Australia thrash South Africa by 97 runs to wrap up T20I series win

Aaron Finch and David Warner smashed half-centuries to see Australia register a comprehensive 97-run win over South Africa in the third and final game of the T20I series played at Newlands on Wednesday.

With this result, Australia managed to win their fourth T20I series on the bounce since the start of 2019.This is also their third consecutive T20I series win in South Africa.

The day started with South African Captain Quinton de Kock winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The decision backfired completely as Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch put on a mammoth 120-run partnership for the first wicket.

David Warner continued his excellent form from the previous game and smashed yet another half-century for Australia. Left-hander scored 57 runs off 37 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Captain Aaron Finch, who notched up his first half-century of the series. He scored 55 runs off 37 balls with the help of six fours and one six.

Steve Smith produced a quick-fire cameo of 30 runs off 15 balls to help Australia post 193 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

For South Africa, left-arm Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 1 for 25 in his four overs. The rest of the bowling attack conceded more than 10 runs an over.

In reply, Mitchell Starc dismissed Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis to reduce South Africa to 23 for 2 after 3 overs. Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen put on a 34-run partnership to momentarily provide some hope for the home side. Once spinners came into the attack, South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals.

Leg spinner Adam Zampa and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar picked up five wickets between them to dismiss South Africa for just 96 runs in 15.3 overs and clinch the T20I series.

For his splendid figures of 3 for 23, Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc was declared player of the match. For his splendid performances in the three-match one-day series, skipper Aaron Finch was named player of the series.

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