India beat South Africa by two wickets


Capetown: Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh’s batting heroics saw India clinch another thriller by two wickets in the third one-day international against South Africa here.

Chasing 221 runs, India were struggling at 93/5 before Pathan (59 off 50 balls) and Suresh Raina (37) brought the visitors back in the game with a 75-run stand.

South Africa struck through Morne Morkel (3-28) and Dale Steyn (2-31), removing the duo and clawing back in the match.
But Harbhajan Singh scored an unbeaten 23 off 25 balls to clinch victory
India went 2-1 up in the five-match series, having got the better of South Africa by one run in Johannesburg.

South African captain Graeme Smith (43) elected to bat, but the Indian bowlers got good purchase from the track to reduce them to 90 for four.

Zaheer (3-43) and Munaf Patel (2-42), who scripted India’s brilliant comeback victory at Johannesburg, troubled the batsmen with their incisive spells upfront.

South Africa: Total: (all out in 49.2 overs) 220.

India: Total: (8 wickets; 48.2 overs) 223.

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