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Rain halts game, SA beat India by 11 runs via D/L method

India looked clueless and jet-lagged as South Africa sent them on a leather hunt. Maybe, it was a mistake to put South Africa in to bat as the hosts amassed a massive 219 for 4 without breaking into a sweat. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Mar 31, 2012 01:49 IST

India looked clueless and jet-lagged as South Africa sent them on a leather hunt. Maybe, it was a mistake to put South Africa in to bat as the hosts amassed a massive 219 for 4 without breaking into a sweat.

More misery came the visitors' way as it started raining when India were 71 for no loss in 7.5 overs and Gautam Gambhir was racing to his half-century in a one-off Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

Finally, the match was awarded to South Africa who won by 11 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method - and Gambhir's unbeaten 49 off 28 balls went in vain.

To their credit, India looked much better when they came out to bat, with Gambhir leading the chase with some awesome strokes. India needed an aggressive start to chase down the big total, and Gambhir didn't disappoint.

Scorecard

The left-hander, in the company of Robin Uthappa, started on an aggressive note to give India a flying start.

Uthappa, who's making a comeback after a long while, took time to settle down. He struggled to find the same fluency as Gambhir, but he hung in there, allowing the left-hander to spearhead the charge.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis and Colin Ingram shared a rapid century partnership to help South Africa post a formidable total. Kallis made 61 off 42 balls and the left-handed Ingram raced to 78 off 50 deliveries. The pair put on 119 off 80 balls for the second wicket. The top all-rounder had reached just in time from New Zealand for the match, but he didn't show any signs of jetlag and played an aggressive knock, studded with five boundaries and two sixes.

Richard Levi gave the hosts a fast start, hitting four boundaries before being caught at slip for 19 off seven balls.