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3rd T20I (N), Sydney, Nov 9 2014, South Africa tour of Australia [November 2014]
(19.5/20 ov)146/8
Australia won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Cameron White
Australia
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• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Calm White leads Australia to series win

Cameron White's composure guided Australia to a fighting, if occasionally flawed, series victory over South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
South Africa145/6(20 overs)
Australia146/8(19.5 overs)

11.20pm: Think that's it from the Sydney Olympic Stadium, we had a few snatched quotes from the players to win gongs. Thanks for your comments, as ever, we'll be back for more white-ball high jinks when the one-dayers begin on Friday. If you haven't already had enough, you can follow India's chase against Sri Lanka - they've been set 243 to win the series in Hyderabad - or pick up a different rhythm with Pakistan's batsmen in the Abu Dhabi Test. From me, for now, it's goodbye and good luck. Ta ra

Man of the Match is that man, the man, Cameron White: "Got a little bit twitchy there. It was set up by the bowlers, chasing 140 should be pretty comfortable most times, we got there in the end. I thought we bowled really well at the back end, used the conditions well and pressured them after a good start. It's nice to be making runs, that's my job, so hopefully keep doing it."

James Faulkner is named Man of the Series: "To say the least, it was very tense. I've been in that position before, stuffed it up - it was nerve-wracking, Cam played really well. He's pure class and good to see him perform. [Boyce, Cummins progress] I've been impressed with him showcasing his skills in T20 and it's exciting to see a legspinner doing well. Pat Cummins as well, bowling fast and taking wickets. We're ready for the summer, hopefully go well over the next few months, both personally and the team."

11pm: Well, that was the sort of finish we were after, a zinger of a T20 that see-sawed back and forth throughout. Australia take the series 2-1 and they have the cool head and steady of hands of Cameron White to thank. South Africa fought for the whole nine yards but really paid for stumbling through the second half of their innings, when they were 61 for 5. Glenn Maxwell should go and have a chat with White about how to finish a run chase, by the way... But no harm done in the end, the teams can now move on and prepare for five ODIs in the next two weeks.

19.5
1
Abbott to White, 1 run

full bunger in the blockhole, White chops it away to midwicket, it's not taken cleanly and he's off, charging through for the winning run - Australia win by two wickets with one last itty-bitty ball to spare!

19.4
1
Abbott to Boyce, 1 run

pitched up outside off, Boyce drives behind square, into the ground but straight to the fielder, White calls him through - would have been out with a direct hit but Peterson's throw misses! Scores are level

Cameron Boyce is the new man, just needs to get off strike

19.3
W
Abbott to Abbott, OUT

slips in the yorker, Abbott, S is hit on the boot and Abbott, K has the wicket! Up goes the finger, gets the decision even if it looked a touch leg side... Australia are eight down and still need two to win

Sean Abbott lbw b Abbott 5 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.5
19.2
Abbott to Abbott, no run

full and wide and Abbott has a swing and a miss

Abbott to Abbott... Two required

19.1
1
Abbott to White, 1 run

pitched up, White plays away from his body, gets an inside edge on to pad, looked for a moment like he had played on

So, three required, Kyle Abbott to bowl. He needs to channel Maxwell from the Pakistan ODI a few weeks ago...

end of over 197 runs
AUS: 143/7CRR: 7.52 RRR: 3.00
Sean Abbott5 (6)
Cameron White39 (29)
Wayne Parnell 4-0-43-0
David Wiese 4-0-21-3
18.6
Parnell to Abbott, no run

goes for the full bunger, Abbott swings hard - and smacks a bump ball back into his partner White, actually hit him on the neck as he tried to duck. More importantly, it was a dot ball

18.5
1
Parnell to White, 1 run

back of a length, White nudges one more to deep midwicket

18.4
1
Parnell to Abbott, 1 run

dug in, at the batsman, pulled into the ground for a comfortable single

18.3
4
Parnell to Abbott, FOUR runs

short again, not a bad ball... but superbly played, ramping four fine of third man! The delivery was right over the top of the stumps but Abbott did terrifically well to use the pace and flick it to the rope, past the diving fielder

18.2
Parnell to Abbott, no run

back of a length, this is quick, 144kph and searing through outside off as Abbott swings the bat wildly

18.1
1
Parnell to White, 1 run

over the wicket, on a length, White closes the face and calmly tucks one through square leg

Cover your eyes, Myron... Parnell has been asked to bowl the penultimate over. Australia only need 10 off 12

end of over 182 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 136/7CRR: 7.55 RRR: 5.00
Sean Abbott0 (2)
Cameron White37 (27)
David Wiese 4-0-21-3
Kyle Abbott 3-0-17-0

"Hmm, think this T20 series was useful for SA prep for the WC," says Myron. "Abbott in, Farhaan, Parnell and De Lange out. Peterson, Wiese, Rilee and Reeza earned themselves backup spots. I've still questions about Miller - quality player, but like Parnell doesn't deliver consistently."

17.6
Wiese to Abbott, no run

slightly back of a length outside off, draws his bat inside the line

17.6
1w
Wiese to Abbott, 1 wide

slower ball, Abbott has a swish and misses - but it was just outside the tramline

17.5
Wiese to Abbott, no run

fullish, on off stump, Abbott leans out and prods back watchfully to mid-on

Sean Abbott can bat a bit... Test of nerve as well as technique

17.4
W
Wiese to Cummins, OUT

got him, Wiese snaffles a leading edge! That's what South Africa need, dot balls won't win it for them, Wiese has his third wicket, he's been bowling with canny changes of pace, Cummins tried to work it to leg and only succeeded in popping the ball back to the bowler

Pat Cummins c & b Wiese 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85
17.3
Wiese to Cummins, no run

short, maybe a cutter, Cummins toe ends a pull into the ground and Wiese hares after it

17.2
Wiese to Cummins, no run

angled in and worked to leg, midwicket keeps Cummins on strike

17.1
1
Wiese to White, 1 run

fullish, around off stump, White happy to push down the ground and trust his partner

"Does Peter's comment prove Robert's point?" wonders Phillip. David Wiese is back on, could be a key over, this'un

end of over 179 runs
AUS: 134/6CRR: 7.88 RRR: 4.00
Pat Cummins3 (4)
Cameron White36 (26)
Kyle Abbott 3-0-17-0
Marchant de Lange 4-0-34-1
16.6
2
Abbott to Cummins, 2 runs

short delivery, Cummins swings a lollipop pull in the air through square leg, no one is there and they take an easy two

"Duminy would have done himself a favour by rolling his arm instead of tossing it all the time to the out-of-sorts Parnell," oberves Talha

16.5
1
Abbott to White, 1 run

full length, tailing in on the stumps, White clips another single to long-on

Best performances - batters
Reeza Hendricks portrait
RR Hendricks SA
49 runs (48)
5 fours
0 six
Control90%
Productive shot
pull
10 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Quinton de Kock portrait
Q de Kock SA
48 runs (27)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
on drive
12 runs
0 four
2 sixes
4235101635
Best performances - bowlers
David Wiese portrait
D Wiese SA
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Robin Peterson
RJ Peterson SA
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Stadium Australia, Sydney
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Australia [November 2014]
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Cameron White
Cameron White
Player Of The Series
James Faulkner
James Faulkner
Series resultAustralia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 409
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.45
Match days9 November 2014 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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John Ward
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Mick Martell
TV Umpire
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Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
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Michael Graham-Smith
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath