119-8 - WICKET! Some comeback from Peterson, who had just been smashed for four through extra cover and dabbed to third man for two by Chawla. This delivery drifts in and, instead of turning into the left-hander goes straight on to hit the top of off stump. Chawla was left playing a defensive stroke inside the line of it.
113-7 - A quieter over from Botha, who gets one to spit at Pathan and surprise him. Just a single from the over, and India need 155 more runs to win from 24 overs at 6.45 per over.
112-7 - Pathan knows he might as well swing the bat, and he takes advantage of some ordinary fielding to earn six from the first two balls. First there's a mix-up between du Plessis and Tsotsobe to allow two, and then Steyn dives straight over the ball at deep backward square leg as Pathan sweeps for four. Two balls later he goes for the reverse sweep, and earns six over backward point. It would be some effort to win this single-handedly, but you never know I suppose.
100-7 - WICKET! Another one down as Harbhajan whips one straight to Duminy at short midwicket. Rather soft dismissal, as many of the Indian wickets have been. In fact, since the rain delay during the South African innings we've seen a whole heap of them. Smith calls his men around him for a chat as Piyush Chawla comes to the middle. The Proteas can be pretty happy with their effort in the field and can breathe a sigh of relief because we've had the 20 overs needed for a match to have been played.
98-6 - Harbhajan is obviously someone who likes to have a go, and after a couple of dot balls he skips down the wicket to loft the ball back over the bowler's head for two. The required rate isn't actually too bad - 6.3 per over - but obviously the wickets column is the greatest cause of concern for India.
94-6 - India need 90 runs in these next three overs to catch up the DL par score at 20 overs. That's clearly not going to happen, even with Harbhajan starting to find his range. Speaking of whom, Harbhajan needs a runner after tweaking a quadricep. There's a hold-up in play as he receives some treatment from the physio and tries to stretch it out, and it's Kohli who comes out to run for him. It isn't too long before Harbhajan is back up and hammering a single down the ground. Botha has an lbw shout against him off the last ball, but the umpire reckons it's hit him outside the line.
91-6 - Peterson is indeed introduced, though there are plenty of warm-ups and field placements and replacements. Perhaps the danger of rain is not as much of a worry as the tv screen suggests. When he finally does bowl, Peterson rips his first delivery past Pathan's bat, then beats his attempted sweep. A shorter delivery allows the batsman to whip wide of long-on for one. Harbhajan mistimes one, but then sees the final ball is in the slot and whacks it over long-on for six. Mid-on was up in the ring so that was a perfectly safe, and marvelously effective stroke.
84-6 - There hasn't been a great deal of hurry-up from the Proteas and it's become darker out there now. Johan Botha comes on and Smith had better get Robin Peterson on at the other end with the sole view of hurrying through overs. It would be daft to do all the hard work and then not get a result because the rain comes before South Africa have bowled 20 overs. Four more required to constitute a match.
80-6 - It's been cowboy cricket from India in this innings, with the batsmen coming out all guns blazing but perhaps not choosing their shots correctly. Pathan plays an upper cut properly as Tsotsobe returns though and gets four over backward point. He's nearly undone by a change of pace later in the over though, as the slower on nearly traps him lbw only for the batsman to jab his bat down in the nick of time.
74-6 - Here's a rare thing - a no-ball given because South Africa had one too many fielders outside the ring. Brian Jerling calls it quite rightly as Smith has four men on the ropes. WICKET! The boundaries keep coming but so do the wickets! Raina pulls one off his hips for four through square leg, but then chases a really short, wide delivery outside off stump and upper-cuts it straight down third man's throat. That surely is the end of it, and South Africa will just want to get 20 overs bowled in case the rain comes. The bowling Powerplay is up, so the spinners could come into play shortly.
68-5 - This is India's last real batting partnership, so plenty of pressure on them. Yusuf Pathan gets off the mark with a single, and then Raina gets into full flow as he drives a couple of full balls. One goes to deep extra cover for a couple, and the other is a half-volley that's stroked down the ground for four.
