India Needs to Hold S. Africa to 121 Runs to Advance in Cricket

India needs to restrict South Africa to 121 runs or fewer to advance to the semifinals of cricket’s World Twenty20 competition in Sri Lanka.

South Africa won the toss and elected to field, limiting India to 152-6 in its 20 overs in Colombo. Suresh Raina top scored with 45 runs as Robin Peterson was 2-25 for South Africa, while Morne Morkel was 2-28.

South Africa was eliminated when Pakistan defeated Australia by 32 runs in the first Group 2 match of the day. Australia qualified by surpassing 112 runs, finishing 117-7.

The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The Super Eight consists of two groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing to the semifinals.

Australia joins host Sri Lanka and West Indies in the semifinals. Pakistan would advance if South Africa scores higher than 121 runs against India because of the teams’ run rates.

Sri Lanka yesterday beat defending champion England by 19 runs and West Indies defeated New Zealand in a “super over.”

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