Centurion - South Africa scored 250 for nine in 46 overs as the innings was shortened by four overs when more than an hour was lost to rain.
India face a revised target of 268 off 46 overs using the Duckworth Lewis method.
scored his seventh ODI hundred and shared substantial partnerships with
Morne van Wyk (97 runs off 120 balls) for the second wicket and 102 off
101 balls with JP Duminy for the fifth-wicket stand.
toss and putting South Africa into bat, India hoped to capitalise on
the movement in the wicket in the early part of the day.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni also risked replacing one of his seamers, Ashish
Nehra, with leg spinner Piyush Chawla, who last played a one-day game in
the 2008 Asia Cup and, for the first time in the series, India went in
with only two seamers - Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel - and two
specialist spinners in Chawla and Harbhajan Singh.
though did not pick their leg spinner Imran Tahir, and remained unchanged
from the team which beat India by 48 runs, using the Duckworth Lewis
calculation, in the rain-affected ODI in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.
It was the seamer, though, who made the breakthrough as Khan got his man early.
Smith (7) got a healthy edge to the slips, where Yusuf Pathan standing
at second slip poached the catch from Rohit Sharma at first slip.
was the fifth time out of nine ODI meetings where Khan has taken
Smith's wicket, and he has also dismissed Smith six times in the same
number of Tests.
The next two wickets went to part-time bowler
Yuvraj Singh who reached out with his left hand and caught Van Wyk off
his own bowling after Van Wyk had scored his third ODI half-century,
making 56 off 63 balls including eight fours.
AB de Villers (11),
fooled by the flight of the ball, ran down the wicket and watched the
ball turn past him. He was stumped by Dhoni off Yuvraj in similar
fashion to his last innings at St George's Park, although his previous
wicket was recorded as caught behind.
At the rain break, South
Africa were looking good at 226/3 off 42 overs, but Duminy (35) fell to
Munaf Patel in the first over after the interruption when Patel took a
comfortable catch off his own bowling.
In the next four overs, South Africa lost six wickets for 26 runs, with the last three wickets falling on 250.
Munaf Patel ended with 3/50 while Khan took 2/47.
India require 268 for victory.Scorecard
G.Smith c Pathan b Khan 7
H.Amla not out 116
M.van Wyk c and b Yuvraj Singh 56
A.de Villiers st Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 11
J.Duminy c and b Patel 35
F.du Plessis b Patel 8
J.Botha c Dhoni b Patel 2
R.Peterson b Khan 4
D.Steyn run out (Dhoni) 0
M.Morkel run out (Dhoni) 0
L.Tsotsobe not out 0
Extras (lb6, w5) 11
Total (9 wkts, 46 overs) 250
of wickets: 1-16 (Smith), 2-113 (Van Wyk), 3-129 (De Villiers), 4-231
(Duminy), 5-242 (Du Plessis), 6-244 (Botha), 7-250 (Peterson), 8-250
(Steyn), 9-250 (Morkel)
Bowling: Khan 9-1-47-2 (w2), Patel
8-0-50-3, Chawla 7-0-32-0, Harbhajan Singh 8-0-33-0, Pathan 2-0-10-0
(w1), Yuvraj Singh 8-0-45-2 (w1), Sharma 2-0-14-0, Raina 2-0-13-0 (w1)
Did not bat: L. Tsotsobe
MS Dhoni (capt), Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj
Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh,
Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel
Match situation: India need 268 to win (Duckworth/Lewis method)
Umpires: Brian Jerling (RSA), Simon Taufel (AUS)
TV umpire: Shaun George (RSA)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)