3rd ODI: Miller, Du Plessis hit tons as South Africa seal series

Kagiso Rabada

The hosts refused to back down, however, as Marcus Stoinis (five fours, four sixes) and Shaun Marsh took their side comfortably past the 100-run mark.

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

South African captain Graeme Smith celebrates after his team's won the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on November 11, 2011.

This latest series win in the 50-overs arena is a follow-up to the 5-0 sweep on our soil two seasons back, while the Proteas clinched the 2017/18 home Test series 3-1 and the 2016/17 one Down Under by a 2-1 margin. "We absorbed the good bowling and waited for an opportunity", du Plessis said.

There were significant phases of the innings, with century-maker Shaun Marsh to the fore, when Australia seemed right in the contest on a trustworthy surface that promoted some especially crisp, savage driving and pulling. "They bowled exceptionally well at the end, credit to them in the last 10 overs", Finch said. But Steyn took out Carey on the last ball of his ninth over, finding an edge to Quinton de Kock.

Du Plessis and David Miller shared a 78-run stand before the skipper dragged Pat Cummins onto his stumps for 47.

Miller and du Plessis chose to review after a lengthy deliberation that appeared to take longer than the allowed 15-second window.

Miller, on the other hand, slammed 13 boundaries and four sixes for his 108-ball 139.

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.

With 106 runs needed off the last 10, the batsmen were to go on the offensive sooner rather than later, and when Marsh hit Tahir inside-out in the same over for four, it looked like the senior pro was going to be the one to take risks. He lured Stoinis (63 off 76 balls) into a cut shot that flew to Aiden Markram at backward point as Australia were reduced to 146-4 (30 overs).

Carey supported Marsh as he made his sixth one-day ton in 98 balls, with six fours and four sixes, before he was caught at deep midwicket and hope began to evaporate.



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