60-5 - So it's difficult to see India winning this in 46 overs, but they're not out of the match just yet. Yuvraj, Raina and Yusuf Pathan still to come, and they could always put in a big 10 overs to get India up with the Duckworth-Lewis par score if rain threatens. WICKET! Although it grows ever more unlikely. India five down now as Yuvraj becomes frustrated by five dot balls, goes hard at a drive and is caught at backward point. Easy catch for Duminy after a poor piece of shot selection.
60-4 - Patel's timing continues to be out of the top drawer. First he whips one off his toes and nearly gets six because he hits it so well, and then another drive comes screaming out of the middle of the bat. It undoubtedly deserves four, but Peterson runs around from deep cover and makes a fantastic diving save on the rope. WICKET! What a catch from du Plessis! Patel smashed another drive, perhaps not hitting it quite as well as the earlier one, and du Plessis dives to his left at short extra cover and somehow holds on using a combination of fingers from both hands to make a reverse grab of sorts. What what most impressive was how he kept a couple of fingers under the ball as his momentum ploughed him into the turf in an awkward position. Big wicket for South Africa because Patel was going well, and it brings Suresh Raina to the middle.
54-3 - So the first Powerplay is over, but South Africa take the second one straight away. This one will be five overs long, while the batting Powerplay will be four overs long. Steyn returns and serves up a 140kph bouncer to Yuvraj, who does well to get out of the way. He then gets a top edge towards third man, and Morkel charges in off the rope but can't quite get there. Because he'd committed himself he was unable to stop it and so four runs is the result.
49-3 - I said that everything Patel hits today finds a gap, and he does it again here as Morkel strays onto the pads and a little flick sends the ball aerial but just past a diving square leg. WICKET! Dhoni's gone, and it's another fantastic catch by Smith - he's averaging one a game at the moment. Dhoni tried to cut a wide delivery but got a bottom edge on it, and Smith did well to get down to his left at first slip and take the catch as the ball kept dropping on him. Credit to him for having two slips as well, because Morkel has deserved them in this series. Yuvraj Singh gets off the mark with a slightly streaky edge past slip for four, but India can't afford these wickets because it's likely to rain again at some stage and Duckworth-Lewis would come into play. As it stands they need 113 by the 20-over mark, which would constitute a match. If they lose another wicket, they'll need 131.
40-2 - Good battle between Tsotsobe and Dhoni, with the former winning the early exchanges as he beat the bat and induced a leading edge, but then Dhoni rocked back and got hold of one to smash it through extra cover off the back foot. Four from the over keeps India in the hunt.
36-2 - Wicket! Big wicket for South Africa as Morkel removes Kohli. It was a gem of a delivery, angling in and drawing him forward before holding the line and taking the edge through to de Villiers. The ball wasn't there to be driven, and Kohli, who was the main danger in Port Elizabeth, is back in the hut. MS Dhoni, the official floater in India's batting line-up, is in at number four, and he gets off the mark with a clip to midwicket. Morkel ruins a good over when he drops short and wide to Patel, who makes no mistake as he cuts away through point for four. Everything he hit on Friday night wnet straight to a fielder, but everything today has found the gap.
31-1 - Tsotsobe bounces a wide down the leg side, but is then hugely frustrated as he gets a leading edge off Kohli which hangs in the air for ages, only to fall safely as point rushes in. It looped so high that it seemed like it had to be caught, but in the end Duminy couldn't get there. The fielder throws himself to his left later in the over to deny Kohli a boundary though. Patel makes it a good over when he angles one past slip and gets it fine enough to avoid third man. Four more to him, and India look alright so far.
24-1 - Morne Morkel replaces Steyn. He gives Parthiv some width first up and the ball is slap down to third man for one. A good delivery first up to the new man Kohli as Morkel gets some good bounce. Kohli gets off the mark, dabbing the ball into the covers as rushes through for a quick single. Parthiv ends the over with another single, this time worked wide of mid on. A decent start from Morkel.
