India in SA
India post tough total
Durban - South Africa's batsmen will have their work cut out chasing India's challenging total of 168 in the T20 international at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
India's innings was punctuated by some big blows both straight down the elongated Moses Mabhida ground, and square of the wicket, with openers Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay putting Protea bowlers Wayne Parnell and Makhaya Ntini to the sword early on.
Kohli in particular took advantage of the lack of swing to score 28 runs off just 19 deliveries, including 5 boundaries.
After Kohli fell to Protea skipper Johan Botha, who bowled him with a delivery that didn't lift off a length, India's Rohit Sharma continued to attack, scoring a magnificent 53 off just 34 balls, which included 5 boundaries and 2 sixes.
He was eventually to fall to JP Duminy, after being caught on the long-on boundary by match beneficiary Makhaya Ntini.
Ntini, for whom this is a last international performance, returned average figures of 0/46 in his four overs, but his performance did not diminish the rapturous applause from the 50 000 strong crowd at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Suresh Raina posted a quick-fire 41 to take India to an innings total of 168/6, which should prove to be a challenging total on a low, slow wicket.
V. Kohli b Botha 28
M. Vijay c Van Wyk b Parnell 14
R. Sharma c Ntini b Duminy 53
Yuvraj Singh run out (Miller) 12
Y. Pathan b Theron 6
S. Raina c Miller b Theron 41
M. Dhoni not out 10
Extras (lb1, w3) 4
Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Vijay), 2-67 (Kohli), 3-109 (Sharma), 4-110 (Yuvraj), 5-136 (Pathan), 6-168 (Raina)
Bowling: Parnell 4-0-25-1 (w1), Ntini 4-0-46-0, Theron 4-0-39-2 (w1), Peterson 3-0-20-0 (w1), Botha 3-0-25-1, Duminy 2-0-12-1
Did not bat: R. Ashwin, P. Kumar, A. Nehra, M. Patel.
South Africa: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk, AB de Villiers (wkt), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini.
Match situation: South Africa need 169 to win
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Brian Jerling (both RSA)
TV umpire: Johan Cloete (RSA)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)