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South Africa beat India by 11 runs

South Africa,Sports, Sat, 31 Mar 2012 IANS

Johannesburg, March 31 (IANS) South Africa beat India by 11 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Method in the rain-marred one-off Twenty20 international at the Wanderers here Friday.


India, while chasing a target of 220, were cruising well at 71 for no loss in 7.5 overs with Gautam Gambhir batting on 49 and Robin Uthappa 18 when the showers came down heavily prompting the fans in the packed stadium to run for cover.


The game was headed towards an exciting finish but rain played spoilsport bring down the curtain early on what was supposed to be a tribute to the veteran South African cricketer Jacques Kallis for his contribution to the sport.


The proceeds from the match will also go to Kallis' foundation that provides scholarship to talented cricketers from underprivileged areas. South African president Jacob Zuma was also among the fans cheering for the home team.


Earlier, scintillating knocks from Colin Ingram and veteran Jacques Kallis powered South Africa to a mammoth 219 for four in 20 overs.


Man of the Match Ingram top scored with 78 while Kallis struck 61. They dded 119 runs for the second wicket after a good start by local hero Richard Levi, who scored 19 runs off seven balls.


For India, part-time spinner Suresh Raina picked up two wickets but leaked 49 runs while left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan picked up one wicket, giving away 44 runs from four overs.


Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, however, was most impressive giving away 33 runs from four overs and also picked up the crucial wicket of Kallis.


Cameos from debutant Farhaan Behardien (20 not out), Justin Ontong (22) and Albie Morkel (16 not out) took South Africa past the 200-run mark.


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