21-1 - Wicket! Sharma's torrid run continues as he gets an inside edge back onto his stumps as he looks to drive. It was a full, wide slower ball and the shot was on, but he got his feet nowhere near the ball and it was all downhill from there!
19-0 - Wow, this is an innings of boundaries at the moment as Parthiv works the ball past backward point exquisitely for four more. Ooh, shouts of catch as Parthiv mishits an attempted pull but he's not in position quickly enough and the ball loops towards Morkel at mid on but it drops short of the fielder. Wooh, a great take from de Villiers behind the stumps as Steyn delivers a very pacey bouncer.
13-0 - Lonwabe Tsotsobe to share the new ball. He starts poorly, short and wide and Parthiv whacks it to the point fence with great power. Tsotsobe over corrects, straying onto the pads this time, but it's just a single to the man in the deep. A well directed short ball is called a wide by umpire Taufel at square leg, just too much bounce but good venom in that. The over ends in the same fashion it started, with the ball smashed to the point boundary, this time by Rohit.
3-0 - Half an appeal as Parthiv is hit on the pads trying to turn the ball to leg, there where two noises though, suggesting the presence of an inside edge. Parthiv gets the scoring going, tucking the ball past mid on for three.
Right, so just to give you the full picture of what's to come: India will chase 268 in 46 overs. The three powerplay sections are reduced to 9, 5 and four over respectively. One bowler will be able to bowl ten overs and four nine overs.
India require 268 in 46 overs to take the honours in this one. If South Africa hadn't lost all those late wickets the target could have been so much more!
Wow, that all fell apart there now didn't it? A great knock from Amla anchored proceedings with van Wyk and Duminy making useful contributions. But it's hard not to focus on the madness that was the final few overs! Yes, they were under pressure to score runs quickly but that was madness!
Time for the final over. Amla works the ball down the ground for a single to being up the South African 250. Wicket! A terrific yorker from Zaheer! Peterson has little chance with that one as the left-armer fires in a great blockhole delivery on off stump which rattles into the base of the stumps. Wicket! A bit of a comedy show here as Steyn moves way down leg, Zaheer follows him and the ball travels between bat and the stumps. Steyn looks to run through for the bye but it's not on and he's not able to make his ground as Dhoni runs up to the stumps and underarms it in. Anther great yorker from Zaheer to the new man Morkel, it's outside off this time and Morkel can't get to it as he reaches for it having given himself room. Wicket! It gets worse for the home side! Almost a carbon copy of the Steyn dismissal, Morkel swings, misses and tries to run through for the bye which Amla isn't interested in (there was no run there) and Dhoni does the rest. And it's a dot ball to finish! What a manic over!
249-6 - Bonus runs for du Plessis as he comes down the track and looks to smack the ball through extra cover but he gets an edge to third man for four. Wicket! Like Duminy in the previous over, a four is followed by a wicket as du Plessis comes down the track and again looks to g over extra cover but Muanf gets it on target this time and breaks the stumps. Unfortunate for du Plessis, coming in so late he was in a bit of a lose-lose situation. Wicket! Botha follows du Plessis back to the pavilion just two balls later as he skies an attempted hook to Dhoni who takes a good catch running back. They're dropping like flies now! Peterson ends the over strongly, cracking his first delivery through the covers for four.
238-4 - One would hope du Plessis will look to give Amla the strike and he does just that to get Zaheer's over going. Amla is deceived by a slower one as he looks to pull and the ball deflects off his leg and into the off side for one. A good over from Zaheer, just five from it and it was a powerplay over.
233-4 - Duminy cracks a lovely drive through the covers to bring up the 100 stand. Wicket! That's the last of his scoring though as he heaves across the line and gets a big top edge, the ball goes straight up in the air and Munaf takes the return catch. Du Plessis is the new man and he gets off the mark first up, prodding the ball to mid on for one.
