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South Africa vs Australia 3rd T20I Highlights: Australia beat hosts by 97 runs, win series 2-1

South Africa vs Australia 3rd T20I Highlights: An all-round performance by Australia helped them overpower South Africa by 97 runs in the third and the final T20I

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 27, 2020 1:00:30 am
SA vs AUS 3rd T20I: Mitchell Starc celebrates after taking the wicket of Quinton de Kock. (REUTERS)

South Africa vs Australia 3rd T20I Highlights: An all-round performance by Australia helped them overpower South Africa by 97 runs in the third and the final T20I in Cape Town on Wednesday. With this comprehensive win, the Aaron Finch-led Australian unit also secured a 2-1 victory in the three-match T20I series.

Having been put in to bat, Australia got off to a good start in Cape Town. At the end of the Powerplay AUS- 75/0 after which opener Warner and Finch went on to put a century stand. However, quick breakthroughs in the middle-overs helped the hosts bounce back in the contest. But some sensational hitting from Steve Smith in the final over helped Australia post a stiff 193/5 on the board, the highest at the venue in this format.

In response, South Africa lost their skipper Quniton de Kock and experienced Faf du Plessis early in the innings. Adam Zampa then went on to inflict some further damage in the Proteas camp as they were bundled out for 96 in 15.3 overs. This incidentally was also the lowest total at this venue in T20Is.

Australia in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020Newlands, Cape Town 07 March 2021

South Africa 96 (15.3)


Australia 193/5 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day - 3rd T20I ) Australia beat South Africa by 97 runs

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South Africa vs Australia 3rd T20I Highlights:

01:00 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Lowest totals at Newlands in T20Is!

96 by SA v AUS, 2020*
101 by SL v AUS, 2007
123/8 by BAN v AUS, 2007
134/8 by ENG v SA, 2016

00:46 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Mitchell Starc adds the final nail in the coffin!

It's all over in Cape Town and it's Mitchell Starc who adds the final nail in the coffin. Australia claim a huge 97-run win and with this victory, they also secure the three-match T20I series. In response to Australia's 193/5, South Africa are bundled out on 96 in 15.3 overs. While 193/5 by Australia is the highest total at this venue, we also have a new record here. South Africa's 96/10 is the lowest total in this format at this venue.    

00:39 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Ashton Agar takes two-in-two!

Ashton Agar provides Australia with another wicket as he traps Anrich Nortje LBW on 2. The bowler knew it straight away that he's got his man. Nortje attempted to sweep the ball but fails to make any connection. Oh dear, Agar is now on a hattrick. Similar delivery, similar outcome, the only difference is that it actually knocks the stumps. Lungi Ngidi departs for a golden duck.  

00:33 (IST)27 Feb 2020

Mitchell Marsh adds more woes in the South African camp. PLUMB, but Dwaine Pretorius still wanted to get it confirmed. TV replay shows, the bowler's feet were well inside the crease, there was no inside-edge and it was knocking the off stumps. SA: 87/7 (13.1 overs) 

00:28 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Australia in complete control!

David Miller, who could have changed South Africa's fortune tonight, is dismissed by Pat Cummins. Miller opens his arms and drives a good length delivery straight to Aussie skipper Aaron Finch at covers, who takes it cleanly. Kagiso Rabada walks in and it's a matter of time before Aussies wrap up the proceedings in Cape Town. SA: 87/6 (13 overs) 

00:18 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Another one bites the dust!

Another one bites the dust and it's Zampa again who does the damage. Quicker through the air and it slides through the gap between the bat and the pad of Pite van Biljon and hits the stumps. He goes for 1 as South Africa lose their fifth man. SA: 65/5 (10 overs) 

00:10 (IST)27 Feb 2020
South Africa are in deep, deep trouble!

First, with the ball and now in the field, can anyone keep this man out of the game. Rassie van der Dussen tries to scoop Ashton Agar over the keeper's head, but Zampa collects the ball with a diving effort. South Africa are in deep, deep trouble. SA: 62/4 (9 overs) 

00:06 (IST)27 Feb 2020
Adam Zampa joins the party!

