Australia bounced back in style after losing the second ODI at Perth as they defeated South Africa by 73 runs in the third ODI at Canberra. With this, Australia go 2-1 up in the series and makes sure that South Africa can’t overtake India as the World number 1 at the end of the series. It was a collective effort from the Aussies that overshadowed the century scored by Hashim Amla and a quick-fire half-century from AB de Villiers.
It was all South Africa’s game to win after the top three gave them a flying start before Quinton de Kock was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood for 47 before Mitchell Marsh sent Faf du Plessis back to the pavilion for 17. In the very next over, Mitchell Starc got the better of Rilee Rossouw leaving de Villiers to join Hashim Amla at the crease. The duo batted well and took the Proteas on road for a victory. De Villiers was the aggressor as he smashed the Aussie bowlers to all parts of the ground and Amla was happy to give him the strike.
Hashim Amla reached his 17th ODI century, the fastest to reach the mark before the disaster struck at the Manuka Oval. De Villiers was dismissed in the same over getting plumb in-front to Kane Richardson and Amla was castled by Hazlewood in the next over. The batsmen followed them failed to show some resistance as the wickets tumbled leading the Proteas to 256-9 in 44.3 overs. The Aussies were declared the winners after Imran Tahir didn’t come out to bat. Amla scored 102 and De Villiers scored 34 ball 52 in South Africa’s 256-9. Mitchell Starc was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with a figures of 4-32.
Earlier, choosing to bat, the Australian batsmen did their job to perfection and took their team to a good total of 329-5 in 50 overs. David Warner and Aaron Finch laid the foundation with a quick 53 and a well-deserved 109. Later in the innings, Steve Smith’s blitz took them to a respectable total. Smith remained not-out 73 off 53.
Steve Smith was named the man of the match. The fourth ODI takes place at the MCG on Friday.