3rd T20I (N), Cape Town, Feb 26 2020, Australia tour of South Africa
(15.3/20 ov, target 194)96
Australia won by 97 runs
player of the match

9.30pm So, that will do for tonight. Formidable from Australia, they really have built themselves quite the machine ahead of a home T20 World Cup. From Matt and myself, and Firdose (whose report will be right here), goodnight!

The player of the series is Aaron Finch. "It was nice with the new ball there and once the lights took effect it started to move nicely. When you have a left- and right-hand combination, if you can keep chipping away and stealing the ones, that rate goes up to 9,10 an over quickly. Wickets in the Powerplay are so crucial, if you can defend yourself well in the Powerplay that goes a long way. Huge credit to all the boys for buying into their roles."

The man of the match is Mitchell Starc: "I think it's been a pretty good job from all the bowlers, and things to keep improving on heading into October. They can kick on a bit if we don't get the powerplay wickets so QDK is a big one. We've got guys waiting in the wings and we've got plenty to build on. We've another T20 series in NZ, and as a group there's plenty of positives."

Quinton de Kock: "It's quite disappointing the way we lost, but we've got to keep our heads up. I still would rather have chased, but they were 20 runs above par. We need time in the middle for our players, this is our last T20 for a while, but when [the World Cup] comes closer we'll give it some thought. Australia are a tough competitive team. Hopefully we can get a series win [in the ODIs]."

9.18pm Shankar: "Nkwe shouldn't have asked to treat this as a world Cup final. Series decider itself was pressurizing enough :(" Well, maybe he was right to ... if the pressure of winning a series is that crushing, you clearly need to get used to pressure!

9.15pm Handshakes all round out in the middle. The teams will be back in action in the ODIs next week, but South Africa will need something special to lift them from that.

The Perplexed P: "The Proteas are in love with QdK! Once he's out of the contest, the rest wil follow ASAP! The Sorry story of the South Africans this series. No spine whatsoever when QdK's gone in chases. " It's hard to dispute. A total of nine runs in his two innings at Joburg and Newlands. And there wasn't a lot to come when he fell.

Jake: "Wow. The last 5 wickets cost only 9 runs in 17 balls. " Ouch

9.12pm So, make of that what you will. A 107-run defeat at Joburg, a 97-run defeat today. And somewhere, sandwiched between the two, South Africa eked out a 12-run win at Port Elizabeth. It's been a grim display from the hosts this evening, who have now been beaten in three of their four series this summer, despite a win in each of those, and despite taking each of the last three to a decider.

Starc to Rabada, OUT

full length, dipping into the pads, a massive appeal, and up goes the finger! It's all over! Faint hints of an inside-edge, but South Africa have no reviews, and they've been thumped by 97 runs ...

Kagiso Rabada lbw b Starc 5 (15m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125
Starc to Rabada, FOUR runs

whoops, that's a freebie to any quality of batsman, a half-volley on the toes, and chipped sweetly through fine leg

Starc to Shamsi, 1 run

fired into the legs, and pops behind square for another single

end of over 151 run • 2 wickets
SA: 91/9CRR: 6.06 • RRR: 20.60 • Need 103 runs from 30b
Tabraiz Shamsi1 (3)
Kagiso Rabada1 (2)
Ashton Agar4-0-16-3
Mitchell Marsh1-0-3-1

Forecaster, for all you masochists out there, is 0.01%. You mean there's a chance?

Agar to Shamsi, 1 run

on the toes, clipped hard to the leg side, to ironic cheers

Agar to Shamsi, no run

swished to point off the back foot

Agar to Shamsi, no run

cripes, that's close! A quicker ball, zeroing in on the top of off, and fenced away with a frantic inside-edge!

So, Mr Shamsi, can you prevent Agar's second hat-trick of the series ...

Agar to Ngidi, OUT

bowled him! Agar is on a hat-trick once again, with No. 11 in his sights! A revolting hack towards some distant point in the Antarctic, the ball scuds on with the arm, into the timbers... crumbs!

Lungi Ngidi b Agar 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Agar to Nortje, OUT

reverse-sweep, and that's plumb too! Nortje gets in a tangle to a regulation length ball, and Agar's evening just gets better. This is turning into the most one-sided 2-1 series loss of all time...

Anrich Nortje lbw b Agar 2 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Agar to Nortje, no run

pressed out to point