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Dhawan’s sparkling 72 was studded with 10 fours and two sixes. © BCCI

Different format, same result. India extended their dominance over South Africa in white-ball cricket with a comfortable 28-run victory in the first Twenty20 International in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 18), drawing first blood in the three-match series.

Shikhar Dhawan’s punishing 72, off just 39 deliveries with 10 fours and a six, helped India amass 203 for 5 on being stuck in. South Africa were kept in the game by Reeza Hendricks (70), who strung an 81-run stand for the fourth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (39).

The home side’s hopes ended in the 18th over in which they lost four wickets, three of them to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5 for 24), to finish on 175 for 9.

India had begun swiftly, racing past fifty in only the fifth over. Dhawan (72) was at the forefront with a dazzling array of strokes, while Virat Kohli (26), Rohit Sharma (21) and Manish Pandey (29*) played around him.

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