Cape Town, Jan 18 (PTI) Chasing a modest 221 for victory,India were 37 for one after 11 overs in the third cricketone-dayer against South Africa here today.
Opener Murali Vijay''s (1) poor form continued as he fellin the second over to start India''s run chase on adisappointing note.
Vijay was brilliantly caught by an athletic Dale Steyn ofhis own bowling after the right-hander was done in a by adelivery that stopped a bit on him on a slow Newslands track.But Virat Kohli (18) and Rohit Sharma (15) then held onto the Indian innings after the early blow and were unbeatanat the crease after the 11-over mark.
Earlier, JP Duminy (52) and debutant Faf du Plessis (60)scored risk-free half centuries before Indian bowlers made aremarkable comeback in the final batting powerplay to bowl outSouth Africa for 220.
Electing to bat, Graeme Smith made a patient 43 off 79balls before Duminy and du Plessis steadied South Africa''sship with a 110-run fifth wicket stand that came off 125 ballsafter they were down 90 for four at one stage.
But the highlight of the day was the disciplined Indianbowling attack. Credit should go to the Indian new ball pairofd Zaheer Khan (3/43) and Munaf Patel (2/42) , who made lifedifficult for the South African batsmen from the word go inwhat looked as a flat Newlands track.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (2/23) was not to be leftbehind as he controlled the proceedings in the middle oversbefore Zaheer and Munaf returned at the death to bowl outSouth Africa in 49.2 overs from a good position.
The final batting powerplay backfired for South Africa asthey lost as many as four wickets for just 25 runs.
To add to skipper Smith''s woes, South African batterscould manage only 48 runs in the last 10 overs losing as manyas six wickets.
Starting the proceedings, Zaheer produced a brilliantfirst over as he exracted swing and bounce to beat SouthAfrican captain Smith a number of time.
Smith survived a confident leg before wicket appeal inZaheer''s second over with a ball that swung in sharply but theumpire was unmoved. Television replays suggested that theball would have gone over the stump.
India fired the first salvo in the seventh over whenZaheer bowled Amla (16) with a gem of a delivery. Amla triedto drive through covers but the ball angled in and took aninside edge to knock down his off stump. .