The last time India played an ODI series in South Africa was just before the 2011 World Cup. India were without the services of three key players -- Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar -- for the five-match series while Sachin Tendulkar played just two games. Below is a recap of the thrilling series which went down to the wire:
1ST ODI: South Africa beat India by 135 runs in Durban
It all began with AB de Villiers and JP Duminy notching up half-centuries in the first one-dayer in Durban. India were chasing 290 to win and Lonwabo Tsotsobe's fierce spell saw the Men in Blue lose by a big margin of 135 runs.
2ND ODI: India beat South Africa by one run in Johannesburg
154 all out in the first one-dayer, India were 189 all out in the second. But, Munaf Patel produced his career-best figures of four for 29 to see India through by just 1 run in a thriller of a contest.
3RD ODI: India beat South Africa by two wickets in Cape Town
Sachin, who played the first two ODIs, was ruled out of the rest of the series with an injury. Yusuf Pathan was drafted in to the side and he didn't let the selectors down. Pathan's 59 rescued India from 69 for 4. With a little help from Harbhajan Singh towards the end, India chased down 220 with ten balls to spare.
4TH ODI: South Africa beat India by 48 runs in Port Elizabeth (D/L Method)
Leading the series 2-1, India had a chance to seal the series in Port Elizabeth but JP Duminy ruined India's plans with an unbeaten 71. Virat Kohli was the one-man army as India set out to chase 266 but rain put paid to his attempts. India would lose by 48 runs courtesy messers Duckworth and Lewis.
5TH ODI: South Africa beat India by 33 runs (D/L Method)
In the decider Hashim Amla came to the party, scoring superlative century. Chasing 251 to win, Morne Morkel had seemingly won the game for the hosts as he reduced India to 98 for 7. Yusuf Pathan though would come up a fighting century to turn the game on it's head. India needed 49 off 67 when Morkel ended Pathan's 70 ball 105 and with that India's hopes of a first series win in South Africa.