result
1st T20I (N), Dharamsala, Oct 2 2015, South Africa tour of India
199/5
(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
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Duminy 68* trumps Rohit hundred

Rohit Sharma became the 15th centurion in T20 internationals and India's second after Suresh Raina but he was overshadowed by JP Duminy, who is South Africa's leading run-scorer and second overall in the format, as he scripted a stunning series-opening vi

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Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
India199/5(20 overs)
Rohit Sharma106 (66)
Virat Kohli43 (27)
South Africa200/3(19.4 overs)

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.

19.4
1
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

19.3
6
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!

19.2
2
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

19.1
1
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 from 6b
Farhaan Behardien31 (22)
Jean-Paul Duminy59 (31)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-40-0
Mohit Sharma4-0-40-0
18.6
1
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.

18.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 1 run

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

18.4
1lb
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

18.3
1
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 ...

18.2
6
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

18.1
4
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

end of over 1811 runs
SA: 176/3CRR: 9.77 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 24 from 12b
Jean-Paul Duminy47 (27)
Farhaan Behardien30 (20)
Mohit Sharma4-0-40-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-27-0
17.6
1
Sharma to Duminy, 1 run

a full and wide ball outside off, Duminy flays at it and gets a thick outside edge that nearly carries to the fielder at short third man, the ball bounces off his body and they run a single

17.5
2
Sharma to Duminy, 2 runs

the yorker, Duminy mis-times the drive but places it into a gap near mid-on, they run two before Kohli can prevent it

17.4
1
Sharma to Behardien, 1 run

a slower ball outside off, Behardien waits in his crease and punches the ball hard towards wide long off, Kohli sprints to his left and fields the ball after the first bounce and releases it quickly, keeping the batsmen to a single

17.3
Sharma to Behardien, no run

full and wide outside off, Behardien flays at the ball and edges it, it bounces before Dhoni who does well to collect it

17.2
1lb
Sharma to Duminy, 1 leg bye

an appeal for lbw but that pitched outside leg, Duminy missed the short-arm pull and was hit on the front pad by a slower ball

17.1
6
Sharma to Duminy, SIX runs

Duminy clears the man at long off! The ball was full outside off, Duminy clears his front foot and slams it flat and high enough to beat the boundary rider

end of over 179 runs
SA: 165/3CRR: 9.70 • RRR: 11.67 • Need 35 from 18b
Jean-Paul Duminy38 (23)
Farhaan Behardien29 (18)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-27-0
Axar Patel4-0-45-0
16.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 1 run

a full ball that is driven to long on, just the single

16.5
Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, no run

good length just outside off, angling across Duminy who heaves across the line and is beaten

16.4
2
Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 2 runs

a low full toss, Duminy whips it off his pads towards cow corner

16.4
1w
Bhuvneshwar to Duminy, 1 wide

a full toss down leg side, Duminy misses the pull but that is a wide

Best performances - batsmen
Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma
106 runs (66)
12 fours
5 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
pull
28 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
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JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy
68 runs (34)
1 four
7 sixes
Control69%
Productive shot
on drive
18 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Kyle Abbott head shot
KJ Abbott
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
2
ECO
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
1
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of India
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Jean-Paul Duminy
Jean-Paul Duminy
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 456
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.25, Interval 20.25-20.45, Second Session 20.45-22.10
Match days2 October 2015 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Sreenath Aravind
Sreenath Aravind
Umpires
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
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Vineet Kulkarni
TV Umpire
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Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
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Nandan
Match Referee
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Chris Broad