World Twenty20: India v South Africa as it happened

India beat South Africa to secure a place in Sunday's World Twenty20 final after England book their place in the women's final.

4 April 2014 Last updated at 08:11 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 17:36: 

    It's time to close the door on another epic day at the World Twenty20. We've seen England's women set up another Anglo-Aussie final, and Virat Kohli inspire India to another showdown with Sri Lanka in a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final.

    The door opens again on Sunday - with the women's final at 09:30 BST and the men at 14:00 - TMS will be there (make sure your long-wave radio is to hand), and we'll be here to bring you all the build-up from 09:00. Enjoy your weekend but I hope you'll join us on Sunday morning.

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    Moz Chugsy: World's two best batsmen Kohli and De Villiers on show. Kohli wins. Simply awesome.

    Alex Elliot: If Kohli fires on Sunday India will win, if not Sri Lanka have a chance if they get him out early.

  3. 17:30: 

    So, the Indian juggernaut I mentioned at 13:28 has rolled over another of the big beasts at this tournament. Sri Lanka await in the final. But what are they like in finals?

    India have won the 1983 and 2011 World Cups, the 2013 Champions Trophy, and the 2007 World T20. They were runners-up at the 2003 World Cup and 2000 ICC Knock-Out (later to become the Champions Trophy).

    Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup. They have been the bridesmaids in recent years - runners-up at (deep breath) the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, and the 2009 and 2012 World T20s.

    Both sides were joint champions in the 2002 Champions Trophy when the weather prevented a result.

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    Former England captain Michael Vaughan: Of all the teams I reckon Sri Lanka have enough to beat India but I don't think they will... India just look too strong...

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    Captain's view
    Virak Kohli and Mahendra Dhoni

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "There was a sense of calmness in the team and we got a good start. The belief we have in each other is crucial and Virat has been consistent for us and it's great to have a batsman like him at number three. He's very special and he grabs his opportunities when they come his way.

    "Ashwin was brilliant. We had some strategies and kept him for the middle overs. Overall the bowlers went for a few runs late on but there were a lot of dot balls too."

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    Australian legend Shane Warne: Awesome game of cricket tonight, well played to both teams. In the end Kohli's class & calmness was just to good, awesome innings!

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    Captain's view

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "We batted excellently, it was a really good score against a good attack on this wicket, Ashwin bowled really well. Runs on the board is what you ask for as a captain, but MS and his team know how to chase, Virat played a really good innings and sometimes you have to give credit to a really good batting performance. He's a world-class player and has done it countless times. I play with half of them at Chennai and we win a lot of games that way.

    "We lacked a little in our bowling department, I think we bowled nine wides and they scored a lot of runs off the extra balls. It was an up-and-down campaign from us, I thought we put up a good fight but India have played consistent cricket throughout the tournament and they deserve to be in the final."

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    Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad: Champions are in FINAL!! again congratulations INDIA for another mega event final, hard luck SA they played good cricket till the end.

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    MAN OF THE MATCH
    Virat Kohli

    India batsman and man of the match Virat Kohli: "It was one of those days where I had to keep my cool against a world class bowling attack. I had to stick in there and back myself throughout. It wasn't easy to hit boundaries early on.

    "It's important to decide when to accelerate and when to defend. I had in mind to finish it off in the 19th over. Once we had that big over - scoring 17 in the 17th over - South Africa were under pressure and I sensed that we could finish it.

    "You don't want to leave yourself needing eight off the last over. Dale Steyn is a quality bowler and you never know what he can produce."

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    Jay: Virat Kohli is a monster of a batsman!

    Shohidur Rahman: South Africa's bowling was very average in my opinion. It was easy for India.

  11. 17:13: 
    Final line-up

    So, the line-up for Sunday's finals:

    Women's final (09:30 BST) - Australia v England

    Men's final (14:00 BST) - Sri Lanka v India

    You can hear the women's final on TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra as usual - but the men's final will be on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave because of a schedule clash with Formula 1 and other sports. And you can hear both games on the BBC Sport website, app, digital TV, digital radio, digital rhubarb, pretty much digital anything.

  12. 17:10: 

    An astonishing knock by Kohli - I repeat the figures, 72 from 44 balls, with five fours and two sixes. But he never seemed flustered or worried. A perfectly paced innings, and an easy choice for man of the match (with a mention in dispatches for Ashwin, who bowled beautifully and took three enormous wickets).

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    VB: Kohli batted like he was deliberately keeping us on the edge of our seats before annihilating the run rate at the death.

    James Wheaton: Virat Kohli is class, he single-handedly won this game for India.

  14. 17:08: 

    Fireworks shoot into the sky above Mirpur, and the parties can begin across India if they've not begun already, as they celebrate the men in royal blue reaching another world final.

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a valiant effort by South Africa to get to 170. With the dew coming on, the surface has got better into the evening, the ball has slid onto the bat.

    "But India have batted superbly. Virat Kohli is the star of the show. He hasn't hit that many boundaries, he just moves the ball around superbly.

    "When he does get a bad ball he punishes it. Sometimes you have to admit that you came up against the better team."

  16. 17:06: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT
    India celebrate

    INDIA BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY SIX WICKETS WITH FIVE BALLS TO SPARE TO REACH THE WORLD TWENTY20 FINAL.

  17. 19.1 overs: 
    Ind 176-4

    Kohli smashes Steyn for four through mid-wicket to win the game - he finishes on 72 from 44 balls. India win!

  18. 19 overs: 
    Ind 172-4 (target 173)

    Dhoni takes guard... and sportingly defends the last ball, allowing Kohli to win the game in the last over.

  19. 18.5 overs: 
    Ind 172-4 (target 173)

    Kohli swats a single to deep mid-wicket to level the scores.

  20. 18.4 overs: 
    Ind 171-4 (target 173)

    They ran on the catch so Kohli is facing, hooking Hendricks for four through long leg. Two needed from eight balls.

  21. 18.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Raina c Du Plessis b Hendricks 21 (Ind 167-4)

    Hendricks foxes Raina with another slower-ball bouncer, then the left-hander is caught at mid-off. But it may be too little, too late for the Proteas.

    Six needed from nine balls. They'd probably take a Champagne Super Over now if you offered it to them, as here comes India captain Mahendra Dhoni...

  22. 18.1 overs: 
    Ind 167-3 (target 173)

    South Africa decide not to risk Parnell with the penultimate over and hand it to Hendricks, but Raina flicks the ball through square leg for four. There are 11 balls left, and India are one shot away from victory.

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Dale Steyn

    "A person of Dale Steyn's quality has the potential to make inroads with the new ball. That's where South Africa have missed him. They save him to the end but it's too late.

    "Yes, he has had good impact down the innings, but when you get to this situation he's null and void. He's a premium strike bowler. It's too late for him now."

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  24. 18 overs: 
    Ind 163-3 (target 173)

    Steyn manages a rare dot ball, but then Kohli knocks a single to the mid-wicket region, Amla takes his eye off the ball, fails to pick it up and they manage a second. (Amla can't throw these days - rather like David Gower late in his career). Kohli is on fire here, lifting the last ball over backward point for four, and suddenly the rate is down to five - 10 needed from 12 balls.

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    Raj: As a spectacle Sri Lanka vs India would definitely show off the T20 game for what it is. Exciting!

  26. 17.3 overs: 
    Ind 157-3 (target 173)

    Steyn got South Africa out of jail against New Zealand, can he do it again here? Not a great start - another wide opens the over. Kohli steers a single through mid-wicket, Raina tickles one to third man, and Kohli blasts a four wide of long-on - not even the borderline-Superman ABDV could get to that.

    India need 16 from 15 balls... and we're going to have a ball change. Kohli, who has 57 from 38 balls, takes the chance to gulp down a quick drink.

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Just a few minutes ago It was even stevens but now, with 17 off that over India have swung the game in their favour. You'd fancy India to get over the line 90% of the time from here."

  28. 17 overs: 
    Ind 150-3 (target 173)
    Virat Kohli

    The left-handed Raina dabs a two to third man, then Parnell - another Proteas player sporting a mohican with shaved sides - strays with another loose delivery as Raina uppercuts it for four over the vacant slip cordon. And the game is threatening to run away from South Africa as Kohli knocks another four off his legs. 17 from the over - India need 23 from 18 balls. South Africa need The Steyn.

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    James Sutton: Kohli is the best batsman in the world for me. He will vindicate this statement in the next four overs.

    Kaylan Geekie: AB de Villiers is the most sensational cricketer since Warne. What a player.

    Mark Savile: This is a battle of the big names Kohli v Steyn...

