About the Match
South Africa won the ODI series against Australia by emerging victorious in the 3rd match after successfully chasing down their second highest chase in ODI’s; the two teams will now face each other in the 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth on 9th October. The hosts have consistently put up all-round performances on the field and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; on the other hand, Australia which gave a tough fight in the last match yet suffered defeat, will try to redeem itself with wins in the remaining matches.
A David Miller special led to South Africa’s moment of pride, chasing down the second highest total in their ODI history in an emphatic manner; the No.6 batsman posted a heroic 118 off 79 deliveries to steer the team towards 372 runs with 4 balls to spare. Quinton de Kock, who had posted a brilliant 178 in the first ODI, repeated his good performance with a well-made 70.
Amla and Faf du Plessis, who had led from the front in the 2nd ODI by scoring a century, kept the runs flowing but were dismissed by the 18th over leading to some worry. However, Miller took charge and unleashed his batting potential against the Aussie bowlers to help win the match by 4 wickets. Earlier, the bowlers had taken regular wickets but couldn’t stop the Aussies from reaching 371.
Spinner Imran Tahir and paceman Dale Steyn took 2 wickets each and they have been in good form; fast-bowler Andile Phehlukwayo, who caught everyone by surprise with his amazing 4-44 in the first ODI, is going great guns and is a vital asset to the pace attack and along with others like Rabada and Pretorius adds depth to the squad. Overall, the team has received a major boost by winning the ODI series against a tough unit like Australia and they will be motivated to make this a clean whitewash.
David Warner and Steve Smith put their best foot forward, scoring 117 and 108 runs respectively while batting first against the hosts in the 3rd match; Finch, Bailey and Travis Head contributed well and helped take the total to a gigantic 371 in order to try and keep the series alive. However, despite a good show by the bowlers, who took regular wickets and caused some hiccups for the opposition, they couldn’t stop the deluge of runs by Miller and lost the game and series in the end.
Hastings yet again took the most wickets with 2-79 and he is in good form; speedsters Marsh and Tremain took a wicket each while spinners Zampa and Head also provided regular breakthroughs with one scalp each. In the previous match, Hastings and Marsh had taken 5 wickets between them while the first ODI saw fast-bowler Boland taking 3 scalps. They have a good pace attack but need to put up a more disciplined spell during the death overs.
With Smith back to form, the middle order looks strong and they can try to post another big challenge to South Africa; the bowling unit is doing well and can pull up some surprises here.
South Africa has already taken the series 3-0 but they will fight hard to deny the Aussies a win here; on the other hand, Australia which has suffered quite a setback with this loss will leave no stone unturned to make a comeback. However, looking at the Aussies' bowling woes, South Africa looks well placed to produce yet another win on Sunday