India tour of South Africa, Only T20I: South Africa v India at Durban, Jan 9, 2011
9 January 2011 (20-over match)

Virat Kohli, and not Rohit Sharma, will open the innings with M Vijay. Parnell has the new ball

Nithin brings in the IPL angle: "Some new Millionaires are out here to prove their worth..If they shine their Franchise Owners will be the most happiest people."

Makhaya Ntini walks out on to the field and acknowledges the loud applause from the crowd. The teams come out now.

Mike Haysman on Ten Cricket catches up with Ntini who says: "Nervousness and excitement, both. Last game. I want it to go alright. I want to be remembered for contributing to cricket over the years. Smiling always is the name of the game. Going out with a bang is what I want to do."

While we wait for the game to start, you can get the latest from the IPL auction as it unfolds.

Firdose: "Moses Mabhida is electric. The sound system is pumping out a fusion of western and Bollywood hits. People are streaming in waiting to see history in the making. The team from 1991 were just honoured and the cheers showed just how important readmission was."

MS Dhoni wins the toss, and India will bat. "Doesn't make much of a difference on this wicket, the toss. It was difficult for the Test players to adjust so quickly to the shorter format. We'll look to bat and hope to put pressure on the opposition. Sachin, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Sreesanth are resting."

Botha: "We would have also batted. I think 130-140 should be chaseable. We have a strong batting line-up. We have had two days to prepare for the game. I have never played here before. Looks to be an amazing stadium. Tsotsobe misses out."

Shaun Pollock says it will be tough to hit across the line on this wicket because of the expected low bounce. There are hundreds of small cracks due to the large clay content but Pollock reckons it should be alright. Around 125 should be a good total, he says.

The pitch was laid after the World Cup semi-final last year. There is a lot of clay in it. Lots of rolling has been done, and the groundstaff think the bounce should be okay. The surface looks rock-hard. The square boundaries are a touch short at 55 metres, and Mike Haysman on air doing the pitch report says that the surface will test both bowlers and batsmen.

Firdose Moonda, our South Africa correspondent at the ground, is pumped up with the atmosphere. "This is just history happening, right here."

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the only Twenty20 between India and South Africa at the imposing Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the ground that hosted the football World Cup last year. The stadium is on its way to becoming as synonymous with Durban as the Opera House is with Sydney, feels Sid Monga. It's a special day for Makhaya Ntini. It's his farewell game, and he will run in for South Africa for one last time. What a performer and entertainer he has been, the man who brought a smile to everyone's face, writes Sid Monga. And fittingly, a record crowd is expected for the match, as Firdose Moonda points out in her preview.


Parnell to Kohli, 1 leg bye, bowls one and gets some inward movement around leg stump, Virat was walking across his stumps, and the ball scooted off the pads behind square, Parnell was interested, no one else was


Parnell to Vijay, no run, gets forward to a length ball going across him, and defends to cover


Parnell to Vijay, no run, skiddy 139.6 kph delivery from Parnell, Vijay goes for the booming drive, and it zooms past the inside edge, again some movement for Wayne


Parnell to Vijay, FOUR, this time he draws Vijay forward who pushes tentatively at one that doesn't get up much, and the edge flies between the keeper and the lone slip for a boundary


Parnell to Vijay, 1 wide, Parnell endeavours to angle it across Vijay again, but ends up pushing it very wide outside off

Hardly any bounce on this wicket so far


Parnell to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay gets one in the area he likes, full on the pads, and whips it past square leg for another boundary, excellent timing


Parnell to Vijay, 1 run, this time he pitches it a tad shorter, and it skids off the outside edge to third man as Vijay pushes at it from the crease

End of over 1 (11 runs) India 11/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • M Vijay 9 (5b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 0 (1b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-10-0

Huge cheer as Ntini comes on from the other end, one last time for South Africa. the noise builds to a crescendo as Ntini takes off on his long and angled run-up


Ntini to Vijay, no run, bowls one that comes in with the angle on a length, and Vijay squeezes it to point


Ntini to Vijay, no run, no bounce on that one, it just skidded very low after pitching outside off on a length, Vijay was eyeing the straight boundary with the swing, but it went far under his blade


Ntini to Vijay, FOUR, now he gets one on the slot, and picks the full delivery straight and high down the ground for a boundary, just stood there and gave it the golf swing


Ntini to Vijay, no run, Ntini shortens the length, Vijay gets forward and pushes this one around off to cover


