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South Africa vs Australia

Match info: South Africa v Australia Twenty20 Series 2014 at Supersport Park - 3rd Twenty20

Date: 14th Mar 2014 Umpires: J D Cloete and S George

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

128/7 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Australia

129/4 (15.0 Overs)

Australia win by 6 wickets

  • Last Updated: March 14 2014, 22:07 GMT

Australia won the third Twenty20 international against South Africa by six wickets to secure the series 2-0.

  • Australia's Shane Watson scored 35 runs
  • Australia celebrate the wicket of Quinton de Kock 
  • Moises Henriques celebrates the wicket of David Miller 

The hosts were restricted to 128 for seven in Centurion, opener Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 41.

Aaron Finch made 39 and Shane Watson 35 as Australia eased to victory with five overs to spare.

The series' opening match was abandoned without a ball bowled in Port Elizabeth and the second was reduced to seven overs a side by further rain in Durban, Australia winning by five wickets with two balls to spare.

South Africa struggled to build any momentum having been put in to bat in Friday's third game, and Hashim Amla lasted only three balls before being trapped lbw by a full inswinger from Mitchell Starc.

Faf du Plessis chipped Glenn Maxwell to Brad Hogg at mid-off having made six, with Maxwell joining Starc as the two stars of Australia's bowling display.

Moises Henriques caught JP Duminy (13) in the deep as spinner Maxwell completed figures of two for 19 and AB de Villiers made only 10 before Hogg (two for 31) had him caught.

Henriques removed David Miller for two to leave the Proteas 75 for five and just when Albie Morkel looked to be giving them some momentum with 18 from 11 balls, Starc (two for 16) returned to knock his middle stump over with a yorker.

Wayne Parnell (17 not out) and Beuran Hendricks (12no) put on 25 but their side looked short of a competitive total - and so it proved.

Finch dominated an Australian opening stand of 43 with Cameron White, who fell for 14 when he lifted Parnell to deep third man.

The catch was taken by Imran Tahir, who then ended Finch's 27-ball attack when the burly batsman lofted a catch to Miller on the mid-wicket boundary.

Maxwell joined Watson in a stand of 38 before being trapped lbw for 17 by Hendricks, who was slow to join in an appeal led by keeper De Kock. Maxwell faced only 12 balls and hit two fours.

Three balls later, Watson fell to Tahir (two for 21) as a steepling mishit dropped to Du Plessis at cover.

But George Bailey, with 12 not out from seven balls, and Hodge with 11no from five, each hit a six to see their side to a comfortable win.