MUMBAI, Oct 25: Powered by centuries each from Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, South Africa registered a mammoth 214-run win over a spiritless India in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday to clinch the series 3-2.
Fighting the heat and humidity, du Plessis struck 133 off 115 balls, de Villiers smashed 119 off 61, and opener de Kock hit 109 off 87 balls to put the visitors in the driving seat in the crucial contest with a massive score of 438/4 in 50 overs.
In reply, despite a fighting 58-ball 87 from local batsman Ajinkya Rahane and 59-ball 60 from Shikhar Dhawan, the hosts were bowled out for 224 in 35.5 overs. For the visitors, young pacer Kagiso Rabada (4-41) and experienced seamer Dale Steyn (3-38) were the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing a mammoth target of 439, India got off to a modest start with openers Dhawan and local boy Rohit Sharma in good touch. Playing his first ODI in his home ground, Rohit struck three boundaries before giving his wicket away to Kyle Abbott in the fifth over.
India suffered their second blow with incoming batsman Virat Kohli (7) falling in the eighth over � caught by wicker-keeper de Kock after nicking an outside off-stump ball to have India struggling at 44/2.
Rahane joined hands with Dhawan to try something different after two quick wickets.
The duo managed to help India cross the 100-run mark in the 17th over. After striking a couple of boundaries and sixes, the 112-run partnership for the third wicket was broken when Dhawan was caught by Hashim Amla off Rabada in the 24th over.
Suresh Raina (12) too didn�t last long as he was bowled around his legs while trying to flick the ball off Rabada.
Set batsman Rahane too departed in the 27th over, followed by Axar Patel (5) and Harbhajan Singh (0) to end India�s hopes of clinching the series. For skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (27), it was too onerous a task.
Earlier in the day, opting to bat first, the Proteas started their proceedings on an aggressive note with de Kock and partner Amla (23) handling the Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar and Mohit Sharma comfortably on the batting friendly wicket.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock c Kohli b Raina 109, Hashim Amla c Dhoni b Mohit 23, Faf du Plessis retired hurt 133, AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Kumar 119, David Miller not out 22, Farhaan Behardien c Raina b Harbhajan 16, Dean Elgar not out 5. Extras: (lb 2, w 9) 11. Total: (4 wickets; 50 overs) 438. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-187, 2-351, 3-398, 4-430. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-0-106-1, Mohit Sharma 7-0-84-1, Harbhajan Singh 10-0-70-1, Axar Patel 8-0-65-0, Amit Mishra 10-0-78-0, Suresh Raina 3-0-19-1, Virat Kohli 2-0-14-0.
India: RG Sharma ct Imran Tahir b Kyle Abbott 16, S Dhawan ct HM Amla b Kagiso Rabada 60, V Kohli ct Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada 7, AM Rahane ct Farhaan Behardien b DW Steyn 87, SK Raina b Kagiso Rabada 12, MS Dhoni b Imran Tahir 27, Akshar Patel ct DA Miller b DW Steyn 5, Harbhajan Singh ct (sub) Morris b DW Steyn 0, B Kumar ct DA Miller b Imran Tahir 1, A Mishra lbw b Kagiso Rabada 4, MM Sharma not out 0. Extras: (lb-1, w-4) 5. Total: (10 wickets; 35.6 overs) 224. Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-44, 3-156, 4-172, 5-185, 6-195, 7-201, 8-210, 9-219, 10-224. Bowling: DW Steyn 7-0-38-3, Kagiso Rabada 7-0-41-4, Kyle Abbott 7-0-39-1, Farhaan Behardien 8-0-55-0, Tahir 7-1-50-2. � IANS