Marco Jansen, Lutho Sipamla and Anrich Nortje claimed three wickets apiece as South Africa A narrowly edged out India A by four runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method in a rain truncated match four of their one-day series in Trivandrum on Thursday.
With weather playing a major role on Wednesday, the game was pushed into a reserve day with the hosts resuming on 56 for one in 7.4 overs, pursuing a target of 193 in 25 overs.
They were cruising to victory at 161 for three, and a potential 4-0 lead, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 off 43 balls (8 fours), before the trio struck to restrict the Indians to 188 for nine.
It meant that the tourists were off the mark in the five-match sequence, having already lost the series following three defeats from the opening three games at the same venue in Kerala state.
And the South Africans will take plenty of heart from this showing, which was well led by man-of-the-match Nortje, who claimed three for 36, as well as rookie Jansen (3/25) and Sipamla (3/55).
It was one-way traffic early on in favour of the Asians as Dhawan and Prashant Chopra (26) extended their overnight partnership to 79 for the second wicket, before Sipamla struck to dismiss the latter.
After senior India star Dhawan was taken out by Jansen 18 runs later, Shivam Dube (31) and captain Shreyas Iyer (26) kept the home side in control with a stand worth 51 for the fourth wicket.
However, with India needing just 32 from the final five overs, they lost their way thanks to good bowling by the three South African speedsters.
Both set men were removed by Nortje in the same 21st over, before Sipamla landed a double blow in the next over – the hosts falling from 161 for three to 164 for seven.
Teenager Jansen, who recorded his career-best List A figures, then completed the job with two wickets in two balls in the 24th over, handing the visitors a first victory.
The series concludes at the same Greenfield International Stadium on Friday.
SA A one-day squad: Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions, capt), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Kyle Verrynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors).
SA A four-day squad: Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans, capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).