The India lost five ODI series to South Africa just few hours earlier today, losing last ODI at centurions by 33 runs, by 2-3. Though Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer Khan scored 100 runs partnership for 9th wickets, but could not save the match due to various odds before the team.
Due to rainfalls match limited to 46 overs and SA team scored 250/9 in 46 overs and under [D/L] rules. India a target of 268 to win the match in 46 overs, but unfortunately front line of batting of India totally collapsed except Parthiv Patel, who made 38. At one time India was 74for 6 and then Yusuf Pathan came in the crease. Again India lost 2 wkts quickly 81 for 8. Zaheer Khan and Yusuf Pathan played unique cricket and brought up the score upto 218 for 8 and required 50 runs from 66 balls to win the match, but bad luck again shattered Indian’s hope, Yusuf Pathan lost his wkt in attempt to hit six at 105 and it was turning pt of the match, Zaheer and Munaf carried to scores upto 234 for 9, But at 24, Zaheer lost his wicket and India lost the fifth ODI by 33 runs and series to 2-3. Both Yusuf & Zaheer played extra-ordinary inning but could not get victory due to very poor supports from upper-order of the team. Tremendous efforts by Yusuf and Zaheer reduced the defeat margin within respectable limit.