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Dharmasala: Jean-Paul Duminy and AB de Villiers played a blinder of an innings to guide South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win over India in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium here on Friday. The Proteas victory overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s 66-ball 106

Duminy (68 of 34 balls, 1×4 7×6) and Farhaan Behardien (32 of 23 balls, 4×4 1×6) remained unbeaten as South Africa chased down India’s mammoth score of 199/5 in 20 overs to post 200/3 in 19.4 overs.

While de Villiers (51 of 32 balls) started the proceedings for the visitors in the run chase, Duminy and Behardien stitched an unbeaten 105-run stand for the fourth wicket to script a memorable victory for the visitors and thus help South Africa go 1-0 up in three-match series.

South Africa got off to a flying start scoring over ten an over in the first seven overs. But batsman Hashim Amla (36) who was looking set ran himself out in the eighth over, handing India their breakthrough.

But the wicket didn’t bother his partner, de Villiers who went on scoring freely and helping his side maintain a steady run rate. But just after completing his half-century, he tried to step put off the bowling off Ravichandran Ashwin but the clever spinner bowled a lot slower and the ball brushed his back thigh and deflected on to the stumps.

Skipper Faf du Plessis (4) didn’t trouble the scoring too much as he went back cheaply putting the visitors in a bit of trouble in a chase of 200. The team was 95/3 in 11th over then.

But Duminy and Behardien played sensibly, using all their experience to build on a match winning partnership to take the visitors home.

For India, Ravichandran Ashwin (1/26) was the pick of the bowlers.

Earlier after being sent into bat, India received a setback when opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) was run out while trying to steal a single of miss-field. His valiant dive wasn’t enough to save his wicket as India was reduced to 22/1 in 3.1 overs.

The other opener Sharma (106, 12×4, 5×6) though tried to shake off the disappointment and hit some lusty blows to rev up India’s run rate, which reached 50 in 6.4 overs.

Kohli (43 of 27 balls, 1×4, 3×6) also joined the act, hitting a consecutive six and a four at the start of the eighth over off pacer Chris Morris.

Sharma reached the 50-run mark in the ninth over, guiding a wide delivery off pacer Kyle Abbott to the boundary.

The Sharma-Kohli 138-run second wicket partnership enabled India to launch a no-holds-barred charge in the death overs.

Sharma began the charge scoring boundaries almost at will. The 28-year-old right-hander brought up his century with a majestic six over long on off pacer Merchant de Lange in the 15th over.

Kohli also achieved a personal milestone in the process, becoming the first Indian to score 1,000 runs in T20 internationals.

Though first Kohli and then Sharma departed in the same over, dismissed by Abbott, India were firmly placed to post a strong total. Abbot was South Africa’s most successful bowler picking up two wickets for 29 runs.

(With inputs from IANS)

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15 interesting facts about Rohit Sharma: Hit-Man of Indian Cricket

Rohit Sharma achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on his marriage anniversary.

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Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now
Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma’s blazing knock of unbeaten 208 has once again defined his approach towards the Cricket and the way he enjoys his stay at the crease. Recently, he achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on a very special occasion which was his marriage anniversary and dedicated his masterstroke to his wife, who was also present in the stadium at that time.

Rohit has set altogether new benchmarks in the Cricketing world which are undoubtedly formidable records to look up by any youngster. He is unstoppable at the moment and one of the most formidable players going around in the Indian cricket. Once he hits the race peddle, it’s really become an arduous task for the bowlers to hold him down.

With his recent success, Rohit Sharma would be in right frame of mind before moving into New Year and also for any further tours. He started the year with an injury but folded the year with some Midas touch. His batting graph didn’t seem to bog down by the bowling attack of any Cricketing side right now.

Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka
Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka

During some of the past glorious years, Rohit Sharma has been the run machine for team India and willfully justifies his role as a vice-captain of the team. Through his talent and hard work, he has been able to erect some huge batting records and milestones against his name which doesn’t seem to be challenged by anyone at least in the near future.

Even the ICC went gaga over his performance and congratulated him on his new amazing feat.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts related to the Hit-Man of the Men in Blue.
1. In the year 2015, Rohit was been awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the Cricket.
2. Before representing India, Rohit used to play for Indian Oil. After proving his mettle in Ranji matches, he got a chance in the playing eleven of the Indian Cricket team.

3. Rohit Sharma is the only second Indian player after Sourav Ganguly to score a century in a knock out match in the ICC World Cup history

4. Rohit Sharma was first Indian to score a century in any T20 match played in India. He scored 101* off 45 balls against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cup

5. Rohit Sharma became the 1st cricketer to score three double centuries in the ODI matches. Apart from him, no one has even scored the second double hundreds of their career. Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer to score a double century in the one day format.

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians

6. Rohit Sharma is the only player who has played four finals of the IPL and won all the times with their respective teams. One stint was with Deccan Chargers and the rest three were with the Mumbai Indians.

7. Rohit Sharma’s score of 208 is the second highest individual score by any captain, only next to Virender Sehwag’s 219 which he scored against West Indies in 2011. During this inning only, Rohit also broke Sir Vivian Richard’s record score of 181, the highest score as a captain.

8. Rohit Sharma is the second Indian to score a century in all three formats of the game. The first player to reach this milestone was Suresh Raina during the 2010 ICC T20 World cup.

9. Rohit holds the record for the highest Individual score by a batsman in an ODI format. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka and got out at the very last ball of the Indian’s inning.

10. Surprisingly, he also has a bowling hat-trick to his name. He did it in IPL when he was the member of Deccan Chargers team.

Rohit Sharma struck half century in his maiden T20 match
Rohit Sharma struck half-century in his maiden T20 match

11. Rohit Sharma made a dream debut in test cricket with a score of 177 which is the second best after Shikhar Dhawan. He also became the third Indian to score two back to back centuries in first two tests that he played, only after Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.

12. Rohit has hit the highest number of sixes during his innings of 209 runs. In that match, he sent the ball sixteen times over the boundary rope.

13. The first T20 match that Rohit played was against South Africa and was a must-win game for India. He opened the innings and his career with a fifty to his name.

14. The most number of fours scored in an innings is also struck by Rohit Sharma during his blistering innings of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. During his stay at the crease, he hit 33 fours.

15. The match in which Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs, Sri Lanka’s total score was 251. So, if we see technically then he single-handedly won that match by 13 runs.