  30. 16.2 overs: 
    Ind 140-3 (target 173)

    Suresh Raina joins Kohli at the crease - Parnell is back in the attack (saving Steyn for overs 18 and 20). He sends down a wide to the left-handed Raina - SA have shipped a few today - and Raina is off the mark in grand style as he pulls his second legitimate ball for a flat six. 33 needed from 22.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "De Villiers is brilliant. To run in, dive forward and take a skimming catch like that is very difficult indeed."

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  32. 16 overs: 
    WICKET- Yuvraj c De Villiers b Tahir 18 (Ind 133-3)
    AB de Villiers

    Kohli adds a single, but Yuvraj perishes as he skims one low to long-off and - who else - AB de Villiers - sprints in to take an outstanding low catch in front of him on the dive. Surely he'd be in anyone's Fantasy Fielding XI.

    India need 40 from 24 balls - Tahir finishes with 1-30 from four.

  33. 15.4 overs: 
    KOHLI 50- Ind 132-2

    Tahir skips in for his fourth and final over, Kohli and Yuvraj add a couple of singles as even Steyn is throwing himself around the field to save every run. Kohli spears a two through mid-wicket, then coolly launches a six over cow corner to bring up his fifty from 35 balls. The main man.

  34. 15 overs: 
    Ind 122-2 (target 173)

    SA's go-to gun bowler Dale Steyn returns - he had to, as he might have to bowl his three remaining overs in one spell here. Kohli moves to 40 with a single, Yuvraj rotates the strike, Kohli pulls through mid-wicket but tight fielding by Miller keeps them to one. Yuvraj taps a single into the covers, Kohli flicks an identical single to Miller again. And after five singles, Yuvraj amacks a full delivery past the bowler for four. Nine from the over, the required rate is over 10 as 51 are needed from 30 balls.

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    Mitch (no relation): I love watching Kohli. He never seems rushed. It's lovely to see stroke-play instead of brute force in T20.

  36. 14 overs: 
    Ind 113-2 (target 173)

    Kohli pushes Tahir for a single, fortune favours Yuvraj as he slices a four past the keeper. But all they can manage off the rest of the Pakistan-born spinner's third over is four singles, leaving the target as 60 from 36 balls.

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Every time a single is taken, the required rate goes up. Not by much, just a bit. Singles are good news for the fielding aside at the moment."

  38. 13 overs: 
    Ind 104-2 (target 173)

    Hendricks back on as Du Plessis continues to mostly use his bowlers in one-over spells, and after a single from Yuvraj, Kohli effortlessly pulls the left-armer for a four over long leg which was a few inches away from being his second six. Kohli helps himself to a couple of twos, he's briefly deceived by a slower-ball bouncer of the sort England perfected in the 2010 version of this tournament, but a single pinches the strike - he has 36 from 26 balls. India need 69 from 42. Seven overs left - three from Steyn, two from Tahir, two from the rest.

  39. 12 overs: 
    Ind 94-2 (target 173)
    Virat Kohli

    Tahir back on, Kohli looks in control of the situation as he rotates the strike, Yuvraj is more cagey, but survives the over. Five from it, the required rate is a shade under 10 as they need 79 from the last 48 balls.

    And some more news from MCC - ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been awarded honorary life membership, which he has accepted.

  40. 11 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 89-2 (target 173)

    Kohli lashes Duminy for a big six down the ground, then there's a big appeal for lbw against the left-handed Yuvraj... but umpire Dharmasena's not impressed. And the ball-tracker shows that spun too much - impact was outside off stump, and it was missing the wickets. Kohli is up to 25 from 19 balls with a single, and India need 84 from 54 balls.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was Yuvraj, I'd pay me to travel around the world and watch him bat. He never seems to fail when I see him live."

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  42. 10 overs: 
    Ind 80-2 (target 173)

    Kohli and new batsman Yuvraj Singh add three singles - and that wicket means that if the game were to end now, South Africa would win by two runs on Duckworth/Lewis as the D/L par score is 82-2. Not that we think it'll rain (famous last words) but D/L is usually a good indicator as to how the chase is going.

    Steyn (nine) and Tahir (11) have been South Africa's most effective bowlers in this tournament, having taken 20 wickets between them - Parnell is the next best with four - and six of the last 10 overs can be bowled by Steyn and Tahir.

  43. 9.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Rahane c De Villiers b Parnell 32 (Ind 77-2)
    Wayne Parnell

    Parnell returns and Rahane, who's been looking scratchy for a while, pulls a bouncer over mid-wicket and it's well held by De Villiers.

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    Vinny Person: Finely balanced this, looked like India were running away with it, but it's all got a bit tight out there. SL will want SA.

  45. 9 overs: 
    Ind 75-1 (target 173)

    Off-spinner Duminy replaces leg-spinner Tahir, but they oddly seem to keep Tahir's field, and it's all to easy for the Indians to pick up six runs from it. 98 needed from 66 balls.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He's got away with murder here, three long hops. You get a feeling that Du Plessis was just willing Morkel to get through the over."

  47. 8 overs: 
    Ind 69-1 (target 173)
    Ajinkya Rahane

    South Africa continue to shuffle their bowlers as Albie Morkel returns - his brother Morne is carrying the aforementioned drinks again - and it's more easy pickings for Kohli and Rahane, though a couple of long-hops pick out fielders. After four singles, Kohli dabs a well-run two to third man, and more careful placement - which is often more successful than trying to hit the cover off it - brings him another two off his legs. He has 12 from 11 balls, Rahane has made his way to 28 from 24, and India need 104 from 72 balls.

  48. 7 overs: 
    Ind 61-1 (target 173)

    South Africa turn to their sixth bowler in seven overs - leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who normally comes on as soon as the powerplay's finished, a tactic which has already brought him 11 wickets in this tournament. A slightly odd field - with three men behind square on the off side, all in the circle, and no-one in front of square in the ring on that side, yields five singles.

    The 12th men rush on for a quick and unofficial drinks break between overs - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, carrying the drinks for SA again today, is on with his familiar red bucket.

  49. 6 overs: 
    Ind 56-1 (target 173)

    Hendricks gets another over, it's a bit wild with another wide, while Kohli and Rahane help themselves to three singles, but South Africa will be pleased to make it through the powerplay without any more boundaries. India need 117 from 84 balls - a brave person predicts the outcome from here.

  50. 16:08: 
    Happy birthday Finny (and Aggers)
    Steven Finn's birthday cake

    Not only is it Aggers' birthday today, it is also England and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn's, who has been chomping away at a spectacular-looking cake (at least he got one, Aggers didn't). Finn should be in action for Middlesex against Sussex on the opening day of the county season this Sunday. Check out Middlesex's chances this season in our club-by-club guide. And don't forget you can hear commentary on every ball of the county season via the BBC Sport website.

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Beware the length ball. There was just enough room for Rahane to free his arms. It cleared the boundary by 15 yards."

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  52. 5 overs: 
    Ind 52-1 (target 173)

    Left-armer Wayne Parnell into the attack - and he's the third successive SA seamer to bowl a wide with his first ball. A Rahane single brings Kohli on strike for the first time, he's off the mark and Rahane takes a two through mid-wicket as the pumped-up Dale Steyn gives chase and prevents the third. But Rahane is relishing his chance at the top of the order here, and whacks the last ball fo Parnell's over for six over extra cover. That's India past 50.

  53. 4 overs: 
    Ind 40-1 (target 173)

    Virat Kohli is the new batsman, they crossed on the catch and Hendricks bowls another wide to Rahane who taps the last legitimate ball for a quick single.

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hendricks held that cross-seam and, as it pitched, there was a little puff of dust. It just stood up on Sharma. It wasn't a half-volley, so hitting it straight was a tough shot. It just went straight up."

  55. 3.5 overs: 
    WICKET- R Sharma c Du Plessis b Hendricks 24 (Ind 39-1)
    South Africa celebrate

    Finally South Africa have a breakthrough as Sharma skies one high into the Mirpur stratosphere - thankfully for the Proteas, the man underneath it is skipper Du Plessis, he's one of the best fielders in world cricket. He doesn't drop them.

  56. 3.1 overs: 
    Ind 39-0 (target 173)

    The Proteas turn to left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who may have been to the same hairdressers as Steyn, with the sides of his head shaved and a nascent mohican on top. He also starts with a legside wide, Rahane slaps a four over point.

  57. 3 overs: 
    Ind 33-0 (target 173)

    It's Dale Steyn - with an army-style skinhead haircut on the sides, and an increasingly Sunil Narine-style mohawk on the top - into the attack. But the man who is arguably the world's best fast bowler (in Test cricket, anyway) starts with a wide. Rahane and Sharma add three singles before Sharma goes after him and swings a six over backward point.

    South Africa need a wicket, and fast - while TMS's Shaun Pollock has been given a Duckworth-Lewis sheet... hopefully we won't need it.

