Indian wicket keeper MS Dhoni runs out South African batsman Dane Paterson.
Indian wicket keeper MS Dhoni runs out South African batsman Dane Paterson.

Proteas’ injury woes worsen after India’s T20 belting

BHUVNESHWAR Kumar took career-best figures of 5-24 to help India ease to a 28-run victory over South Africa in the opening Twenty20 International of their three-game series at the Wanderers.

But the worse news for the home side was the absence of star batsman AB de Villiers, who was ruled out before the match with a knee injury.

South Africa's best batsman, de Villiers will miss the remainder of the series with the injury - cruelling his preparation for next month's four-Test series with Australia, who arrived this week, and potentially putting his availability in doubt.

South African batsman AB de Villiers is sidelined with a knee injury.
South African batsman AB de Villiers is sidelined with a knee injury.

Having been sent in to bat, India plundered 5-203 from their 20 overs on a flat batting wicket as opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a superb 72 from 39 balls. It is India's highest innings total against South Africa in the shortest format of the game, with debutant seamer Junior Dala (2-47 in four overs) the most successful home bowler.

South Africa were in the game until Kumar's final over when he picked up the key wicket of Reeza Hendricks (70 from 50 balls), and then dismissed Heinrich Klaasen (16) and Chris Morris (0) in successive balls, before Dane Paterson (1) was the fourth wicket to fall as he was run out.

The home side ended their innings on 9-175, continuing their struggles against the tourists in the limited overs matches on the tour having been thrashed 5-1 in the one-day international series.

The second Twenty20 clash will be played in Pretoria on Wednesday, with the final game on Saturday in Cape Town.


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