Ntini to Vijay, 1 run, plays it out in front of mid on and they take the quick single even as the throw comes in and hits the non-striker's stumps


Ntini to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli makes room to adjust for Ntini's angle and drives a full delivery to the left of cover for a single, there is a mix-up and Virat had to really hurry to make his ground

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • V Kohli 1 (2b)
    • M Vijay 14 (10b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 1-0-6-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-10-0

Parnell to Kohli, no run, goes for the cut, the delivery is not short and wide enough, not much bounce as well, goes off the bottom half of the bat straight to a shortish point


Parnell to Kohli, 1 run, creams this one off the middle alright, it goes to Amla at cover who lets it go through him


Parnell to Vijay, no run, takes a step forward but the bat turns in his hand, and ball goes in to the on side


Parnell to Vijay, OUT, van Wyk has pulled off a blinder, Vijay had been eyeing the straight boundary, and got a full delivery too, but got too much underneath the ball as he went for the shot, the ball seemed to go and touch the stadium arch before coming down, and van Wyk went haring across from mid off to take it low, diving forward

M Vijay c van Wyk b Parnell 14 (11m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66


Parnell to Kohli, FOUR, Virat gets a shortish one on the pads, and tucks it away to fine leg for a boundary, stayed on the back foot and helped it along its way


Parnell to Kohli, no run, looks to go for the big off drive, but cannot beat the off side cordon, didn't get the timing right on that one

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 22/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • V Kohli 6 (6b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (0b)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-1
    • M Ntini 1-0-6-0

Rusty comes on, replacing Makhaya


Theron to Sharma, no run, starts with a length ball that angles in on leg stump, he misses out as he looks to play it through midwicket and is hit on the pads


Theron to Sharma, no run, this time he gets it off the middle of the bat, but straight to the man at midwicket


Theron to Sharma, 1 run, full and on the stumps is Rusty, Rohit gets an inside edge through square leg as he goes for the drive


Theron to Kohli, FOUR, goes for the slower one, Virat waits for it to arrive, and then lifts it over midwicket in that whiplash style of his, picked the length very early there


Theron to Kohli, 1 run, too straight from Rusty, turned behind square leg for a single


Theron to Sharma, 1 run, gets it to cut back in from outside off, Rohit wanted to cut too, but got an inside edge that went towards short fine, could have gone on to the stumps as well

End of over 4 (7 runs) India 29/1 (RR: 7.25)

    • RG Sharma 2 (4b)
    • V Kohli 11 (8b 2x4)
    • J Theron 1-0-7-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-1

Ntini has changed ends


Ntini to Sharma, FOUR, bowls it full and wide outside off, he goes for the elegant drive on a knee, and gets a thick edge that runs down to third man for a boundary


Ntini to Sharma, 1 run, wide delivery outside off again, he waits for it this time, and steers it to a squarish third man


Ntini to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli goes for the pick-up shot over mid on, and gets it over the man there, it was full, there to be hit, and Virat made good contact


Ntini to Kohli, FOUR, thwack! Ntini went outside off stump this time, and Virat was waiting for it, made some room outside leg and absolutely smashed this full delivery through extra cover for a boundary, the man there put in the dive but the ball had already passed him by then


Ntini to Kohli, 1 run


Ntini to Sharma, SIX, this time Rohit gets on to the act, it was fullish but on the pads, and he lifted it over square leg all the way for six, that was absolute timing, and no power. Rohit holds the pose for effect

End of over 5 (20 runs) India 49/1 (RR: 9.80)

    • RG Sharma 13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 20 (11b 4x4)
    • M Ntini 2-0-26-0
    • J Theron 1-0-7-0

Theron to Kohli, 1 run, the 50 comes up in quick time with a tuck past midwicket off the back foot


Theron to Sharma, no run, gets forward and drives this length ball down to mid off


Theron to Sharma, FOUR, almost takes out Virat with this straight drive, it was in the air, and powerfully struck, and Kohli just about got out of the way


Theron to Sharma, 1 run, another misfield, this time at mid off, it was driven there, and van Wyk made a mess of it, letting the ball through his legs


Theron to Kohli, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg


Theron to Sharma, 1 run, slower ball, hit down to mid on for a single

End of over 6 (8 runs) India 57/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • RG Sharma 19 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 22 (13b 4x4)
    • J Theron 2-0-15-0
    • M Ntini 2-0-26-0

