Cape Town, South Africa ( Associated Press) – India fell at the end of their run chase to lose by four runs in the third and final One Day International against South Africa on Sunday.
South Africa won the series 3-0.
Chasing 288 for victory, India had three overs to spare, needed just 10 runs from the last 18 balls and Deepak Chahar was on 54.
But Chahar fell on the first ball of the 48th over, Jasprit Bumrah was out in the next over and Yuzvendra Chahal caught on the second ball of the last over and India were shorted out.
India were all out for 283 in reply to South Africa being all out for 287 in 49.5 overs at Newlands in Cape Town.
Chahar smashed a swift 54 off 34 balls to propel India into victory, hitting five fours and two sixes to revive his team’s hopes.
The defeat meant India’s tour of South Africa, which started off so well with a big win in the first Test, ended with five losses in a row. India lost the Test series 2-1.
South Africa’s total was tied at 124 by Quinton de Kock, who returned to the squad 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.
Rassi van der Dussen scored 52 and David Miller scored 39. Seamer famous Krishna scored 3-59 runs for India in his first match of the tour.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (61) and former captain Virat Kohli (65) scored half-centuries in India’s chase and their 98-run stand gave India hope before South Africa’s middle-order came under control with wickets.
But Chahar and Taylor Bumrah scored 55 in the end to put India well away from a consolation win before the tourists were denied.
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