South Africa A 137 for 1 (Hendricks 60*, Rahul Chahar 1-18) beat India A 188 for 9 (Dhawan 52, Dube 31, Jansen 3-25) by four runs (by D/L method)
25 overs a side
Shikhar Dhawan showcased his fluency with a 52 off 43, but that was not enough for India A as they lost to South Africa A by four runs after failing to chase a DLS-adjusted target of 193 in the fourth one-dayer in Thiruvananthapuram. South Africa A quicks Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen and Lutho Sipamla ran through the hosts' line-up, reducing them to 161 for 3 to 178 for 9, picking three wickets each.
Resuming from 57 for 1 on the reserve day, needing 136 from 104 balls, India's second-wicket pair of Dhawan and Prashant Chopra added a 79-run stand before Sipamla struck to remove the latter. Dhawan, who had scored more freely the previous day, played with more caution but fell shortly after bringing up his fifty to Jansen.
With the asking rate climbing, Shivam Dube joined captain Shreyas Iyer, and the duo went for some big hits, including scoring 23 runs off a Sipamla over in their 51-run stand. But in the very next over, they both lost their wickets within a space of three balls to Nortje.
A collapse ensued as the next four batsmen fell in the space of 20 balls. Rahul Chahar at No. 9 battled alone, but couldn't take India over the line as they finished at 188 for 9 at the end of 25 overs.
Earlier, the visitors rode on Reeza Hendricks' unbeaten 60 off 70 to post 137 for 1 in 25 overs.
Opener Matthew Breetzke was the only one dismissed, for a 31-ball 25 that included two sixes and a four, legspinner Chahar accounting for him. Heinrich Klaasen blasted a 12-ball 21 that included three sixes to provide a late impetus. Klaasen arrived after captain Temba Bavuma retired hurt on 28.
So far all four matches of the series, in which India A already have an unassailable lead, have been rain-affected.