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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World T20: India lose to South Africa in a thrilling warm-up match
Tournament favourites India lost to South Africa in a last ball thriller at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night.

India faced the heat against a quality side South Africa in the warm-up match. India begins their ICC World T20 campaign against New Zealand on Tuesday, March 15.

On a pitch which was conducive for batting, Indian bowlers allowed South Africa to cruise to 196/8, a target which proved too difficult for the Indian batsmen in the end. India had a shaky start in the beginning chasing a stiff target of 196.

But then out came the skipper MS Dhoni after the 16th over, who has the reputation of being one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket. He along with Yuvraj tried to steady things as India required 55 off 24 balls for a win.

Ultimately the match reached a situation when India required 14 runs off the last over bowled by Chris Morris. But India almost pulled it off, with Dhoni on strike and a six required of the last ball and Morris sending down a wide. But then Morris bowled a length ball, which Dhoni only managed to swing to the mid-wicket fielder.

This is India's first loss after eight consecutive wins, including a win against the West Indies in Kolkata on Thursday. Both Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan put up a good show by raising a 94-run partnership in 59 balls for the fourth wicket and keeping India's hopes alive. The score at that point read 142/3, paving the way for Dhoni and Yuvraj to provide an exciting finish.

India were tested while chasing and their chances of winning took a setback early after losing Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli within a short span of the first three overs. India were two down for 16 in 2.1 overs, which is never an ideal start if you are chasing a target of 196.

The positive for India in yesterday's match was Mohammad Shami's show, as the bowler bowled his full quota of four overs and ended with figures of 2/37. He has been giving an indication to the selectors that he is fully fit and should be considered in the playing 11 for the India New Zealand opener in Nagpur on Tuesday.

On the other hand Jasprit Bumrah proved to be expensive by giving away 51 runs, although taking two wickets in the process. Ashish Nehra and Ravichandran Ashwin were rested for the match. 

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