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The choking is more media hype than anything else, but the players are aware of it. South Africa have always got to the latter stages of tournaments, playing well early on to add to the belief that they can win. There is frustration and, until they do it, the media will talk about it."

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    The ground staff are on for some running repairs to the square between overs, while umpire Ian Gould has a chat with the batsmen.

  60. 2 overs: 
    Ind 23-0 (target 173)
    Rohit Sharma

    Medium-fast seamer Albie (short for Albertus) Morkel takes the second over as South Africa keep Dale Steyn under wraps for now. Rahane pushes a single, Sharma punches a loose delivery backward of point and the Indian fans who have made the (relatively) short journey to Bangladesh's capital are loving this start. Sharma flogs another four from outside off stump for four wide of long-on. Nine from the over.

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    Kshitij Pandya: Jadeja goes for 0-8 in two and isn't given the rest of the two overs... weird from our captain Dhoni.

    Perhaps it might have been because SA had two left-handers in, hence bowling eight overs of off-spin?

  62. 1 over: 
    Ind 14-0 (target 173)

    South Africa stick with the modern trend of opening the bowling with a spinner - part-time offie JP Duminy. Sharma knocks a single off his legs, and fellow right-hander Rahane waits to chop a four through point. A lucky edge just past keeper De Kock brings him four more, and a profitable first over for India concludes as Rahane drills a four over the non-striker's head.

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    Here come India's openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, taking the field along with the South African fielders. Strap yourselves in, this could be a cracker.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The whole thing is such an Indian event. Even though we're not in India, there are so many people around us that want India to win."

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    Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher: 172! Good effort boys! Very competitive in a semi! If we bowl well...very much possible. First six overs crucial! C'mon Proteas!

  66. 15:36: 

    So, can South Africa shed that famous tag - which I won't mention in case it causes offence - and reach their first ICC global final since they won the ICC Knock-Out (the competition which subsequently evolved into the Champions Trophy) in 1998?

    You'll find out in the next hour and a half. Unless it rains...

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    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I got a phone call once [for South Africa's Strictly Come Dancing equivalent] but I've got two left feet."

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    OptaJim: South Africa have won all 10 of the T20Is that they have batted first in and scored 170 or more. Defenders.

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    England captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "There were a few nerves around today from our younger players but to put in a performance like that was fantastic. The bowlers have been brilliant in this tournament and it was the same again today. Anya relishes the pressure of leading the attack and it's no surprise to me how well she's performing.

    "We weren't as ruthless as we should have been in the middle phase, but we'd have taken chasing 100 beforehand. Sarah Taylor sometimes makes batting look easy, and we're in a good place ahead of Sunday. We and Australia know each other inside-out so it should be a great final. We know we've got to be at our absolute best, hopefully the girls can go out and express themselves."

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    Anya Shrubsole

    England pace bowler Anya Shrubsole on TMS: "The best way of stopping runs is taking wickets in the first six, and it was a really good team performance. We're working well as a bowling unit and hopefully that can continue. We've played Australia a lot recently with back-to-back Ashes, there's nothing we don't know about each other so it's about putting in a really good performance."

  71. 15:26:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    TMS are now hearing from player of the match Anya Shrubsole and captain Charlotte Edwards following England's success over South Africa in today's women's semi-final.

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    South Africa batsman JP Duminy: "I guess 45 off 40 balls doesn't seem that good, but, in the context of the game, I'm happy with how it turned out. Conditions are a lot different to Chittagong, so trying to set the base was fundamental.

    "There's something there for the spinners. We can definitely defend 170 on this track."

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you had offered them 172 at the toss, they would have said yes. India have hardly been tested, the like of Kohli have never had to press the accelerator. They may have to take risks that they don't want to take."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This will test India. They might get them, but it's certainly the biggest challenge they have faced so far. This is fitting of a semi-final."

  75. 20 overs: 
    SA 172-4
    JP Duminy

    Miller plays and misses at one outside off stump, and slashes the fifth ball for four wide of third man to reach the magic figure of 170. That earns him a glove-pump from his partner, and ensures he'll face the last ball. He manages to carve it for two through mid-wicket - so Miller finishes on 23 from 12, Duminy 45 from 40, and South Africa have set India a target of 173 to make the final.

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "In our day, no-one would have hit that for six apart from Viv Richards on a good day."

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  77. 19.3 overs: 
    SA 166-4

    Mohit Sharma to bowl the last over to the two left-handers. Miller can't get underneath an attempted blast to leg, and can only smear a single to the man running up from long-on. Duminy digs out a single, and Miller slices Sharma down the ground for a straight six.

  78. 19 overs: 
    SA 158-4

    Duminy dabs a slower ball to third man for a single, Miller crashes a four through the covers and then has to dive for the crease when he attempts a quick single off Kumar's last ball. Last over coming up.

    And some big news from the world of entertainment - Sir Bruce Forsyth has decided to step down from presenting Strictly Come Dancing. What would Sir Bruce think would be a good score on this wicket - 170? Higher? Lower?

  79. 18.3 overs: 
    SA 152-4

    India revert to seam as it's Kumar to bowl the penultimate over. Duminy can only chop a full delivery straight back to the bowler, and then misses with an attempted Dilscoop, but he finally connects with the third ball of the over by whacking a six over mid-wicket. 38 of his 43 runs have come on the leg side.

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa are not badly placed. If these next two overs go for under 20, India will feel they done a good job. But, if they go for 30, that would be combative."

  81. 18 overs: 
    SA 146-4

    Three singles mean Ashwin finishes with 3-22 from his four overs, with three big scalps in his locker. Duminy has 37 from 35 balls - with two overs left, is it time for him to go big?

  82. 17.3 overs: 
    SA 143-4

    Ashwin to bowl his last over now, so it'll be an interesting choice for overs 19 and 20. No fireworks yet from Miller, he pushes a single, and Duminy is hit on the pad sweeping, India appeal, but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Next ball, the left-hander comes down the track and lifts a six over long-on.

  83. 17 overs: 
    SA 136-4

    Raina back into the attack - not entirely sure why, although he's not been as expensive as Mishra. Perhaps India want plenty of off-spin against the two left-handers. Six singles from the over means Raina finishes with 0-35 from four.

  84. 16 overs: 
    SA 130-4

    David Miller is the new batsman, we know from his time with Yorkshire that he can hit a long ball in T20, but hasn't really come off in this tournament. Duminy ends the over with a single. Ashwin has 3-12 from three.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He tried to hit to hit it high and long, but got right underneath it. It didn't go long enough. It wasn't much of a ball and De Villiers will be cross at that. It's a big wicket."

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  86. 15.3 overs: 
    WICKET- De Villiers c R Sharma b Ashwin 10 (SA 129-4)
    Dhoni and Ashwin

    Ashwin, India's best bowler today, spins down his third over - and takes his third wicket as the dangerous De Villiers hits him high over deep square leg and is pouched by Rohit Sharma on the fence. He made 10 from eight balls - India will be pleased to have removed ABDV so cheaply as we all know how deadly he can be in the final overs.

  87. 15 overs: 
    SA 127-3

    Mishra to continue, and there's another misfield as Yuvraj Singh lets the ball through him at extra cover and South Africa run an unearned two. Another two over the bowler's head and a superbly-timed reverse sweep for four take De Villiers to nine from five balls, he's into double figures with a single, while some expert timing from Duminy, deftly pushing the ball through the unguarded mid-wicket region, brings him two more - Mishra has 0-36 from three overs, comfortably his worst figures of the tournament. Last five overs to come.

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    Barry: Sorry have to disagree with Sonny (11 overs). In the last game India held their catches. In the past fielders dropped easy catches and dived after the ball went past.

  89. 14 overs: 
    SA 116-3

    AB de Villiers is off the mark straight away with a cut for a single to the cover sweeper.

  90.   
    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Du Plessis gestured after he got out that the ball bounced high on him. He's a touch unlucky. He was trying to stay low to work it to the leg side and was on the shot early. India are very happy with that."

  91. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Du Plessis b Ashwin 58 (SA 115-3)
    Faf Du Plessis

    After two singles, Ashwin makes the breakthrough again as Du Plessis falls over trying to heave him to leg, it hits his chest and cannons into the bottom of the stumps. Time for ABDV to enter the gladiatorial arena.

  92. 13.2 overs: 
    SA 113-2

    Raina is belatedly taken off after taking some tap last over and Ashwin returns, India appeal for a catch behind off Du Plessis's hip, then the Proteas skipper blasts the 285th six of the tournament, lifting his Chennai Super Kings IPL team-mate over cow corner.

  93.   
    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "How important will those two overs be in the context of the game? 33 came from them. South Africa will be very happy."

