On a pitch which provided lots of help to the spinners
Chasing the target of 131 for victory, Indian openers Gambhir (21 runs of 19 balls) and Rohit Sharma (29 runs of 28 balls) gave perfect start to the team by putting on 48 runs in 6 overs but as soon as Graeme Smith introduced the spinners into the attack Indian inning started to collapse. From 48/0 they were suddenly reduced to 69/5 in the 14th over including the run out of M.S.Dhoni.
Now it was up to Yuvraj Singh (25 runs of 25 balls) and Harbhajan Singh (14 runs of 15 balls) to guide their team home but J.Botha removed H.Singh in his 4th over and then D.Styen removed dangerous Yuvraj to move South Africa closer to their eighth successive win. In the end
Earlier South African Captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat on a sharp turning track. But
AB Devilliers was declared Player-of-the-Match for his inning of 63 runs of 51 balls.
Match Summary (
AB Devilliers- 63 G.Smith– 26
R.Jadeja– 3-0-9-1 S.Raina- 1-0-6-1
India– 118/8 in 20 Overs
R.Sharma- 29 Yuvraj Singh– 25J.Botha– 4-0-16-3 D.Styen- 3-0-25-2