Spin on in the form of Peterson to a spread out field


Peterson to Sharma, 1 run, hit away to deep midwicket


Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, stretches out to get to the pitch of this one outside off and pings long off with the drive


Peterson to Sharma, 2 runs, makes some room outside leg, and chips it in the air in the region of extra cover, there is no one there


Peterson to Sharma, 1 run, driven to long off


Peterson to Kohli, no run, the quicker one, he looks to rock back and cut it, but it hurries on to him


Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, worked away behind square for a single, tidy over from Peterson

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 63/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • V Kohli 24 (16b 4x4)
    • RG Sharma 23 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-6-0
    • J Theron 2-0-15-0

Botha brings himself on


Botha to Kohli, no run, misses out on the cut as it turns in from outside off, hit back to the bowler


Botha to Kohli, FOUR, shot! it was bowled fuller from Johan, and Kohli waited for an instant to get the placement perfect, between long off and sweeper cover, and it sped to the boundary


Botha to Kohli, OUT, goes for one shot too many, and gets bowled! it was shortish, and he went back to pull it, but it skidded on to him, and past the blade to crash into the stumps, this is a big wicket, Kohli was hitting them cleanly

V Kohli b Botha 28 (28m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 147.36

Yuvraj Singh comes in


Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, and is off the mark with a push to long off


Botha to Sharma, 1 run, gets well forward and plays this tossed up delivery with the turn to long on


Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stretches forward and plays the perfect defensive push in to the off side

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 69/2 (RR: 8.62)

    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (2b)
    • RG Sharma 24 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 1-0-6-1
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-6-0

Peterson to Sharma, 1 run, ho hum, worked away to deep midwicket for another single


Peterson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, lines up the big pull over midwicket, there is not much bounce here, and it scoots past midwicket along the ground


Peterson to Sharma, 1 run, rocks back and pulls it to long on for a single


Peterson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, looks to slog sweep this full delivery, but does not get the timing, and the ball rolls away to deep midwicket


Peterson to Sharma, 1 run, cut away to point for a single


Peterson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvi goes for the slog sweep again from outside off stump, and this time he connects nicely, midwicket leaps in the air in vain, and the ball is collected from the boundary

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 78/2 (RR: 8.66)

    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (5b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 27 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-15-0
    • J Botha 1-0-6-1

Botha to Sharma, no run, skips down the track to push a fuller one to Botha


Botha to Sharma, 1 run, beats him in the flight, Rohit was down the track again, saw the bal lwas not there for the big shot, and tries to run it past the keeper, got a thin edge that AB clanged, missed chance


Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot


Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter and quicker, he seems to have got a thin inside edge after which the ball crashes into pad, and the umpire says no to Botha's appeal, it as going down leg too


Botha to Sharma, no run, gets forward and turns it in the air to midwicket


Botha to Sharma, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 81/2 (RR: 8.10)

    • RG Sharma 29 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 8 (7b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-9-1
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-15-0

JP Duminy gets a bowl


Duminy to Sharma, 1 run, throws everything at this short delivery that skids on, but there is a man at deep midwicket


Duminy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, strays on the pads, he turns it late past short fine leg


Duminy to Sharma, 2 runs, Ntini with the diving save on the straight boundary, Rohit had thwacked it down the ground, but Makhaya saved the boundary, to loud cheers


Duminy to Sharma, no run, goes down on a knee and looks to sweep from way outside off,and is beaten


Duminy to Sharma, 1 run, driven down to Ntini on the long on boundary


Duminy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, looks to tap to extra cover and run, but only manages to complete the tap part

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 86/2 (RR: 7.81)

    • Yuvraj Singh 9 (9b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 33 (26b 2x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-5-0
    • J Botha 2-0-9-1

Botha to Sharma, no run, goes on the back foot and punches but straight to extra cover


Botha to Sharma, 1 run, goes for the slog sweep on one knee but the deep midwicket region is well protected


Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fired in flat and quick from round the stumps, and he just about manages to turn is fine on the leg side


Botha to Sharma, FOUR, this time Rohit gets the boundary, swinging the full ball to the left of the man at deep midwicket


Botha to Sharma, FOUR, goes off side this time, same result, backed away and played it inside out to the deep cover boundary


Botha to Sharma, SIX, ends the over with a biggie, it was tossed up and he waited for it to arrive before slamming it high over deep midwicket for a six, brings up the 100 with the shot

End of over 12 (16 runs) India 102/2 (RR: 8.50)

