When Yusuf Pathan is in the middle boundaries aren’t far away. Tuesday too saw him bring out his explosive best hitting a fast-paced 59 and helping India beat South Africa by two wickets in the third ODI at Newlands in Cape Town.Yusuf Pathan during his knock of 59. APHe was especially brutal on Johan Botha hitting three sixes in his over to drub the ever-climbing asking rate in a single go in the 30th over. The asking rate had made the 221-run target seem monumental.Pathan came to the crease after Yuvraj Singh’s dismissal when the score was a dismal 93/5 and together with Suresh Raina brought it up to 168 before Raina became Morne Morkel’s third victim.Raina fell after scoring a dogged 37. However, his fall didn’t stop Pathan’s charge and he could have carried on further had Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel not plotted his fall.Steyn lured him into taking the aerial route with a short ball. The ball went miles into the sky before falling short of the boundary where Morkel pulled off an outstanding catch in the deep. His 50-ball 59 helped India total reach 182 but then India had just three wickets in hand and needed 38 runs to win.But Harbhajan Singh, who has proved his batting acumen in the past, ensured India reach the target with Ashish Nehra by his side. Harbhajan scored 23 not out.Before Pathan and Raina got busy in their revival act, the Proteas were busy counting scalps at the Newlands track.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the fourth wicket to fall, one which the hosts were after.advertisementDespite his poor form, had he stayed a bit longer, he could have taken the game away from them.Dhoni wanted to play Johan Botha across line but failed as AB de Villiers took an easy catch behind the stumps. He fell for five as India were 69/4.But, it was Morne Morkel who helped the hosts make early inroads into the Indian batting by scalping Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma.First he got the better of Virat Kohli on 28 with a ball that took the edge of his bat to land in wicketkeeper AB de Villiers’ gloves. Then Morkel claimed Rohit Sharma on 23 with a similar ball but it crashed into his stumps as India fell to 61/3.Earlier, continuing with his poor form Indian opener Murali Vijay fell early with Dale Steyn taking his wicket in the third over. He went for 1 when the India score was 4.South Africa’s Faf du Plessis raises his bat to celebrate his half-century. APFor the South Africans debutant Faf du Plessis and J.P. Duminy’s 110-run fifth wicket partnership proved to be the largest pie in their batting wagon-wheel of 220 runs.Electing to bat first, the hosts started poorly, losing their opener Hashim Amla early.A good length ball from Zaheer Khan took the inside edge of Amla’s bat before crashing on to his stumps. He put 16 on board.Soon one down batsman Colin Ingram followed with Virat Kholi displaying amazing agility in claiming his catch. Ingram had defended the ball off Harbhajan Singh and it dropped low, but Kohli dived forward from the slips to take an impressive catch. He fell for 10 as the South Africa score read 49/2.But that wasn’t the only instance of fine fielding display. A few minutes later Zaheer Khan, not known for his catching skills, came up with a blinder of catch in the deep to send back AB de Villiers’ off Yusuf Pathan’s ball.He dived and latched on to the ball mid-way in air. De Villiers departed on 16 as South Africa slumped to 83/3.Graeme Smith during his knock of 43. APThe other opener, captain Graeme Smith, who was holding fort at one end tried to provide some stability. But without much help from the other end he couldn’t carry on for long and an edge of his bat in Harbhajan Singh’s over got carried towards the slips cordon where Virat Kohli performed the final honours. He scored 43 even as the South Africa score read 90/4.Finally, debutant Faf du Plessis and J.P. Duminy took it upon themselves to arrest the fall and put 110 for the fifth wicket, before Munaf Patel realised that it had turned out to be too long an innings.Patel accounted for Plessis on 60. And no sooner did their partnership end that Zaheer Khan struck to dispatch Duminy on 52.Three balls later tail-ender Morne Morkel too walked back run out scoring 5 as the South Africa score read 207/7. The bottom three added just 13 runs between them.advertisementIndia lead the five-match ODI series 2-1. The two teams next meet on Friday in Port Elizabeth.