South Africa win by 31 runs against Australia despite David Warner’s blistering 173

The final game of the series between Australia and South Africa was played at Newlands in Cape Town.The hosts once again came out on top despite a valiant effort from David Warner who hit a scintillating 173 runs off 136 balls to single-handedly keep his side in the game for large part of innings. Warner looked in terrific touch as clobbered twenty four boundaries that saw him play all around the wicket. The southpaw took a liking to the pace offered by the likes of Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada. The Australia rest of batting lineup did not stand as was case of the rest of the series as South Africa won by the game by 31 runs to complete a first ever whitewash over Australia in one day cricket in a five match series.

David Warner in the chase did receive some amount of reprieve as he was dropped by South African wicket-keeper de Kock off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada when he was not out on 11 runs. Australia started well as Warner and Finch put 72 runs for the opening wicket but Imran Tahir was the man of the moment as he came onto bowl and grabbed key wickets to Finch and Captain Steven Smith to turn the game in favor of South Africa. Bailey struggles on the tour continued as he went for 2 as dragged a ball onto stumps off the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo. Mitchell Marsh played a brisk innings of 38 runs but he paid the price for being too extravagant as he was clean bowled by Rabada. Warner added 90 runs with Travis Head to keep the side in the hunt but fall of wickets in key moments meant that the side fell 31 runs short of the target.

South Africa won the toss and batted first as the hosts were placed in precarious situation at 52 for 3 after 11 overs with Amla and du Plessis back in the shed. Rilee Rossouw continued his good form as he came at no.4 and put on a mammoth 178 run stand with JP Duminy to put his side in a position to post a big total. Rossouw has been in sublime touch throughout the series and this time he grabbed the chance to score a big one from both hands as he went onto score 122 runs off 118 balls.He struck fourteen boundaries and two sixes in his innings. He also rotated the strike pretty well to keep the rate of scoring at around six runs an over for most part of the innings. Duminy also provided support to Rossouw from the other end as he scored yet another half century. He was dismissed on 73 runs by Joe Mennie in efforts to increase the rate of scoring in the last fifteen overs. Miller also chipped in at the end with 39 runs to see South Africa post yet another daunting total of 327 runs from 50 overs.

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