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23-Jan-2011 16:32:00 GMT
South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Centurion

South Africa Win Series Despite Yusuf Ton

Centurion: Yusuf Pathan hit a 68-ball century but Morne Morkel took four wickets as South Africa won the ODI series 3-2 by beating India by 33 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fifth one-dayer at Centurion on Sunday.

India were set to make 268 to win according to the Duckworth-Lewis method but were reeling at 60/5 in 12 overs when Pathan walked to the crease.

Pathan renewed hopes of an Indian victory with a blitzkrieg knock of 105 runs off 70 balls that was studded with 8 fours and 8 sixes and his dismissal left India at 219/9.

The Indian innings ended when Lonwabo Tsotsobe dismissed Zaheer Khan as India were bowled out for 234 runs in 30.4 overs.

The Indian top order came a copper in their last match before the World Cup as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh failed to register double figures.

India got off to a poor start in their run chase as Lonwabo Tsotsobe clean bowled Sharma with a slower delivery in the fourth over.

But the wrecker-in-chief for the Proteas was the tall Morkel who rattled the Indian line-up by taking three wickets in three overs.

Morkel struck in his first over when he had the in-form Kohli caught behind by AB de Villiers. SA captain Graeme Smith took a good catch at first slip to dismiss his Indian counterpart Dhoni in Morkel's next over.

In his next over, Morkel dismissed Parthiv Patel (38) to reduce India to 60/4 in 11 overs.

Dale Steyn then came back in the attack and dismissed Yuvraj and Raina in his successive overs to reduce India to 74/6 in 13.5 overs.

India lost their seventh wicket with 98 runs on the board when Johan Botha had Harbhajan Singh caught by Jean-Paul Duminy at mid-wicket.

Earlier, Hashim Amla stroked his way to his seventh one-day international century as South Africa scored 250/9 in a rain-restricted innings.

Opening batsman Amla made an unbeaten 116 in an innings which was interrupted when South Africa were strongly placed at 226 for three after 42 overs.

The rain caused a delay of more than an hour and the match was reduced to 46 overs a side. South Africa lost six wickets for 24 runs in the remaining four overs of their innings, with a succession of batsmen falling to ill-judged strokes and two run-outs in a chase for quick runs.

With the series locked at two-all, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sent South Africa in, hoping to take advantage of expected early morning life in the pitch - and also to have the option of revising his team's strategy in the event of predicted rain interruptions.

South African captain Graeme Smith fell once again to left-arm opening bowler Zaheer Khan - for the 11th time in international cricket - edging a catch to second slip in the third over.

But Amla played a calm, unflurried innings, content to play the supporting role in a second wicket stand of 97 with Morne van Wyk, who made 56 off 63 balls, then picking up the pace in an unbeaten stand fourth wicket stand of 97 with JP Duminy (31 not out).

There were only four boundaries as Amla reached fifty off 72 balls, but he added another five fours as he needed just 41 more deliveries to reach the first century by a batsman of either side in the series.

India opted to play only two seam bowlers, bringing in leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in place of Ashish Nehra.

For the second match in a row, Dhoni used eight bowlers, mainly in short spells.

As in the fourth match in Port Elizabeth, left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh was the most effective of the slow bowlers, taking two for 45 in eight overs - the longest unbroken spell by any of the players. But when Yuvraj conceded nine runs off his eighth over Dhoni immediately took him out of the attack.

Amla and Duminy were starting to dominate the bowling and were picking up the scoring rate going into the closing overs of the innings when the rain started to fall during the first over of the powerplay, halting play before the next over began.

Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel took advantage of rash South African stroke play as they caused a collapse after the rain delay.

Brief scores
South Africa
250 for 9 (Amla 116*, van Wyk 56, Munaf 3-50)
India 234 (Yusuf 105, Morkel 4-52)
Result South Africa won by 33 runs by the D/L method
MOM Hashim Amla (South Africa)
Player of the series Morne Morkel (South Africa)

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