Australia sealed the T20 series– 3rd T20 vs. South Africa

Australia 4-129 (Aaron Finch 39, Shane Watson 35, Imran Tahir 2-21) beat South Africa 7-128 (Quinton de Kock 41, Albie Morkel 18, Mitchell Starc 2-16, Glenn Maxwell 2-19) by six wickets.

A combined team work by the visiting Australians maintained their winning spree against the hosts South Africa who lost another game in Centurion.

The Proteas scored 128 runs after losing seven wickets in 20 overs and the Kangaroos piled up 129 runs with six wickets intact and 30 balls to spare.

Mitchell Starc (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent bowling whereas Quinton de kock (South Africa) was announced ‘Player of the series’ for his commendable batting.

The third and final Twenty20 of the series was played on Friday, March 14, 2014, at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Mitchell Starc - Player of the match
Mitchell Starc – Player of the match

Earlier, George Bailey, the captain of Australia, won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first. The decision proved vital since the hosts lost two wickets for just 20 runs and Quinton de Kock was the only batsman who was defending well. The rival bowlers were having best time on the field and the wickets kept on falling like ninepins. Quinton de Kock was the sixth batsman who went back to the pavilion for 41 off 40 balls with 2 lofty sixes and even fours as the home side managed 7-128 in 20 overs.

Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell and Brad Hogg were the highest wicket takers with two each whereas Moises Henriques held one.

Aaron Finch along with Cameron White commenced the innings in a traditional Australian manner comprising continuous boundaries. They smashed 43 runs in 4.5 overs when the latter was gone for 14 and was replaced by Shane Watson. The run rate was maintained by the batsmen and Finch became the next victim at 67 for 39 off 27 with 6 sweetly timed fours. Watson took over with little associations at the other end and was the fourth batsman who was dismissed at 107 for 35. George Bailey and Brad Hodge dispatched a six each in the 15th over as the Aussies achieved the target by thrashing 4-129.

Imran Tahir was the top wicket taker with two whereas Beuran Hendricks and Wayne Parnell shared one wicket each.

Australia triumphed in the one sided encounter with a huge margin of six wickets and grabbed the series at 2-0.


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