De Villiers, Kallis shape S.Africa''s win over India
AHMEDABAD: AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis hammered centuries to set up South Africa''s consolation 90-run victory over India in the third and final one-day international on Saturday.
De Villiers cracked a quickfire 102 not out for his sixth hundred and skipper Kallis a solid unbeaten 104 for his 17th century as South Africa posted their highest one-day total of 365-2 against India.
De Villiers''s century came off just 58 deliveries, the seventh-fastest in one-day cricket.
India, who rested openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and pacemen Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra after gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead on Wednesday, were all out for 275 in the day-night match in Ahmedabad.
South African paceman Dale Steyn did the maximum damage as he finished with three wickets for 37 runs, including those of well-set Virat Kohli (57) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (nine) in one over.
Seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe bagged three wickets, while spinners Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe took two wickets apiece.
The South African bowlers were superbly backed by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, who finished with five dismissals.
Suresh Raina (49), Rohit Sharma (48) and Ravindra Jadeja (36) were the other main scorers for India.
De Villiers and Kallis made the most of India''s depleted attack, adding 173 for the unfinished third wicket with a wide range of strokes. They built on impressive efforts from openers Hashim Amla (87) and Loots Bosman (68).
Kallis hit three sixes and five fours in his 94-ball knock, reaching his hundred in the penultimate over with a six off fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.
De Villiers, who made an unbeaten 114 in the previous match in Gwalior on Wednesday, completed his second successive hundred with a four off part-timer Sharma in the final over. He hit three sixes and 11 boundaries.
Amla and Bosman set the pace after their team elected to bat on a good track, dominating the Indian attack to add 113 for the opening wicket.
Bosman fell playing strokes, caught at long-off while attempting a big shot off Yousuf Pathan. Bosman hit four sixes and seven fours in his 46-ball knock.