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  94. 13 overs: 
    SA 107-2

    Mishra serves up a knee-high full toss (which reminds me, why wasn't Steve Smith playing in this tournament?) which Duminy effortlessly lifts over mid-wicket for six. A single takes him to 17, Du Plessis can only carve a sit-up-and-hit-me shorter ball to long-on for a single, but Duminy is finding his form as he sweeps Mishra for another four. 17 from the over, 33 from the last two, SA moving up through the gears nicely.

  95. 12.2 overs: 
    DU PLESSIS 50- SA 95-2

    Du Plessis swipes Mishra for a four over point - that's the fifty partnership, of which Duminy has contributed 10. The skipper reaches his own half century with a single.

  96. 12 overs: 
    SA 90-2
    South Africa take a run

    Part-timer Raina gets a third over - a little puzzling if the three front-line spinners don't all bowl their full allocation, as they may not - and the over starts with a bye and a two before Du Plessis gets on one knee and slog-sweeps a four through mid-wicket. Another slog-sweep brings him a flat six over mid-wicket as his right hand comes off the bat. A single takes the Proteas skipper to 45 from 34 balls and ensures he keeps the strike. 16 from the over.

  97.   
    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa go to great lengths to defend their policy of leaving De Villiers late. They say his two best innings of the tournament have been late on. Because there is a short boundary on one side, they have wanted to keep a right-left combination."

  98. 11 overs: 
    SA 74-2

    The field has to stay the same for the free hit ball as it's the same batsman facing - and Du Plessis gives it the treatment, swiping a four over extra cover. But Mishra tidies up with just two more singles from the over.

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    Sonny: It's great being an Indian because you always know your team will give 100% effort batting/fielding and bowling and will either win the tournament or at least make it to the final. Come on India!

  100. 10.2 overs: 
    SA 68-2

    It's a mystery (or a Mishra-ry) why we haven't seen Amit Mishra, one of India's best bowlers in the tournament, until now, when we've had two overs from a part-timer. But the wily leg-spinner from Delhi is into the attack now, Duminy manages a single and Du Plessis is totally befuddled by the first ball he faces from him. The next ball is a no-ball - unforgivable for a spinner in my view - and South Africa have a free hit.

  101.  
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    David Buttle: What we to look forward to in our domestic season. Yorkshire looks ready to make a bid for the Div One championship. Hampshire look ready to take honours in the short format. England look like getting another hiding on home soil? Right or wrong?

  102. 10 overs: 
    SA 66-2
    Faf Du Plessis

    Du Plessis breaks the shackles by whacking Raina towards cow corner, and there's some comedy fielding as Rohit Sharma dives for the ball but it slips through his fingers like a bar of soap and onto the boundary rope for four. A few singles are added, Du Plessis looks for two to long-on but sees Virat Kohli, one of India's best fielders, closing on the ball and declines the second. We've reached the halfway stage of the innings.

  103.   
    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa aren't sure that this surface is going to turn. In the last semi, Sri Lanka didn't get it to turn, so they decided to leave out Aaron Phangiso. I think they will regret that. That ball from Ashwin was the best of the tournament."

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  104. 9 overs: 
    SA 58-2

    The excitable Jadeja whistles through another over, five singles from it.

    Meanwhile, Aggers has received a birthday card from the rest of the TMS team (and others - Shane Warne has written "5-0"). It says "Happy New Year", possibly the only card they could find.

    Aggers with his birthday card
  105. 8 overs: 
    SA 53-2

    Despite bowling a virtually immaculate over, Ashwin is taken off and India turn to part-time off-spinner Suresh Raina as their third spin option. (They still have front-line leggie Amit Mishra up their sleeves). He also starts with a wide, Du Plessis adds a single and then has to hurry as Duminy punches the ball to long-on and calls him back for two. Two singles mean it's six from the over.

  106.  
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    Damian: In a sad way I want South Africa to win so I can claim that England's group was obviously a lot harder, then Sri Lanka to win the tournament so we can claim that we were the only team to beat them. If you can't actually win the tournament these small mercies help.

  107. 7 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SA 47-2
    JP Duminy

    Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, sporting a pair of sunglasses, a prodigious moustache and a full beard, into the attack. Du Plessis and Duminy (should he change his name to Du Miny?) plunder three singles, before Jadeja yells an lbw appeal and gets so excited, waving his arms appealing, that he collides with non-striker Du Plessis. Umpire Ian Gould has to make an "eh, calm down, calm down" gesture.

  108.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ashwin is one big reason to why India have had such serene progress. He's controlled things, and Dhoni doesn't miss a trick in the field. You dream of those deliveries, like a leg-spinner's googly."

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  109. 6 overs: 
    SA 44-2

    South Africa are perhaps keeping AB de Villiers back for a late-order assault as they send left-hander JP Duminy out at number four. He sweeps and misses as Ashwin keeps him guessing, and there's no runs off the bat - just that opening wide. Pre-1984 or so, that would have been a wicket maiden, when wides and no-balls didn't count against the bowler.

  110.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a lovely piece of bowling. Ashwin can make the ball go both ways. That was the other one. It pitched outside leg stump and left Amla."

  111. 5.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Amla b Ashwin 22 (SA 44-2)
    Hashim Amla is bowled

    Sharma is off and it's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on - he starts with a legside wide but then bowls Amla with one which pitches outside leg, turns a mile the other way and hits the top of off stump! Astonishing delivery.

  112. 5 overs: 
    SA 43-1

    It's as though South Africa have stepped up from second to third gear in the last over or so, as Amla steers Kumar for a couple more fours, one each side of the wicket, and a single takes him to 22 from 15 balls. FDP has 12 from 11.

    Time for one over of spin before the powerplay's over?

  113.  
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    Ronan Reeves: Rooting for SA to root out choker-image and have the 'killer' attitude.

    Shafkat Alam Sumit: South Africa has lost so many semi-finals before, you kind of feel sorry for them. Hope they win today!

  114. 4 overs: 
    SA 34-1

    Oh, that's a gorgeous shot from Amla as the bearded maestro unleashes a back-foot drive past extra cover which was four from the moment it left his bat. Shot of the day (and that includes the women's game earlier). A two takes him to eight, and a slightly fortunate edge past the keeper brings him four more. A single brings Du Plessis back on strike, and he steps outside off stump to crash a first-bounce four through mid-wicket. A well-run two off the last ball means it's 17 from Sharma's over - SA have doubled their score this over.

  115.  
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    Rabin Acharya: I am from Nepal, a die hard West Indies fan, I so much want South Africa to win this game and that's not even funny.

    Rochak Kanwar: India have a fine balance between their batting and bowling attacks. Favourites to take the trophy home.

  116. 3 overs: 
    SA 17-1
    Faf du Plessis

    Du Plessis knocks Kumar for a single to reach 500 career T20 international runs, keeper Dhoni is up to the stumps to the medium-fast seamer but Amla is finally off the mark with a single to leg. No fireworks from SA yet, as Du Plessis dabs a single and umpire Ian Gould has a word with Kumar about running on the pitch in his follow-through. Amla whips a single to mid-on to keep the strike.

  117.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There have been good performances by non-sloggers in this tournament. Amla is one, New Zealand's Kane Williamson is another. There's also Mahela Jayawardene."

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  118. 2 overs: 
    SA 13-1

    Mohit Sharma - playing only his second T20 international, after making his debut in the final group game - takes the second over so it's right-arm seam at both ends. Du Plessis threads a nice-looking two through the covers, then punches a quick one to mid-off. Amla, facing the bowling for the first time, hits his first four balls straight to fielders. He's yet to score.

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    Balraj: The Indian press say that India will exploit SA's inability to play spin and they will choke on the big occasion as usual. Let's see.

  120. 1 over: 
    SA 10-1

    Like Vic Marks, I had named De Kock as a player to watch at this tournament - a double kiss of death if ever there was one. Captain Faf du Plessis in at three, and off the mark.

  121.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If he did nick it, it was the inside edge. Dhoni was in no doubt. De Kock hesitated, to perhaps suggest it was an umpire's mistake. He has only flickered in this tournament."

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  122. 0.4 overs: 
    WICKET- De Kock c Dhoni b Kumar 6 (SA 9-1)
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    Kumar hits back - De Kock is caught behind next ball. Didn't look as though he thought he was out, but India appealed and was there a faint edge? Replays aren't conclusive, but De Kock is on his way.

  123. 0.3 overs: 
    SA 9-0

    Left-hander De Kock glances the first ball for two off his pads, Kumar sends down a wide, and another ball down the leg side is pushed for a couple more. Kumar is struggling a little with his line here, the next ball is well wide of off stump but De Kock gets a fortunate inside edge past the keeper for four.

