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3rd T20I (N), Cape Town, Mar 9 2016, Australia tour of South Africa
(19.2/20 ov, target 179)181/4
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
97* (62)
hashim-amla
Player Of The Series
130 runs
david-warner
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Australia turn on the power to chase 179 and seal series

Hashim Amla's career-best 97 not out was not enough for South Africa as Australia squeezed with spin and then attacked with the bat to claim a 2-1 series win

Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav
Comms: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
South Africa178/4(20 overs)
Australia181/4(19.2 overs)

Australia win by six wickets and take the series 2-1. An impressive comeback from them after the opening game of the series. They have some mighty power in their batting order. Could this be their year at the World T20? For South Africa, it's a little dent to their confidence but they should also travel with belief. But, not for the first time, Australia have proved a thorn in their side. So, that's the end of the South Africa international home season and it's onto India for both sides. Hashim Amla outstanding today with an unbeaten 97, but it was the collective effort in the chase which sealed it for Australia. Runs for all the top four and it will be interesting to see the top-order combination for both sides in India.

david: "Going out on a limb! Aussies to win the World T20s - men's and women's tournaments." We shall see, David. For now, I'll bid you farewell. Thanks for joining us today.

19.2
4
Abbott to Marsh, FOUR runs

and that's the series for Australia as Marsh clubs a short delivery straight of mid-off

19.1
1
Abbott to Maxwell, 1 run

carves a length delivery over point to the sweeper

Just three needed off the final over. Abbott will bowl

end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 176/4CRR: 9.26 RRR: 3.00
Glenn Maxwell18 (9)
Mitchell Marsh0 (0)
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-38-1
Dale Steyn 4-0-30-0
18.6
1
Rabada to Maxwell, 1 run

short outside off, flat-batted to the off side

18.5
6
Rabada to Maxwell, SIX runs

what sort of a shot is that?! Well, it's probably a matchwinner. Pure Maxwell. Moving to the leg side, swings across the line and the ball flies off over deep point

18.4
Rabada to Maxwell, no run

another dot ball! Maxwell losing his shape as he moves to leg and heaves across the line. Another slower ball

18.3
W
Rabada to Smith, OUT

well, he's struck...a low full toss outside off which Smith tries to scoop into the leg side and can only get a top edge which loops to de Kock as he runs from behind the stumps

Steven Smith c †de Kock b Rabada 44 (50m 26b 2x4 2x6) SR: 169.23
18.2
1
Rabada to Maxwell, 1 run

another slower short delivery, Maxwell giving himself room to the leg side and has to stretch for it

18.1
1
Rabada to Smith, 1 run

full and straight, Smith right across his stumps and flicks it to deep square

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 167/3CRR: 9.27 RRR: 6.00
Glenn Maxwell10 (5)
Steven Smith43 (24)
Dale Steyn 4-0-30-0
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-29-0

Just a run-a-ball needed for Australia

17.6
2
Steyn to Maxwell, 2 runs

full this time, over the the off side, not quite timed on this occasion

17.5
4
Steyn to Maxwell, FOUR runs

backs away to leg away and hammers a back-of-a-length delivery straight of mid-off who is inside the circle

17.4
Steyn to Maxwell, no run

another dot ball, short again, a slower ball this time, Maxwell tries to ramp it away and can't make contact

17.3
Steyn to Maxwell, no run

short outside off, Maxwell walking all over his crease, then lets the ball pass through to the keeper

17.2
4
Steyn to Maxwell, FOUR runs

backs away and carves a length delivery wide of third man...Maxwell up and running straight away

17.1
W
Steyn to Warner, 1 run, OUT

has Tahir's arm beaten Warner?! Yes, he's been run out. Warner swung himself off his feet reaching for a full, wide delivery which he sliced to third man. Tahir's throw was hard and low to de Kock, who collected cleanly this time and Warner is well short

David Warner run out (Imran Tahir/†de Kock) 33 (40m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

Steyn is back for his last over

end of over 179 runs
AUS: 156/2CRR: 9.17 RRR: 7.66
David Warner32 (26)
Steven Smith43 (24)
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-29-0
Kyle Abbott 3-0-27-0

A little exchange between Warner and Rabada. The umpire just cools things down

16.6
1
Rabada to Warner, 1 run

this a length delivery which is heaved into the leg side and goes one bounce to long on

16.5
Rabada to Warner, no run

that's a sharp bouncer, Warner is beaten as he tries to upper cut down to third man...done for pace. Warner thinks that is close to a wide

16.4
1
Rabada to Smith, 1 run

that stroke not quite as pleasing on the eye as he heaves a full ball into the leg side

16.3
6
Rabada to Smith, SIX runs

what a stroke! Not a bad ball, a length delivery and Smith picks it up behind square on the leg side for a six over fine leg

16.2
1
Rabada to Warner, 1 run

pulled down to long on

16.1
Rabada to Warner, no run

beats Warner on the pull

Rabada is back. Can one of South Africa's players of the season makes a difference

Best performances - batters
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla SA
97 runs (62)
8 fours
4 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull
29 runs
1 four
3 sixes
1589131521217
Steven Smith player portrait
SPD Smith AUS
44 runs (26)
2 fours
2 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 four
1 six
111561884
Best performances - bowlers
Player portrait, Nathan Coulter-Nile
NM Coulter-Nile AUS
O
4
M
0
R
36
W
2
ECO
9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir SA
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
2
ECO
9.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
Player Of The Series
David Warner
David Warner
Series resultAustralia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 526
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20, Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00
Match days9 March 2016 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
South Africa Image
Adrian Holdstock
South Africa Image
Shaun George
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Bongani Jele
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Dennis Smith
Match Referee
West Indies Image
Richie Richardson