Once again Jacques Kallis has shone his class on his big night at the Wanderers Stadium. Kallis had flown halfway across the world from New Zealand just in time for this game but there was not any jet lag sign and Kallis played his game, before an intriguing Twenty20 international between South Africa and India that was split India’s day by rain.
The contest, which went the way of the hosts by 11 runs, was for the New Age Friendship Cup but was also serving as a tribute to Kallis, with profits going towards his foundation that provides scholarships for talented cricketers from under-privileged areas. The all-rounder made sure he didn’t miss out, hitting 61 at the top of the order as a much-changed Proteas XI smashed their way to 219-4. Kallis made 61 off 42 balls and Ingram raced to 78 off 50 deliveries after South Africa were sent in to bat.
However it was Colin Ingram who was the star of the show with his maiden Twenty20 international half-century. Vinay Kumar started a strong start with an over that went for just two but Ingram and Kallis ensured South Africa were always in charge. Kallis looked very confident and he treated every bowler with style, Ashwin and Rohit Sharma were dispatched over midwicket for huge sixes.
India seemed to have stopped the shower of runs to some extent. Indian captain MS Dhoni used eight bowlers but runs flowed as the batsmen took advantage of a good batting pitch, short boundaries and a fast outfield. Dhoni tried slow-mediums of Virat Kohli But South Africa’s batsmen responded in style and gifted them with back to back fours.
After Kallis’s show that marked South Africa’s position very strong, from India’s side Gambhir gave India a superb start in run chase before rain arrives. Playing the last ball of the innings typified how shell-shocked India were, as Ashwin missed a straight catch under the lights to concede a six. That stroke boosted South Africa to 219, a score which would require India to better the highest-successful chase in T20s they achieved against Sri Lanka in 2009.
Gautam Gambhir seemed to be in the mood to pull it off on his own and he had started his blaze with the boundaries. Albie Morkel was the victum, his first over went for 16 runs.The show ended very soon and rain sinked India’s hopes.The Duckworth-Lewis went against India and India lost by 11 runs. Even a total of 71 for 0 after 7.5 overs proved to be comfortably behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 82.