Sunday, October 4, 2015

duminy overlaps rohit's number



duminy's batting heroics secured South Africa a thrilling seven-wicket victory in the initial Twenty20 International despite Indian opener rohit burnishing his limited overs reputation with a blistering century on Friday.


Needing 10 runs from the last over chasing a 200-run victory target, Duminy's seventh six tied the contest before he took a single to seal victory with two balls available and place 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Duminy remained unbeaten on 68 off 34 balls, frustrating India who rode Sharma's century to post a commanding 199-5 at the most picturesque cricket stadiums on earth.
Like the only batsman with two ODI double centuries to his name, Sharma blasted 106 off 66 balls, highest score by an Indian within a Twenty20 International, as the hosts threatened beyond the 200-mark at one stage.
After opening partner dhawan perished in his half-hearted pursuit of a non-existent second run, Sharma coupled with kohli (43) to put the foundation for a big total.
The duo added 138 runs, an India record, in 12.2 overs and the elegant Sharma belted five sixes and 12 boundaries scintillating knock.
The Mumbai batsman stated his century clobbering Marchant de Lange for a six to get the next Indian, after team mate raina, to register one-hundred in every three formats along the game.
ab de villiers (51) and hashim amle (36) led South Africa's robust reply utilizing a breezy 77-run opening stand before falling in quick succession.
At 95-3, South Africa looked in trouble but Duminy and Farhaan Behardien (32 not out) refused to perform within the towel.
Duminy hit spinner Axar Patel for 3 successive sixes within the 16th over to turn the match on its head and stayed put up to the end to get the visitors house in a man-of-the-match winning performance.
Cuttack hosts the second Twenty20 International on Monday.

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