David Miller played the knock of his life as he smashed a 79-ball 118 to help South Africa gun down Australia’s 371/6, and take an unassailable 3-0 in the five-match series in Durban. The hosts were off to an ideal start in the chase with both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla making brisk contributions. Things however took a different turn when the visitors hit back with quick wickets. It wasn’t looking good for the Proteas before Miller arrived and did what he does best – inject urgency into the innings. He stitched a match-winning partnership with Phehlukwayo (42*) and helped his side cross the line. Earlier, Australia rode on tons from Steve Smith and David Warner to put up the mammoth total. Bowlers from both sides struggled and even Dale Steyn wasn’t spared. The experienced campaigner went for 96 in his quota of overs and was hit for nine fours and five sixes in the process. Relive all the crucial moments from the Durban run-feast here!
ALL OVER! South Africa have gunned down Australia’s 371/6 and taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Miller remains unbeaten on 118 and Phehlukwayo too stayed there till the end with a crucial 42. Special effort, seals a special win for the Proteas
Phehlukwayo gets a boundary, and it’s only three from the last over now
Phehlukwayo joins the act now. Hits one out of the ground to make it 9 from 9 now
17 from 12 now. South Africa are about to seal an emphatic series win over Australia
Smith plays the Zampa gamble. The leggie to bowl the 48th over
SIX! Monster hit by Miller as he picks one off his pads, and finds the roof. SA need 24 from 18 now
Phehlukwayo responds in style as he gets a crucial boundary. South Africa now need 31 from 20
37 from 24 balls, and Worrall will bowl a crucial over. It can well decide who will go on to win this run-feast
46 from 30 balls! It’s South Africa’s game to lose from this stage. Take a bow, Miller. First hundred by a South Africa no.6, in a chase
Short, and Miller pulls it away. Brings up his 3rd ODI Hundred with a boundary. South Africa 320/6. His job is not done yet as the hosts need another 52 runs from 34 balls
Equation: South Africa need 58 from the last six overs. Miller unbeaten on 95
GOING, GOING, GONE! Big six, and Miller is into the 90s now. Some hitting by the left-hander
300 up for South Africa. Miller keeps the hosts alive in the chase. They need 72 from 43 balls now
75 runs, 48 balls, and Miller is still unbeaten on 81. If he continues to get steady support from the other end, there is no reason why he can’t seal a win for South Africa here
Tremain bowls a brilliant over under pressure. Concedes only three singles. South Africa now need 85 from 54 balls
Equation: South Africa need another 87 from 58 balls. Miller, the dangerman, is still there
Wickets continue to tumble, but Miller continues to do the job from the other end. He gets a boundary and the required runs now are less than 100. Equation: South Africa need 95 runs from 66 balls. Miller unbeaten on 71, off 54 balls
WICKET! Leading edge and Warner completes the catch. Marsh gets rid of Pretorius. The debutant closed the face of the blade early and could only manage a leading edge in the end. Warner had to cover some ground but completed the catch to give Australia the sixth wicket. 265/6
Miller gets a single and brings up his FIFTY. Top knock under pressure by the left-hander. He has kept South Africa alive in the chase and can do some serious damage if he stays there for long
Pretorius makes his presence felt as he hammers one over the ropes. The right-hander picked the length early and hit it as flat as you would like
Miller is fighting a lone battle for South Africa at the moment. He has debutant Dwaine Pretorius for company. The hosts need another 133 from the remaining 16 overs
Miller charges Hastings, misses, Wade collects it behind the stumps but is convinced that the left-hander made contact there. The bowler doesn’t seem convinced but Smith goes with the keeper’s word and reviews the decision. Replays confirm no contact, Miller survives
Miller is reading Worrall well in the middle. Charges him to hit one straight for a six, then waits next ball, expecting it to be a short delivery, and pulls it away for a boundary. South Africa move to 230/5 in the 33rd over
WICKET! Just what South Africa didn’t want. Duminy hits to Finch in the deep. South Africa lose their fifth, 217/5. Josh Hastings does the job for his skipper again as he breaks another fluent stand
