South Africa clinched 1st ever bilateral ODI series in India
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers three centuries of the fifth match helped South Africa to score their highest ever total in India.
South Africa on 25 October 2015 won the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India 3-2. This was South Africa’s first ever bilateral ODI series win on Indian soil.
In the fifth and final match played at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, South Africa defeated India by 214 runs, which was India’s second biggest ODI loss in terms of runs. South Africa after winning the toss chose to bat first and posted 438 runs at a loss of four wickets; this was third highest score in the history of ODIs.
In reply, Indian team was bundled out for 224 in the 36th over, with Ajinkya Rahane top scoring with 87.
1st Match: Played at Green Park, Kanpur on 11 October 2015, South Africa won South Africa won by 5 runs. AB de Villiers (South Africa) was declared as the Man of the Match.
2nd Match: Played at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on 14 October 2015, India won the match by 22 runs. MS Dhoni (India) was declared as the Man of the Match.
3rd Match: Played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on 18 October 2015, South Africa won the match by 18 runs. M Morkel (South Africa) was declared as the Man of the Match.
4th Match: Played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 22 October 2015, India won the match by 35 runs. V Kohli (India) was declared as the Man of the Match.
5th Match: Played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 25 October 2015, South Africa won by 214 runs. Q de Kock (South Africa) was declared as the Man of the Match.
Player of the series - AB de Villiers (South Africa)
Major Highlights of the series
• South Africa registered their first ever bilateral ODI series win on Indian soil.
• The defeat was also the second biggest loss for India in ODIs in terms of runs.
• The fifth match saw three centuries by Faf Du Plessis (133), skipper AB DeVilliers (119) and Quinton de Kock (109). Three centuries in an ODI inning was made for the second time in the history.
• Bhuvneshwar Kumar created the record of being the most expensive figures by an Indian bowler in ODIs, 106 for 1 wicket from 10 over.
• Hashim Amla, who made 23, broke Virat Kohli's record and became the fastest player to reach 6000 ODI runs.
Earlier, South Africa on 8 October 2015 won the three-match T-20 International series against India 2-0. Now the nation will play 4-match Test series that will be held from 5 November to 7 December 2015. The first Test match will be played in Mohali from the 5 November 2015.
Earlier, the two boards of cricket namely BCCI and Cricket South Africa on 31 August 2015 agreed that all future bilateral series between India and South Africa, including South Africa's forthcoming tour of India, will be called the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series. The Test series will be played for the Freedom Trophy.
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