South Africa slam 438 to flatten India in decider | The Daily Star
09:38 PM, October 25, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:46 PM, October 25, 2015

South Africa slam 438 to flatten India in decider

South Africa won their first-ever bilateral series in India after Faf du Plessis' first, Quinton de Kock's second and AB de Villiers' third centuries of the series, which helped the visitors soar to the highest total in the five matches, the highest at the Wankhede and the highest against India. They did not subject India to their biggest margin of defeat, but they did bowl them out more than 200 runs short of the target, no mean feat in batsmen-friendly conditions.

South Africa's line-up enjoyed the track, which offered almost no bounce or turn most, and applied aggression in waves reminiscent of the day nine years ago when they scored this exact number of runs against Australia at the Wanderers. Then, South Africa were chasing, this time they were making India's bowlers do that. India have never conceded more runs in an ODI; South Africa have scored more but only by one. This was their sixth score over 400 and fourth in 2015 alone, and it underlined their ability to dominate opposition on their own turf.

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India will be disappointed by the way their challenge died in both departments. Their bowlers began with an over-reliance on the short ball and then just ran out of ideas while their batsmen showed the right intent upfront but lost wickets trying to sustain the scoring rate. In the end, they conceded a second series to South Africa on the tour with the main event, the Tests, still to come.

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