ICC World Twenty20, Warm-up Match: India vs South Africa - As it happened...
Despite fine knocks from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, India lost the final warm-up match by four runs.
Over 20 || Score 192/5 (Dhoni 31; Yuvraj 16); Target 197
India could managed only ten runs in the last over, bowled by Chris Morris. With that hosts ended their preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 with a four-run loss at Mumbai.
All-in-all, it was a good outing for the both the sides. Having fun and also getting some match practice.
Over 19 || Score 183/5 (Dhoni 25; Yuvraj 13); Target 197
India need 14 in the last over to win the match. And two heavyweights in MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh are out there, reminding good old days.
Dhoni just milked Kyle Abbott with a 14-run over. A four and a six and four singes in between.
Meanwhile, don't forget to follow Vijender Singh's fourth pro-bout. Here's all the details.
Over 17 || Score 154/5 (Dhoni 9; Yuvraj 2); Target 197
When I enter ring, l only think about my country and my flag. Proud to be an Indian #4thBout
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) March 12, 2016
Both Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have 'declared' their respective innings to give Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh time in the centre. Dhawan made 73 off 53, while Raina contributed 41 off 26.
India need 43 runs from 18 balls.
Over 15 || Score 137/3 (Dhawan 71; Raina 39); Target 197
Shikhar Dhawan is playing a blinder. In 49-ball innings so far, her has hit 10 fours for his 71 runs. And together with Suresh Raina, he is scripting a great Indian escape.
Raina is on 39 off 24 balls. And has already hit two sixes.
India still need 60 runs from the last five overs.
Over 12 || Score 103/3 (Dhawan 56; Raina 21); Target 197
Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina steadied the Indian innings with an unbeaten 55-run partnership off 34 deliveries.
India still need 94 runs from 48 deliveries.
Over 9 || Score 71/3 (Dhawan 44; Raina 3); Target 197
India lost another wicket. This time, it's Ajinkya Rahane, bowled by Imran Tahir.
WICKET: Ajinkya Rahane b Imran Tahir 11 (9b)
That happened in the second delivery of the seventh over.
Suresh Raina is the new man, and India need another 126 runs from 66 deliveries.
Over 4 || Score 28/2 (Dhawan 16; Rahane 1); Target 197
Trouble for India. Dale Steyn sent back mercurial Virat Kohli. That happened of the first delivery of the third over. Quinton de Kock took a decent catch, behind the wickets.
WICKET: Virat Kohli c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn 1 (2b)
Local boy Ajinkya Rahane has since joined Shikhar Dhawan.
Over 2 || Score 16/1 (Dhawan 5; Kohli 1); Target 197
What a horrendous start for India. Rohit Sharma returned to the dug out after he was adjudged LBW against Kyle Abbott in the third delivery of second over.
WICKET: Rohit Sharma lbw b Kyle Abbott 10 (8b)
Earlier, the Mumbai batsman had hit Dale Steyn for a six and four of successive deliveries to end the first over.
Virat Kohli is the new man. And he will have Delhi team-mate Shikhar Dhawan's company.
SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 196/9 (Phangiso 0; Abbott 0)
The innings ended with a double-wicket over from Mohammed Shami, who got rid off JP Dumniy and Farhaan Behardien.
All in all, a good batting display from the Proteas, and some time in the middle for fringe Indian bowlers.
Still a huge ask to chase down a target of 196.
Over 18 || Score 180/6 (Duminy 62; Morris 9)
A flurry of wickets allowed India to gain some lost grounds against South Africa. But the score is already 180, with 12 balls left in the innings.
JP Duminy is batting n 62 off 40 balls even as AB de Villers continues to warm the bench in the dug out. He probably doesn't need practice.
Over 15 || Score 147/3 (Duminy 49; Miller 18)
In the last five overs, South Africa have added another 52 runs without losing a wicket. That's some hitting, even for a T20 standard against a top side , or say the favourites India.
JP Duminy is one shy from his fifty. And David Miller is also in the mood.
Suresh Raina also got to roll his arm. But ended up conceding 13 runs in his first over.
Over 13 || Score 121/3 (Duminy 23; Miller 4)
Finally, Quinton de Kock retired out to give his team-mates a go. The Proteas then sent out David Miller ahead of AB de Villiers.
WICKET: Quinton de Kock retired out 56 (33b)
In between, Harbhajan Singh completed his qouta four overs, conceding 27 runs without taking a wicket.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has so far used six bowlers in -- Bhaji, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Pawan Negi and Ravindra Jadeja.
Over 10 || Score 95/2 (de Kock 52; Duminy 23)
Quinton de Kock and Jean-Paul Duminy have stitched a 62-run partnership in 37 deliveries, and that gave India a real test of things to come when the tournament proper commences on 15th.
de Kock is in murderous mood. Reached his fifty with a four off Ravindra Jadeja in the fourth delivery of 10th over. He hasn't spared a single Indian bowler.
Over 6 || Score 67/2 (de Kock 36; Duminy 11)
Quinton de Kock has a liking of Indian attack. And the talented youngster is showing his class once again in India. Depsite losing two quick wickets, in the form of Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis, he is carrying on punishing the bowlers.
Luckily for India, Jasrit Bumrah was there. He got the prized wicket of Amla in the third over, his first, with MS Dhoni completing the rite behind the wickets.
WICKET: Hashim Amla c MS Dhoni b Jasprit Bumrah 5 (6b)
Then, in the very next over Mohammed Shami got the better of du Plessis, with Ravindra Jadeja taking the catch.
WICKET: Faf du Plessis c Ravindra Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 12 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 14/0 (Amla 4; de Kock 9)
South Africa are off to a good start with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock opening the innings. Harbhajan started the proceedings for India, and he conceded six runs in the first over, with a four of the final delivery by Amla.
Mohammad Shami continued with paced. Shami, returning from an injury rehabilitation, conceded eight runs in the second over. Two fours of the second and last delivery, both to de Kock.
In between, Afghanistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 59 runs to make the Super 10 stage. And they will be in Group 1 of tournament proper, alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
TOSS: South Africa won the toss, and opted to bat first.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, A B de Villiers, J P Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Roussouw, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, David Wiese.
India face a formidable South Africa in their final World Twenty20 warm-up game, a contest which promises to be a tough test of the hosts' strengths before the tournament's main draw begins on March 15.
India have been on a roll in the shortest form of the game of late, winning 10 of their last 11 outings which included a 3-0 whitewash of World 50-over champions Australia in the latter's backyard.
They then went on to win the Asia Cup after outplaying Sri Lanka 2-1.
The five consecutive wins in Dhaka, including in the summit clash against Bangladesh that led to continental supremacy in the T20 game, has boosted their confidence.
And at home in familiar conditions, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side is the team to beat.
The practice match against South Africa appears to be more important for them as they had lost to the same country 0-2 in a best-of-three rubber before turning it around in the T20 format in Australia.
South Africa would be eager to move into the tournament on a positive note by besting the hosts first up before plunging into their opening Super 10 Group 1 contest against England here on the March 18.
South Africa have not won a World Cup or World T20 event, have not reached the final even. Faf du Plessis leads a strong Proteas outfit that has the likes of A B de Villiers, Hashim Amla, David Miller and Quinton de Kock, apart from the skipper in a formidable batting line up.
Welcome to our live coverage of India's final warm-up match for 2016 ICC World Twenty20, against South Africa being played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.