De Kock ton in vain as rain ends match

India

The third ODI between South Africa and India in Centurion ended without a result as rain ensured Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers' centuries were for nought, thought the Proteas had already won the series.

The third ODI between South Africa and India in Centurion ended without a result as rain ensured Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers' centuries were for nought, thought the Proteas had already won the series.

The Proteas made 301 for eight in their 50 overs, with De Kock scoring his third ton in a row, and De Villiers adding a cracking 109 off 101 balls. David Miller's rapid half ton took the score over 300.

But rain arrived during the interval, and while the covers came on and off around six times in the next three hours, play was called off at around 8pm SA time as the rain got heavier and the ground more soggy.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first, already having won the series in Durban, and rested Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn for the dead rubber. India started off well, removing three quick wickets.

Hashim Amla made just 13, while Henry Davids and JP Duminy fell in the same over, leaving the Proteas three down in the eighth over, thanks to some impressive new ball bowling from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

This left De Kock and De Villiers to rescue the innings, and they did so with increasing ease and acceleration. They saw off the new ball shine, and then ripped into the spinners, with Ravi Ashwin savaged for 93 runs in his nine overs.

De Kock's century was his fourth in ODI cricket, still keeping his 100 percent conversion rate, and becoming the top run scorer in a three-match series. He was also the fifth batsman to score three successive ODI tons, and the first to do so in one three-match series.

He was eventually out to Ishant, bowled while swinging across the line in search of his 12th boundary. He'd struck two sixes and nine fours in his 120 deliveries. He and De Villiers had put on 171 runs together.

De Villiers brought up his third ODI ton against India at better than a run per ball, having struck five sixes. He and Miller put on a half ton stand before Umesh Yadav trapped the skipper plumb in front.

This left Miller to smash a few more runs in the final overs, reaching his 50 in 32 balls, while four tail-end wickets fell for single figures. Ishant took four wickets and Shami three, but this was still the 10th time India had conceded 300-plus runs in 2013.

<b>South Africa:</b> Quinton de Kock, Henry Davids, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

<b>India:</b> Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

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