World T20: Virat Kohli gratefully accepts MS Dhoni's 'gift'

With just one run to win with seven balls in hand, MS Dhoni defended the final ball of the penultimate over against South Africa so that Virat Kohli (72 not out off 44 balls) could hit the winning runs in the semi-final against South Africa in the World T20 on Friday.

updated: April 05, 2014 09:23 IST
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Mirpur: When Virat Kohli accepted the man of the match award on Friday it was the second gift he had received in quick succession. (Match report)

With the scores level in the World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni could not have asked for a more innocuous delivery as left-arm paceman Beuran Hendricks sent down a slow, short ball to conclude the 19th over. (How Virat Kohli battled body pain to take India to final)

Dhoni, who has a penchant for hitting the winning runs with a six, instead offered a defensive shot that appeared to baffle Kohli as he gestured to his smiling skipper from the other end. (We had the self-belief to chase down the target: MS Dhoni)

Kohli then smashed the first ball of the final over from fast bowler Dale Steyn for four to seal a six-wicket triumph with five balls to spare. (Highlights)

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