Right, the players are out in the middle and we're ready to get underway.
Right, play will resume at 12:00 GMT with the match reduced to 46-overs-a-side. That means South Africa have just four overs left, two of which will be powerplay overs.
The covers are off again, so hopefully they'll stay off this time and we'll have some cricket.
The rain has returned and is coming down fairly hard now. Not a good sign for this game or for cars parked outside the stadium near the river!
The poor groundsmen are being given the runaround here as just as they begin to take the covers back on they're asked to put them back on! Let's hope it's not one of those days.
The rain is letting up a touch, hopefully the delay won't be too long.
Dhoni and Munaf do their best to delay the start of the over and as the rain gets heavier the umpires call them off the field.
It's started raining and while we're able to continue for now it's quite scary stuff as spectators who have parked at the Hennops River End of the ground have been asked to move their cars because there are fears of more flooding!
226-3 - Right, pace from both ends now for the first time since the eighth over. And the powerplay has been called for. Amla goes on the pull but doesn't quite get hold of it, he manages to pick up two anyway. Two more to the score as Rohit is forced to rush in from the fence and field a ball that hasn't left the 30 yard circle on the leg side.
218-3 - Time for seamer number two to make a reappearance, with Munaf Patel coming on for a bowl. And easy as you like it that's six off the over, compiled through six singles.
212-3 - That's his hundred! Amla plays the little late cut past Dhoni that he's become rather fond of and it it races to the fence for four. A great knock from Amla and with ten overs to go there are still plenty of runs on offer! That's also the first ton of the series!
203-3 - Amla picks up a single to third man, but that wasn't where he wanted it to go, as he gets a leading edge as he looks to turn the ball to leg. Driven into the gap at extra cover by the opener and he picks up two to move into the nineties. Ooh, Amla gets lucky as Zaheer again finds the outside edge of Amla's bat as he tries to play to mid on, but there is no slip in position so the ball races to the third man fence. Time for another drinks break.
192-3 - Time for bowler number eight, with Suresh Raina coming on. Like Rohit and Yusuf before him, Raina is simply worked around for a handful of singles as Dumin and Amla keep the scoreboard ticking over.
188-3 - Sensing the need for a wicket, Dhoni brings his premier wicket-taker back into the attack. Duminy cuts nicely behind square to end the over, but Munaf Patel manages to get a boot on it just before it crosses the ropes to restrict the batsmen to two.
182-3 - JP Duminy has scored 150 runs in this series but only scored three boundaries (one six and a four), which demonstrates how easily Dhoni is allowing the left-hander to get himself in quickly without having to take any risks.
179-3 - We've had the mandatory ball change but Dhoni decides to persist with the spinners. A real teaser for Harbhajan as Amla once again angles the ball really fine with a great late cut and the ball just beats the fielder to the fence.
170-3 - Aah, neatly played by Amla as he waits for the ball before angling it past Dhoni as the last moment and he picks up four.
164-3 - Right, time for bowler number seven and spinner number five, it's Rohit Sharma. Dropped! Ashwin is on a substitute fielder and he makes an absolute mess of a regulation catch as Amla hooks the ball straight to him at square leg and the ball pops right out.
160-3 - Harbhajan keeps it tight, just three from the pver. Worryingly for India, both Amla and Duminy are looking in fine form here, not troubled at all.
156-3 - Amla brakes the trend of nudging and nurdling as he takes full advantage of a long hop from Harbhajan, getting back and heaving it tot he midwicket fence. A profitable over that for the home side, nine from it.
147-3 - Singles, singles and more singles, as Dhoni continues to be unfazed by the ease with which the new man Duminy is scoring. After what happened in the last game will he again be made to rue the decision?
142-3 - Duminy and Amla dab the ball around for a couple of ones and twos, nothing fancy, just treating Yuvraj with the respect he's shown he deserves.
