South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy spoiled the maiden century of Rohit Sharma in the first T20 match of the three-match series at Dharamsala on Friday.
Duminy’s electrifying innings helped his side to win the match by seven wickets with two balls to go.
He scored an unbeaten 34-ball-68 including a boundary and seven maximums.
Chasing a 200-run target, South African openers Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers gave a absolute blazing start as they added 77 runs in 7.4 overs before Amla got run out.
De Villiers was looking dangerous, when Ashwin showed him the way to pavilion by knocking his stumps.
Skipper FaF Du Plessis followed him soon as debutant Srinath Arvind knocked him out. His departure made no change in their aggression and Duminy along with Farhaan Behardien braced the visitors to win the game. Both of them had added 105 runs while Behardien scored an unbeaten 32 of just 23 balls.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the only bowler who bowled with a descent economy of just over 6 runs per over. He picked a wicket by conceding 26 runs in his four over spell.
Previously, Rohit Sharma played an absolute blinder as he scored his maiden T20 ton. He scored a 66-ball-106, which went in vain. Virat Kohli also supported well, playing a sensible 43 run knock. Virat also reached a land mark when he went past 1000 runs in international T20 cricket.