The match at the Centurian was only of academic interest as South Africa had already lost the series and were trailing 4-1 after the 4th ODI. This was a chance for the home tea to try and redeem their self-confidence and avoid their greatest defeat in history. Gary Kirsten the expert and former captain of the South African team commented on Ten Sports that he had never thought he would live to see the day South Africa was beaten 5-1.

India under Kohli raced to a victory by eight wickets in the sixth ODI. Time Sports commented that this was a historic win as India had never won a series in South Africa since the team toured the country first in 1992.

The match

The match started ominously for South Africa as Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the Proteas to make first use of the wicket. The batting did not click and their star batsman, De Villiers disappointed when he was clean bowled by Chahal for 30. The writing was on the wall as wickets fell at regular intervals. No batsman played for any length of time, and despite some late hitting by the tailenders the South Africans could just muster 204.

This was a paltry total to defend against the formidable Indian batting line up. The Proteas had some hope when they got rid of Rohit Sharma, and later they also sent Shikhar Dhawan back to the pavilion.

That was all, as Virat Kohli played a superb inning.

He let loose an array of shots that stunned the crowd. The SA pacemen obliged by bowling short and Kohli enjoyed hooking them to the boundary. In the bargain, he notched up his third century of the ODI series.

Proteas fail

In hindsight, the failure of the South African batsmen to come to terms against the Indian wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and contain Kohli spelled their doom.

Kohli established a plethora of records and crossed 500 runs in the series, a first by any batsman in the world.

He also hit his 35 century, apart from leading India to a historic win over the Proteas by a wide margin of 5-1. Even the one match the South African team won was mainly because of rain having curtailed play and the Duckworth-Lewis system having helped them.

Virat thanks Anushka

Kohli is a class player and is the best thing for Indian cricket after the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar. At the end of the match, Kohli thanked all those who had helped in the victory, though they were not playing. He was particularly thankful to his wife Anushka Sharma, the Bollywood actress who he said was his greatest support.