Centuries from David Miller, Faf du Plessis and brilliant bowling performance from veteran pacer Dale Steyn was enough for South Africa to register 40-run win in the third T20I to clinch series 2-1 in Hobart on Sunday. The day started with the home side’s captain Aaron Finch winning the toss and opting to bowl first. His decision at first looked a correct one as the visitors lost first three wickets for just 55 runs in the 16th over.
But a brilliant partnership of 252 runs for the fourth wicket between skipper Du Plessis and Miller helped Proteas post a mammoth total of 320 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Miller finished the innings with the top score of 139 off 108 balls with the help of 13 fours and four sixes, whereas Du Plessis scored 125 off 114 balls with the help of 15 fours and two sixes. For Australia, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of two for 57 in his 10 overs.
Visitors register 40-run win in the third ODI in Hobart
In reply, Australia also had a horrid start and lost first three wickets for just 39 runs inside the first 11 overs. But two solid partnerships for the fourth and fifth wicket of 107 and 80 runs respectively kept the home side alive in the contest.But a flurry of wickets in the later stages of the innings meant the home side only managed to post 280 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
Left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh finished the innings with the top score of 106 off 102 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes, whereas Travis Head scored 63 off 76 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. For South Africa, veteran pacer Steyn was the best bowler on the show as he claimed figures of three for 45 in his 10 overs.