South Africa should look to approach the chase like a T20 now. They need 156 from 116 balls. One good stand, and they very much have a chance to gun down Australia’s total
Six, and now a four. Miller, after a quiet start, going after Zampa now. The left-hander not looking to over hit the leggie, just picking his spots with ease. Brings up the 200 for the hosts with a boundary as Zampa leaks runs in his sixth over
Australia manage to sneak in some tight overs after the breakthroughs, and the asking rate for South Africa rises to 8 now. They have eight wickets in hand, but this pair holds key for the hosts in the big chase
David Miller is the new man in for South Africa. He didn’t get to bat much in the first two ODIs but has plenty of overs – close to 25 – to play today. Both Duminy and Miller must put a partnership together, and keep hosts alive in the chase
WICKET! Rossouw goes for the reverse, misses and Zampa traps the right-hander in front. South Africa 179/4. Needless shot at this stage of the game. Australia stage a fine recovery after an ordinary start with the ball
South Africa were off to a fluent start, were cruising in the stiff chase before the lost the set pair of De Kock and Du Plessis in quick succession. Remains to be seen how Duminy and Rossouw approach this chase now. Hosts need 199 runs from 27.4 overs, seven wickets in hand
WICKET! Quinton de Kock c Daniel Worrall b Chris Tiemain 70. Is this the match? A short ball from Tiemain and De Kock pulls. He manages a top which goes very high up in the air. Worrall from fine-leg takes the catch. Good effort as he was off balance
Twenty overs gone and South Africa are 162/2. Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw in the middle. The hosts need 211 more runs to win the this ODI and the series
WICKET! Faf dul Plessis c David Warner b Travis Head 33. Big breakthrough for Head. Du Plessis tries to go for the big shot but fails to connect it. Warner takes the catch in the deep and South Africa are 140/2. They need 232 more runs
Pressure on Head now. Conceded a boundary first ball of the over and now a big SIX! Runs coming thick and fast for the hosts at this stage of the game. Australia desperately need a wicket, and some tight overs to put pressure back on South Africa
De Kock sweeps, and sweeps well. Brings up a fine FIFTY, his 8th in ODIs. The left-hander has hit five fours and a six so far
Zampa with a loosener and Du Plessis puts it away, brings up the fifty-run stand with De Kock. Solid partnership this for South Africa. 121/1 after 15 overs
Spin! Smith introduces Zampa into the attack. Tahir picked two wickets earlier in the day, but was on the expensive side. It will be interesting to see how Zampa operates
De Kock brings up the 100 for South Africa in style, with a six! The left-hander takes his individual score to 39. Has hit three boundaries and one hit over the ropes so far
South Africa are off to a brilliant start in the chase, and have plenty of batting to come. If the pair of Du Plessis and De Kock sticks around for long, it will get interesting, very interesting in Durban. Run-feast on the cards
Faf Du Plessis and De Kock in the middle now, and they need a steady stand to keep South Africa on track in the mammoth chase. They must keep a close tab on the asking rate too. 80/1 in the 11th over
WICKET! Hastings breaks the breezy stand as he traps Amla (45) in front. SA 66/1. Much needed breakthrough for the visitors as the right-hander was scoring at ease in the middle
South Africa off to a brilliant start in the big chase. Amla on song for the hosts. FIFTY comes up in the seventh over. The right-hander is taking his chances and not afraid to go aerial in the process. Australia’s attack will be tested today
Amla’s timing has been as good as you would like! Boundaries, and runs, continue to flow off his bat as he races to 25
Don't tell me Durban is going to see this 372 bring chased.The early signs suggest that SA might do this.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 5, 2016
4 4 4: After a quiet start, Amla hits Worrall for three boundaries on the trot. South Africa off to a brisk start, 31/0 at the end of the fourth over
Daniel Worrall from the other end. Both new ball bowlers have little international experience under their belt, and would like to make an impression today
South Africa openers De Kock and Amla are out in middle for 372-run chase. Tremain with new ball. South Africa need a really good start. Australia have an inexperienced attack but asking rate is high!
