South Africa v India - Only T20I – 1st innings report
South Africa 219/4 (20/20 ov) v India - India won the toss and elected to field
In the only T20 International between hosts South Africa and India, the proceeds of which will go to charity, for the Jacques Kallis Foundation, the tourists require 220 runs to win in 20 overs at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
India coming from a decent Asia Cup 2012, where they beat arch rivals Pakistan in the league match but failed to qualify for the final of the tournament aimed to prove their dominance abroad once more as they came against the Africans.
Meanwhile, South Africa after winning the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand in their own backyard were full of confidence before the match and were eagerly waiting to have a go at the Indians.
India, who won the toss chose to field first as the Indians depend more on their batting line-up to get them through even in the toughest of matches. However, they had no idea what the Afrikaans had planned for their guests.
South African openers, Richard Levi and Jacques Kallis gave their side an opening stand of 22 runs before Levi gave the Indian squad something to cherish as he fell after scoring 19 runs off just seven deliveries.
However, after the fall of this wicket it was all hell for India as the South Africans launched a belligerent batting onslaught that was not just lethal but also brutally arrogant as the batsmen went after almost every bowler, leaving Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni without any ideas.
Kallis and Colin Ingram were devastating as India had no answer to the batting they were up against with both batsmen smashing sensational shots all across the field.
With a huge total of 141 runs on the board, the partnership finally came to an end when Kallis after playing an innings of 61 runs was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Later, the left-hand batsman Ingram maintained pressure on India; however, he was the third wicket to fall at a time when the side had amassed 168 runs on the board.
The batsman perished in the 18th over after smashing an astounding innings of 78 runs off 50 deliveries.
South Africa later ended their innings by bolstering a mammoth total of 219 runs on the board with a run rate of 10.95.
From India part-time bowler, Suresh Raina, was the highest wicket taker with two South African scalps.