Cape Town (AFP) - South African fast bowler Junior Dala took three wickets and made a direct-hit run-out to keep India's batting in check in the third and final Twenty20 global at Newlands on Saturday.
The visitors, who won by 54 runs to claim the rubber 3-1, powered to 166/4 with opener Mithali Raj scoring 62 and sharing a third-wicket stand of 98 with Harmanpreet Kauer, who was 44 not out.
While neither Dhawan nor Raina could bat through the innings, Dinesh Karthik, who replaced Kohli in the playing XI, scored 13 off 6 balls to push India past 170-run mark on a pitch that started to slow down as the Indian innings progressed.
South Africa were never in the hunt in their reply, in which they crashed to 44/5 on their way to being dismissed for 112 in 18 overs. Kapp's 27 was their top score. Rohit Sharma's captaincy was brilliant as he ascertained India's win in this match and hence the series.
The series hangs in the balance as India and South Africa prepare to play the final game of the former's tour, a decider for the T20 series.
India got a flourishing start with Suresh Raina (43 off 27) clobbering South African bowlers, but the hosts succeeded in straight-jacketing the batsmen by taking the pace off the ball as visitors were restricted to 172 for seven.
Dhawan and Raina put on 65 runs for the second wicket and spearheaded the Indian innings.
Raina was given the duty of bowling the 14th over of the South African innings.
Junior Dala has been stupendous for South Africa with the leather in hand. To add to their misery, Bhuvneshwar Kumar packed Hendricks inside third over to bring JP Duminy on to the crease. Rodrigues also punished Ntozakhe hitting her through cover for a boundary and also a six over mid-wicket. Instead of turning to Phangiso, who had kept things tight, Duminy opted for Morris, who conceded 21 runs in his last two overs, though he did also take two wickets.
Though the Proteas have finally given up on bowling short at India batsmen, and the strategy has probably worked against Dhawan in the last two games, it seems to have helped Raina, who otherwise has struggled against short deliveries throughout his career.
South Africa came back again with their strong win in the second T20I after their first game loss.