South Africa win rain-hit T20 game

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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 21:09 [IST]
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South Africa win rain-hit game

Johannesburg, Mar 30: The one off Twenty20 International turned out to be a damp squib. India were denied to make use of their full quota of 20 overs to chase a target of 220 as rain forced the match to be called off with the visitors on track at 71/0 in 7.5 overs. South Africa won by 11 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method at the New Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

[Scorecard: India vs South Africa]

India's blazing start was cut short by a spell of showers after 7.5 overs. Openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa took the team to 71/0. However, that was all Indian batsmen could do as rain continued to pour in Johannesburg and it was later decided to call off the game. South Africa were ahead at that stage by 11 runs on Duckworth Lewis calculations.

The officials took the decision to call off the game at 8.35 PM local time (12.05 AM IST) after rain had halted proceedings for about an hour.

India's trip to South Africa which took them more than 15 hours to play a three-hour game, proved a futile exercise in the end. The game did not even last the full distance of 40 overs. In the end it was rain which was the real winner.

Indian players will turn their focus now to the Indian Premier League, which gets under way in Chennai on April 4.

Earlier, half centuries from Jacques Kallis and Colin Ingram had powered South Africa to 219/4 in 20 overs. Ingram was the Man-of-the-match for this top score of the game. Kallis-Ingram association put South Africa in control. Their second wicket partnership yielded 119 runs in 13.2 overs. They scored at more than impressive run rate of 8.92.

This was second highest T20 International score for South Africa and fourth overall. Kallis (61) and Ingram (78) made use of the perfect batting conditions as the hosts posted a dominant total. Kallis scored his 61 runs off 42 balls with five boundaries and two sixes.

Left-handed Ingram took 50 balls for his 78 with eight fours and three sixes. Towards the end, it was Justin Ontong who smashed two sixes on his way to a 7-ball 22. Albie Morkel scored a 3-ball unbeaten 16 with two sixes and one four.

Suresh Raina was the most expensive bowler for India, conceding 49 runs for his two wickets in four overs. Irfan Pathan too went for plenty, giving away 44 in four overs for one wicket. 

Earlier, India won the toss and elected for field first at the New Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Robin Uthappa returned to the side after being on the sidelines for few months.

South Africa will have two debutants in Dane Vilas, the wicketkeeper and right-hand batsman Farhaan Behardien.

The match is being organised to commemorate 150 years of the settlement of the Indians in South Africa.

Playing XIs

India: MS Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan.

South Africa: Johan Botha (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Albie Morkel, Dane Vilas.


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