India slips up at end to lose final ODI, SA sweeps series
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — India collapsed at the end of its run chase to lose the third and final one-day international against South Africa on Sunday by four runs.
South Africa swept the series 3-0.
Chasing 288 to win, India was well-placed with three overs to go, needing just 10 runs from the last 18 balls and with Deepak Chahar on 54.
But Chahar fell to the first ball of the 48th over, Jasprit Bumrah was out next over, and Yuzvendra Chahal skied a catch off the second ball of the final over to leave India short.
India was 283 all out in reply to South Africa’s 287 all out in 49.5 overs at Newlands in Cape Town.
Chahar had put India in a winning position with his rapid 54 from 34 balls, where he hit five fours and two sixes and revived his team’s hopes.
The loss meant India’s tour of South Africa, which started so well with a big victory in the first test, ended with five straight losses. India lost the test series 2-1.
South Africa’s total was built on 124 from Quinton de Kock, who was back in the team for the ODI series after making a surprise announcement earlier in the tour that he was retiring from test cricket at the age of 29.
Rassie van der Dussen pitched in with 52 and David Miller 39. Seamer Prasidh Krishna took 3-59 for India in his first match of the tour.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (61) and former captain Virat Kohli (65) made half-centuries in India’s chase and their 98-run stand gave India hope before South Africa wrestled control with a run of middle-order wickets.
But Chahar and tailender Bumrah put on 55 right at the end to get India within touching distance of a consolation win before the tourists were denied.
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