In the three match ODI series between Australia and South Africa, the Proteas had dominated both the ODIs and looked to clean sweep the Australians 3-0. Whereas, the Kangaroos needed to win at least this game to get a consolation win.

Resultant was continuity of South African dominance and winning the 3rd ODI to clean sweep the series 3-0.

Allsportspk 3rd ODI highlights are:

Match Basics      
Australia’s tour of South Africa
Match: 3rd ODI
Date: 3rd March 2020
Venue: Potchefstroom
Umpires: Richard Illingworth and Adrian Holdstock
Toss won by: South Africa
Scorecard Summary
Australia’ Innings: 254/7 (50 Overs, RR: 5.08)
– Batting: Marnus Labuschangne 108 off 108 balls and Darcy Short 36 off 44 balls
– Bowling: A Nortje 2/35 in 7 overs and JT Smuts 2/42 in 9 overs
Target: 238 runs from 50 overs
South Africa’s Innings: 258/4 (45.3 Overs, RR: 5.67)
– Batting: Jt Smuts 84 off 98 balls and H Klaasen 68 off 63 balls
– Bowling: Josh Hazlewood 2/37 in 10 overs
Result: South Africa Won by 6 Wickets
Man of the Match: JT Smuts


Australia’s Innings
⦁ Losing both the games of the series, Australia needed to win this game as a consolation and finish the series on the good note.
⦁ Australia’s well-reputed batting line-up of David Warner and Aaron Finch started the innings for Australia, while Nortje and Sipamla were the bowlers to start the proceedings for South Africa
⦁ Australia suffered an early blow when David Warner was dismissed by Nortje for just 4 runs from 9 balls.
⦁ Steve Smith joined Aaron Finch and Australia managed 38/1 after the first batting power play.
⦁ Soon after the first power play, Steve Smith was too undone by Andil Phelukwayo after scoring 20 off 26 balls. Australia were 43/2 after they lost their best batsman.
⦁ Aaron Finch was too dismissed for 22 off 48 balls by Dupavillon and Australia were in deep trouble after they lost their top three at a measly score of 55.
⦁ Labuschagne and Darcy Short made their way to the middle to stabilize the Australian innings as Australia crossed the 100-run mark in the 26th over. 
⦁ Just when both these batsmen were looking in a great touch,their 81 run stand was broken by a great pacey delivery from Smuts and Darcy was caught at mid-on by Klaasen after scoring 36 off 44 balls.
⦁ Labuschagne then led as a one-man army and completed his fifty runs off 59 balls.
⦁ Mitch Marsh along with Marnus Labuschangne looked to provide the Australian innings with a great resistance and completed the fifty-run stand in just 61 balls
.⦁ Australia then suffered a blow as Mitch Marsh was dismissed by a great runout from David Miller and Australia were 189-5 then.
⦁ Carey was a come and go for Australia then as he was dismissed on a duck by Smuts and Australia needed someone to go big in the last ten.
⦁ Jhye Richardson walked in and joined the lone fighting Labuschagne and Australia crossed the two hundred mark in 44.4 overs 
⦁ Marnus Labuschagne even went on to complete his run a ball century as well as Australia looked to put up at least a fighting total for South Africa to chase.
⦁ A short cameo from Jhye led Australia cross the 250 run mark. Marnus was dismissed for an unbeaten 108 and Jhye, along with his brother Kane Richardson led Australia manage a score of 254 from their 50 overs.

The Australia innings terminated with a target of 255 Runs.

South Africa’s Innings
⦁ Janemann Malan and Quinton De Kock came to face Australia’s Jhye Richardson and Josh Hazlewood.
⦁ A quick start from the South African players suggested their aggressive mode, as both batsmen hit few boundaries.
⦁ Quinton was caught behind by Josh Hazlewood after scoring 23 off 26 balls. Smuts joined Malan.
⦁ Soon Janemann Malan too lost his mark as he too was dismissed by Josh, South Africa were 54/2 after the first batting powerplay
⦁ Kyle Verreyne was struck by Adam Zampa right after he had completed his maiden half-century. South Africa were 150/3 then.
⦁ Soon Smuts too completed his half century as well and it seemed difficult to break his defense.
⦁ Klaasen, the new batsman too played a great knock and along with Smuts, the pair made South Africa reach the 200-run mark in 36.1 overs. 
⦁ Missing out on his century by just 16 runs, Smuts was dismissed by Kane Richardson after scoring a match-winning knock of 84 runs of 94 balls.
⦁ South Africa then just needed 26 runs and Klaasen was joined by David Miller.
⦁ Klaasen too got his half century in just 56 balls and he along with Miller led South Africa to a whitewashing series victory over Australia with 27 balls to spare.
⦁ Klaasen scored 68 off 63 balls and remained not out till the very end. South Africa won a dominating contest by six wickets to seal the series 3-0. 

South Africa third ODI by six wickets and clean swept Australia 3-0


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