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    JM Jones: Ahh, the joy of being a Proteas fan in a semi-final. is this our chance?

  125. 13:59: 

    India's fielders jog to the middle, followed by South Africa's openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. De Kock has scored centuries in his last three ODI innings, but hasn't quite mastered the T20 format yet - with scores of 25, 4, 0 and 29 so far in this tournament.

    Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the new ball - let's play!

  126.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I congratulated Paul Collingwood the other day for learning all the words to Flower of Scotland, but Duncan Fletcher has made a very poor attempt at learning the Indian anthem. His lips didn't move once."

  127. 13:55: 

    It's South Africa's anthem for the second time today - their players all have their arms around each other like a Springbok rugby team packing all 15 players down in the front row. That really would be scary.

  128.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think India are justifiable favourites, but they have only ever chased relatively small targets. They have bowled superbly."

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  129. 13:52: 

    The strains of "1492: Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis accompany the players onto the pitch. (Will one of the teams score 149-2 in tribute to Columbus's voyage to the New World?).

    National anthem time - India's first, the players stand squarely at attention., while several Indian fans in the crowd hold a perfect salute.

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    Jack Mendel: I really hope it's South Africa and Sri Lanka in the final. Would be battle of the chokers.

  131. 13:48: 
    LIVE NOW

    Test Match Special - with Aggers celebrating his birthday as we noted earlier - are back on the airwaves. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, or via the BBC Sport website and app, or the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

    And make sure get your long-wave radio out of the locker and ready for Sunday - as the men's final will be on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave rather than Sports Extra.

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    Karthik from Colchester: The worry is that India's batsmen haven't been properly tested with having to get a high total, or facing a bowler like Steyn or Malinga yet.

  133. 13:46: 
    Also in the world of cricket...

    In other news you may have not seen today, ex-England coach Peter Moores has thrown his hat in the ring to succeed Andy Flower (who succeeded him in 2009), Kevin Pietersen has been assigned to the St Lucia Zouks in this year's Caribbean Premier League, Matt Prior has signed a contract extension at Sussex (though he remains centrally contracted by England), Derbyshire have signed Marcus North as the Australian continues his quest to play for every English county, and with more county press days taking place, we can summarise that all teams in Division Two are targeting promotion.

  134.  
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    Owen (near Paris): Do they toss a coin to see who'll call heads or tails at the toss?

    Nope - the ICC decide who is the designated "home" and "away" teams. Away captain calls. Even the host nation can be designated as the "away" team.

  135. 13:40: 
    Team line-ups

    India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma.

    South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir.

    Umpires are Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Ian Gould (England) on the field, Bruce Oxenford (Australia) on TV replays and Richard Kettleborough (England) as fourth ump with his briefcase of replacement balls.

  136.  
    Captain's view

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "We also wanted to bat first. We have played good cricket. We dropped some catches, but have improved on that.

    "Wickets are different all around Asia. We know the conditions here, so that might give us an edge."

  137.  
    Captain's view

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "It's the first toss out of 10 we've won so we're really happy. It looks like a good deck and they have the spinners, so we want to get in the game early.

    "We weren't tempted to play another spinner, we back our spinners.

    "We have played fighting, rather than good cricket. It's nice to peak at the right time."

  138. 13:34: 
    TOSS

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni calls incorrectly, so South Africa win the toss and bat first.

    Du Plessis (who had served a one-match ban for SA's slow over-rates) comes back in for Farhaan Behardien, while India are unchanged, so it's still Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order rather than Shikhar Dhawan.

  139. 13:33: 

    Here come the captains on the red-carpet-style-toss-walk-up-and-forgettable-chat-with-Nasser. SA kskip Faf du Plessis is back from suspension.

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    Rakesh Pradhan: ABDV could be India's biggest problem today. If he fires I don't think India have the tools to stop him.

  141. 13:28: 
    Get involved

    So, as we wait for the toss, who do you fancy for this afternoon's game? The Indian juggernaut to continue rumbling on, or a South Africa win which would guarantee a new name on the trophy (following wins by India in 2007, Pakistan in 2009, England in 2010 and West Indies in 2012)?

    You can email us at tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line, text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet us via #bbccricket if you're a Twitterer. As many of you clearly are...

  142. 13:25: 
    Tale of the tape
    Yuvraj Singh is congratulated

    India have a 100% record at this tournament, having beaten Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia pretty convincingly to win their group.

    South Africa's progress has been a little more erratic - losing to Sri Lanka, beating New Zealand in a nail-biting last-over thriller, squeaking past a Netherlands side who should have beaten them, and then beating England to seal qualification.

  143. 13:20: 
    Women's World Twenty20
    Charlotte Edwards, Heather Knight and Mignon du Preez

    It's a second bite at the cherry today for South Africa - as if you weren't with us earlier, their women's side were on the end of a nine-wicket defeat as England booked their place in the Women's World Twenty20 final.

    Five South Africans were run out - including Sune Luus in, what has to be said, one of the funniest run-outs you'll ever see on a cricket pitch as she and batting partner Chloe Tryon ran slap bang into each other in mid-pitch. Expect to see it on A Question Of Sport's "What Happened Next?" round soon.

  144. 13:15: 

    Welcome back - hope you enjoyed your lunch. It's eyes down now for the second men's semi-final from Mirpur, where it's India v South Africa for a place in the final against Sri Lanka.

  145. 12:15: 

    So, a fairly routine win for England in the end - but a much greater challenge awaits them on Sunday as their old rivals Australia await in the final.

    We're going to take a break - but we'll be back in an hour to bring you all the build-up to the men's semi-final between India and South Africa. See you in 60 minutes...

  146.   
    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's good that at 34 years of age, Charlotte Edwards is still saying she's playing some of the most enjoyable cricket of her career."

  147.  
    Captain's view

    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "It's really exiting. The team played exceptionally well today, the sort of performance you want to put in in a semi-final.

    "The new players have stepped right in and down exceptionally well. We want to keep the momentum and put in a big performance in the final.

    "It's not about revenge. We have to put in a good performance in the final. We have had two outstanding Ashes campaigns and hopefully Sunday will be more of the same."

  148.  
    Captain's view

    South Africa captain Mignon du Preez: "Anya bowled exceptionally well to put us under pressure early on and we had a few unlucky run-outs, but we've proved ourselves and grown so much as a team over this tournament. I'm a proud captain at the moment, we can build on this. Thanks to everyone back home for all the support we've had."

  149.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anya Shrubsole didn't just take wickets today, she bowled 19 dot balls and that's what wins T20 games."

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  150.  
    PLAYER OF THE MATCH

    England pace bowler Anya Shrubsole: "I rely on the ball swinging and thankfully it did today. It was a really good team performance and we're happy to be in the final.

    "The ball tends to swing early on and it's about getting as many as possible in the right area. We're bowling really well as a unit, which is credit to the entire squad."

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    Ben Beresford: England's women teaching the men how to play T20. Excellent performance!

  152. 12:06: 
    PLAYER OF THE MATCH

    Player of the match is Anya Shrubsole, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, for her 2-12 from four overs.

  153.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I am really excited about the final. The two sides are looking great and are equally matched. Anya Shrubsole v Meg Lanning will be a fantastic contest. Australia's batting has been consistent and now England are starting to peak. It will be a tight match - England lost the T20s in the Ashes - and I probably won't sleep between now and the final."

  154. 12:04: 

    And I'm pleased to say you'll be able to hear Sunday's Australia-England final on TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with live text commentary right here.

  155. 12:03: 
    England celebrate

    It's all smiles and hugs in the England dug-out before they shake hands with the defeated South Africans, who were in their first major semi-final, but were never really at the races from the moment when Anya Shrubsole bowled two of their top three in her first couple of overs.

  156.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England should be delighted. They put the pressure on South Africa with brilliant work from Anya Shrubsole and then Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor batted so well."

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  157. 12:01: 
    Sarah Taylor celebrates

    ENGLAND BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY NINE WICKETS WITH 19 BALLS TO SPARE.

  158. 16.5 overs: 
    Eng 102-1

    Taylor brings up England's hundred with a single to deep square leg, Knight opens the face to guide a single to third man to level the scores. Taylor hits the next two balls straight to fielders - but wins the match when she steps across to the off side and ramps one over fine leg.

  159. 16 overs: 
    Eng 99-1 (target 102)

    Marizanne Kapp back on, but South Africa must know the game is lost here, as Taylor and Knight plunder three singles before Knight chops a four past the keeper. Seven needed. Another delicate dab brings her four more, Van der Westhuizen puts in the despairing dive but can only push the ball onto the rope. Knight has 20, and those boundaries have probably prevented Taylor (42) from reaching a half century. Unless she hits a two to level the scores and then hits a six... Three needed from four overs. Start the car.