    • RG Sharma 48 (31b 4x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 10 (10b 1x4)
    • J Botha 3-0-25-1
    • JP Duminy 1-0-5-0

Duminy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, punched down to long on off the back foot, brings Rohit on strike


Duminy to Sharma, FOUR, South Africa have been sloppy today in the filed today, Rohit had pre-meditated the sweep shot, but it went to square leg, and right through him, and that's 50 for Rohit


Duminy to Sharma, 1 run, driven to long off for a single


Duminy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvi doing the sensible thing, working this one past square leg to bring Rohit on strike


Duminy to Sharma, OUT, and Rohit finds Makhaya on the long on boundary, it was there to be hit in the slot, and he connected too, but the elevation was not much, and Ntini timed his leap perfectly on the boundary to take a fine high catch, the crowd love it

RG Sharma c Ntini b Duminy 53 (38m 34b 5x4 2x6) SR: 155.88


Duminy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the ball rolls away off the pads on the leg side as Yuvi misses out on the glance

End of over 13 (7 runs) India 109/3 (RR: 8.38)

    • Yuvraj Singh 12 (13b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • JP Duminy 2-0-12-1
    • J Botha 3-0-25-1

Yusuf is the new man


Peterson to Pathan, no run, driven to midwicket off the front foot


Peterson to Pathan, 1 wide, OUT, what do we have here? Yuvraj is run out by a mile, it squirted off the pads fine down the leg side, and Yuvi wanted the single, almost ran up to Yusuf to tell him that he too needed to run, YK was having none of it, Yuvi abandoned all thoughts of the run belatedly, but the throw was already in at the non-striker's end, and Yuvraj was about half way down the pitch

Yuvraj Singh run out 12 (20m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Raina comes in now, but of a wobble for India


Peterson to Pathan, 1 run, driven towards long on for a single


Peterson to Raina, 1 run, gets off the mark with a push to long off


Peterson to Pathan, 1 run, the good old tap and run into the covers, this time the run is completed without drama


Peterson to Raina, 1 run, Raina slog sweeps, but straight to the man at deep midwicket, he likes that shot a lot


Peterson to Pathan, no run, hit on the pads as he pushed forward but it was going well down leg side

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 114/4 (RR: 8.14)

    • YK Pathan 2 (4b)
    • SK Raina 2 (2b)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-20-0
    • JP Duminy 2-0-12-1

wanderer: "That's $2.1 million dollars worth of running right there." Ntini is back


Ntini to Raina, FOUR, Raina stays in the crease, and plays the inside out lofted shot that just beats sweeper cover


Ntini to Raina, 1 run, goes for a big heave-ho through midwicket, and the inside edge rolls away to deep square leg


Ntini to Pathan, 1 run, stays on the back foot and guides this ball angled in around off to third man


Ntini to Raina, 1 run, better length from Makhaya, full around middle, pushed away wide of extra cover for a single


Ntini to Pathan, 1 run, swatted down to long on for a single, the ball is not coming on to the bat


Ntini to Raina, 1 run, full around off, he makes room and drives hard through extra cover, who runs hard to his right and dives to save a few runs

End of over 15 (9 runs) India 123/4 (RR: 8.20)

    • SK Raina 9 (6b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 4 (6b)
    • M Ntini 3-0-35-0
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-20-0

Rusty is back


Theron to Raina, no run, Rains swings and misses outside off, as the slow and low nature of this track comes through, the ball didn't get up at all


Theron to Raina, FOUR, this time there is no missing, Raina loves the slog sweep, and connects nicely all the way to the deep midwicket boundary


Theron to Raina, SIX, the Suresh golf swing comes out, length ball on the stumps, and is despatched over deep midwicket for a six, as clean a swing as you will ever get


Theron to Raina, 1 run, backs away outside leg, Rusty bowls it wider outside off, it rolls away off the bottom half of the bat to long off


Theron to Pathan, 2 runs, the sloppiness continues for South Africa, this time its the captain, YK had squeezed out the full delivery to Botha's right at extra cover, he put in the dive, but you know what happened, it went through him


Theron to Pathan, OUT, YK goes now, looked to heave this length ball, but got an inside edge that crashed into off stump, this track is not conducive for the horizontal shots

YK Pathan b Theron 6 (16m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 16 (13 runs) India 136/5 (RR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 20 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • J Theron 3-0-28-1
    • M Ntini 3-0-35-0

