South Africa Clinch Series After Smashing 438 | Ind vs SA 5th ODI Mumbai

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South Africa clinched the 5-match Paytm ODI Series 2015 at Mumbai after thrashing India by a massive margin of 214 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. This was after the visitors had piled up a Himalayan total of 438 for 4 in their allotted 50 overs having won the toss and deciding to bat first. India could not get the start they needed to put up atleast a contest neither did the middle order do anything spectacular. It was just a couple of promising half centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane that gave some sort of respectability and joy for the Mumbai cricket fans.

India were bowled out for 224 in 36 overs in reply to SA’s 438. It was a run massacre in the afternoon session as the Proteas got a superb foundation from young opener Quinton de Kock who laid the way with an 87-ball 109 that contained 17 fours and a six. Faf du Plessis retired hurt after a 115-ball 133 (with 9 fours and 6 sixes) while Skipper AB de Villiers was at his destructive best smashing 119 from just 61 balls with 3 fours and 11 sixes! Fortunately enough, India did not concede a double century to a batsman in this high-scoring contest at a flat batting surface at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

AB de Villiers Photo

AB de Villiers

Needless to say, the Indian bowling came under the hammer. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the worst to suffer as he was taken to the cleaners, with figures of 10-0-106-1. Mohit Sharma went for 84 in his 7 overs, Harbhajan Singh for 70 in his 10 overs and Amit Mishra for 78 runs in his 10 overs were all at the receiving end of the South African onslaught.

It was a herculean task for the Indian batsmen and by the first 10 overs, the home side lost its two best batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cheaply. Ajinkya Rahane came in and enthralled the crowd before giving up after a superb 58-ball 87 with 9 fours and 3 sixes. Shikhar Dhawan played the support role with a 59-ball 60 with 8 fours. The rest of the batsmen simply surrendered without putting up any fight.

For the South Africans, Dale Steyn took three wickets while young tearaway quick Kagiso Rabada who clicked 151 kmph, claimed four wickets. Quinton de Kock surprisingly got the Man of the Match ahead of AB de Villiers. The South African Captain was named as the Player of the Series.


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