Skipper AB De Villiers led from the front, in a blistering fashion, as South Africa clinched the one-day cricket series, with a 3-2 margin, after India slumped to a humiliating 214-run defeat in a completely lopsided series decider, at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. A determined South Africa rode on superb power packed centuries from opener Quinton de Kock (109), Faf du Plessis 133 (retired hurt), and marauding skipper AB de Villiers (119), to post a mammoth 438 for four, while batting first, as India were bowled out for 224 in 36 overs.
The Proteas were aggressive from the start after winning the toss. Opener, de Kock’s 87-ball knock, was laced with 17 fours and a six — his eighth century overall and fifth against India. Du Plessis’s 115-ball stay at the crease was punctuated by 9 fours and 6 sixes, while De Villiers, who hit his third ton of the series, hit 3 fours and 11 sixes in his 61-ball knock, to completely demoralise the hosts.
The home team batsmen could not deal with the herculean task of scoring at 8.78 runs an over, and bowed down without much fight, to leave the capacity crowd thoroughly disappointed.
Shikhar Dhawan got some runs under his belt, and made 60 in 59 balls, while Ajinkya Rahane showed how good he is at top of the order, making a quick fire 87 in 58 balls, with 3 sixes and 9 fours, before falling to Dale Steyn.
Rohit Sharma (16) and Suresh Raina (12) got good starts before departing, while the hero of the last match, centurion Virat Kohli, fell to a shot he could have left alone; it was a wide one, which he chased, only to knick it to the wicket- keeper. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ninth out, for meager 27.
Dale Steyn took 3 for 38, while youngster Kagiso Rabada impressed once again with figures of 4 for 41.
Leg spinner Imran Tahir (2 for 50) and Kyle Abbott (1 for 39), were the other successful bowlers, thus completing a fine all round performance for the Proteas.