MS Dhoni walks out to the middle. firdose: "dhoni gets a massive reception. people are loving it here. dancing, enjoying the music.its just a big party." Parnell comes back


Parnell to Raina, 1 run, back of a length in to the body with that whippy action, tucked away past midwicket


Parnell to Dhoni, 2 runs, on the pads to MS, who turns it to the left of short fine leg who dives and save the boundary


Parnell to Dhoni, no run, going across Dhoni who slaps it to extra cover off the front foot


Parnell to Dhoni, 1 run, makes some room outside leg to guide this length delivery to sweeper cover


Parnell to Raina, 1 run, Raina looks to swing this one through midwicket, but it was too full and too straight for the shot, and rolled away to midwicket along the ground


Parnell to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni goes back to a length delivery, and brings down the bat in time to punch it to extra cover, who throws at the non-striker's but misses

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 142/5 (RR: 8.35)

    • MS Dhoni 4 (4b)
    • SK Raina 22 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-21-1
    • J Theron 3-0-28-1

Ntini to bowl his last over for South Africa


Ntini to Dhoni, 1 run, slower one around off, Dhoni picks it late and punches it to sweeper cover off the back foot


Ntini to Raina, 1 run, fuller and on the stumps, Raina backs away down the leg side, and drives it to mid off for a quick single


Ntini to Dhoni, 1 run, full again, Dhoni whips it down to long off in that inimitable fashion of his


Ntini to Raina, no run, gets it in the blockhole outside off, Raina misses out with the glide


Ntini to Raina, SIX, connects this time with his slog sweep, it was not full enough and he went through with the shot, and the result is six over deep midwicket, 150 up for India

Ntini is cheered all the way to the crease for his last ball for South Africa


Ntini to Raina, 2 runs, almost yorker length, Raina doesn't go hard at it, and pushes it calmly straight down the ground past the non-striker's stumps

End of over 18 (11 runs) India 153/5 (RR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 31 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (6b)
    • M Ntini 4-0-46-0
    • WD Parnell 3-0-21-1

Firdose: "Even in his last over, he was STILL running back to his mark."


Parnell to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni swivels and pulls, but does not get any timing on the shot, the ball scoots away through midwicket


Parnell to Raina, no run, length ball, absolutely smoked, but straight to extra cover who is right on the edge of the circle


Parnell to Raina, 1 run, good ball, right in the blockhole, squeezed out towards point by Raina


Parnell to Dhoni, 1 run, swung down along the ground to long on, MS is looking to launch in to that whiplash pick-up shot of his


Parnell to Raina, 1 run, full but Raina cannot get it away, had backed away too far down the leg side, and gets an outside edge towards point


Parnell to Dhoni, no run, again MS lines up the straight whip shot, but it rolls away back to the bowler, went very hard at the ball

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 157/5 (RR: 8.26)

    • MS Dhoni 8 (9b)
    • SK Raina 33 (19b 2x4 2x6)
    • WD Parnell 4-0-25-1
    • M Ntini 4-0-46-0

Last over coming up. How much can India get? Rusty will bowl the last six deliveries


Theron to Raina, 1 wide, sprays the first one wide outside off even as Raina went backing away outside leg


Theron to Raina, 1 run, another full and wide delivery, he stretches out to slap it to extra cover


Theron to Dhoni, 1 run, finally MS gets one full and swings it down the ground, but long on runs across and cuts it off


Theron to Raina, SIX, poor delivery, and rightly despatched, it was a high full toss wide outside off, and Raina launched hard into it, and it sailed over extra cover for six


Theron to Raina, 1 run, goes for the shot again, it is another full toss, but this time he gets a thick edge down to third man


Theron to Dhoni, 1 run, right in the blockhole on off, not much MS can do except squeeze it out to extra cover


Theron to Raina, OUT, Suresh falls off the last ball, it was full and he launched into the big swing over midwicket, but the outside edge swirled high in the air over mid off, who made no mistake with the catch

SK Raina c Miller b Theron 41 (29m 23b 2x4 3x6) SR: 178.26

South Africa wait for Makhaya Ntini to lead them off the field for one last time. Virat provided the impetus for India, Rohit kept the charge going, and Raina rounded it off with a neat flourish in the end. This total will take some chasing on this wicket where the bounce is very low. Join us for the chase in ten minutes

End of over 20 (11 runs) India 168/6

    • MS Dhoni 10 (11b)
    • J Theron 4-0-39-2
    • WD Parnell 4-0-25-1





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