Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy admits their inability to pick the India’s spinners has proved costly in the ongoing one-day international series.
India won the third ODI by 124 runs at Newlands to take a 3-0 lead in the six-match series.
India captain Virat Kohli scored 160 not out as the visitors amassed 303 for six off their allotted 50 overs.
Needing to mount the highest successful run chase at the ground, South Africa fell woefully short as they were dismissed for 179.
Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav again bamboozled the South African batsmen, taking four for 46 and four for 23 respectively. The two spinners have taken a combined 21 wickets in the first three matches of the series.
Duminy, who top-scored for South Africa with 51, acknowledged that the Proteas have not had any answers.
"We haven't picked the wrong 'uns and when you are not picking their wrong 'uns, you are not necessarily going to comfortable at the crease so you are always going to be a little bit tentative," Duminy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "Once you become comfortable with picking their deliveries, that's when you can play with confidence, with ease, with freedom. We need to find a way to get that right."
Proteas captain Aiden Markram echoed Duminy’s viewpoint: "They're world-class spinners. After the third time we have played them the guys are still struggling to read the ball."