South African wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock has a stellar record against India in the ODIs. He scored his sixth century in just 16 innings against the Men in Blue during the third ODI in Cape Town.
On the back of his century, the Proteas put up 287 on the board which proved to be four runs too many for India, who were out of the chase before Deepak Chahar took them close, only to suffer heartbreak.
De Kock’s 124-run knock earned him the Player of the Match award and the Player of the Series award having scored a brisk 78 in the previous match as well.
“It wasn’t flat at all, I tried to remain positive and that was the key. I like scoring runs against everyone (not just India). Ee had a week of training when I came back after the Tests and the break, there was some time we hadn’t played ODIs so I tried to find my feet in the first one,” de Kock said in the post-match ceremony.
South Africa win the series 3-0
The whitewash was on the cards once India lost Virat Kohli in the run chase of 288. Suryakumar Yadav’s cameo followed by Chahar’s 54-run knock kept the visitors alive but it wasn’t enough.
Needing 10 runs to win with three wickets remaining, Chahar threw his wicket away while trying to chase glory and ended up paying the price as India lost the last three wickets for five runs to lose by four runs.
Although the series wasn’t part of the ICC Cricket Super League, the Proteas will be proud of the way they came back after losing the first Test.