South Africa looked comfortably placed at one stage with Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla keeping Indian bowlers at bay. The momentum shifted in India’s favor when Indian bowlers got rid of Amla and de Villiers in quick succession. India made full use of a tricky pitch to hit good areas to cause a lot of problems to South African batsmen. South Africa lost wickets in clusters to get bundled out for 177 runs while trying to chase a target of 241 runs set by India. The Wanderers seem to happy hunting ground for India as they remained unbeaten in five games played against South Africa since 1992.
South Africa went into a shell after the break and never dictated the terms to Indian bowlers. Elgar played really well and never lost his composure while others perished trying to get quick runs. Ishant Sharma got Faf du Plessis with in-ducker that came back sharply to disturb the stumps. Quinton de Kock also did not show any fight as he was trapped right in front by Jaspreet Bumrah to cap off a poor series in terms of batting for the wicket-keeper.
South Africa’s batting imploded once Amla and De Villiers departed as rest of the batting order looked to survive the onslaught of Indian bowlers. The pitch played pretty well in the first session but things started to get tricky once the ball got old as Indian bowlers seized the opportunity to dismiss South Africa for just 177 runs and win the final game by 63 runs.
Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel bowled well for South Africa while Lungi Ngidi did not much in this game due to unknown reasons. Kagiso Rabada also had a good game as he picked up crucial wickets for South Africa in the game. Vernon Philander was named the man of the series for his valuable contributions with the bat and ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named the man of the match for his good performance with bat and ball.