Match Over - India won by 73 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 13 Feb 2018, 13:00 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: RG Sharma


  • Umpire1: IJ Gould
  • Umpire2: S George
  • Third Umpire: Aleem Dar



Overs: 42.2 / 50.0

South Africa



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


8:47pm That's the series done and dusted, but don't go anywhere just yet. It's 14th February, and we all know what that means - the Champions League is back, and if you're from the subcontinent, you can catch Spurs vs Juventus as well as Basel vs Manchester City live and exclusive on Thanks for joining us and we'll see you for the next one. Good night!

Virat Kohli: Very pleased, another complete performance from us. Only one thing had the pressure of losing this series and we knew that. It's history and the guys have worked hard for it. Every since the third Test in Johannesburg it's been a good time for us. It's been a collective effort to create history. When three guys at the top are being consistent, the guys who get an opportunity every now and then might not click. After this series is wrapped up we'll sit down and think about where to improve. For now, 4-1 feels great. We want to win 5-1 for sure, but yeah, there might a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance next match. But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win.

Rohit Sharma: A long time coming, had a good time in the middle. As the game went on the wicket got slower. It's always a good feeling when you score a hundred and your teams wins. Gotta keep yourself in a good frame of mind - that's what I've been doing. I knew I don't have to change a lot and the runs will come. We were in a bit of bother and it was important for me to bat long. I'm glad we could put up the runs on the board and come out and defend it. It's been the hallmark of our team that once you get in, you make it count at the top 3. We face the most deliveries. It was my day today.

Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match.

Aiden Markram: It has been difficult, yes. Firstly credit goes to India. Our batting wasn't up to scratch. You struggle to build momentum when you lose wickets. They've got their game plans nailed so credit to how they've played. Lungi's spell was spectacular. To keep taking wickets in that middle and end period was important. I was happy at the halfway stage. There were some soft dismissals, starting from myself. I do believe we've played their spinners progressively better in the series. It's a learning process. Lot of pride to play for now and we're gonna look to bounce back and end the series on a positive note.

WATCH - Chahal wraps up India's series win (Ind subcontinent only)

8:31pm Six out of ten for those spinners again as India resume their winning ways. But there was another contribution today that has sealed this for them. Hardik Pandya's 2 for 30 and his run out of Hashim Amla have engineered this win for India. A fantastic return for the allrounder who was out for a golden duck today. Rohit Sharma's 17th ODI hundred set it up for India on a day their middle order struggled to capitalise on a strong start. They fell at least 30 runs short, did India, and looked flat in the middle overs with the dots and the nervous running. In the end, though, they've done it. It's 4-1. Stick around for the presentation.

42.2YS Chahal to M Morkel, OUT, No run, trapped in front and that's the series for India! Chahal draws him forward with a flatter one, spinning in from off stump on a good length. Morkel plonks the front leg forward and is beaten on the inside edge right in front of off stump.

WATCH - Chahal and Kuldeep combine to take out Rabada (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

42.1YS Chahal to M Morkel, No run, dropped as Morkel drills this full ball straight back to the bowler. It's floated up and nicely in his arc.
End of over 42. 5 runs this over. 201/9 after 252 balls.
L Ngidi 4 (1b 1x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-57-4
M Morkel 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

For a little while Klaaseen looked a class apart against wristspin WATCH as he takes 16 off Kuldeep's over (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 41. 4 runs this over. 196/6 after 246 balls.
K Rabada 3 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 9-0-43-1
H Klaasen 39 (41b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Required rate climbing close to 9 per over now. Here's Kuldeep for his last over.

End of over 40. 3 runs this over. 192/6 after 240 balls.
K Rabada 1 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 7-0-22-1
H Klaasen 37 (38b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Chahal is back.

