3rd ODI, Potchefstroom, Mar 7 2020, Australia tour of South Africa
(45.3/50 ov, target 255)258/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)
player of the match
JJ Smuts
South Africa

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!

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!

Marsh to Klaasen, FOUR runs

belted through the covers with disdainful power! Met right under the eyeline and coshed to the rope

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
Kane 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

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, no run

punched back to the bowler, no room to work with this time

Kane Richardson to Miller, 1 run

nudged to mid-off, an instant call from the alert Miller

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, 1 run

flashed hard into the covers as Richardson overpitches, but better fielding this time limits the damage

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, no run

slower ball, well directed, draws the block

Kane 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
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

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

Hazlewood to Miller, no run

stretching onto the front foot, tapped into the covers

Hazlewood to Klaasen, 1 run

tapped off the pads out to a deep-set leg-side field. Easy peasy

Hazlewood to Klaasen, no run

on the back foot, dabbed out to point

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: 3.29 • Need 23 runs from 42b
David Miller2 (1)
Heinrich Klaasen43 (52)
Kane Richardson8-0-56-1
Josh Hazlewood9-1-32-2
Kane 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

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, 1 run

dipping into the toes, hit firmly down the ground to long-on

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, no run

back of a length, trying to slash that one away, but the bowler swoops in his followthrough

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, no run

eased into the covers again, trying to manipulate the field but can't create the angle

Kane Richardson to Klaasen, no run

pressed into the covers as Richardson finds a full length outside off

Kane 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

JJ Smuts c Warner b Richardson 84 (145m 98b 12x4 0x6) SR: 85.71