  160.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special
    Sarah Taylor

    "It's important that Sarah Taylor sees it through to the end to give her confidence for the final. The intensity of the game has gone but she's moving her feet well, creating the angles and pushing for twos, which is good to see. She is batting beautifully."

  161. 15 overs: 
    Eng 88-1 (target 102)

    Taylor takes on Ismail with a ramp shot - usually played by the likes of Jos Buttler or AB de Villiers - over fine leg for two. A single takes her to 37 from 36 balls, Knight drives a firm single which is collected by the cover sweeper. Taylor busily pushes another two, and a single ensures she keeps the strike - England are 14 runs (from 30 balls) away from their third appearance in a World T20 final, having won in 2009 and been losing finalists in 2013.

  162. 14 overs: 
    Eng 81-1 (target 102)

    Luus in for her third over, Taylor is moving nicely along with a single, while Knight tries to chip the ball over mid-wicket, doesn't quite get hold of it but it falls safely and they run two. Luus really tosses a couple up high, finding a bit of turn, but a fluent sweep brings Knight four more. The target - for a place in the final alongside Australia is down to 21 from 36 balls.

  163. 13 overs: 
    Eng 74-1 (target 102)

    South Africa turn back to the right-arm seam of Ismail, who bowled the opening over. Knight pushes a single to mid-off. Taylor moves to 33 by steering one to long-off. 28 from 42 balls.

  164. 12 overs: 
    Eng 72-1 (target 102)

    Heather Knight is the new batter, normally Edwards's opening partner in Tests and ODIs. She's off the mark with a square cut for one, then Luus nearly has another caught-and-bowled as Taylor lifts one just over the bowler's head. Luus, whose slow leg breaks aren't the easiest to hit, yields three more singles. KNight has three, Taylor has 32 from 29, and England need 30 from 48 balls.

  165.   
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Charlotte will be disappointed with that dismissal because she has batted so brilliantly in this series but she would have wanted to see this through to the end."

  166. 11.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards c & b Luus 36 (Eng 67-1)

    Edwards drives firmly but pops a catch straight back to the bowler, who takes it with both hands above her head. The skipper departs for 36 from 40 balls.

  167. 11 overs: 
    Eng 67-0 (target 102)

    The ball-tracker from that lbw last over says "umpire's call" on whether it would have clipped off stump... after a single from Edwards, Taylor comes down the track and lofts Van Niekerk for four over her head, then slog-sweeps a two to deep square leg. A single takes her to 30, Edwards drills a single to the cover sweeper and they seem in no trouble - 35 more needed from 54 balls, with all their wickets intact.

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    Robin Moss: England women field brilliantly, going to the final. England men can't field for toffee, going home.

    Rakesh Pradhan: England women showing up the men. Hope they are watching and learning a few things.

  169. 10 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 58-0 (target 102)

    It's leg-spin from both ends - Sune Luus is South Africa's seventh bowler, having been involved today in a comedic run-out with Chloe Tryon when both batters collided in mid-pitch. (If you've not seen it... I'm sure it'll be on YouTube before long). Edwards starts with a single, Taylor sweeps another, and Edwards easily knocks one off her legs to move to 34 - her age - with a single. Luus appeals for lbw as Taylor tries to sweep again... not a bad shout, but not out. We're at the halfway stage.

  170.   
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "England haven't looked in too much trouble so far. Perhaps South Africa could have brought the leg-spinner on earlier to try to entice England to come down the wicket."

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  171. 9 overs: 
    Eng 55-0 (target 102)

    Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk, a very thick layer of sun cream smeared across her cheeks, is on as the sixth bowler. England plunder four singles to reduce the target to 47 from 66 balls.

    And the D/L par finally appears on the scoreboard... safe to say England are well ahead, for now, should it rain.

  172. 8 overs: 
    Eng 51-0 (target 102)

    England fans, don't count your chickens, but touch wood, this game is going to plan. Edwards cuts Tryon for four through cover point, then a delicate leg glance brings her four more. And it's three fours in three balls as teenager Luus dives on the point boundary to retrieve a delicate dab but can't prevent herself from touching the rope as she sticks out a hand to gather the ball. Another good over means England need 51 from 72 balls.

  173.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special
    Sarah Taylor

    "It's been a wonderful innings so far from these two. It was an all-round performance from the team during the Ashes but in this tournament these two have been the primary run-scorers and, if the girls get through to the final, it may be a concern that other girls haven't had too much time in the middle."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  174. 7 overs: 
    Eng 39-0 (target 102)

    Loubser continues, England will be fairly happy that four fielders are out on the boundary now as it allows them to easily pick off five singles before Taylor steers one from outside off stump to the long-on boundary. She has 20 from 18 balls, Edwards has 18 from 24.

  175. 6 overs: 
    Eng 30-0 (target 102)

    Chloe Tryon, South Africa's top scorer with the bat, is their fifth bowler to replace Daniels, she's another left-arm seamer. Taylor and Edwards help themselves to a couple of ones and twos, four from the over. With the powerplay concluded, England need 72 from 84 balls.

  176. 5 overs: 
    Eng 26-0 (target 102)
    England take a run

    Off-spinner Sunette Loubser into the attack - she's not got much of a run-up, only a couple of steps and a little jump - but she keeps England tied down as they can only manage a two and a single from Taylor. She has 13, Edwards has 12, and five overs mean we have a game.

    Meanwhile, on TMS, Vic Marks asks Alison Mitchell to steal a Duckworth-Lewis sheet from the TV commentary box...

  177. 11:17: 
    MCC v Rest of the World

    With all the talk of the MCC v Rest of the World game this summer, let's not forget there's also a MCC Women's XI v Rest of the World encounter on 19 May, for which the two teams were confirmed yesterday.

    The all-English MCC team will be led by England skipper Charlotte Edwards and includes retired internationals Claire Taylor, Arran Brindle and TMS summariser Isa Guha, as well as current stars Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Jenny Gunn, Holly Colvin, Kate Cross and Danielle Hazell.

    A strong-looking Rest of the World team (in alphabetical rather than batting order is Suzie Bates (NZ), Deandra Dottin (W Indies), Jhulan Goswami (India), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Meg Lanning (Aus), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Ellyse Perry (Aus), Rachel Priest (NZ), Mithali Raj (India), Shashikala Siriwardene (Sri Lanka) and Stafanie Taylor (W Indies).

  178. 4 overs: 
    Eng 23-0 (target 102)
    Charlotte Edwards

    Daniels concedes her first run as a Taylor single means both batters are on 10. Edwards whips a two off her legs. And there's something wrong with Daniels - she has a visit from the SA physio between overs.

  179.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Pressure doesn't disappear when you get older. Even Charlotte Edwards would have been feeling the pressure of a maiden over."

  180. 3 overs: 
    Eng 20-0 (target 102)

    Marizanne Kapp bowls the third over, bowling right-arm medium rather front-on, but after a single from Taylor, Edwards finds the gap with a fluent four through the covers. A midfield allows the England skipper a single. Kapp bowls a wide, Taylor rotates the strike and Edwards gets down to attempt a paddle sweep but gets a fortunate bottom edge past the stumps for four. A big grin indicates that isn't exactly what she was planning...

  181. 11:08: 

    Vic has noticed the ground staff on their feet... England don't want to get caught out by Duckworth-Lewis if there's any chance of rain, although we need five overs to constitute a match.

    If we can't get five overs in, England would go through by virtue of having finished top of their group.

  182. 2 overs: 
    Eng 8-0 (target 102)

    Left-arm seamer Moseline Daniels to bowl the second over, Edwards is watchful, and plays out a maiden over as she can't beat the infield.

  183.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have put their trump cards right at the top of the order, which makes a certain sense when you've only got 20 overs. Get your best players in early and let them get on with it."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  184. 1 over: 
    Eng 8-0 (target 102)

    Taylor gets England under way with a single to third man off the first ball of the innings, Edwards adds a single to the same region. And that fielder is being overworked as Taylor pushes a two past point and yet again, the third man fielder is called upon. Ismail drops one too short and Taylor easily pulls it for four - a good start by the English pair.

  185. 11:00: 

    England are ready to begin their run chase, with Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor opening. 102 needed for a place in the final. Right-arm seamer Shabnim Ismail will bowl the first over.

  186.  

    ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor on TMS: "All the contracts start on 1 May, and the players know what tier of contract they've been offered. There will be 10 players on the top tier of contract, and seven players just below that, allowing all 17 to make a living. The top 10 will be earning as much as, say, a young county pro. Some are still at university, but we will ask for two days a week from them."