That’s the end of the Australian innings. The visitors post a mammoth 371/6, thanks to tons from Warner and Smith. Head’s 18-ball 35 further pushed the total towards the fag end of the innings. South Africa need a special effort to win in Durban
Steyn ends his spell with figures of 2/96. Hit for nine fours and five sixes today. Australia 363/5 with one over left in their innings. Certainly a job well done by Travis Head. Well-timed cameo towards the fag end of the innings
SIX! Head hits the Steyn slower one all the way, and brings up the 350 for Australia. Tough day at the office for South Africa’s experienced seamer. 357/5* is the highest total at this venue
6 1 2 4 * 2: 15 from the Rabada over. Australia 345/5 after 48. Rabada’s expensive run continues. His figures read 0/78 after nine overs
WICKET! Steyn castles Smith (108) with a slower one. Australia 325/5. Timely wicket for the hosts as the Australian skipper could have done some serious damage in the last few overs
Steve Smith brings up his 6th ODI ton, 2nd vs SA, with a boundary. Australia 320/4. Top hand by the skipper in a must-win clash. The top-order has responded in style for the visitors. First Warner, now Smith
WICKET! Marsh hits the Steyn delivery straight to David Miller, who takes a neat catch in the ring. Australia lose their fourth wicket, 300/4
300 up for Australia in the 45th over. Smith still out there in the middle for the visitors. The last installment of 50 runs has come at a brisk pace for Australia, off only 33 balls
SIX! Smith whips one off his pads in fine fashion and moves into the 80s. Australia 293/3. It’s dangerous to bowl Smith on his pads
Mitchell Marsh is the new man, and he joins skipper Steve in the middle. Change in bowling for South Africa as Imran Tahir is back into the attack. He has picked two out of the three Australia wickets to fall so far
WICKET! Faf takes a blinder to get rid of Bailey. Phehlukwayo strikes for the hosts. Change in pace again doing the trick. Bailey went for the powerful cut off the back-foot but couldn’t get past Faf who took a brilliant catch diving towards his left. Australia 280/3
We are into the last ten overs now, Australia enter the crucial period with the scoreboard reading an impressive 270/2. Rabada’s erratic lines are hurting the hosts at the moment. It’s not an easy wicket to bat on as it tends to get a bit two-paced on occasions. Anything in excess of 300 won’t be an easy total to chase
Rabada misses his mark, umpire stretches his arms to signal wide and that’s 250 for Australia. Smith and Bailey the two men in the middle for the visitors
This is a good chance for South Africa to sneak in a couple of tight overs. Warner was on song and wicket has affected the flow of runs in the middle for the visitors
That would have been costly! Bailey insisted for the quick single, Smith wasn’t interested but responded to the call and went to the danger end. Smith gave up half-way through the run but he was lucky as the fielder failed to disturb the woodwork. Australia 237/2
George Bailey is the new man in for Australia. The platform is there to capitalise on, and Steve Smith is set at the other end. The visitors should get at least 235 from this stage
WICKET! David Warner c JP Duminy b Imran Tahir 117. Tahir has struck again for South Africa. A third slog in four balls from Warner. The first two cleared the ropes, but this didn’t. Caught in the deep after making 117. Australia 234/2
FIFTY! Steve Smith has a half-century off just 64 balls. After 33 overs, Australia are 216/1. JP Duminy returns to bowl the 34th over
HUNDRED! David Warner has played at a different level today! Brings up his eighth ODI century off just 96 balls. Plays it with soft hands to keep it on the pitch and sets off for a single
200 up for Australia in the 31st over. They had score 88 runs on the first over but have managed only 112 in the next 21 overs
MISSED! This could be a huge moment as Quinton de Kock misses a stumping. Tahir bowled it full and Warner wanted to play it on the leg-side. He was way down the crease but De Kock could not hold on
HUGE APPEAL! Dale Steyn hits Smith on the pads and South Africa appeal. It’s very close. Umpire says not out. South Africa decide not to review
Dale Steyn returns to bowl the 30th over of the innings. He has bowled four over for 39 runs. Warner and Smith getting a move on
The run-rate of Australia’s innings has slowed down quite significantly after the first wicket. JP Duminy and Phehlukwayo have troubled Warner and Smith for some time now. After 24 overs, Australia are 159/1
Twenty overs gone and Australia have reached 139/2. The scoring rate has gone down after the wicket of Aaron Finch but Warner still getting the odd boundary.
