Scorecard: India vs South Africa

Electing to bat, Dhoni bailed India out of trouble with his 86-ball knock to take the team to 247 for nine. His bowlers then ended the visiting side's innings at 225 to record their first win on South Africa's current tour. Going through the toughest phase of his international career, Dhoni played a captain's knock and then made smart bowling changes to bundle out South Africa in 43.4 overs.

Axar Patel (3/39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/41) shared six wickets between them, while Harbhajan Singh (2/51) scalped two in his comeback match.

India were looking down the barrel at 165 for seven in the 40th over, but Dhoni found great support from Harbhajan Singh (22), with whom he added 56 runs. Ajinkya Rahane yet again batted well, scoring a 63-ball 51 for his second consecutive half century.

For South Africa, Dale Steyn (3/49) picked up three wickets, while Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir scalped two apiece. South Africa started their chase on a quick note, stitching a run-a-ball 40-run partnership for the opening wicket between Hashim Amla (17) and Quinton de Kock (34).

De Kock was the aggressor of the two but was lucky as a diving Rohit Sharma spilled a tough chance off Umesh Yadav in the fourth over. De Kock was going great guns with five boundaries when he fell for one too many, caught by Mohit Sharma at long-off off Harbhajan, leaving the Proteas at 52 for two inside the 10th over.

The fall of two quick wickets hardly bothered Faf du Plessis (51) and JP Duminy (36) as the duo batted with ease to keep the asking rate in control. The duo brought up South Africa's 100 in 19.5 overs and shared 82 runs off 87 balls for the third wicket to keep the visitor's in the hunt.

Bhuvneshwar made it triple delight for India in the next over when he induced an edge from David Miller and Dhoni took a fine diving catch to reduce South Africa to 142 for five. South Africa skipper De Villiers made 19 off 20 balls before Kohli took a brilliant diving catch off Mohit.

Farhaan Behardien kept South Africa in the game in the company of Steyn and Kagiso Rabada but Behardien got a dubious caught behind decision from umpire Vineet Kulkarni before Kumar polished off the tail with two wickets in the 44th over.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajikya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, JP Duminy, Farhan Behardien, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn.

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