Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Well that's all from us for tonight, and all the analysis on the day's play will follow soon after. Till then. Ciao ciao.


"The bowlers did well," MS Dhoni says. "They learnt from the last time, but the batsmen played too many shots. I think the shot selection was not right. The SA attack are very accurate and they keep bowling in the same areas and that's what makes them different. Overall, there was not much for the bowlers, not much seam or swing, so that's why I say they bowled well. The pitch was a nice one and the target was a decent one, and we didn't execute our plans with the bat. I don't get too much worried about the losses, how we stand up from here is what i want to see. That will test our character."

"It was a very emotional day and I am glad we came out here and played good cricket," AB de Villiers says. "We have been searching for consistency for a long time and to do it against the No 1 team is a job well done. Quinton and Hash have been very good up front, we struggled towards the end. I though 230-240 was par score, so to get 280 was very good. Quinton de Kock is a very aggressive player, the day I met him, I thought this guys will go far."

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Match. He says, "It's very satisfying. During tough times, people hate you, so in times like these, you have to enjoy yourselves. I was not so happy to take Dhoni's catch because at that stage, we were looking to get to the 20 over mark and I thought we didn't need a wicket then. "

What an annihilation this has been! 141-run loss followed by 134-run humiliation. The South African bowlers maintained their menacing intensity on a pitch that had half the venom of Jo'Burg. Defending a decent 280, they again terrorised the Indian top order to leave them in tatters within the first 10 overs. From then on, it was just a matter of time and they complete a series win with a game to play. Excellent batting by Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, who gave South Africa another strong start, and both got their respective hundreds. They might not have been happy with the final total, but their bowlers made it look like a mountain. Dale Steyn nipped out Dhawan early, then softened up Kohli and all the fast bowlers feasted...

yogi d: "35.1 overs where SA lost their first wicket, at the same point India lost their 10th, that tells the story"

Sandeep: "Someone was attributing India's poor performance to the lack of match practices in SA and the grueling schedule etc. PAK went to SA after playing back to back matches in UAE and even with not much time to adjust to the new conditions, they performed much better! There is no excuse for getting exposed for our weaknesses!"

Rohail: "This series win is equally important for the South African cricket board. After all the arrogance, the bullying, months of schedule changing and dictation by the BCCI, their team still gets hammered and brought back to reality. Hope SA hammer all the nails in the coffin and win in all formats."

Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, OUT, and more sounds of leather on timber! The series has been wrapped with a slower ball that hits the off stump as the batsman looks to swing it away

Mohammed Shami b Tsotsobe 8 (21m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

35 | (wicket maiden) | INDIA: 146/9 (135 runs required from 13.5 overs, RR: 4.17, RRR: 9.64)

  • Ishant Sharma0 (2b)
  • Mohammed Shami8 (13b)
  • Dale Steyn7-1-17-3
  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe7-0-25-3

Two of India's three heaviest defeats against SA while chasing have come at Durban - 157 runs, 2006 and 135 runs, 2011

Steyn to I Sharma, no run, he gets an outside edge this time and it goes to the third slip fielder on the bounce
Steyn to I Sharma, no run, and another one beats the bat outside off as Ishant fishes for it

Ishant Sharma comes in..

Steyn to Yadav, OUT, not this time! Steyn takes the middle stump out of the ground! This was full, fast and straight. Umesh tried to whip it across the line, but was too slow

UT Yadav b Steyn 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Steyn to Yadav, no run, and this one beats the bat and somehow beats the middle stump too! Just bounces over

Oatile: "Lets assume SA declared after losing the first wicket, then does India stand a chance of winning?"

Steyn to Yadav, no run, another poke and a miss from the batsman as this one flies quickly to the keeper
Steyn to Yadav, no run, he bowls a short delivery outside off and the batsman lets this one go

Steyn comes back

34 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 146/8 (135 runs required from 13.5 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 9.00)

  • Mohammed Shami8 (13b)
  • Umesh Yadav1 (1b)
  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe7-0-25-3
  • Jean-Paul Duminy5-0-20-0
Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, no run, now a quick short ball, Shami attempts a pull anyway but again, makes no connection
Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, no run, a slower ball this time, but again the batsman is beaten outside off
Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, no run, he moves outside leg stump and swings his bat at that, but misses it completely. Loppsy smiles
Tsotsobe to Yadav, 1 run, back of length delivery from Loppsy is tucked to the left of backward point for a single

Umesh Yadav has come in just before the start of the Powerplay..

Tsotsobe to Jadeja, OUT, AB you beauty! Jadeja gets a length delivery to which he throws his bat, he wanted to hit the sight screen, but this goes high and straight. AB de Villiers, however, lines himself up coming in from long on and leaps in the air to pick this one right on the edge. Wonderful judgment there from the SA captain

RA Jadeja c de Villiers b Tsotsobe 26 (63m 34b 1x4 1x6) SR: 76.47

Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, he gets a full delivery that he slices down to third man for a single

33 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 144/7 (137 runs required from 13.5 overs, RR: 4.36, RRR: 8.56)

  • Ravindra Jadeja26 (33b)
  • Mohammed Shami7 (9b)
  • Jean-Paul Duminy5-0-20-0
  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe6-0-23-2
Duminy to Jadeja, no run, on the pads and Jadeja turns it straight to backward square leg
Duminy to Jadeja, 2 runs, he comes forward and dabs it for a single to cover, but a ricochet allows the batsman to pick up an extra
Duminy to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, stays in the crease and punches it to long on for a single
Duminy to Mohammed Shami, no run, he almost drives it back to the bowler, but it drops just short
Duminy to Jadeja, 1 run, slightly shorter and Jadeja has to wait a bit before cutting it hard to deep point
Duminy to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, the flatter delivery is whipped to deep square leg for a single

32 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 139/7 (142 runs required from 13.5 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 8.35)

  • Mohammed Shami5 (6b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja23 (30b)
  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe6-0-23-2
  • Dale Steyn6-0-17-2
Tsotsobe to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, he is going to throw is bat at everything it seems as he slaps the back of length delivery to deep midwicket again

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st10S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd6RG SharmaV Kohli
3rd13RG SharmaAM Rahane
4th5SK RainaAM Rahane
5th40MS DhoniSK Raina
6th21SK RainaRA Jadeja
7th38R AshwinRA Jadeja
8th12RA JadejaMohammed Shami
9th1UT YadavMohammed Shami
10th0I SharmaMohammed Shami