Friday, 14 March 2014

3rd ODI: Australia beat South Africa and won the Series by 2-0

Australia won by 6 wickets with 30 balls remaining against South Africa in the 3rd T20 Cricket Match Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion on March 14, 2014

Australia 129 for 4 (Finch 39, Tahir 2-21) beat South Africa 128 for 7 (De Kock 41, Starc 2-16) by six wickets. Click here for the Full Scorecard update.

Finch top scored for Australia with 39 after their bowlers restricted South Africa to a modest 128/7 in 20 overs.

Previously Australia have won the toos and chose to field, and Australia have done very well to restrict South Africa to 128. Apart from de Kock, none of the batsmen could score freely. Maxwell and Hogg made life difficult for the batsmen with their variations. Starc was very good as well and in the end, a collective effort from the bowlers gives their side a good chance to win the series 2-0.

Australia reach the target at the end of 15th over. It's been a comprehensive performance from the visitors. First the Australian bowlers did their part and restricted South Africa to 128. Finch and White got them off to a flier. Watson continued the good show after both the openers departed. Bailey and Hodge were hardly tested and in the end, Australia crossed the line with 30 balls to spare. So they've won the 3-match series 2-0.

Starc is the Man of the Match for his figures of 2/16 and he said 'It's important to take wickets throughout in this format. It's nice to be bowling, the ball is coming out alright. It's going to be a nice challenge for us in Bangladesh. Some good things here and hopefully we'll do well there' in the presentation ceremony.

de Kock is the Man of the Series for his 82 runs in 2 games and he said 'I am feeling confident. I've been working hard on my game. I had a bit of time to prepare for the T20s. We are very confident. Different conditions in Bangladesh! We will have to adjust our game plan accordingly' in the presentation ceremony.

Australia captain said 'The bowling was outstanding and the fielding was very good as well. Starc is bowling very well, which is pleasing to see. I think the bowlers took wickets, that makes your job so easy as a captain. I think we've done pretty well with bat and ball and we'll take some confidence going into the World Cup. I know conditions will be different but we'll try and do well there.'


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