136-3 - Dhoni turns to his premier spinner now as Harbhajan returns. India will be mindful of letting the home side steady themselves with easy singles, it really cost India in the previous match as they were unable to apply the killer blows after a cluster of wickets in the middle order.
132-3 - Wicket! Great delivery from Yuvraj! De Villiers coems down the track and looks to nudge the ball down the track but he's totally beaten by some extra bounce and spin from Yuvraj and Dhoni whips off the bails with the batsman way out of his crease. Duminy is the new man and he immediately has to see off a big lbw shout from Yuvraj as he looks to paddle the ball around the corner. He has every right to be disappointed too as it would have hti leg stump. Amla dabs the ball into the leg side for a single and that's his fifty, the Proteas need a lot more from him though.
129-3 - Shouts of catch as de Villiers goes inside-out over extra cover but he doesn't get the timing or the placement right, regardless it falls well wide of long off.
126-2 - De Villiers goes aerial over the man at extra cover but gets inside it and it skews over point for two. Great fielding from Raina as Amla blasts the ball in what appears to be wide of extra cover but Raina pulls off a great diving stop to deny him.
122-2 - Good running from de Villiers as he calls Amla through for a single even though it was just wide of the man at backward point, but he's lightening quick and makes it with plenty of time to spare. De Villiers may look to up the tempo in that sense, try to turn ones into twos.
119-2 - What a catch! Van Wyk looks to drive the ball down the ground and he looks to have got it past Yuvraj but the bowler sticks out a hand and somehow manages to pluck the ball out of the air. The new man is AB de Villiers and he gets off the mark immediately, working the ball to point for one. nicely played by de VIlliers as he gives himself a touch of room and angles the ball past backward point for four.
112-1 - Van Wyk continues to look to attack and it nearly costs him as he tries to slog sweep a delivery that is too full for the shot. he mishits it but the ball lands safely in front of long on.
109-1 - The Proteas momentarily look like they haven't rid themselves of the run out disease that plagued them in the last game as Amla and van Wyk show some hesitancy in their running, no harm done though. Super shot from van Wyk as he smashes the ball to the point fence. Ooh, that holds up a touch on van Wyk and he nearly provides Yuvraj with a return catch.
104-1 - Van Wyk dabs the ball to long off for a single and that's his fifty, a good little knock. Driven beautifully through extra cover from Amla but there is protection in the deep so it's just one run.
100-1 - Ooh, van Wyk nearly falls in identical fashion to how he was dismissed in Port Elizabeth, just getting an outside edge as he looks to steer the ball to third man, he gets more bat on it this time though and it beats the close in fielder allowing him to pick up three. Time for a drink.
94-1 - An uncharacteristic misfield from Kohli at point allows Amla to pick up ainslge where there shouldn't have been one. The Indian fielding has really come on in leaps and bounds of late. Beautifully cut away from van Wyk as he bisects the two fielders in the point region and picks up four to end the over.
87-1 - Bowler number six is introduced, it's Yuvraj Singh. The batsmen continue to nudge the ball around for the singles, it's a ploy that's working well, with the run rate sitting at 5.11.
82-1 - Ooh, van Wyk dabs the ball back towards the bowler as the ball slows up on him a touch but it's short of Harbhajan. Just two from the over.
80-1 - Great batting from van Wyk as Pathan drags one down and the number three is onto it in a flash, smacking the ball just in front of point for four.
74-1- This is sensible batting from this pair, they're keeping the runs ticking over without taking any undue risks, picking up the singles and punishing the bad balls.
69-1 - Dhoni continues to ring the changes as Yusuf Pathan enters the fray, that's India's fifth bowler and we're only in the 13th over! He begins with a leg side wide. van Wyk ends the over a frustrated man as he fails in his attempt to crack the ball through point.
65-1 - Spin from both ends now as Harbhajan joins the attack. That was close! Harbhajan finds the crack outside off and gets some real spin into van Wyk who is forced to quickly defend wide of slip. Five singles off the over, but Harbhajan won't mind, he saw what he wanted there, the opportunity for some good turn.
