Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    9.5 Thakur strikes again, this time with the slower offcutter. Thakur's Mumbai team-mate Iyer claims an outstanding overhead catch. He hangs on even as he tumbles onto the ground. Pitched up outside off, the change of pace does the SA captain in. He plays a long way in front of his body and scoops a drive to cover. Great catch from Iyer after the drops earlier in the series. Perfect way for India to round out the Powerplay 43/2
    6.3 Thakur has Amla strangled down the leg side Dug in short and angling down the leg side, Amla can't quite control the pull because of the line. And he is late onto the shot. He would have been better off had he left it alone. Instead, he gloves it behind to Dhoni. Thakur roars 'come on' and celebrates a wicket on return 23/1
    20.5 the stumps take a beating. So does AB's rep; even he has not picked the legspinner's variation. He sets up for a cut shot, making tons of room outside leg, expecting a legbreak. But the ball pitches and skids on straight - like a flipper - and beats him completely 105/3
    36.6 Chahal hangs this legbreak up in the air and gets it to drop down outside off. Zondo, having made room by skipping outside leg, drives inside-out but can't elevate the shot over Pandya at deep cover. India's wristspinners are at it again 151/7
    30.3 scoops a good low catch at short cover and Kohli comes up with a little gesture at the batsman, the finger on his lips. Good bowling from Bumrah, on a slow pitch, he dishes out the offcutter. The length is full, the line is just that tiny bit wide of off stump to draw the batsman into a drive. Klaasen hits it straight at the fielder 135/4
    31.2 that's a ripper at deep third man! Jasprit Bumrah, take a bow! He's not among the safest hands in the Indian line-up, but he responds to this upper cut from Behardien well enough, sprinting to his right, keeping his eyes on the ball, diving to get to it, and then it just sticks in his right hand. Lucky break for India (not that they really needed it) 136/5
    33.3 Kuldeep adds his name into the wickets column with a wrong'un. The wristspinner has Morris holing out to long-off, where Dhawan pouches it safely and slaps his thigh in celebration. Tossed up liberally around off and breaks away. Morris looks to slug the googly away - against the break. He can't get underneath this very full one either. All he can do is to skew a catch to Dhawan in the deep via a leading edge 142/6
    46.5 Thakur has Andile chipping a return catch. Full and around off stump, possibly a knuckle ball, Andile aims to work it to the leg side. Instead, he leading-edges it back to Thakur. He bags four wickets on return 204/10
    43.4 Big Morne gives himself room and scythes it straight into the lap of sweeper cover. Short and wide outside off, Morne stays leg-side of the ball, and holes out to Iyer, who clings onto his second catch of the day - this is a dolly 187/8
    45.4 Tahir has the tendency to stay leg-side of the ball. This is pitched up on middle, Tahir stays leg-side of the ball, both feet inside the crease, he winds up reaching out for the ball with his hands and scoops a drive to Kohli at short cover. And that's Kohli's 100th catch in ODIs 192/9
    not out
    3 (w 3)
    204 all out (46.5 Overs, RR: 4.35)
    Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Hashim Amla, 6.3 ov), 2-43 (Aiden Markram, 9.5 ov), 3-105 (AB de Villiers, 20.5 ov), 4-135 (Heinrich Klaasen, 30.3 ov), 5-136 (Farhaan Behardien, 31.2 ov), 6-142 (Chris Morris, 33.3 ov), 7-151 (Khaya Zondo, 36.6 ov), 8-187 (Morne Morkel, 43.4 ov), 9-192 (Imran Tahir, 45.4 ov), 10-204 (Andile Phehlukwayo, 46.5 ov)
    SN Thakur8.505245.88355330
    JJ Bumrah812423.00364000
    HH Pandya1003913.90353100
    Kuldeep Yadav1005115.10315100
    YS Chahal1003823.80350200
    12.4 smacks it straight to point! It's there for the cut. And the cut comes out, with plenty of power. So much that Zondo ends up having the juggle the ball. But all is well and South Africa have their second wicket 80/2
    3.4 top-edges the pull and Klaasen takes the offering gleefully! Rohit thinks the shot is on because the line is on leg stump, and his intention is to only help it to fine leg. But Ngidi generates extra bounce by hitting the deck and provides South Africa with a massive breakthrough. Also, the ball is only 126 kph, so the miscue doesn't really travel too far 19/1
    not out
    not out
    10 (b 4, lb 1, w 5)
    206/2 (32.1 Overs, RR: 6.4)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Rohit Sharma, 3.4 ov), 2-80 (Shikhar Dhawan, 12.4 ov)
    M Morkel704206.00247020
    L Ngidi815426.75248030
    CH Morris603606.00205000
    AL Phehlukwayo402706.75124000
    Imran Tahir7.104205.86213200

Match Details


India , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

India won the 6-match series 5-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.15, Second Session 17.15-20.45

Match days

16 February 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Markram wasn't the right choice as captain - Graeme Smith

    Taking nothing away from the young captain, Graeme Smith said South Africa could have looked at JP Duminy, Hashim Amla or AB de Villiers to stand in as captain for the ODIs

  • In defeat, Markram remains optimistic about the future

    South Africa's young captain says he is richer for the experience gained in this series, and thinks the lopsided result will spur his team on and make future victories that much sweeter

  • Freed-up Kohli shows what he is truly capable of

    Earlier in the one-day series, the India captain batted according to the match situation, did just what his team needed. Now, with the result of the game holding little value, he had the licence to let himself go, and boy did he put on a show

  • Markram braces for another trial in captaincy run

    Before the ODI series began, Aiden Markram wasn't even sure of a place in the side, but in the span of five matches, he has gone from being touted a future captain to now battling for a permanent spot after SA return to full strength

  • Back to Centurion, but for a dead rubber

    The game will be a chance to rest players like Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada although South Africa should be more desperate for a face-saving win than India's quest for 5-1

Kohli's series


Runs for Kohli in this series, the most for any batsman in a bilateral ODI series. He is also the first to score over 500 runs in a bilateral series. Previous highest was 491 by Rohit Sharma v Aus in 2013-14 series.

Thakur triumphs


Shardul Thakur is the first India fast bowler to take a 3-wicket haul in this series. The spinners have taken six 3-fors.

AB fails


Last time AB de Villiers failed to make a 50+ score in a bilateral ODI series playing 3 or more matches, which was against England. In this series he has made scores of 26, 6 and 30.

Lucky Toss again


Score at which South Africa were dismissed in the second ODI of this series that was played in Centurion, after India had won the toss and put the hosts to bat first. The visitors have won the toss again in this Centurion ODI and chose to field.