South Africa have already used six bowlers before the 20th over
Steve Smith is the new man in for Australia. The captain has a fifty in this series. Warner and Finch have given their team a great start and now Smith and Warner should take it to better score
WICKET! Aaron Finch c Kasigo Rabada b Imran Tahir 53. Tahir breaks the stand as Finch is caught at long-off. A good-length ball for which Finch makes room but goes a bit too far from the ball. It goes up in the air after hitting the lower part of the bat
FIFTY! What a way to bring up you 14th career half-century. Finch sends one for a big six over long-off to reach his fifty
FIFTY! David Warner brings up his 17th career half-century in quick time
100 up for Australia in the 12th over. Finch inching closer to his half-century as well
Pretorious replaces Steyn for the ninth over. Steyn went for 39 runs in his four overs at a rate of 9.75 runs per over
Aaron Finch joins the party! Sends Dale Steyn for two consecutive sixes in the seventh over. One over long-off, the other over square-leg. Two powerful shots. Australia 65/0 after seven overs
50 up for Australia in the seventh over. That is just 37 balls for the team fifty. Great start for them by Warner and Finch
David Warner has given Australia a terrific start in Durban. He has three fours and a six. Australia are 27/0 after three overs. Aaron Finch the other batsman
For South Africa, Wayne Parnell is out due to a side strain. Pretorious is replacing him. But a bigger question is who will bat where? David Miller before Rilee Rossouw or Rossouw at no.4, above JP Duminy?
PLAYING XI FOR SOUTH AFRICA:
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorious, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
PLAYING XI FOR AUSTRALIA:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall
Hashim Amla returns to the South Africa team in place of Farhan Behardien. Rilee Rossouw will move down the order as Amla will open the batting with Quinton de Kock
Australia, trailing 2-0 in the series and fighting to stay in the series, have won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in Durban
Flashback: Second ODI
South African captain Faf du Plessis overcame a thumb injury to hit an aggressive century and set up a 142-run win over Australia in the second one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Du Plessis made 111 as South Africa piled up 361 for six wickets after being sent in to bat. Australia made a bad start and were bowled out for 219 in reply, leaving them 2-0 down in a five-match series.
Du Plessis praised his team for what he described as “almost a perfect batting and bowling performance.
The batsmen laid the basics well and the bowlers were exceptional”. He singled out opening bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada, who both claimed an early wicket and put Australia’s batting under immediate pressure.
Australian captain Steve Smith said he felt South Africa’s total was only 20 or 30 runs above par, given the history of the Wanderers pitch. “But if you are chasing that sort of target you need a good start and you need things to go your way. Every game’s a must-win for us now,” Smith said.
Du Plessis was struck on the left thumb by a throw from Aaron Finch as he raced through for a quick single to score his first run. He immediately went down clutching the thumb and required lengthy treatment on the field before resuming his innings.
The injury did not stop him playing some powerful drives as he went to his half-century off 42 balls. He reached his sixth one-day international century off 84 deliveries with 13 fours. He was eventually caught on the boundary after facing 93 balls, without adding to his boundary tally.
“Luckily I don’t use that thumb on my bat,” he said.