes his pacers give the proteas the advantage, specially after Morne Morkel's 4 wicket haul in Wednesday's game against New Zealand.

"I have always told that we have to control our destiny. By controlling the way we play, I think we can control the outcome of the game. We don't have to depend on anyone else," said Graeme Smith, Captain, SA Twenty20 Team.

South Africa have emerged as the team to beat, and the team that could win the tournament. So a tough contest ahead of India, and if they do win this one, then they will be tied on four points with New Zealand and South Africa.

In that scenario net run rate will determine which two sides will progress to the semi finals.

A win will be enough to take through India to the semis of this event. Many South African players have choked over the past few days that this fixture will seem more like an away game for them and a home tie for India.

That's because 20 per cent of Durban's population comprises people of Indian origin, and ask any ticket executive and they'll you that they all feel that a majority of them have actually bought their passes for this tie.

That should be motivation enough for Dhoni and his boys to lift their game to another level.

Topics : Cricket India
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