A century by India's opener, Rohit Sharma, and four wickets by Kuldeep Yaldav have helped the team beat the Proteas and win the fifth one-day international (ODI) as well as secure a series victory.
By clinching the series, the Indian team has now taken over the top spot from the Proteas as the number one ranked team in the ODI series.
This is the first time India, who lead the six-match series 4-1, has ever won a series in South Africa and the first game they have won at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan was the first to fall with the score on 47. Only 63 runs were added by Virat Lohli before he was run out in the 26th over. Ajinkya Rahane followed shortly afterwards with a score on only 8.
Sharma put up an impressive performance for more than 40 overs only to be sent back to the pavilion for a 126 ball 115 putting the score on 236/4.
While it seemed India was on the steady path to a score above 300, South Africans bowlers were able to slow down their efforts and managed to restrict India to 274/4 .
South African openers, in response, got off to a good start before Markham left for 32 off Bumrah’s bowling. Just 3 runs later Duminy fell for 1 after which AB de Villiers departed for 6 with the score on 65.
David Miller and Hashim Amla’s partnership was the only one to make a meaningful contribution of 62 runs but Amla was later run out with the score on 166/5. Heinrich Klaasen and Kagiso Rabada put up the only other form resistance with a 28 run, seventh wicket partnership.
The Proteas lost by 73 runs after being bowled out for 201 in 42.2 overs.
Talking about the game in PE, Proteas coach Otis Gibson praised the team’s bowlers but said SA’s inconsistent batting was to blame for the loss.
“To restrict that strong Indian batting line up to 270, you would think that we should go on and chase those runs but we were not able to,” Gibson said.
Despite having lost, Gibson said the team will come away from the experience as a stronger team on their way to the World Cup next year.
“I know we've been focusing on the World Cup, but I don't think the team that will go to the tournament is the one that you saw tonight,” the coach said admitting that the Proteas “got a good hiding from India”.
The Proteas will face India in the final ODI at Supersport Park in Centurion on Friday at 1 pm.