Friday 30 March 2012 

South Africa Take Victory At Wet Wanderers

South Africa Take Victory At Wet Wanderers
South Africa Take Victory At Wet Wanderers
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South Africa 219-4 (Ingram 78, Kallis 61) beat
India 71-0 (Gambhir 49no) by 11 runs (D/L)
Twenty20 International, Johannesburg

South Africa claimed an 11-run victory in the one-off Twenty20 International against India after rain ended the encounter early at The New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

South Africa racked up 219 for four and although India made a strong start to their reply, when the rains arrived with them on 71 without loss in 7.5 overs, they were short of the Duckworth/Lewis par score.

Colin Ingram hit 78 in 50 balls and Jacques Kallis 61 in 42 deliveries as South Africa reached their highest total at the ground and their second highest in Twenty20 Internationals.

Gautam Gambhir led India's response, stroking 49 not out in 28 balls but South Africa's powerful display left them disappointed.

South Africa handed debuts to three players - Farhaan Behardien, Dane Vilas and Francois du Plessis and Behardien smacked an unbeaten 20 in 11 balls to finish the home innings' in style.

Richard Levi (19 in seven), Justin Ontong (22 in seven) and Albie Morkel (16 in three) weighed in with swift cameos before and after Ingram and Kallis had added 119 for the second wicket.

It was a partnership that effectively won the game as India's bowlers and fielders were sent on a leather chase and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried eight bowlers in a bid to contain the boundaries.

Eventually, there was a wicket apiece for Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin and a brace for Suresh Raina.

With the clouds gathering as India began their reply, Gambhir hit seven fours and six while opening partner Robin Uthappa was less able to pierce the field, hitting 18 in 19 balls before the match was halted.

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