Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Proteas wrap up ODI series victory Down Under

Proteas wrap up ODI series victory Down Under

A defiant 22 by tail-ender Adam Zampa helped Australia to a defendable total, and pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Stoinis combined to reduce South Africa to 68 for four.

For South Africa, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets each.

Australia has once again been burned by the Decision Review System in a controversial moment during their ODI decider against South Africa.

"I thought we played our best game of cricket (of the tour)", said du Plessis after clinching the series 2-1.

But Du Plessis eventually indicated for the review though he was reminded that technically Miller had to provide the signal.

Shaun Marsh too followed his partner after reaching the triple-digit mark. "They bowled exceptionally well at the end, credit to them in the last 10 overs", Finch said.

And although both of them departed in the final two overs, they had done enough damage to take South Africa to what proved to be a winning total.

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Du Plessis and Miller stitched together a record 252-run stand for the fourth wicket to dig out South Africa from troubled waters. But Steyn took out Carey on the last ball of his ninth over, finding an edge to Quinton de Kock.

Aiden Markram smashed three sixes, including one huge blow off Marcus Stoinis that went out of the ground and down the street, with a new ball needed, on his way to 32.

However, Pretorius swung the game back in South Africa's favour by dismissing Marsh in the next over, when the left-hander looked to whip one towards the leg side but ended up skying it to Heinrich Klaasen at wide long-on.

Then hard-hitting Miller joined skipper du Plessis and the scoreboard began racing along.

Earlier, South Africa were revived by centuries from du Plessis and Miller, who took them from a precarious position to well over 300.

Seeking to complement their drought-breaking win in Adelaide on Friday, the Australians named an unchanged XI but Finch indicated they would be shuffling their batting order by moving Chris Lynn up to open - Travis Head, after two low scores, will slip down the order.

David Miller, for his 139 off 108 balls, was rightly awarded the Man of the Match and Series. They put on an impressive 107 before Stoinis was caught at backward point.

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