South Africa began their 72-day long tour of India on a losing note as India A pulled off a stunning win in the Twenty20 warm-up game at the Palam ground in New Delhi.
Opener Mayank Agarwal struck a 49-ball 87 with 12 fours and two sixes as India A chased down a target of 190 with two deliveries remaining and eight wickets in hand.
JP Duminy hit 68 not out and dominated an 83-run stand for the unbroken fourth wicket to guide his team to a competitive total.
The tourists will play three T20 Internationals followed by five One-Day Internationals and four Tests in what will be their longest-ever tour of India. The opening T20 International will be at Dharamsala on October 2.
Brief scores: South Africa 189-3 in20 overs (AB de Villiers 37, F du Plessis 42 retd hurt, JP Duminy 68 not out) lost to India A 193-2 in 19.4 overs (M Vohra 56, M Agarwal 87, S Samson 31).