End of over 39. 2 runs this over. 189/6 after 234 balls.
K Rabada 1 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 9-0-30-2
H Klaasen 34 (33b 2x4 2x6 ) more

WATCH - Phehlukwayo bowled by Kuldeep googly (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Vikas: "This is simply a numbers game now. Bumrah has 4 overs left. Let's say he goes for double (6) his economy rate as of now (3), which is 24 runs in 24 balls. That leaves the other bowlers with 64 to defend in 48 balls. "

End of over 38. 16 runs this over. 187/6 after 228 balls.
H Klaasen 33 (32b 2x4 2x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 9-0-52-1
K Rabada 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Arvind: "@Sam: I think the crowd is a proper home crowd. You can even hear boos when Kohli is shown on the big screen. Don't think Kohli is used to that. "

End of over 37. 3 runs this over. 171/6 after 222 balls.
K Rabada 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 8-0-28-2
H Klaasen 17 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Harnam Atwal: "@Sam a lot of top athletes use perceived slights to motivate them. VK plays with a chip on his shoulder, that's what makes him click. Very similar to NBA's Russel Westbrook"

Sam: "Almost every time India takes a wicket, Kohli seems to celebrate with a signal that reads like, "that should shut you up" typically reserved for when someone performs against a lot of criticism. Just me?" --- Yeah but you wonder if he's hearing more criticism than there is...

End of over 36. 1 runs this over. 168/6 after 216 balls.
K Rabada 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 8-0-36-1
H Klaasen 15 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Amla run-out off Pandya direct hit (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Saurabh: "Score settled by the spinners! Phehlukwayo hammered spinners last game and then this game look what happened!"

End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 167/5 after 210 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 7-0-43-0
H Klaasen 14 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Phehlukwayo at No. 7 was spotted as a weak link at the start. Might not be so bad to have in with 15 overs to go? Here's Kuldeep

End of over 34. 5 runs this over. 165/4 after 204 balls.
HM Amla 71 (90b 5x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 6-0-19-1
H Klaasen 12 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Kaushik: "It's about how long can amla keep up with his admirable composure on a wicket where you're not getting easy bouandries.One wicket would make it ridiculously difficult for the proteas to keep this chase ticking." --- True. I wonder at what point all the running will start affecting Amla's energy, though. Been running a lot of twos.

End of over 33. 6 runs this over. 160/4 after 198 balls.
HM Amla 67 (87b 4x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 6-0-41-0
H Klaasen 11 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks Al. The crystal ball tells me to take Ravi Shastri's side. This, of course, means that cricket will be the winner.

That's drinks, and here's Varun who will peer into his crystal ball and tell us who will win tonight...

Taha: "Is Amla tiring out at all? He's taking so many 2's to make up for no boundaries"

The equation is 120 off 107 balls

End of over 32. 6 runs this over. 154/4 after 192 balls.
HM Amla 62 (82b 3x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 7-0-35-0
H Klaasen 10 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sanchit: "Somehow I feel QDK's injury has been a blessing in disguise for SA. He was woefully out of touch but his replacement Klaasen is putting the opposition on the backfoot by taking the attack to them."

End of over 31. 9 runs this over. 148/4 after 186 balls.
HM Amla 57 (77b 3x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 8-0-39-1
H Klaasen 9 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - India out of reviews as Amla misses a straight one (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 139/4 after 180 balls.
H Klaasen 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 7-0-26-2
HM Amla 53 (74b 3x4 0x6 ) more

As football fans know, it is time for the knockout stage action in the Champions League. An extra piece of good news for those in the Indian subcontinent: they can stream the games live on Tonight's kickoffs begin in about two hours from now.

WATCH - Rahane drops Amla at point (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

Tilak: "The Indians have done exceedingly well to dry up the boundaries. SA are taking the ones and twos but the boundaries have been very few. That's the reason the asking rate has kept climbing up. Commendable effort by the bowlers I must say." ---- Just one boundary in the last ten overs. Only four since the Powerplay.

End of over 29. 4 runs this over. 134/4 after 174 balls.
HM Amla 50 (72b 3x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 7-0-30-1
H Klaasen 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 130/4 after 168 balls.
H Klaasen 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 6-0-21-2
HM Amla 46 (66b 3x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Miller bowled by Chahal after stepping out (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

santosh battula: "This wicket, on the first sight, I thought it was a regulation stump by Dhoni off Chahal's wide ball. Such a beauty, out of thin air!!!"

