World T20: Virat Kohli Special Helps India Into Semi-Finals
Virat Kohli played a brilliant knock as India defeated Australia by six wickets in a tense match to qualify for the World T20 semi-final.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat in their crucial match against India in Mohali. Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch got off to a fast start as they brought up the team fifty in just 3.5 over. (Picture credit: AFP)
Aaron Finch gave him good support as Australia started their innings off in style.
However, Ashish Nehra got the big wicket of Khawaja for 26 as India pulled things back.
Yuvraj Singh, bowling for the first time in the World T20, struck in his first over when he removed Steven Smith for 2.
Glenn Maxwell tried to rebuild the innings but he was tied down by some disciplined bowling.
India struck at regular intervals and it seemed Australia would struggle to reach 150.
Maxwell got going with a six and four off Jadeja as Australia looked for quick runs.
However, Jasprit Bumrah struck at a crucial time to remove Maxwell for 31.
Peter Nevill struck a four and a six off the last two balls of Hardik Pandya to help Australia end on 160/6.
Chasing 161, India got off to a poor start as the openers departed cheaply. Nathan Coulter-Nile got rid of Rohit Sharma while Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets.
However, in the chase, India's hopes rested on Virat Kohli and he responded in his typical aggressive style.
Kohli shared a vital stand with Yuvraj Singh but his partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni took India closer to victory.
Kohli blasted his 15th fifty and he tore into the Australian bowling. He smashed 19 runs off James Faulkner and 16 runs off Coulter-Nile to get India within touching distance of a great win.
MS Dhoni sealed the match with a six as India won by six wickets to qualify for the semi-finals of the World T20.
Kohli's unbeaten 82 sealed his reputation as one of the best batsman while chasing.
India knocked Australia out of the tournament to set up a semi-final clash with West Indies in Mumbai on March 31.
Kohli's wonderful knock was his fourth consecutive fifty against Australia and it pushed his average against them past 65.
He has had a fabulous time against Australia and he has peaked at the right time in the World T20.
India's performance gave the fans plenty to cheer and they will be favorites heading into the knockout stages.