Adam Zampa joins the party as he gets rid of Heinrich Klaasen. The batsman was trying something unorthodox, reverse sweep in particular, but fails to execute his shot. The ball goes pass him and hits the top of the leg stump, leaving South Africa hanging at 57/3 at the end of 8 overs. 

23:58 (IST)26 Feb 2020
End of powerplay!

The powerplay is done and Australia will be happy with the way things went in the first six overs. With Heinrich Klaasen and Rassie van der Dussen present at the crease, South Africa manage to add 50/2 at the end of the powerplay overs.  

23:44 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Australia push the hosts in backfoot!

Rassie van der Dussen with a cracking shot. Comes down the ground and whacks it just above Mitchell Starc for a boundary, he then follows it up with another scintillating drive through the covers for another boundary. However, there's more trouble for South Africa waiting as Faf du Plessis plays a careless drive, which takes the outside edge of his bat and flies towards the third-man region. Adam Zampa covers some ground and at the end takes a brilliant catch to push the hosts in backfoot. SA: 24/2 (3 overs) 

23:33 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Just the start the Aussies were looking for!

Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen have arrived in the middle to start the South African chase. Mitchell Starc will open the attack for the visitors and he delivers in his fourth ball. A quicker delivery, pitched in the line and De Kock fails to bring his bat down at the right moment. The ball goes past him and knocks the middle stump and it's the start the Aussies were looking for. SA: 7/1 (1 over)

23:24 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Highest total score at Newlands in T20Is

193/5 by AUS v SA 2020*
192/6 by SA v PAK 2019
188/9 by ENG v ZIM 2007
186/9 by PAK v SA 2019 

23:08 (IST)26 Feb 2020
20 runs come off the final over!

Anrich Nortje will deliver the final over and Steve Smith welcomes him with a huge six straight over his head. He is looking for the boundaries and finds another maximum in the fourth delivery towards the cover region. A great over from Australia's perspective as 20 runs come off it. Australia finish at 193/5 after the end of 20 overs. Both the teams will be happy, as Australia started off on a strong note, but the hosts managed to pull things around just at the right moment. 

23:03 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Rabada strikes!

Rabada finally gets a wicket, but it's Alex Carey instead of Steve Smith. The ball was pitched in the good length area and Carey decided to play it across the line. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman fails to connect and the ball hits the top of off stump. AUS: 173/5 (19 overs) 

23:01 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Rejoice turns into despair!

Kagiso Rabada cleans up Steve Smith but, wait for a second, the umpires are taking a look at the bowler's footstep. TV replay shows that Rabada had overstepped and the umpires are signaling a free hit. Just the luck the Aussies need at the moment. 

22:54 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Gone! SA are back again

Slower ball does the trick and Pretorius gets his first stick. Marsh gone 19. Australia 155/4 in the 17th over. South Africa has pulled this match back in their favour by taking quick wickets. At one point Aussies were going for 230 plus but looks like they won't even reach 200.

22:46 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Brilliant catch by QDK

De Kock keeps his cool to take an absolute skier to remove Matthew Wade (10 off nine). AUS- 146/3 after 15.2 ovs


22:43 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Pandemonium at Newlands

A shortish delivery that Wade almost managed to pull on to his stumps.  The ball popped off his thigh pad , missed the stumps and then Wade wanted a run and was rightly sent back. All happening here! 

22:39 (IST)26 Feb 2020
Shamsi- the gamechanger

A wonderful spell from Tabraiz Shamsi. Not only stemmed the run flow, eventually got rid off dangerous-looking Finch. The last two wickets have really worked in SA's favour. AUS- 125/2 after 13 ovs

22:36 (IST)26 Feb 2020

Warner and Finch were on fire tonight!


South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w/c), Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Sean Abbott, D Arcy Short, Jhye Richardson