CENTURION: Virat Kohli led India to a 5-1 series hammering of South Africa on Friday, scoring 129 not out in an eight-wicket win in the sixth and final one-day international.
Kohli's 129 came off just 96 balls, and he reached his century off 82 balls, as India strolled to 206-2 and past South Africa's 204 all out.
India had 107 balls to spare, another supremely dominant win for the tourists who became the first team since Australia in 2002 to win five ODI games in a series in South Africa.
India's win was another emphatic statement of its ODI quality. It displaced South Africa as No. 1 in the ODI rankings in this series.
India had already won the series with a 4-1 lead heading to the final game at SuperSport Park but that didn't affect its ambition.
Seamer Shardul Thakur took 4-52 in his first game on tour as South Africa's batsmen were again bundled out cheaply. Only Khaya Zondo's 54, his maiden ODI half-century, was of any significance for South Africa.
South Africa v India scoreboard
A. Markram c Iyer b Thakur 24
H. Amla c Dhoni b Thakur 10
A. de Villiers b Chahal 30
K. Zondo c Pandya b Chahal 54
H. Klaasen c Kohli b Bumrah 22
F. Behardien c Bumrah b Thakur 1
C. Morris c Dhawan b Kuldeep Yadav 4
A. Phehlukwayo c and b Thakur 34
M. Morkel c Iyer b Pandya 20
Imran Tahir c Kohli b Bumrah 2
L. Ngidi not out 0
Extras (w3) 3
Total (46.5 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Amla), 2-43 (Markram), 3-105 (De Villiers), 4-135 (Klaasen), 5-136 (Behardien), 6-142 (Morris), 7-151 (Zondo), 8-187 (Morkel), 9-192 (Tahir)
Bowling: Thakur 8.5-0-52-4 (3w), Bumrah 8-1-24-2, Pandya 10-0-39-1, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-51-1, Chahal 10-0-38-2
S. Dhawan c Zondo b Ngidi 18
R. Sharma c Klaasen b Ngidi 15
V. Kohli not out 129
A. Rahane not out 34
Extras (b4, lb1, w5) 10
Total (2 wkts, 32.1 overs) 206
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Sharma), 2-80 (Dhawan)
Bowling: Morkel 7-0-42-0 (2w), Ngidi 8-1-54-2 (3w), Morris 6-0-36-0, Phehlukwayo 4-0-27-0, Imran Tahir 7.1-0-42-0
Did not bat: S. Iyer, H. Pandya, M. Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, S. Thakur, J. Bumrah, Y. Chahal
Result: India win by eight wickets
Series: India win the six-match series 5-1