Johannesburg: After its defenses were splintered by a battering ram in Durban, India’s batting surrendered to the garrotte in the second ODI, allowing itself to be constricted by disciplined South African bowling.
But India’s bowlers responded magnificently, defending a below-par total of 190 with such fierce resolve that the choke was on South Africa.
After cruising when Graeme Smith (77) was in charge, South Africa imploded under pressure, falling a run short.
Munaf Patel was India’s hero with the ball, his four wickets, in front of well-wishers from his village, proving decisive.
India: Total (in 47.2 overs): 190.
South Africa: Total (in 43 overs): 189.