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South Africa vs India, Only T20I at Johannesburg, , Mar 30 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Only T20I (D/N), Johannesburg, March 30, 2012, India tour of South Africa
(7.5/7.5 ov, T:83) 71/0

South Africa won by 11 runs (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
78 (50)
Full commentary

8.35pm: The game has been called off; South Africa win by 11 runs. So, a damp ending to a contest that threatened to spark into a classic. India's long spell on the road ends with another defeat ... but hey, at least everyone can look forward to the IPL now, eh?

Thanks for all your comments. You'll be able to read up on how Messrs Duckworth and Lewis denied India and gave South Africa B a notable win in Abhishek Purohit's report shortly. I've been Alan Gardner, you've been wonderful. Cheerio!

8.30pm: Sky have just suggested that there may be an decision on whether to call the game off in the next five minutes or so. With the rain still falling, that's not good news for India.

8.25pm: Still raining, though it appears to be slowing down a touch ...

"I support Jim," says Avinash Reddy. "Why consider this a pointless match. Apart from charity its also to celebrate the settlement of Indians in South Africa. There is lot of cause in this match and never to be considered pointless" Even if it gets washed out, Avinash?

8.10pm: The cut off time is in 50 minutes, at 9pm, with the rain still coming down. Just to be clear, the par score at this stage is 82 ... but India might not get another chance to level it in these conditions.

8pm: The super soppers are out but I suspect they might just be bobbing in the briny outfield at the moment. Firdose reckons the rain might be slowing up just a tad. If you can't wait for another ocular hit of ball-by-ball action, then I suggest you join Kanishkaa for West Indies v Australia in the second T20I from Barbados ...

And, in his best Helen Lovejoy voice, here's Jim: "Pointless match? Why is everyone lamenting so... It's the players who travel and toil and play, we and media need to watch and enjoy, from when has it become such a hard job to do and a lot to complain about?? After all, this match is for a good cause, shall we please watch it happily as a cricket fan. Please." That good cause is the Jacques Kallis Foundation, if you needed to ask.

7.55pm: The rain is still sheeting down at The Wanderers. If they do get on, though, it'll probably help India, with the diminished total usually favouring the chasing side in T20s. Anyway, here's some local knowledge from Steven: "I live a few km's from the Wanderers. Usually the stubborn rain comes from my side hitting the ground 10min later, the opposite of tonight. Let's hope it's just a flash of rain and that we will get the remaining overs in. Excellent drainage at the ground. Otherwise dare I say ... It will be a pointless ending to a pointless match!"

And Kishor is thinking along the same lines: "After coming so far for just one T20, a washed away game would be a shame!"

They're going to stay on for now, I think. Nope, I'm 100% wrong - they're scampering off and the covers are coming in the other direction. India are currently behind on D/L by 11 runs, though hopefully this Jo'burg squall will blow over soon enough

Parnell to Uthappa, 1 run

length ball, punched down the ground to long-off

And the rain cometh ...

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run

dribbled out towards point for one

Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR runs

width for Gambhir, who slashes a length ball to the square boundary on the off side for a more authentic four

Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR runs

back of a length but it doesn't get up that much, Gambhir plays across the line and his top edge loops high, fine and down to long leg

Parnell to Gambhir, no run

pitched up, just outside off, driven hard, the arms swinging through the stroke ... but straight to cover

India are just four behind South Africa at the same stage. More from Parnell ...

end of over 710 runs
IND: 61/0CRR: 8.71 RRR: 12.23
Gautam Gambhir40 (24b 5x4 1x6)
Robin Uthappa17 (18b 1x4)
Johan Botha 1-0-10-0
Wayne Parnell 1-0-4-0

Here's Anant: "Too many dot balls when India's batting, not enough when bowling. That's the difference between the two sides so far. Saffers rotated strike extremely well and I just can't see India doing that."

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run

flatter ball, slightly wider, flipped towards point for a single

Botha to Gambhir, no run

tossed up outside off, driven to cover, no run

Botha to Gambhir, FOUR runs

length ball, outside off, not much room but Gambhir plays it late, cutting deftly behind point - lovely stroke

Botha to Uthappa, 1 run

full toss, clipped through midwicket

Botha to Uthappa, no run

flighted, leg-stump line, goes for the big heave but doesn't connect properly

Botha to Uthappa, FOUR runs

tossed up, on the stumps, driven on the full through extra-cover for Uthappa's first boundary

Captain Johan Botha brings himself on for a twirl ...

end of over 64 runs
IND: 51/0CRR: 8.50 RRR: 12.07
Robin Uthappa12 (15b)
Gautam Gambhir35 (21b 4x4 1x6)
Wayne Parnell 1-0-4-0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3-0-15-0

There really is a racket in the stadium - and there's lightning in the skies, too. India need a bit of sturm and drang if they're going to win this chase ...

Parnell to Uthappa, 1 run

check drive down the ground, well stopped at mid-off

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run

full toss, outside off stump, walks across and chops to deep backward square - maybe missed out on cashing in there?

Parnell to Uthappa, 1 run

pitched up, scooped to cover on the bounce

Parnell to Uthappa, no run

tight line, left-arm over to Uthappa, blocked towards midwicket

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run

length, dabbed towards the slips, they steal one ... and even though Vilas hits the stumps with his throw Uthappa was home

Parnell to Gambhir, no run

length, bit of swing, bits the stroke outside off

Wayne Parnell replaces Theron after one over

end of over 57 runs
IND: 47/0CRR: 9.40 RRR: 11.53
Robin Uthappa10 (12b)
Gautam Gambhir33 (18b 4x4 1x6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3-0-15-0
Rusty Theron 1-0-13-0

Robin has started okay - but Gambhir at the other end is definitely Batsman in this partnership ...

Tsotsobe to Uthappa, no run

length ball, nudged short of point

Tsotsobe to Uthappa, no run

fiery bouncer, beats Uthappa's lusty swing outside off

Tsotsobe to Gambhir, 1 run

short ball, directed at the batsman's ribs, deflected to short fine leg and Theron misses with a dash at the stumps that would probably have left Uthappa short