  187.  
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Loubeelou: When are the English ladies going to play the English men at cricket. At this rate they may just beat them!

    Dennis Edwards: Can see that Luus run out becoming a social media video hit, it was as calamitous as it was comedic. Funny wicket running today.

  188.  

    ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor on TMS: "Charlotte Edwards went out to Australia early to do some training in Perth, so she was around when the men's Ashes was on. She said it really hurt her and she felt really sorry for Alastair Cook. But it really made her determined to cause some Aussie pain."

  189. 10:56: 
    MCC v Rest of the World

    Some news from the MCC - Brett Lee, Muttiah Muralitharan and some bloke called Kevin Pietersen are the latest names to sign up for the epic MCC v Rest of the World game on 5 July to celebrate the bicentenary of the current Lord's ground. Interestingly, Lee will play for MCC, while KP (and Murali) will be in the Rest of the World side captained by Shane Warne.

    Confirmed players so far are: Sachin Tendulkar (MCC captain), Shane Warne (RoW captain), Rahul Dravid (MCC), Paul Collingwood (MCC), Brett Lee (MCC), Adam Gilchrist (RoW), Kevin Pietersen (RoW), Muttiah Muralitharan (RoW). Playing - but not assigned to a team yet - are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Daniel Vettori, Shaun Tait, Tamim Iqbal ,Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal.

  190.  

    ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor on TMS: "England will be really pleased with the way they've bowled and fielded. But they've not scored too many big totals in this tournament so they won't be over-confident."

  191.  

    England seamer Anya Shrubsole, who took 2-12 from her four overs: "We bowled and fielded really well to keep them to that total. With the rain overnight I always thought it would swing and thankfully it did. My form is decent and I'm trying to keep it simple and get the ball in the right areas."

  192. 10:49: 

    So, England need to score 102 to reach the World Twenty20 final...

  193.   
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "The one criminal thing about that last wicket is that they didn't bat through their overs. You need to take everything you can get. They could have played straighter earlier and Anya bowled well. They have got themselves back into some sort of position but this is England's game to lose."

  194. 19.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Daniels run out (Sciver direct hit) 1 (SA 101 all out)
    Natalie Sciver runs out Moseline Daniels

    Moseline Daniels is South Africa's last batter, another left-hander. A quick single brings up the hundred, Loubser is also off the mark, but a sparkling England fielding performance is rewarded with the fifth run-out of the innings as Sciver throws down the stumps at the bowler's end.

  195. 19.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Tryon b Sciver 40 (SA 99-8)

    Natalie Sciver to bowl the last over, Tryon on strike, but she takes a big slog at the second ball of the over and is clean bowled. Nine down, but a good knock by Tryon - 40 from 31 balls. Without her, South Africa would really have been in a right pickle.

  196. 19 overs: 
    SA 99-8

    Sunette Loubser (pronounced Loab-sher) is the new batter, wearing a cap rather than a helmet - but Tryon lofts a straight six, the second of the innings, over the bowler's head. A single takes her to 40 from 29 balls and brings the powerfully-built Loubser on strike but she can't get the last ball away. Last over coming up.

  197.   
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was smart work by Anya there to get the ball straight into Jenny Gunn's hands. South Africa are trying to steal as many runs as they can to get themselves up to some kind of total."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  198. 18.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ismail run out (Shrubsole/Gunn) 6 (SA 92-8)

    Edwards is off after that experimental over, and Gunn returns for her final over. Ismail smacks the first ball of the over for four - but then becomes the fourth run-out victim of the innings as Shubsole's accurate throw from mid-off is gathered by Gunn who breaks the wicket at the bowler's end.

  199. 18 overs: 
    SA 88-7

    Danielle Hazell returns for her last over, Left-hander Ismail is off the mark with a single, Tryon tries to force the ball through the leg side but trots through for a leg bye. Another Ismail single means Hazell finishes with 0-8 from four overs.

  200. 17 overs: 
    SA 85-7

    Tryon pushes a two and a single, then new batter Shabnim Ismail tries to run a bye and it's nearly the fourth run-out of the innings but Edwards misses in her attempt to take the bails off at the bowler's end. Three overs to go, can South Africa make three figures?

  201. 16.1 overs: 
    SA 81-7

    Captain Charlotte Edwards brings herself on to bowl some part-time off-spin for the first time the tournament. But Tryon launches her first ball - a full toss - for six over cow corner.

  202.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've never seen that before. That was pure comedy. We've seen glancing blows but to run into each other and end up on the ground was absolute chaos. I hope Phil Tufnell was watching because that will be on Question of Sport's What Happened Next. That has cheered me up."

  203. 16 overs: 
    WICKET- Luus run out 5 (SA 75-7)

    Having exclusively bowled seam from one end and spin from the other, England finally have two seamers in tandem as Gunn returns. Tryon and Luus push the singles but then Luus hits it to deep extra cover, and the two batters collide comedically in mid-pitch attempting a second run! As they fall to the ground, the bails are taken off and one of them's out... it's Luus.

  204.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England just have to finish this off now and they will be chasing a relatively small total."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  205. 15 overs: 
    SA 69-6

    Sciver bowls a legside wide, Luus tries to force the pace with a single and Tryon nearly perishes as she plays and misses, the ball goes between bat and pad and misses the off stump by centimetres. A single takes Tryon to 13, then a waist-high full toss is signalled as a no-ball for height as Luus rotates the strike. Tryon lifts a two to long-off, then hoists a bouncer over mid-wicket for four which bounces just inside the rope. A busy over ends as Tryon drills a single to long-on to move to 20 from 18 balls. Five overs left.

  206. 14 overs: 
    SA 57-6

    Teenager Sune Luus is the new batter - she only turned 18 in January. By comparison, she was six months old when Charlotte Edwards made her international debut in the summer of 1996. Two singles means Grundy finishes with 2-22 from four overs.

  207. 13.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Du Preez c Greenway b Grundy 23 (SA 55-6)
    Becky Grundy of England celebrates

    Tryon takes South Africa past 50 with a pull for four past deep backward square leg. But England make another breakthrough as captain Du Preez tries the aerial route and it's taken well by England's best fielder Lydia Greenway at deep mid-wicket. Grundy celebrates her second wicket.

  208. 13 overs: 
    SA 47-5 (Du Preez 22*, Tryon 7*)

    England turn to the right-arm medium pace of Surrey all-rounder Natalie Sciver. The 21-year-old is pretty well-travelled, having been born in Tokyo and grown up in the Netherlands and Poland. Du Preez starts the over with a single, then Tryon ends the boundary drought with an off-driven four just wide of Heather Knight at mid-off.

  209.  
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    South African cricket journalist Neil Manthorp: England best women's team in the world. Fully professional. Only six Protea pros for less than a year. Great effort to reach semis. Give 'em time.

  210. 12 overs: 
    SA 42-5

    England rotate their spinners as Grundy replaces Hazell, Du Preez and Tryon manage some ones and twos against the rookie slow left-armer, but they've not found the boundary since those two lofted drives Du Preez hit in the 12th over.

  211. 11 overs: 
    SA 37-5

    Right-hander Tryon is off the mark with a single, Du Preez has looked in good touch as a single to mid-wicket takes her to 16 from 24 balls, but she needs to find someone to stay with her here if South Africa are to post something even approaching a competitive total. Two more singles means it's four from Gunn's over.

  212. 10 overs: 
    SA 33-5

    South Africa are all over the place here, new batter Chloe Tryon goes for yet another risky single, is sent back and is lucky not to perish immediately.

    Two run-outs this over and nearly a third, crazy running in the circumstances. Has Geoffrey Boycott or Nasser Hussain been employed as SA's running-between-the-wickets coach?

  213.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The umpire is not necessarily seeing the pictures we are seeing, which is ridiculous. You couldn't see definitively. They have to change this system. There's no way he could have given that out on the basis of what we saw. South Africa are falling apart."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  214. 9.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Kapp run out 0 (SA 33-5)

    Marizanne Kapp is the new batter - South Africa's line-up have all been right-handers so far. Du Preez adds a single, then Kapp goes for another tight run... Hazell collects the throw, takes off the flashing bails at the bowler's end, there's a quick check with the third umpire and Kapp has gone without scoring.

  215. 9.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Van Niekirk run out (Taylor direct) 7 (SA 32-4)
    Danielle Hazell

    Hazell bowls, Van Niekirk guides the ball off her legs, Sarah Taylor moves out from behind the stumps and throws down the stumps at the bowler's end as Van Niekirk attempts a quick single. She's gone!

  216.  
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Geoff Hawley: That's a start with the SA timbers scattering! England men really need to learn from this.

    Donald Draper: Anya Shrubsole was swinging it round corners. Unbelievable start.

