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Sharma shines with the bat for India

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

The two million dollar man; Rohit Sharma celebrated his IPL auction success with an impressive half century to help India reach 168-6 at the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Sharma, who was signed by the Mumbai Indians for a cool $2 million during yesterday’s IPL player auction, smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes during an innings which showed why he was in high demand amongst the IPL franchises.

The 23 year old came to the crease in the 3rd over after Murali Vijay (14) was caught by Morne van Wky out on the boundary to give Rusty Theron the early break through.

With Virat Kohli in support Sharma proceed to attack the South African bowlers utilizing the shortened boundaries inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium; which was built for last years World Cup in South Africa.

The pair added 49 runs during their 2nd wicket partnership before Kohli (28) was bowled by Proteas skipper Johan Botha half way through the 8th over.

The loss of Kohli slowed the Indians down and although Sharma completed his half century he was soon dismissed by JP Duminy after Makhaya Ntini, playing in his last game for South Africa took a simple catch out of the boundary.

With Sharma gone the Indians started to struggle and they lost Yuvraj Singh (12) and YK Pathan (6) in quick succession to leave the visitors 136-5 with just 4 overs remaining.

With the tension mounting Ntini completed his final over and was given a standing ovation by the near capacity crowd as he bowled his final delivery for South Africa on the international stage.

Despite the mini collapse Suresh Raina (41) and MS Dhoni (10) added 33 valuable runs during the final three overs to give the visitors the advantage.

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