Proteas romp to ODI series win in India


A century each from Quinton de Kock, Faf Du Plessis and captain AB de Villiers set South Africa on their way to a three-two ODI series victory away to India on Sunday.

The Proteas thumped the hosts by 214 runs in the fifth and final match in Mumbai after they set India a record target of 439 runs to win in 50 overs.

De Kock hit 109 from 85 balls, Du Plessis scored 133 off 115 while De Villiers bludgeoned 119 off just 106 balls, just the second instance that there were three batsmen that scored centuries in the same innings in ODI cricket.

After Hashim Amla was out for 23, in the fourth over, De Kock and Du Plessis shared in a stand of 154 for the second wicket which came to end in the 27th over.

De Villiers then took up the mantle to keep the scoreboard moving, and he certainly did a fine job, as he played all his trademark tricks, flicks and power shots as he and Du Plessis put on a mammoth 211 in just 19.5 overs.

Du Plessis innings came to an end with six overs to go as he suffered with what looked like severe cramp in his legs and was struggling to move.

De Villiers was out in the 47th over and walked off to a deserved standing ovation from a capacity crowd at the Wankede Stadium with David Miller (22*), Farhaan Behardien (16) and Dean Elgar (5*) making sure the visitors scored well over 400, ending on 438 for four.

Chasing the highest target ever on Indian soil, the home were never really in the chase as they folded for 224 all out in the 36th over, with only Ajinkya Rahane (87) and Shikhar Dhawan (60) putting any proper scores on the board for India.

The fast bowlers Dale Steyn (three for 38) and Kagiso Rabada (four for 41) were the best bowlers on display for the Proteas as they ensured that the visitors walked away with the series trophy.