ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India vs South Africa last five ODI clashes
India take on South Africa in a virtual shoot-out in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter. In the last ODI series between these two teams, the Proteas won the five-match series 3-2.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 11, 2017 10:31 IST
India face South Africa in a virtual shoot-out at The Oval. A loss for either Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers will see them heading back home. However, the only way both India and South Africa can qualify is if both the matches get washed-out. The two have a better net run-rate than that of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and would go through even if all the teams end the group tied on three points each.
India last met South Africa in a five-match home series back in 2015. Here’s a look at how the last five ODIs ended between them:
1st ODI: It was the first match between the two after the 2015 World Cup clash. The Proteas avenged their defeat in a nail-biting encounter as they met at Kanpur for the first ODI. AB de Villiers (104) led the charge with a fantastic ton and was well aided by Faf du Plessis (62) from the other end with a half-century. They set a target of 304 for the hosts and although opener Rohit Sharma struck a fabulous 150, apart from Ajinkya Rahane (60), no one else contributed. India required 90 runs off the last 10 overs and had seven wickets in hand but fell short by five runs.
2nd ODI: India bounced back in style in the second game with Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front with an unbeaten 92. Just like in the first game, Rahane (51) was the only one to provide support with the rest even failing to cross the 25-run mark. A target of 248 did not seem an imposing one for the fearsome South Africa batting line-up. However, a disciplined bowling effort brought India back into the game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Axar Patel both picked up three wickets each, but more importantly dried up the runs. Faf du Plessis (51), JP Duminy (36) and Quinton de Kock (24) were the only ones to put up respectable numbers on board as their side got bundled for just 225.
3rd ODI: Quinton de Kock struck a fantastic century as South Africa put up 270 runs. The star pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Axar Patel didn’t work this time around as they gave away 116 runs combined while picking up just one wicket. Du Plessis starred in this match as well with yet another half-century. Coming on to bat, Rohit Sharma (65) and Virat Kohli (77) gave the hosts a perfect platform to chase down the total as India required just 123 runs from 120 deliveries at one point with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (47) at the crease with Sharma. However, between overs 30-39, they scored at a rate of just 3.60, including 35 dot balls, as South Africa got back into the game. Morne Morkel (4/39) removed both Kohli and Dhoni before getting rid of the in-form Ajinkya Rahane, to earn him the man-of-the-match, as India fell short by 18 runs.
4th ODI: Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn shared six wickets between them but were outdone by the class of Virat Kohli and the consistency of Ajinkya Rahane. After Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply, Kohli (138) and Rahane (45) set the platform for India before Suresh Raina (53) struck back form with a half-century to steer their side to 299. The Proteas started well but once spin was introduced in the 10th over, South Africa lost the plot as they were reduced to 94/4 after the 20th. De Villiers (112) scored yet another century but with hardly any support at the other end, failed to get his side past the finishing line. A comfortable 35-run victory meant it was all to play for in the final ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
5th ODI: Centuries from Quinton de Kock (109), Faf du Plessis (133) and AB de Villiers guided South Africa to a massive 438 in the series-decider. Mohit Sharma had sent pack Hashim Amla but the blitz unleashed by De Kock and Du Plessis simply derailed any plans that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have had in his mind. Du Plessis retired on 133 but the last 33 came off just 10 deliveries, including four sixes and two fours. De Villiers simply put the icing on the cake with a 61-ball 119. India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli inside the first eight overs and although Ajinkya Rahane (87) a