Kallis and Ingram power Proteas
Jacques Kallis and Colin Ingram struck impressive half-centuries as South Africa defeated India by 11 runs with the aid of Duckworth-Lewis in the one-off Twenty20 international at Johannesburg.
Kallis put an appropriate personal stamp on the New Age Friendship Cup match, which was dedicated to the 36-year-old’s supreme international career, by hitting 61 from 42 balls after being promoted to open the innings.
The right-hander shared a second-wicket stand of 119 with Ingram, who top-scored with 78, as the Proteas racked up an imposing 219 for four, their second-highest T20 score.
In reply, India reached 71 without loss in the eighth over, with Gautam Gambhir blazing an unbeaten 49 from 28 balls, but were short of the Duckworth-Lewis par score when the heavens opened.
After India won the toss and elected to field, Richard Levi once again showed his attacking prowess with a quartet of fours in his 19 from seven balls, only to edge Irfan Pathan to Rohit Sharma at slip in the second over.
Kallis’ fifth fifty in the shortest format arrived from just 36 balls, including three fours and two sixes, while Ingram needed just one more delivery as he struck six fours and a maximum in his maiden T20 half-century.
When Kallis finally departed in the 15th over, caught at deep midwicket off Ravichandran Ashwin, Ingram was accompanied by debutant Farhaan Behardien, with the pair helping their side past the 200 mark.
Ingram’s 50-ball innings was ended when he holed out into the leg side off Suresh Raina, but Behardien and Justin Ontong continued to find the boundary.
Ontong, who made 22 from seven balls, missed a straight one to become Raina’s second victim in the final over, while Albie Morkel provided late fireworks with a four and two sixes from the last three balls of the innings.
Knowing they had to keep up with the run-rate from the off, India came out all guns blazing as Gambhir smashed seven fours and a six.
But Robin Uthappa was more reserved with 18 off 19 deliveries and, when the rain began to fall, India did not have enough runs on the board to prevail.