Top 5 India-South Africa ODI encounters
#4 Kanpur, 2015
After winning the 3-match T20I series 2-0, South Africa entered the ODI series full of confidence. In a day game, they batted first after winning the toss and were off to a decent start.
They had partnerships of 45, 59 and 48 for the first three wickets. But a brilliant 73-ball 104 from skipper AB de Villiers propelled the Proteas to 303 at the end of 50 overs. They scored over a 100 runs in the last 10 overs as India’s death bowling was under the scanner again.
Chasing a big score, Rohit Sharma responded brilliantly with a superb 150 as he took India close to the target. Rahane chipped in with a useful 60 coming at No. 3. However, when Rohit got out in the 47th over, India needed 35 runs in 23 balls and with MS Dhoni at the crease, India were still in the game.
But some magnificent death bowling from Steyn and Rabada helped the visitors defend 303 as the latter defended 11 runs in the last over and prized out MS Dhoni (31) as the Proteas registered a 5-run win.
Brief Scores: South Africa 303 for 5 (de Villiers 104*, du Plessis 62, Amit Mishra 2/47, Ashwin 1/14) beat India 298 for 7 (Rohit 150, Rahane 60, Rabada 2-58, Tahir 2-57)