India suffered a heartbreaking loss by three wickets on Saturday at the hands of Proteas, who held their nerves to clinch a thriller.

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AB de Villiers was instrumental in South Africa's victory while Robin Petersen played a cameo to take his team home.

South Africa began their chase in a quiet manner as openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla played very watchfully against on song Zaheer Khan and co. India's bowling looked much improved but unfortunately were not able to defend the total.

It was difficult to keep Tendulkar out of the game, as Tendulkar was electric in the field. He was diving around saving runs for his side. SA skipper Graeme Smith lobbed an easy catch to Sachin as Zaheer Khan picks up Smith for the 13th time in all forms of the games.

After Smith's departure, South Africa's crisis men Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla stictched on a crucial partnership for the team but Indian bowlers did not give anything away and choked the runs for the Proteas.

With runs just coming singles and two's, pressure was building on Hashim Amla as it was getting stiff for him to score off spinners bowling well in tandem. India picked up second wicket.

JP Duminy missed a wide delivery from Bhajji and an agile Dhoni did the rest by knocking the bails off.

A pumped up Bhajji sent dangerman AB de Villiers back in the hunch as India look to plug some runs in the powerplay.

While, Jacques Kallis threw his wicket away as a rocking throw from Harbhajan from the deep got the better of not-so-swift Kallis. A crucial break for India.

Clumsy India lose hard earned advantage

At one stage India were 267 for the loss of one wicket but sloppy batting display from Dhoni's men at the business end of the innings have restricted them to well below what they could have got going by the start Tendulkar provided and were bundled out for 296 in 48.4 overs.

The batting powerplay had again proved detrimental for the batting side as India lose thier five wickets in the space of 26 balls and South Africa will believe that they have pulled things back. Yuvraj, Gambhir, Pathan, Kohli all followed one another.

Finally Tendulkar mistimed his shot and JP Duminy made no mistake while taking a skier.

The great Tendulkar just goes on and on. The entire Nagpur stood in admiration for him as he looked skywards to celebrate 48th ton in the ODI's. It was his sixth in the World Cup games.

India went past 200 runs with Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir going strong for Team India.

The duo started to push the scoring rate after South Africa were able to stem the flow of runs since the departure of Sehwag. Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir played risk free cricket but soon cut loose.

Spin did the trick for skipper Graeme Smith as tweaker Faf du Plessis got one to sneak through swashbuckling Sehwag' s defences.

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were looking to take away the game for South Africa and Graeme Smith had real problems at hand as the bowling attack has been shred apart by the Indian duo. Another hundred run stand between them in the ODI's.

Sehwag started his fifth consecutive innings by clubbing the ball to the boundary. He was playing watchfully leaving wide deliveries outside the off stump. Sehwag chants was going all around the stadium as the Nagpur crowd generates high decibel levels.

India won toss and elect to bat first in their clash against South Africa in World Cup match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.

India: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (wk/capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Munaf Patel

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Johan Botha, 8 Morne van Wyk, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel