The Indian team lost four wickets early on in the game, and ended with 146 all out. The South Africans, who had batted first, made 280-6. South African’s Quinton de Kock made 106 of the total runs for the South African team. Because there had been some bad weather causing the match to begin late, the match had been changed to a 49 overs match for each side. This win means that the Proteas have won the three game ODI series.
India began the game with a bad start, and somehow did not manage to lift themselves up enough to win. Dhoni said: “The bowlers did well. They learnt quite a bit from the last game. Batting-wise, the guys played quite a few short shots. The shot selection wasn’t the problem, the execution wasn’t there.”
AB de Villiers, the South Afrian team captain, said: “To get two wins in a row against the number one team in the world is very satisfying.”
Emotions have been high in South Africa, since the country’s much loved former president, and great statesman, Nelson Mandela, died on Thursday. In order to honour his memory, both players and the crowd began the match with a one minute silence. The players for both the Indian and the South African team wore black armbands in order to show respect to, and remember, this great man. In addition to this, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, added in a prayer to the proceedings, which was said before the national anthems were sung. Nelson Mandela had kept a close eye on cricket and other sports during his lifetime.
“It was a very emotional day,” said de Villiers.