South Africa 303 for 5 beat India 298 for 7
The match played at the Green Park ground in Kanpur marked a historic moment for the stadium when in produced the two highest ODI totals scored on the same day in a match that seemed to be a mirror image of itself until India cracked.
The Protea’s innings was anchored by a scintillating century from captain AB de Villiers and man-of-the-match after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
India looked to be cruising to victory with Rohit Sharma put up 150 runs before Imran Tahir claimed his wicket with the first ball of his final over.
The young Kagiso Rabada was given the difficult job of bowling the final over and needing to defend 12 runs as he faced up to the best finisher in the business MS Dhoni. But the right-arm fast bowler kept his head and handle it.
Rabada caught and bowled MS Dhoni and then dismissed Kumar with the very next ball to have India needing a six to tie the match off the last ball, but it was never going to happen
The disappointed MS Dhoni blamed the narrow loss on his bowlers leaking runs in the final overs.
The South African captain who smashed five boundaries and six maximums in his innings, most of which came after he crossed the 50-run mark “And lot of credit to Dale and Kagiso. The youngster proved quite handful and he has got a bright future.”