Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Du Plessis guides South Africa to one-day series win over Australia

Du Plessis guides South Africa to one-day series win over Australia

The Proteas won the opening game of the series by six wickets and Australia snapped their seven-game losing streak to clinch the second by seven runs.

A police officer stationed at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart took a spectacular running catch during the 3rd ODI between Australia and South Africa on Sunday.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Australia captain Aaron Finch pose with the trophy.

Captain Faf du Plessis and David Miller shared a magnificent fourth-wicket stand of 252 that laid the platform for the 40-run win, in the process also recording the biggest partnership for any wicket between the two old foes.

Faced with a daunting target of 321, the fragile Australian batting once again started poorly as Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada reduced them to 39/3.

Du Plessis was skillful and precise in making his 125 off just 114 deliveries, a contrast to the powerful Miller, who crunched four sixes and 13 fours in his 108-ball 139. Estimations of South Africa's tally were duly revised a few times, with the rate climbing from a humble 3.5 after 18 overs to well beyond the six mark.

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After winning the toss and putting the visitors into bat, Australia got a dream start with Quinton de Kock out in the third over.

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.

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

Hazlewood removed Pretorius for 14 to give the home side the upper hand but there was still hope for South Africa with Miller anchoring the lower order.

Carey dropped du Plessis on 29 off Maxwell in what should have been a regulation caught behind. That brought Miller and du Plessis together, who began a rescue mission.

Australia experimented with Chris Lynn as opener for the run chase, but it spectacularly backfired when Steyn snared him for a golden duck. While the South African captain came to terms with the pitch, his understudy Markram kicked on with a sequence of three pulled sixes beyond the short square boundaries as Stoinis repeatedly flirted with a short-pitch length.

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