Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
11 Dec 2013
5:28 pm

Proteas set difficult target for India

Wesley Botton

Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers produced a magnificent recovery, both contributing centuries for South Africa in the third and final ODI against India in Centurion on Wednesday.

FILE PICTURE: Quinton de Kock of South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

The Proteas, who have already won the series, made 301/8 after they won the toss and chose to bat.

De Kock played another mature innings as he became the fifth player to smash three consecutive ODI tons. He also set a record for the most runs in a three-match series with a total of 342.

The hosts were reduced to 28/3 in the eighth over, but De Villiers joined De Kock in the middle and the duo set about stabilising the innings against a determined Indian attack.

De Kock, who was dropped twice, fell for 101 runs off 120 balls in the 38th over when he was removed by paceman Ishant Sharma, who broke the 171-run fourth-wicket stand.

De Villiers went on to make 109 at faster than a run a ball, for his 16th career ton, before Umesh Yadav had him trapped leg before in the 44th over.

David Miller carried the lower order with a splendid knock, adding a quickfire 56 off only 34 deliveries.

Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers, bagging key wickets and picking up 4/40, while Mohammed Shami returned 3/69.

India need 302 runs to secure a consolation victory in the three-match series.