  217. 9 overs: 
    SA 32-3

    England turn to vice-captain Jenny Gunn for some medium-fast seam - her first ball is a legside wide, there's an exchange of singles before skipper Du Preez moves to 14 with a two.

    During the break between innings today, TMS will be speaking to ex-England skipper Clare Connor, now the ECB's head of women's cricket, about the recent changes which mean the England team will be going fully professional from 1 May.

  218.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have a mini-platform now. Jenny Gunn is experienced but has a little bit less pace and movement than Shrubsole and so South Africa could look to up the run-rate here."

  219. 8 overs: 
    SA 27-3

    Hazell replaces Grundy, just the three bowlers used by England so far. Van Niekirk is hit on the pad prodding forward and they scramble a leg bye. A firm sweep brings Du Preez a single, but another tight over.

  220. 7 overs: 
    SA 25-3

    Edwards opts to bowl Shrubsole right through - can she grab another wicket? Keeper Sarah Taylor is standing up to the stumps - Aggers and Ebony Rainford-Brent on TMS are surprised she's not wearing a helmet - while South Africa are watchful, and just two singles mean Shrubsole takes her cap with figures of 4-1-12-2 - and tournament figures of 20-3-69-12.

  221. 6 overs: 
    SA 23-3 (Van Niekirk 4*, Du Preez 8*)

    Grundy, a 23-year-old from Warwickshire who made her international debut in England's first game of this tournament, spins down a second over, Du Preez - aware her team are in trouble her - opts to take the aggressive approach, lifting a couple of first-bounce fours over long-on and long-off respectively. A single takes her to nine from eight balls, and the field can now go back with the powerplay concluded.

  222. 5 overs: 
    SA 14-3

    Shrubsole begins her third over to Van Niekirk, who's already lost three batting partners, and looks like she's just aiming to see off the Somerset quick... in fact it's a maiden over.

    With figures today of 3-1-10-2, Shrubsole's tournament figures are now 19-3-67-12.

  223.   
    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Grundy started out as a medium-pacer and only turned to spin about 18 months ago."

  224. 4 overs: 
    SA 14-3

    Captain Mignon du Preez is in at five, Heather Knight comes in at slip and Du Preez is hit on the pad as England stifle an appeal.

  225.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I suspect she misjudged the length. Grundy is off to a superb start and South Africa will be very nervous at this stage."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  226. 3.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Van der Westhuizen lbw b Grundy 6 (SA 14-3)
    England celebrate

    Rebecca Grundy on to bowl some left-arm spin - and she makes an immediate impact as Van der Westhuizen is trapped back on the crease and she's out lbw. South Africa are reeling here.

  227. 3 overs: 
    SA 13-2

    Yolandi van der Westhuizen is the new batter, she turns a two off her legs to Amy Jones, who is England's second-choice wicketkeeper but playing as a pure batter today and patrolling the deep square leg boundary. South Africa find the boundary for the first time today with a forceful square drive past Lydia Greenway at backward point.

  228.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's almost a carbon copy of the first wicket. It was pitch-perfect and a similar punch of the air from Shrubsole who is practically unplayable and giving that leg stump quite a hammering. It must be so tempting for Charlotte Edwards to keep her going."

  229. 2.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Chetty b Shrubsole 3 (SA 7-2)
    England celebrate

    Chetty and Van Niekirk push a couple of singles but Shrubsole ends Chetty's innings as she knocks the leg stump out of the ground again.

    Marvellous bowling, another one bowled through the gate by an inswinger.

  230. 2 overs: 
    SA 4-1

    Off-spinner Danielle Hazell, who usually bowls in the powerplays in this format, will take the second over, bowling in her sunglasses. Chetty takes a risky single to mid-off and might have been struggling with a direct hit... Van Niekirk is off the mark as three fielders give chase to the third man boundary and Heather Knight stops the ball just inside the rope. Two taken.

  231. 09:36: 
    Team line-ups

    Here are the full teams, by the way:

    South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk, Trisha Chetty (wk), Mignon du Preez (capt), Marizanne Kapp, Yolandi van der Westhuizen, Chloe Tryon, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Sunette Loubser, Moseline Daniels.

    England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Sarah Taylor (wk), Heather Knight, Lydia Greenway, Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Jennt Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Anya Shrubsole, Rebecca Grundy.

  232. 1 over: 
    SA 1-1

    Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty is in at three, she's off the mark with a single to fine leg. Dane van Niekirk is on the defensive. A great start by England.

  233.   
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the perfect sight for any fast bowler - one of the stumps has been knocked out. It went straight through the defences. There was late swing and it was a beautiful delivery. The key is the length because it had a chance to swing in. That would have bowled a lot of people."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  234. 0.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Lee b Shrubsole 0 (SA 0-1)
    Lizelle Lee

    Shrubsole strikes - Lizelle Lee is bowled third ball by a wicked late inswinger and the leg stump is knocked out of the ground without a run on the board!

  235. 09:29: 

    Anya Shrubsole will take the new ball here for England - the host broadcaster's caption rather uncharitably describes her as "right-arm medium". In terms of the women's game, she's rather quicker than that...

    Opening for South Africa are Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekirk - the latter has survived the traditional "curse" of being picked out as one of the players to watch in our tournament guide and has been one of the top run-scorers.

  236.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anya Shrubsole has been the outstanding bowler by far and I think these overcast conditions will suit her, so it's a good decision to bowl first. England know they can't afford to be complacent. England should win this match. It would be a huge upset if they don't."

  237. 09:26: 

    South Africa's anthem next - the entire team (and support staff) all adopt the "hand-on-heart" pose favoured by American baseball players.

  238. 09:24: 

    "God Save The Queen" is up first, England skipper Charlotte Edwards and vice-captain Jenny Gunn are belting it out with more gusto than the men's team ever seem to manage...

  239.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "When a team has nothing to lose they can go for it so England have to be right on the money to make sure South Africa don't have a chance. I think it's a good move to bring another batsman into the line-up, given how well the bowlers, and especially Anya Shrubsole, are performing."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  240. 09:22: 

    A couple of stats for you while the teams emerge - as Edwards was reminded at the toss, England haven't hit a six yet in this tournament, while South Africa have hit 10 - the most of any team barring finalists Australia.

    But England can boast the top wicket-taker in the tournament - Somerset pace bowler Anya Shrubsole has combined tournament bowling figures of 16-2-57-10. Marvellous by anyone's standards.

  241. 09:20: 
    No room for complacency
    England captain Charlotte Edwards

    England have never lost to South Africa in Twenty20 internationals (seven wins and one no-result) and have also won the last 15 ODI meetings between the sides, in a record stretching back to February 2004.

    But captain Edwards insists they won't underestimate South Africa. Read - and watch the video of - her pre-match thoughts on the BBC Sport website.

  242. 09:17: 
    Weather watch

    Rumours of a chance of rain later on - "the forecast is a bit dicey for later," Alison Mitchell informs TMS listeners.

    The BBC weather forecast for Dhaka seems to agree. But the ground looks like it's been tidied up pretty well since it resembled a lake when yesterday's Sri Lanka-West Indies match was curtailed by a thunderstorm. We'll keep you posted.

  243. 09:15: 
    LIVE NOW

    It's a welcome to the airwaves to Test Match Special - and a very happy 54th birthday to Jonathan Agnew, who shares his 4 April birthday with new ECB MD Paul Downton (57), and current England paceman Steven Finn (25).

    You can listen to TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and via the BBC Sport website and app, and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  244. 09:13: 
    Surprise package?
    Dane van Niekirk

    While England were expected to qualify from their group, South Africa have arguably been the surprise package of the tournament - winning three of their four group games (only losing to Australia), and beating New Zealand in their final game to qualify ahead of the White Ferns on net run rate.

  245. 09:12: 
    TOSS NEWS

    Charlotte Edwards has called "tails" correctly - England win the toss and will field first. They make one change from the group stage - with batter Tammy Beaumont replacing seamer Georgia Elwiss.

    South Africa skipper Mignon du Preez is happy as they wanted to bat first anyway.

  246. 09:10: 

    Morning, everyone. It's the second semi-final day at the World Twenty20 - and while India face South Africa in the men's tournament this afternoon, first of all we're going to be concentrating on the women's event where England face South Africa at 09:30 BST.

Live Scores - India v S Africa

 

  • India beat South Africa by 6 wickets
  • India: 176-4 (19.1 overs)
  • S Africa: 172-4 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Mirpur

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Ro Sharma c du Plessis b Hendricks 24
Rahane c de Villiers b Parnell 32
Kohli not out 72
Yuvraj Singh c de Villiers b Tahir 18
Raina c du Plessis b Hendricks 21
Dhoni not out 0
Extras 9w 9
Total for 4 176

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