Pretoria - Quinton de Kock has hit his third century in a row as the Proteas
recovered from a poor start in the third and final one-day international
against India at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
De Kock made 101 in a South African total of 301 for eight.
20-year-old left-hander joined four other players who had hit a
hat-trick of hundreds in one-day internationals - Pakistan's Zaheer
Abbas and Saeed Anwar and two South Africans, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de
Proteas captain De Villiers shared a fourth
wicket partnership of 171 with De Kock after South Africa had been
floundering at 28 for three after winning the toss.
De Villiers went on to record his 16th one-day international century, finishing with 109.
Kock's first two centuries of the series were forged during big opening
partnerships with Hashim Amla but Amla was out early on Wednesday,
hitting a high full toss from Mohammed Shami to square leg.
Henry Davids and JP Duminy then fell to Ishant Sharma in the space of four balls.
Kock had to play a more cautious game and batted with impressive
maturity in a 120-ball innings which included nine fours and two sixes.
De Kock had some luck, however, and was dropped on 37 and 43.
Villiers was in sparkling form.
After reaching a relatively sedate
half-century off 71 balls, he needed only another 25 deliveries to notch
His innings lasted 101 balls and he hit six fours and five sixes.
Ishant Sharma was India's best bowler, taking four for 40 and gaining impressive bounce.
the series secured after winning the first two games, the Proteas opted to rest fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, as well as
all-rounder Jacquesa Kallis.