3 Ds demolish India
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers all hit centuries as South Africa thrashed India by 214 wins on Sunday to clinch the five-match one-day international series.
The Proteas batted first at a sweltering Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and made an awesome 438 for 4, the fourth-highest ODI total on record and the highest ever scored in India.
Left-handed opener de Kock hit 109, de Villiers notched 119 and du Plessis smashed 133. It was only the second time in a one-day that a trio of batsmen from the same team made three figures.
Hosts India could only manage 224-10 in reply.
De Kock was first to take advantage of a favourable pitch and some woeful Indian bowling to notch his eighth one-day century and his second of the series off 87 balls.
The 22-year-old put together a formidable partnership with du Plessis, who came on after Hashim Amla was caught for 23, as the batsmen combined for a second-wicket stand of 154 runs.
He reached 100 off 78 balls in the 35-degree-Celsius (95 degrees Farenheit) heat, but was made to walk when he was caught by Virat Kohli near the boundary off Suresh Raina.
De Villiers, 31, was a man on a mission, racing to 119 off only 61 balls, for his third century of the series.
SCORES IN BRIEF
SOUTH AFRICA: 438 for 4 in 50 overs (De Kock 109, Amla 23, Du Plessis rtd hurt 133, De Villiers 119, . Miller 22 not out; Kumar 1-106, M Sharma 1-84, Harbhajan 1-70, Raina 1-19)
INDIA: 224 all out in 36 overs (Dhawan 60, Rahane 87, Dhoni 27; Steyn 3-38, Rabada 4-41, Tahir 2-50)
Result: South Africa won by 214 runs and clinched 5-match series 3-2.
Player-of-the-match: Quinton de Kock.
Player-of-the-series: AB de Villiers.