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SAfrica stun India in first T20
Published :Sunday, 4 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 23

Dharamsala, Oct 3: South Africa put on a thrilling batting display to brush aside India by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 match in Dharamsala on Friday and grab the lead in the three-game series.
In a high-scoring encounter played before a sell-out crowd of 23,000 at the picturesque venue, the tourists chased down India's challenging 199-5 with two deliveries to spare.
India's innings after being sent in to bat revolved around a superb 106 off 66 balls by opener Rohit Sharma, ably supported by Virat Kohli's 27-ball 43.
But the Proteas, helped by the Indian bowlers' inability to grip the ball in the evening dew, made light of the stiff target following a rip-roaring opening stand of 77 from 53 balls between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.
Amla hit 36 off 24 balls and de Villiers contributed a typically aggressive 51 from 32 deliveries that included seven fours and a six.
India claimed three wickets for 15 runs to reduce South Africa to 95-3, but JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien stepped in to hit a match-winning partnership of 105 that came off just 55 balls.
Left-handed Duminy returned unbeaten on a 34-ball 68 that was studded with seven sixes, three off them from successive deliveries by left-arm spinner Axar Patel.
Behardien chipped in with 32 not out.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team had enough runs on the board, but the dew and a few expensive overs by the bowlers proved costly.
"A score of 200 in a T20 game is a good one, we could not have expected more," said Dhoni. "But there were periods when we conceded too many runs.
Sreenath Aravind, a 31-year-old left-arm seamer from Karnataka, made a forgettable international debut as he was hammered for 44 runs in 3.4 overs, including a last-over six by Duminy.  
In India's innings, Sharma plundered 12 boundaries and five sixes in his maiden T20 century, displaying a spectacular array of strokes all round the ground.
Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 1,000 T20 runs as he blazed his way to three sixes and a four.    AFP







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