JAIPUR (India) (Agencies) India defeated South Africa by one run in the first one-day international at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday to take the lead in the three-match series. The second match will be played in Gwalior on Wednesday. India were coasting towards a convincing victory before a late fightback from the South African tail made the home side sweat right upto the final delivery. A 65-run stand in 38 deliveries between Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn for the ninth wicket revived South Africa in a game they had given up for dead. Steyn was bowled in the final over, but South Africas last pair made it four needed off the final ball. Praveen Kumar bowled a wide to make it three off one; Parnell slashed the last legitimate ball to third man where Sreesanth fielded and threw the ball back to the wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who broke the stumps with Parnell a yard short of salvaging a tie for South Africa. Such drama hardly looked on the cards when Jacques Kallis, South Africas last remaining specialist batsman, fell for a patient 89 at the end of the 43rd over. Earlier, Suresh Raina top-scored with 58 off 63 balls as a depleted India chalked up 298-9 from 50 overs. Virender Sehwag chipped in with 46 off 37 balls at the top of the order after the hosts were sent in to bat in the day-night match at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur. South Africas stand-in captain Jacques Kallis picked up 3-29 from seven overs as the tourists were left to chase six runs an over under lights on a good batting wicket. India are without bowling spearheads Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, and frontline batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, for the opening game of the three-match series. Harbhajan was given permission to miss the first two matches due to his sisters wedding, while the other three were injured. Kallis led South Africa in the absence of Graeme Smith, who opted out of the one-dayers with a finger injury sustained during the Test series, which ended 1-1 last week. Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik (44) put on 79 for the third wicket in 75 balls to boost India after veteran Sachin Tendulkar was run out for four in the second over. Sehwag, who hit two audacious sixes over the third man and cover region, was unlucky to be run out when a Karthik drive was deflected to the non-strikers wicket by bowler Charl Langeveldt. Karthik and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26) holed out to make India 138-4 in the 24th over, but Virat Kohli (31) and Raina lifted the hosts by adding 66 for the fifth wicket. SCOREBOARD INDIA innings V. Sehwag run out 46 S. Tendulkar run out 4 Karthik c Petersen b Langeveldt 44 Dhoni c Morkel b Kallis 26 Kohli c Gibbs b Morkel 31 Raina c Boucher b Kallis 58 Yusuf Pathan c Kallis b Parnell 18 Jadeja c Boucher b Kallis 22 Kumar run out 13 A. Nehra not out 16 Sreesanth not out 0 EXTRAS: (lb7, w13) 20 TOTAL: (for nine wickets, 50 overs) 298 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-89, 3-116, 4-138, 5-204, 6-231, 7-260, 8-274 , 9-292. BOWLING Steyn 10-1-46-0 (w4) Parnell 9-0-69-1 (w3) Langeveldt 10-0-48-1 (w2) Morkel 8-0-59-1 (w3) Botha 6-0-40-0 Kallis 7-0-29-3 (w1) SOUTH AFRICA innings (target: 299 runs from 50 overs) LL Bosman b Kumar 29 HH Gibbs c Kohli b Jadeja 27 JH Kallis b Sreesanth 89 AB de Villiers b Jadeja 25 Petersen run out (Sreesanth/Dhoni) 9 JA Morkel lbw b Nehra 2 Boucher c Dhoni b Sreesanth 5 J Botha lbw b Pathan 10 Parnell run out (Sreesanth/Dhoni) 49 DW Steyn b Kumar 35 CK Langeveldt not out 4 EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 4, w 8) 13 TOTAL: (all out; 50 overs) 297 Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-64, 3-109, 4-134, 5-142, 6-161, 7-180, 8-225 , 9-290, 10-297 BOWLING P Kumar 8-0-46-2-5.75(2w) A Nehra 10-0-67-1-6.70 S Sreesanth 9-1-74-2-8.22(1w) RA Jadeja 10-2-29-2-2.90 YK Pathan 10-0-51-1-5.10(1w) SK Raina 3-0-25-0-8.33