The One Day International series between the hosts, India, and South Africa, had been equalized in the fourth match at the end of last week. The fifth match would create the ultimate winner of the series.
While India played well in the fourth match, the final match of the series was clearly out of their reach as South Africa ended with the a total of 438 runs.
South Africa finished with 438 – 4 (50 overs), with Faf Du Plessis scoring 133 runs, AB de Villiers scoring 119 runs, and Quinton de Kock scoring 109 runs. India ended on 224 runs in 35.5 overs. Ajinkya Rahane scored 87 runs.
This is only the second time that a team has made three centuries in a single One Day International match. The previous record is also held by South Africa, and took place when the team played against the West Indies in January.
South Africa’s 438 runs is tied for the third highest total in One Day Internationals. The highest ever total for a One Day International match was 443, when Sri Lanka beat the Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. South Africa scored 439 runs, beating the West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015. In 2006, South Africa scored a winning 438 runs against Australia in Johannesburg, and in this match, South Africa scored 438 runs, beating India in Mumbai. The fifth highest One Day International total was scored by Australia when the team beat South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.
To make up their huge total, the South African team hit 20 sixes and 38 fours at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Ajinkya Rahane hit three sixes in his 87 runs that were made off of 58 balls. He was the fifth Indian wicket to fall in the match in the 27th over.