Raina sees India into Super Eights
Suresh Raina blasted 101 off 60 deliveries as India beat South Africa by 14 runs to qualify for the Super Eights stage of the ICC World Twenty20.
Number three Raina came in after just two balls and hit nine fours and five sixes as he guided India to 186 for five at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia.
South Africa, opening their Group C campaign, could only manage 172 for five in reply, giving India two wins from two having beaten Afghanistan yesterday.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith elected to bowl and Rory Kleinveldt had Murali Vijay caught behind from the game’s second ball.
Fellow opener Dinesh Kartik failed to clear Smith at mid-on off Jacques Kallis, perishing for 16 to leave India 32 for two.
However, Raina and Yuvraj Singh added 88 in 10.2 overs before Yuvraj skied Kleinveldt to Smith, moving from midwicket to mid-on to take the catch, on 37.
Raina and Yusuf Pathan kept the tempo up, blasting Kleinveldt for 25 in the 18th over, and Raina brought up his century in style in the final over with a maximum over midwicket off Albie Morkel.
He was out next ball, caught at long-on by AB de Villiers, before captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni added eight, including a six off the last ball.
The Proteas had preferred Loots Bosman over Herschelle Gibbs, but runs came slowly and Bosman was held by Piyush Chawla at cover off Yusuf Pathan.
Kallis and Smith looked solid but at halfway South Africa had only reached 57 for one.
Kallis reached his fifty off 45 balls and moved South Africa into three figures with a six as he began to change gears, 16 coming from the 15th over, sent down by Harbhajan Singh.
Smith was run out for 36 by Praveen Kumar’s throw from square-leg, ending a 97-run partnership, and Kallis quickly followed, caught by Ravi Jadeja at long-on off Chawla for 73.
That left South Africa needing 59 from 21 balls and it was too tall an order, despite de Villiers hitting 31 from 15 balls, as Morkel found Harbhajan at cover off Pathan and Chawla took de Villiers at long-on off Ashish Nehra.