India loses first T20I against South Africa by seven wickets 5/5 (2)

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South Africa's Villiers plays a shot during their first Twenty-20 cricket match against India in Dharamsala
South Africa's AB de Villiers at Dharamsala, India, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the BCCI minted a special coin with images of Gandhiji and Nelson Mandela for tossing at the first T20I match between India and South Africa, a part of the The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series. After a warm up win against SA earlier this week, and a good lead of 199 runs for 5 (of which Rohit Sharma scored 106), things suddenly began to look less rosy for the Indian cricket team.

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The specially minted coin by BCCI for the freedom series. Source: www.bcci.tv

The Indian captain MS Dhoni spoke about what went wrong and said that the bowling could have been better and maybe the fielding was a little off.

“Execution is crucial on a wicket like this and outfield like this. We could have done better. We have to encourage the opposition to play false shots and get wickets,” he added.

JP Duminy, who was declared the man of the match said that it was one of the best innings he has played. “Definitely one of my best innings. The way we started the innings was what we wanted in the chase. We batted quite well in the middle and built a good partnership with Behardien.”

The South African captain praised the performance of both teams and remarked: “I think the ball did get a little wet towards the end. But what a great game of cricket, both sides got 200. Great innings from Rohit there at the start. Today was one of those days when the bowlers were under the pump,”

Anyway, nothing is yet set in stone and more matches are left before South Africa’s tour in India comes to an end – enough for India to turn the tide. The next T20I will be played in Cuttack, Odisha on 5th October.

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