Cape Town, November 26:

Big-hitting Justin Kemp pounded a maiden century as South Africa came back from a horror start for a 106-run win in the third one-dayer against India today.

Kemp made 100 not out off 89 balls as South Africa recovered from 76/6 to reach 274/7 after winning the toss. India also started poorly but despite half-centuries from captain Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were bowled out for 168. Shaun Pollock took four for 26. The win gave South Africa an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The first match was rained out.

South Africa’s total seemed unlikely after Zaheer Khan plunged the innings into disarray. Khan took two wickets for no runs in the first over and had an opening spell of 3-9 off seven overs. Kemp and Pollock (33) started the South African fightback when they put on 60 for the seventh wicket.

Even then, South Africa were in a shaky position but Kemp and Andrew Hall (56 not out) added a South African record 138 for the eighth wicket. They scored their runs off only 92 balls.

Khan was among the bowlers who suffered as South Africa hammered 113 off the last 10 overs, including 77 off the last six.

Dhoni made agressive 55 off 48 balls, with four sixes and three fours as he and Dravid (63) put on 85 for the fifth wicket but it was the only substantial partnership.

SCOREBOARD

SOUTH AFRICA

G Smith b Khan 0

L Bosman c Tendulkar b Khan 6

J Kallis c Tendulkar b Khan 0

H Gibbs c Kaif b Pathan 35

A Villiers c Dhoni b Agarkar 29

M Boucher run out 4

J Kemp not out 100

S Pollock run out 33

A Hall not out 56

Extras: 11 (lb1, nb2, w8)

Total: 274/7 (50 overs)

FoW: 1-0, 2-0, 3-38, 4-42, 5-71, 6-76, 7-136

India bowling: Khan 10-4-42-3, Agarkar 9-0-71-1, Pathan 8-1-60-1, Kumble 10-1-24-0,

Singh 10-0-63-0, Tendulkar 3-0-13-0

INDIA

V Sehwag c Hall b Pollock 0

S Tendulkar c Bosman b Pollock 2

R Dravid c Hall b Pollock 63

M Kaif b Pollock 10

D Karthik c Smith b Ntini 14

M Dhoni c Bosman b Kallis 55

I Pathan c Smith b Kallis 1

H Singh c Smith b Hall 10

A Agarkar c Smith b Hall 6

Z Khan not out 2

A Kumble b Hall 0

Extras: 5 (lb1, w4)

Total: 168 (41.3 overs)

FoW: 1-0, 2-7, 3-17, 4-44, 5-129, 6-133, 7-148,

8-156, 9-168

South Africa bowling: Pollock 9-1-26-4,

Ntini 7-2-13-1, Hall 9.3-0-45-3, Langeveldt 5-0-31-0, Kallis 8-0-29-2, Kemp 1-0-13-0, Smith 2-0-10-0