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Batting first at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday evening, South Africa posted 196/8 in 20 overs, thanks to JP Duminy's 67 and Quinton de Kock's 56.

In reply, despite Dhawan's 73 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 16-ball 30 towards the end, India fell short of the target by four runs as they could manage only 192/3 in 20 overs.

"As an individual, it was a good learning for me as I batted till the 15-16th over. So with my calculation, for the next games, I will be better when I face these kind of situations in T20s. So it was a good learning for me and I got wiser," Dhawan said at the post-match press conference.

"We were trying out combinations like 'Bhajji pa' (Harbhajan Singh) bowled the first over. Then all other bowlers who were playing, bowled. I guess that's how we are trying and it's good everyone is getting a game and getting used to the pressure or the wickets or the pitch or everything. Things changed in the last 3-4 months in the team,” he added.

"India open their World T20 campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on Tuesday. Asked why the best finishers were not able to deliver against the Proteas, Dhawan said, "These are normal things. It does not happen that the best finishers will always guarantee the task. Everyone gave their best and that's what matters."

"At a time when we were chasing such a big total and wickets fell early on, after that there was a good partnership and we came so close, it was only a matter of four runs. We learnt a lot from this game. What we learned today will be implemented in the future,” he added.

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