At Cape Town, October 12, 2016. South Africa won by 31 runs. Toss: South Africa.
With Australia chasing 328, Warner almost did it by himself. He struck a remarkable 136-ball 173, as seven of his team-mates failed to reach double figures; of the Australians' 35 boundaries, he hit 24. At the end of it all, South Africa had their whitewash, though they were sluggish at first: after deciding to bat, they slipped to 52 for three after 11. Rossouw and Duminy steadied them, putting on 178 as Australia struggled to exert pressure during the middle overs. Mennie finally removed Duminy in the 39th over, but Rossouw completed a hundred, and Miller chipped in with 39 from 29 balls.
Australia reached 72 for none, but Finch couldn't find fluency, and was bowled in Imran Tahir's first over for a 40-ball 19; Smith departed in the same fashion two deliveries later. As wickets continued to fall and the run-rate rose, Warner soldiered on, becoming the first to pass 1,000 ODI runs in 2016.
He had been dropped on 11, when de Kock dived across Amla at slip, but everything else came out of the middle. Until he fell in the 48th over, there was a glimmer of hope. Only Damien Martyn, who made 116 out of 191 at Auckland in March 2000, had scored a higher percentage of runs in a completed one-day innings for Australia (60.7% to Warner's 58.4%). Du Plessis was left glowing with pride. "Whatever was thrown at us, we had the answers," he said. "We were just too good for them."
Man of the Match: D. A. Warner. Man of the Series: R. R. Rossouw.