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    An injury-hit India produced a disciplined all-round performance to notch up an emphatic 21-run victory over South Africa in the only twenty20 international here on Sunday.
    Playing without key openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, India rode on a brilliant half-century by Rohit Sharma (53 off 34 balls) and Suresh Raina's racy 23-ball 41 to post a competitive 168 for six after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won..

    the toss and elected to bat.
    The visitors then returned to restrict South Africa to 147 for nine in the stipulated 20 overs to complete the victory at the Moses Mabhida Stadium here.
    Ashish Nehra and Yusuf Pathan chipped in with two wickets each to contribute to the cause.
    For South Africa, opener Morne van Wyk blasted a whrilwind 39-ball 67 comprising five fours and as many sixes but he didn't get support from the other end as the hosts fell short by 21 runs in the end.
    India and South Africa will next play the five-match one-day series starting here on Wednesday.
    Chasing 169 to win, South Africa had a slow start as they lost their opener Hashim Amla in the second over with seamer Ashish Nehra doing the damage.
    Nehra's delivery landed on the off-stump and moved in a bit as Alma trying to play across the line, completely missed it only to see his wickets disturbed.
    However, new batsman Morne van Wyk blasted a six and a couple of fours in the first three balls off Munaf Patel in the third over to shrug off the slow start.
    He clubbed another six in the next over, pulling Nehra over deep midwicket but Patel removed Colin Ingram in the other end to leave South Africa at 31 for two.
    Van Wyk, however, continued his blitzkrieg and picked up another six and a four off Patel to keep the scoreboard ticking.
    Off-spinner R Ashwin was then introduced into the attack but it made no difference to van Wyk's plans as he plundered a four and six at long off and mid wicket respectively to take South Africa across the 50-run mark.
    AB de Villiers then joined the party and lifted a Yuvraj Singh delivery over extra cover for a boundary, before picking up another four in the same area.
    Van Wyk then sent one Ashwin delivery flying over the deep midwicket for a six to complete his half-century in just 24 balls, registering the fastest fifty by a South African in twenty20 cricket.
    The 31-year-old hammered another four off Praveen Kumar in the ninth over but India pulled things back in the next over, picking up the wickets of de Villiers (14) and JP Duminy (0) within three balls.

    Raina (41) then provided the late charge and added 26 and 32 with Pathan (6) and Dhoni (10) to take India beyond the 150-mark.
    Opener Murali Vijay gave India a positive start, slicing Wayne Parnell between the wicketkeeper and slip for a boundary in the first over, before clobbering him for another four through square leg.
    The Tamil Nadu batsman gave the same treatment to Makhaya Ntini in the next over before Morned van Wyk pulled off a blinder to dismiss Vijay as India lost their first wicket with 18 runs on the board.
    However, Parnell found no respite as Virat Kohli picked up a boundary in the next ball through the fine leg area, before lifting Theron over mid-wicket boundary.
    In the fifth over, Rohit and Kohli went berserk, picking up three fours and a six
    The left-hander blasted three sixes and two fours in his 23-ball innings and was out in the last ball of the Indian innings.
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