Shamik Das

Friday, December 01, 2006

India scrape wonderful win at Wanderers

Proteas skipper Graeme Smith unleashes a fierce drive to get the hosts going    Dinesh Mongia sees the funny side as his bat rips in half during his match-winning innings of 38

Johannesburg, Twenty20 International: India 127/4 (19.5 overs; Mongia 38, Sehwag 34, Kartik 31*; Langeveldt 2-20) beat South Africa 126/9 (20 overs; Morkel 27; Agarkar 2-10, Zaheer 2-15) by six wickets

India won a thrilling Twenty20 one-dayer - their first ever - with just a ball to spare in a nail-biting finale at the Wanderers.

It was the most dramatic climax to a game of cricket since Australia's loss to the West Indies in the Champions Trophy two months ago, and a long overdue triumph for India - without a win in their past six outings.

Having restricted South Africa to 126 for 9 from their 20 overs the visitors never really looked like losing, keeping pace with the run-rate and having wickets in hand.

But with nine required from the final over it took a stunning six from Dinesh Kartik to seal the Proteas' fate and end a pulsating night's action.

Two moments of levity lit up the Jo'burg one-dayer: Firstly, Robin Peterson got caught off a free hit, and, not realising he wasn't actually dismissed began to walk off the pitch, only to be run out by the fielder's return throw!

Secondly, Tyron Henderson - on his international debut - managed to splice Dinesh Mongia's bat clean in half!!!

Here is the full scorecard and report from cricinfo.


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