Result
3rd ODI, Potchefstroom, Mar 7 2020, Australia tour of South Africa
254/7
(45.3/50 ov, target 255)
258/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
South Africa
SA Innings
Full commentary

5.45pm So, that wraps up a notable series win, and an eventful South African summer! They've won in style at the fifth series of asking, after four losses and a draw against England and Australia in the T20Is, and they will fly to India next week in high spirits. Thanks for all the comments and feedback, Firdose's report is ready and waiting here, but from myself and Alan, and Thilak the scorer, goodnight and see you next time!

And now, here's Quinton de Kock, South Africa's captain: "I'm very proud of the boys, we played very well in this series. A bit of consistency, for them to be as consistent as they were, congratulations to the guys. My captaincy debut has been busy but the guys helped me out a lot, not too much on my shoulders. We didn't start the summer the best of ways, but this series win reminded us we can compete against the best in the world, the guys wanted to go better and it's been great. Bringing in new guys is maybe what we needed, they've shown what they can do at this level, but we'll take nothing for granted."

Heinrich Klaasen is Player of the Series: "It;s been a fantastic couple of weeks for me, I had to change my mindset in international cricket, I looked to play freely and it seemed to work, I have to keep it going. Hopefully I can cement a spot, we'll see what happens in India. I've learned the hard way you can't take runs for granted."

Jon-Jon Smuts is Player of the Match! "I wouldn't say comfortable, this was an outstanding team performance, to restrict them to 250-odd was a terrific performance. We've stuck to our plans, and Quinton and Janneman laid a great platform, but we've got to keep our feet on the ground."

5.36pm Time for some presentations. First up, here's Aaron Finch: "We haven't been at our best no doubt, credit to SA they put us under pressure with bat and ball, we've got to get better whether here or at home, we've got to do the basics for longer, they are a predictable side and sometimes that's good in one-day cricket. For myself, Davy and Steve not to get a big score hangs on us, but we only took 12 wickets for the series."

On the NZ series, "it's a quick turnaround, a few tired boys, but we're playing cricket for Australia, what else would you do?"

5.29pm Jacques: "Smuts took 2 wickets as well, so must be mom." It's a very fair case to make. All will be revealed shortly.

5.25pm Well, that was comprehensive. Handshakes all round as South Africa ease home with 27 balls to spare. That is a mauling, in spite of Marnus Labuschagne's maiden century. But his innings, superb though it was, was a repair job after a tremendous opening gambit from South Africa's seamers, Anrich Nortje in particular. That was where the match was won and lost ... I wonder if the Man of the Match will reflect that? Jon-Jon Smuts has a strong case too!

45.3
6
Marsh to Klaasen, SIX runs
what a way to win it! A furious pick-up over long-on! South Africa have romped to an emphatic six-wicket win, and a 3-0 whitewash!
45.2
4
Marsh to Klaasen, FOUR runs
belted through the covers with disdainful power! Met right under the eyeline and coshed to the rope
45.1
4
Marsh to Klaasen, FOUR runs
short, and slow. A languid pull into the yawning gap at square leg! How crispy do you like your toast?
end of over 457 runs
SA: 244/4CRR: 5.42 • RRR: 2.20 • Need 11 runs from 30b
Heinrich Klaasen54 (60)
David Miller3 (5)
Kane Richardson9-0-63-1
Josh Hazlewood10-1-37-2
44.6
1
KW Richardson to Klaasen, 1 run
dipping into the legs, clipped to Warner at mid-on, whose gather and shy is rapid, but so too is the batsman
44.5
KW Richardson to Klaasen, no run
punched back to the bowler, no room to work with this time
44.4
1
KW Richardson to Miller, 1 run
nudged to mid-off, an instant call from the alert Miller
44.3
1
KW Richardson to Klaasen, 1 run
flashed hard into the covers as Richardson overpitches, but better fielding this time limits the damage
44.2
KW Richardson to Klaasen, no run
slower ball, well directed, draws the block
44.1
4
KW Richardson to Klaasen, FOUR runs
drilled down the ground and dropped at mid-on! It's completely burst through Warner's fingers, with such power that it barely loses any pace in reaching the rope for Klaasen's fifty, yet another telling contribution in this series!
end of over 445 runs
SA: 237/4CRR: 5.38 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 18 runs from 36b
David Miller2 (4)
Heinrich Klaasen48 (55)
Josh Hazlewood10-1-37-2
Kane Richardson8-0-56-1
43.6
Hazlewood to Miller, no run
a nibble outside off! That's a quality delivery from Hazlewood, exploding off the seam and bouncing past a startled edge. Gets away with it
43.5
Hazlewood to Miller, no run
advancing to the pitch, attempted nurdle to the leg side but Hazlewood sees him coming and drags back his length
43.4
Hazlewood to Miller, no run
stretching onto the front foot, tapped into the covers
43.3
1
Hazlewood to Klaasen, 1 run
tapped off the pads out to a deep-set leg-side field. Easy peasy
43.2
Hazlewood to Klaasen, no run
on the back foot, dabbed out to point
43.1
4
Hazlewood to Klaasen, FOUR runs
width, cracked hard through point! That's a gimme for Klaasen, hitting down on the ball outside off. The requirement dips below 20
end of over 433 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 232/4CRR: 5.39 • RRR: 3.28 • Need 23 runs from 42b
David Miller2 (1)
Heinrich Klaasen43 (52)
Kane Richardson8-0-56-1
Josh Hazlewood9-1-32-2
42.6
2
KW Richardson to Miller, 2 runs
a pre-meditated stroll across the stumps to open up the leg side, and that's nicely placed behind square. Back for two to get off the mark
42.5
1
KW Richardson to Klaasen, 1 run
dipping into the toes, hit firmly down the ground to long-on
42.4
KW Richardson to Klaasen, no run
back of a length, trying to slash that one away, but the bowler swoops in his followthrough
42.3
KW Richardson to Klaasen, no run
eased into the covers again, trying to manipulate the field but can't create the angle
42.2
KW Richardson to Klaasen, no run
pressed into the covers as Richardson finds a full length outside off
42.1
w
KW Richardson to Smuts, OUT
honked high into the sky and Smuts turns away in disgust! He knew from the moment he hit it that he'd got it all wrong, crunching through the line of a full-length ball, but failing to pick the change in pace. The slower ball does the trick as Warner steadies himself at wide long-on, and that's the end of a tremendous, and surely, matchwinning innings
JT Smuts c Warner b KW Richardson 84 (145m 98b 12x4 0x6) SR: 85.71
end of over 425 runs
SA: 229/3CRR: 5.45 • RRR: 3.25 • Need 26 runs from 48b
Heinrich Klaasen42 (48)
JJ Smuts84 (97)
Josh Hazlewood9-1-32-2
Kane Richardson7-0-53-0
41.6
Hazlewood to Klaasen, no run
full length on off stump, nudged to midwicket to complete the over. It's a breeze
41.5
Hazlewood to Klaasen, no run
punched off the back foot out into the covers
41.4
4
Hazlewood to Klaasen, FOUR runs
too short, and that's class from Klaasen! Tight line, lifting into a firm-based pull, clean through wide long-on!