At Mumbai, November 28, 2005 (day/night). India won by five wickets. Toss: India.
India levelled the series with a fighting display at the Wankhede Stadium. Fittingly it was their new captain, Dravid - whose previous highest score in this series had been ten - who ushered them over the finishing line with 15 balls to spare after being dropped twice during a watchful unbeaten 78, which included ten fours from 106 balls. His stand of 79 with the aggressive Yuvraj Singh settled the issue after Tendulkar was brilliantly caught by Prince, diving to his right at point, just when he had got going for the first time in the series. The histrionic Nel was the pick of the bowlers, but was fined 20% of his match fee for what Jeff Crowe, the referee, termed "explicit obscene language that was witnessed by TV viewers". Earlier, South Africa started slowly as Pathan exploited a helpful pitch - he took two for 12 in his first seven-over spell - and the innings owed much to a defiant 91 from Kallis, who entered in the third over and survived until the 49th, hitting just five fours from 146 balls.
Man of the Match: R. Dravid.
Men of the Series: G. C. Smith and Yuvraj Singh