SA vs Aus, 3rd T20 at Cape Town
Australia 181/4 (19.2/20 ov) beat South Africa 178/4 (20/20 ov) by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Australia have thumped South Africa by 6 wickets in the final of the 3 match series to emerge triumphant with 2-1 scoreline. It is indeed an impressive comeback from the defending ODI World Champions who had fallen to the homeside in the opening match of the series.
One thing that can be depicted from the run-filled three match bout is that Australia arguably have the most depth-ful batting lineup heading into the World T20 in India. For South Africa, this series loss would surely serve a little dent to their preparations, however the Proteas would still travel to the sub-continent with some belief in persuit of their maiden World T20 title.
Hashim Amla, the replacement of the injured skipper AB De Villiers, scored a magnificent 97 only to have it laid to waste as a result of a relentless Australian batting lineup.
Australia finally seemed to have found the perfect balance both batting and bowling attacks in their starting XIs. Shane Watson might be nearing the end of his International career, but the all-rounder seems in blistering form with the bat. David Warner batted at no.4 today, and the position seemed home to the little hard-hitter who smashed 44 off 26 deliveries to steer the Aussie chase. Captain Steve Smith and opener Usman Khawaja both lend great helping hands as a beautiful collective effort by the visitors sealed a remarkable comeback in the series.
Both Australia and South Africa will now travel to India as the warm-up stage for the World T20 is set to kick off in a couple of days. South Africa will play 2 warm-up games, the first against India in Kolkata on March 12 and the second against a local side in Mumbai on March 15. Australia will play the West Indies at Eden Gardens on March 13.