Scorecard: India vs South Africa

Rohit (106) notched up his maiden T20 International century to give India a competitive total of 199 for 5 but the visitors rode on some sparkling strokeplay by J P Duminy (68 not out) and A B de Villiers (51) to overhaul the target with two balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Test skipper Hashim Amla (36) and ODI skipper de Villiers laid the foundation of the SA win with their 77-run opening stand and Duminy guided the visiting side to the finish line with a sublime unbeaten 68 off just 34 balls. His 105-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (32 not out) sealed the game for the Proteas.

Left-handed Duminy played with a lot of responsibility under pressure and could not have timed his eighth fifty in T20Is better than this. Thanks to his gritty batting, South Africa collected 22 runs off Axar Patel in the 16th over and 14 when Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the penultimate over.

Debutant left-arm paceman Sreenath Aravind was given the daunting task of bowling the last over from which the Proteas needed 10. Duminy ended India's thin hopes with a six in the third ball and strolled the winning run in the fourth.

The two teams will now travel to Cuttack for the second T20 match of the series on October 5.

Earlier, Opener Rohit Sharma butchered South African bowling attack effortlessly en route to his maiden Twenty20 International century as India rattled up a challenging 199/5.

Sharma was slow to start but once he had gauged the pace of the wicket, he plundered runs at will and became only the second Indian to score a T20 International hundred after Suresh Raina.

His sensational 66-ball knock was packed with 12 fours and five sixes as he sent visiting bowlers on a leatherhunt after India were invited to bat at the scenic HPCA stadium.

Sharma scored runs effortlessly and raised a 138–run partnership for the second wicket with skipper Virat Kohli (43 off 27 balls), who  became the first Indian to complete 1000 runs in Twenty20 cricket during his cameo.

Kyle Abbott stemmed the rot by dismissing Kohli first and then Sharma in the space of four balls. The Indian opener went for a pull but managed an edge which was taken by Morris at long leg. By that time, India were cruising with scorecard reading 162 in 16 overs.

India lost Raina (14) and Ambati Rayudu (0, run out) in the 19th over but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 not out) helped India get close to 200. He finished the innings in style, hammering Abbott for a six.

The quick dismissal of Sharma and Kohli did affect India's run rate as the hosts managed just 37 runs from the last four overs. Abbott was the only South African bowler who managed a respectable figure as he gave away just 29 runs in his four overs.


MS Dhoni, S Aravind, R Ashwin, S Dhawan, V Kohli, B Kumar, AR Patel, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, RG Sharma.

South Africa: F du Plessis, KJ Abbott, F Behardien, Q de Kock, M de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, DA Miller, CH Morris, K Rabada.

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