End of over 27. 6 runs this over. 128/4 after 162 balls.
H Klaasen 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 6-0-26-1
HM Amla 45 (65b 3x4 0x6 ) more

"Lets go boys. It's a matter of one wicket," says Dhoni

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 122/3 after 156 balls.
HM Amla 40 (63b 2x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 5-0-19-2
DA Miller 36 (49b 2x4 1x6 ) more

India are doing splendidly on a slow pitch, their discipline adding to the frustration of the batsman and bringing out false shots. The last boundary was in the 19th over. The equation is 153 off 24 overs and with Morris injured, this tail is a bit longer

End of over 25. 5 runs this over. 119/3 after 149 balls.
DA Miller 35 (47b 2x4 1x6 ) YS Chahal 5-0-20-0
HM Amla 38 (58b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 3 runs this over. 113/3 after 143 balls.
DA Miller 33 (43b 2x4 1x6 ) HH Pandya 4-0-15-2
HM Amla 35 (56b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Umpire Gould claps after the band finishes up the South African anthem. So does Morris in the dressing room

The band at PE are playing the South African anthem, to a raucous crowd singing along to it.

WATCH - India lose their review (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 110/3 after 138 balls.
HM Amla 34 (55b 2x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 4-0-15-0
DA Miller 32 (39b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Rupesh: "I guess we're either overanalyzing or setting our expectations too high. Kuldeep and Chahal have both bowled well today with economy of 4 and 3. Pretty good for SA conditions I'd say."

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 107/3 after 132 balls.
DA Miller 30 (36b 2x4 1x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 6-0-29-0
HM Amla 33 (52b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Deep: "It's probably a combination of two things : Chahal and Kuldeep, after the last game - for the first time seem slightly conservative in their approach - are trying to restrict runs instead of attacking full throttle. Also, Miller and Klaasen apart, no one else has really employed the sweeps against these two. Amla has the game to counter them, but he rarely survived long enough to face them until today. A good test of resilience for the young spinners."

Baskar: "@Sreenath - Don't misjudge Klaasen, it's his home. Remember what Shreyas was capable the last series?"

End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 102/3 after 126 balls.
HM Amla 30 (50b 2x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-12-0
DA Miller 28 (32b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Sreenath : "Miller might be thinking attacking spinners is a good idea... But the truth is that India only need his wicket in next 10 overs..And klaseen is last recognised batsman in the team who has no experience at international level to carry till the end "

End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 99/3 after 120 balls.
HM Amla 30 (47b 2x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 5-0-24-0
DA Miller 26 (29b 2x4 1x6 ) more

South Africa's footwork to wristspin has improved so much it is barely even possible to reconcile that this is the same set of batsmen who were so clueless only a week ago. That said, Chahal and Kuldeep are still keeping the runs down

End of over 19. 8 runs this over. 95/3 after 114 balls.
HM Amla 28 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 2-0-10-0
DA Miller 24 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) more

WATCH - Pandya gets AB de Villiers (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 18. 2 runs this over. 87/3 after 108 balls.
HM Amla 27 (43b 2x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-20-0
DA Miller 17 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more

hsd: "Bhuvi has been below power this ODI series, with just the 2 wkts in 5 matches so far and an eco. rate of over 6.2 . India must have an alternate seamer on cards if one of Bhuvi or JJ are unavailable or underperforming, especially with the WC next year."

End of over 17. 2 runs this over. 85/3 after 102 balls.
DA Miller 16 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 1-0-2-0
HM Amla 26 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) more

"Get ready, boys, catch coming, he'll hit it very hard" yells Dhoni. "don't complain later"

End of over 16. 9 runs this over. 83/3 after 96 balls.
DA Miller 14 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-18-0
HM Amla 26 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks, Varun. It's going to be wristspin and more wristspin now as Yuzvendra Chahal comes on. Miller's eager to sweep them all under a run. Amla, as ever, is playing them off the back foot

That will be drinks. Alagappan is back.

Pradeep D: "@Varun, do you think Chahal would have done some work in the nets to sort out his no ball problems? Wet Wanderers is surely not the reason why he overstepped there and the umpires will be watching him closely from here on" --- I don't think he'd felt pressure before like he did at Wanderers. Errors creep in...

