Sharma And Raina Star As India Take T20 Victory
India 168-6 (Sharma 53, Raina 41) beat
South Africa 147-9 (van Wyk 67) by 21 runs
Only Twenty20 International, Durban
Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina played starring roles with the bat as India beat South Africa by 21 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Sharma made 53 and Raina 41 as India made 168 for six which they followed up by restricting South Africa to 147 for nine as Ashish Nehra and Yusuf Pathan bagged a brace of wickets.
After openers Virat Kohli (28) and Murali Vijay (14) departed, Sharma came in and hit five fours and two sixes on his way to 53 in 34 balls and Raina smashed 41 in 23 deliveries with two fours and three sixes.
Makhaya Ntini, making his final apperance for South Africa before retiring, conceded 46 runs from his four overs while Juan Theron, who took two for 39, proved to be the Proteas' most incisive bowler.
In reply, South Africa made a flying start as Morne van Wyk struck the quickest half-century by a South Africa in T20 International history, reaching his milestone in just 24 balls and he eventually made 67 in 39 balls, hitting five fours and five sixes.
However, he lacked support as India kept themselves in the game with regular wickets; only three other players could reach double figures - Johan Botha (25), AB de Villiers (14) and Wayne Parnell (14).
Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh all grabbed a wicket to stall South Africa's charge while Nehra returned two for 22 by dismissing Hashim Amla for one and Botha while off-spinner Pathan dismissed David Miller for ten and Robin Peterson for two.
The two sides now play five One-Day Internationals beginning in Durban on 12th January.
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