Despite a tense political backdrop, the SA team is drawing superb ODI performances out of its hat.
Test captain Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from last three one-day internationals against Pakistan because of "post concussion syndrome".
Pakistan's wily spinners gave a masterclass in slow bowling to bamboozle South Africa's batting lineup and lead their side to a 66-run victory.
The disparity between the success of the Proteas Test team and the uncertainty of the ODI and T20 squads is vexing cricket-lovers around the country.
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root ensured England completed a comfortable five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final one day international match.
Good planning has rescued an event on which even cricket's diehard supporters were giving up, writes Neil Manthorp.
Gary Kirsten and AB de Villiers are breathing life into the Proteas' ODI squad with their refreshing approach to the game.
India beat the West Indies by 34 runs in the final one-dayer in Chennai on Sunday to take the One Day International series 4-1.
Umar Akmal scored 59 and Shahid Afridi hit 42 off 27 balls as Pakistan made 262-7 in the second One Day International against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
When an ODI was born in 1971, little did the cricket world know it would mark its 40th anniversary amid doubts it was able to hold fans spellbound.