SA vs IND 3rd ODI: Rain forces abandonment as Proteas take series
Persistent rain before the start of 2nd innings denied Team India any chance of a consolation victory after South Africa set a target of 302 in the 3rd ODI at Centurion on Wednesday.
The Indian team finally turned up on this tour, reducing South Africa to 28/3 after AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat in good batting conditions. Hashim Amla (13) fell early to Mohammad Shami, while Ishant Sharma's double-wicket maiden ensured Henry Davids (1) and JP Duminy (0) returned to the dressing room in quick succession. However, the visitors paid a heavy price for dropping the in-form Quinton de Kock (101) twice, as he marched his way to a third consecutive hundred in the series, along with de Villiers (109), who also completed his century.
The duo looted 171 runs for the 4th wicket, punishing the Indian bowlers and taking advantage of their sloppy fielding. De Kock was finally dismissed by Sharma, but the plundering continued with the arrival of David Miller, who smashed a 34-ball 56 to take the Proteas en-route 300. South Africa finished with a huge total of 301/8 in 50 overs.
Having lost the series already, this was India's final chance of creating an impression ahead of the Test series. However, the rain gods played spoilsport and the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled in the 2nd innings.