Indore - Indian captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 92 off 86 balls to steer the hosts to 247-9 in the
second one-day international in Indore on Wednesday.
India, electing to bat after winning the
toss, were reduced to 124-6 in the 30th over by a relentless display of pace
and spin bowling by the tourists.
Dhoni stepped in to lead the rescue act
with the lower order, adding 41 for the seventh wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar
(14) and 56 for the eighth with Harbhajan Singh (22).
The skipper finished with four sixes,
including one off the final delivery from young paceman Kagiso Rabada, and
Ajinkya Rahane was the only other batsman
to shine with 51.
Fiery pace spearhead Dale Steyn claimed
three wickets, while fast bowler Morne Morkel and leg-spinner Imran Tahir took
The tourists lead the five-match series 1-0
after winning a high-scoring thriller in Kanpur by five runs on Sunday.
Rahane came to the crease in the second
over after Rohit Sharma, who hit 150 in the previous match, was bowled by
Rabada for three.
Rahane began by striking Steyn for three
boundaries in the fifth over and reached his half-century in the 22nd over.
But he did not survive the next over as
leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled him round the legs as the batsman missed a sweep
India's batting woes at the top of the
order were highlighted by the run out of star batsman Virat Kohli for 12 while
attempting a second run when Rahane was dropped at mid-off by Farhaan
Both batsmen were stranded at the
non-striker's end as bowler Steyn relayed Behardien's throw to wicket-keeper
Quinton de Kock, who broke the stumps.
South Africa retained the winning
combination, while India made three changes, bringing in Patel, seamer Mohit
Sharma and Harbhajan.
The trio replaced the injured Ravichandran
Ashwin, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and all-rounder Stuart Binny.
South Africa had won the preceding Twenty20
series 2-0. The one-dayers will be followed by four Test matches.