End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 74/3 after 90 balls.
HM Amla 24 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 3-0-12-2
DA Miller 7 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Pandya traps Duminy (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

No, Kohli hasn't taken the gloves. We're sorting that for you.

End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 67/3 after 84 balls.
HM Amla 24 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-9-0
DA Miller 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 65/3 after 78 balls.
DA Miller 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 2-0-6-2
HM Amla 23 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 7 runs this over. 62/2 after 72 balls.
AB de Villiers 5 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-7-0
HM Amla 21 (30b 2x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Bumrah takes out Markram (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 11. 3 runs this over. 55/2 after 66 balls.
AB de Villiers 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 1-0-3-1
HM Amla 19 (28b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Ajju: "The dropped catch has costed India 23 runs off 16 balls. India will be breathing better now as this could have been much more costlier."

Dhoni's sorting out the tapes around his fingers

End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 52/1 after 60 balls.
JP Duminy 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 5-0-14-1
HM Amla 17 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Rohan: "Where is the knuckle ball? Bhuvi had developed a good one in the IPL and the Aus series. This series, he is getting hammered and we are yet to see him bowl that again."

End of over 9. 10 runs this over. 51/0 after 54 balls.
HM Amla 16 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 5-0-35-0
AK Markram 32 (30b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 8. 3 runs this over. 41/0 after 48 balls.
AK Markram 23 (25b 2x4 1x6 ) JJ Bumrah 4-0-13-0
HM Amla 15 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Shreyas Iyer drops Aiden Markram (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)

End of over 7. 11 runs this over. 38/0 after 42 balls.
AK Markram 21 (22b 2x4 1x6 ) B Kumar 4-0-25-0
HM Amla 14 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Anup Kulkarni: "Iyer was physically at ground but mentally somewhere else.. poor young man.. will learn to maintain intensity throughout after this dropped catch.."

End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 27/0 after 36 balls.
HM Amla 14 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 3-0-10-0
AK Markram 10 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Taz: "How can a young player like Shreyas Iyer drop 2 chances in 2 games? Is the technique wrong, or lack of confidence?" --- Technique issue on this occasion.

End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 23/0 after 30 balls.
AK Markram 9 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 3-0-14-0
HM Amla 11 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Square leg goes out now. No one deep on the off side.

End of over 4. 2 runs this over. 17/0 after 24 balls.
HM Amla 11 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 2-0-6-0
AK Markram 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Vikram: "The new ball seems to be coming on to bat nicely. If it skids on under the lights then this will be over in 45 overs. Bowlers needs to be spot on. It's virtually wrist spinners vs SA Batsmen."

End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 15/0 after 18 balls.
AK Markram 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 2-0-10-0
HM Amla 10 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 9/0 after 12 balls.
HM Amla 9 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 1-0-4-0
AK Markram 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Karthik s.venka: "@shubam we do not mind an Amla hundred if he accounts for devillers and miller through run outs"

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
AK Markram 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 1-0-5-0
HM Amla 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shubham Jain: "Rohit was long due and he scored today. Time for Amla to do the same ?" ---

Sidharth Monga on the secret behind India's success against Hashim Amla so far in this series

No movement for Bhuvneshwar in that over.

We have some trouble with the advertising boards behind the bowler. Seems like they've failed to switch to black...and now they've been sorted.

HM AmlaRun out HH Pandya 71151925077.17
AK MarkramC V Kohli B JJ Bumrah32403241100
JP DuminyC RG Sharma B HH Pandya1750020
AB de VilliersC MS Dhoni B HH Pandya6870085.71
DA MillerB YS Chahal3656512170.59
H KlaasenSt. MS Dhoni Kuldeep Yadav3972422292.86
AL PhehlukwayoB Kuldeep Yadav04300-
K RabadaC YS Chahal B Kuldeep Yadav326170017.65
M MorkelLBW YS Chahal1830033.33
T ShamsiC HH Pandya B Kuldeep Yadav02100-
L Ngidinot out 42110400
Total 201/10
B Kumar7.004306.14
JJ Bumrah7.002213.14
HH Pandya9.003023.33
Kuldeep Yadav10.005745.7
YS Chahal9.204324.61