Australia managed to sneak home in a close run-chase against South Africa in the third and deciding T20 International at the ANZ Sydney. Cameroon White maintained his cool and composure as he took the Aussies to a 2 wicket victory. White remained not-out on 41 off 31 balls as Aussies cruised home with just a ball to spare. With this Australia won the three match T20 series 2-1.
Chasing 146 in 20 overs to seal the series, Australia began positively courtesy skipper Aaron Finch’s 25 ball 33 before a flurry of quick wickets in the middle order pegged back the run chase. The home team lost the wickets of Ben Dunk, Nic Maddinson and Shane Watson in a space of 9 balls. Things became worse when Glenn Maxwell, who looked set for a match-winning innings fell for 23 off 15 balls to add pressure on the Australians, who needed 46 runs off 7 overs then.
White stitched a 25 run partnership with Faulkner before the latter threw his wicket away to Marchant de Lange with 21 needed from 4 overs. The 18th over bowled by David Wiese tilted the match in South Africa’s favour as he conceded just 2 runs off that over and picked the wicket of Pat Cummins. Wiese and spinner Robin Peterson were the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-21 and 3-28 respectively in their four overs. With just three required from the final over bowled by Kyle Abbot, Sean Abbott lost his wicket adding some more drama to a tense finish before White took a single off the penultimate ball to seal the series in favour of Australia.
Earlier put into bat, South Africa started pretty well but an 3-28 from James Faulkner restricted the Proteas to 145-6 in their 20 overs. Openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks scored 48 and 49 respectively. David Miller’s 26 ball 34 took the Proteas to a respectable position.
Cameron White has been named as the man of the match and James Faulkner is awarded the man of the series.
Brief Scores: South Africa: 145-6 in 20 overs (de Kock 48, Hendricks 49, Faulkner 3-28) lost to Australia 146-8 in 19.5 overs (White 41, Finch 33, Wiese 3-21) by 2 wickets.