A shining all-round performance from Jacques Kallis, deputising as captain for the injured Graeme Smith, was not enough to earn South Africa a victory in the opening one-day international against India in Jaipur.
Kallis took three wickets as India reached 298 for 9 and then made 89. Wayne Parnell's late flourish took the game to the very end but he was run out chasing three to win from the last ball to leave India winners by a run.
Suresh Raina top-scored for India with 58 after Virender Sehwag provided early impetus with 46 from 37 balls.
South Africa struggled to build partnerships and when Kallis was eighth out, bowled by Sreesanth, that seemed that. But Parnell, having earlier gone for 69 from nine overs, gave a glimpse of the other side of an all-round ability that so excites South Africa. Forty were needed off three overs, which came down to 10 off the last, but the target proved just out of reach. Parnell made 49 off 47 balls.
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