60-1 - A quick single to mid on from Amla to get the over underway, that was the first delivery he's face in two overs. The batsmen exchange singles before van Wyk monsters the ball overs the umpires head for four, a great stroke! Ooh, well bowled by Chawla as the wrong 'un isn't picked by van Wyk and it follows him as he looks to move wide of leg.
53-1 - Unorthodox but effective from van Wyk as he gets down low, keeps his eye on the ball and lifts it over short fine leg for four! Again some extra bounce from Munaf, he's generated it well throughout. Four more to van Wyk as he hammers the ball square of the wicket and over the packed inner ring.
45-1 - As was expected, spin is introduced inside the first powerplay. It's Piyush Chawla to bowl. A poor start as he offers van Wyk time and width and he makes no mistake, cracking it through point. A good comeback from the spinner, with a single off the final ball of the over the only other scoring shot in the over.
40-1 - Ooh, a big swing and a miss from van Wyk as Munaf gets some extra bounce outside off. There is cover on the point fence now, so it's just a single from van Wyk as he eases the ball square of the wicket.
39-1 - Van Wyk picks up a single off the first ball of the over to get Amla back on strike. And a good thing that as Amla cracks the ball off the back foot and behind point for four. Every time the bowlers have offered width they've been punished. A much better second half of the over from Zaheer as he cramps Amla for room
34-1 - Two more to Amla as he once again makes the most of a poor ball, clipping a leg side delivery behind square.
32-1 - Great stuff from Amla as Zaheer offers some width and Amla is onto it in a flash, driving square of the wicket for four. Another beauty and it's four more! This time driven wide of mid off, that one wasn't even a poor delivery!
23-1 - Munaf has bowled some poor deliveries thus far but he gets unlucky there as van Wyk gets an inside edge as he looks to defend and gets an inside edge that flies past his leg stump and to the boundary. Ooh, a nice follow up too from Munaf as he cuts van Wyk in half with a delivery that seams in to the batsman.
17-1 - Wicket! Oh boy, Smith has fallen to Zaheer again! A great length from Zaheer, leaving Smith unsure of whether to play forward or back and in the end simply has a push at it. The edge is found and Pathan at second slip comes across Sharma at first slip and takes the catch.
16-0 - Some width from Munaf and Smith slaps it through the covers for four, making the most of a poor delivery. Super shot from Amla as he Munaf over pitches and is driven superbly though the covers. Four more! This time it's off Amla's pads and again it wasn't the best of deliveries from Munaf as he strays down leg, making it easy for the opener to turn the ball to the fine leg fence.
3-0 - Smith gets off the mark, nudging the ball into the off side for a single. Amla wastes no time getting going, turning the ball to midwicket for one. A single from Smith to end the over for the Proteas, a solid start.
Zaheer prepares to bowl to Smith. The South African skipper will be pleased to see the back of the left-armer!
The players are out in the middle but not yet for any play as the South African Minister of Sport is introduced to the players.
Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan
Hashim Amla, Greame Smith, Morne van Wyk, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Francios du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
The hosts head into the clash unchanged, which means Imran Tahir will have to wait till the trip to the sub-continent for his debut. India have made one change, with Ashish Nehra replaced by Piyush Chawla. So it's just the two pacemen for the visitors. Chawla does add a bit with the bat too.
India have won the toss and decided to field first.
There has been a massive amount of rain in the Centurion region of late, with floods throughout the Gauteng province. It appears the weather won't prevent us from getting underway today, but not only is there a threat of rain later today, but with the pitch covered for the majority of the build-up there should be some moisture in the track from with the pitch sweating under the covers. It did rain earlier though so there is some moisture in the air too. The captain winning the toss will surely have a bowl first up.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the fifth and final match of the ODI series between the Proteas and the Indians. The five-match affair is all square at two wins apiece and we're all set for a cracking decider at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Early opinion on selection issues and match dynamics welcome here: firstname.lastname@example.org.