1st T20I (N), Dharamsala, Oct 2 2015, South Africa tour of India
(19.4/20 ov)200/3
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jean-Paul Duminy
South Africa

11.00pm Righto, with that it's a wrap from the first T20. Join us for the second one on October 5 in Cuttack. Till then, see ya.

10.40pm What an enthralling finish, what a start to the tour. South Africa won two-thirds of that chase - the start and the finish. However, it must be said that SA have a lot to thank for that start from their openers. India did pull the game back nicely through the middle with spin and R Ashwin's masterful variations, which made India favourites. But, Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy played it expertly through that middle and bided their time. JP waited for the left-armer and punished that over for 22 - a match-changing over. Subsequently, the pair found singles and twos and found the boundaries too. Eventually, the one full toss from the debutant, S Aravind sealed a fantastic win for South Africa, considering their chasing problems. Great start to the tour for SA, but India have a lot to take from this match as well.

JP Duminy is the man of the Match: 'Definitely one of my best innings. The way we started the innings was what we wanted in the chase. We batted quite well in the middle and built a good partnership with fudge(Behardien). We both said we have to take it on, we don't want to die wondering towards the end. We knew if we could get it down to 10-11 off the last over, we had a good chance. Fortunately enough, the left-armer missed his lengths and gave me an opportunity. It's a long tour for us but we have started well and we are happy with this performance.

MS Dhoni: 'We had something close to par, but there was dew, high altitude. There were periods where we conceded too many runs. That puts a lot of pressure on the bowlers. Any over above 20, it puts a lot of pressure. Even when we don't get decisions in our favour, it changes the match. I could have gone with raina, but seeing the conditions it's quite difficult over here. Axar does bowl well, whether against right or left hander. Execution is crucial on a wicket like this and a outfield like this. We have to encourage the opposition to play false shots and get wickets.'

Faf du Plessis: 'I think it did get a little wet towards the end. But what a great game of cricket, both sides got 200. Great innings from Rohit there at the start. Today was one of those days when the bowlers were under the pump. Great innings from JP, paced it really well and well-supported by Behardien.

Farhaan Behardien: 'I spoke to AB before going in and he told me to be busy. We wanted to put pressure on the fielders with our running. I'm very glad it came off today. JP has recently become a dad and he showed his class today, let's hope it continues throughout the tour. We all try and emulate MS Dhoni(with respect to finishing capabilities), we also have Michael Hussey today. Important innings for me too.

Aravind to Duminy, 1 run

he seals the victory by tapping the ball sensibly towards the leg side and running a single, Duminy has played a terrific innings - with a couple of helpings of luck - hitting seven sixes to go with a solitary boundary. He raises his hand in celebration and punches the air after giving South Africa the series lead

Aravind to Duminy, SIX runs

that's the deciding shot! Aravind misses the yorker length and Duminy pulls with all his might, smashing the ball into the stands at deep midwicket. These two have added more than a 100 now!

Aravind to Duminy, 2 runs

a superb ball, in the blockhole again, but Duminy digs it out on the off side and the timing is not very good so they have the time to race back for the second, there's a direct hit at the keeper's end but Duminy is safe and he has the strike

Aravind to Behardien, 1 run

in the blockhole, dug out on the leg side, just past the bowler and they run a single

South Africa need only ten off the final over, but they do not have the dangerous Duminy on strike. The debutant Aravind to bowl the final over, what a responsibility!

end of over 1914 runs
SA: 190/3CRR: 10.00 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 runs from 6b
Farhaan Behardien31 (22)
Jean-Paul Duminy59 (31)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-40-0
Mohit Sharma4-0-40-0
Bhuvneshwar to Behardien, 1 run

Behardien backs away and tries to slog, he gets beaten and hit on the body and they run a single after the ball goes on the off side

Bhuvneshwar is trying his best to dry the ball with a towel under the watch of the umpire. Vigorous rubbing.

Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 1 run

short of a length, cramping Duminy for room, he pulls the ball down behind square for a single

Bhuvneshwar to Behardien, 1 leg bye

Behardien swivels and tries to pull but gets beaten for pace by a skiddy ball that thuds into his body

Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 1 run

short of a length and straight, Duminy pulls towards square for a single

Forlorn faces in the crowd as South Africa race away with this game ...

Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, SIX runs

that's a poor ball, he was aiming for the yorker but it finished a full toss on leg stump, Duminy gets under it and swings the ball over the deep midwicket boundary

Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, FOUR runs

that was nearly in the blockhole but Duminy has played a superb shot, he gets to fifty by getting down low and drilling it hard and straight, beating the fielder at long on