After hammering the Indian bowlers with a massive score of 358 for four, the five-pronged South African pace attack came out all guns blazing to bowl out the visitors for 217 in 41 overs. It was thorough professional performance by South Africa as Indians were outplayed in all departments. The trio of Quinton de Kock (135), AB De Villiers (77) and JP Duminy (59 no) pulverized the young Indian bowlers hitting them all around the park.
The South African pace attack once again exposed Indian batsmen's inability to cope with pace, swing and bounce in adverse conditions.
From the onset, Indian openers Rohit Sharma (18) and Shikhar Dhawan (12) found it difficult to score runs as Steyn and Morkel swung the ball at a great pace making life difficult for the batsmen.
Rohit, in fact missed a lot of deliveries as got off the mark only with the 17th delivery that he faced.
Dhawan on the other hand hit three boundaries but when a Morkel delivery kicked up, the Delhi lad mistimed a pull-shot which was taken by wicketkeeper de Kock running backwards.
Rohit and Virat Kohli (31, 35 balls, 5x4) batted for nearly 10 overs adding 46 runs in the process.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni fought gamely scoring 65 off 71 balls (8x4, 1x6) as most of the top-order batsmen found it difficult to counter the pace of Dale Steyn (3/25 from 8 overs), bounce generated by Morne Morkel (1/29 from 8 overs) and the controlled swing bowling by Ryan McLaren (3/49 from 8 overs).
Indian death bowling is a big concern. 135 runs were plundered in the last 10 overs. This was the match between the best batting line-up in the world against the best seam bowling but the match was totally one sided.