India won their first ever One Day International series on South African soil on Tuesday night.
They have been a cut above the Proteas since the start of six-match contest and closed it out 4-1 with a 73-run victory at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Once again the Proteas failed to bowl out the Indians after South Africa invited their visitors to bat.
Dangerous opener Rohit Sharma finally came off, scoring 117 as they posted 274 – challenging SA to make the second-highest run-chase on the ground for victory.
Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (34) put up 48 for the first wicket, before he and skipper Virat Kohli (36) lifted them all the way to 153/2 in the 25th over.
But SA clawed themselves back into the game with Lungi Ngidi (a career-best 4/51) leading the way, getting the wickets of Sharma, Hardik Pandya (0) and Sheryas Iyer (30).
However, the SA top and middle order failed again in reply, after Hashim Amla and skipper Aiden Markram (32) put up 52 for the first wicket.
After that JP Duminy (1) and AB de Villiers (6) were back in the hut on 65/3.
Amla and Miller got them back on track before SA slumped to 127/4. But once Amla (71) was out for with the score on 166/5, the writing was on the wall.
Then India’s lethal spinners struck chopped off the tail, with Kuldeep Yadav (4/57) taking three wickets in what would be the second last over as SA went 196/7, 197/8, 197/9, before Yuzvendra Chahal finished it.