In a fitting conclusion to the five-match ODI series, South Africa convincingly defeated Australia in the fifth and final game, sealing their victory with a resounding margin of 122 runs. The hosts’ victory in this match also meant they won the series 3-2.

South Africa’s Innings

Opting to bat after winning the toss, South Africa set a challenging target of 316 for Australia. The Proteas displayed a solid batting performance, with significant contributions from their top and middle order.

Aiden Markram was the standout performer for South Africa, smashing a blistering 93 runs off 87 deliveries, featuring 9 fours and 3 sixes. He anchored the innings after the early departure of wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock, who managed 27 runs.

David Miller played a pivotal role, scoring 63 runs off 65 balls, supported by a fiery 47 off 23 balls from Marco Jansen and a quickfire 39 off 19 balls from Andile Phehlukwayo. The South African innings concluded at 315 for 9 after 50 overs.

Among the Australian bowlers, Adam Zampa was the most successful, claiming 3 wickets for 71 runs in his 10-over spell. Sean Abbott also chipped in with 2 wickets.

Australia’s Struggles

In response, Australia found themselves in a dire situation as they struggled to keep up with the required run rate. Mitchell Marsh fought valiantly, scoring 71 runs off 56 balls, including 6 fours and 6 sixes. However, he received little support from his teammates.

Jansen, the hero with the ball for South Africa, also made an impact with the bat, picking up 5 wickets for 39 runs. Keshav Maharaj was instrumental in dismantling the Australian batting order, securing 4 wickets for 33 runs.

As wickets fell at regular intervals, Australia was bowled out for just 193 runs in 34.1 overs, handing South Africa a convincing victory.

Player of the Match

Marco Jansen’s outstanding performance with both bat and ball earned him the ‘Player of the Match award’. His all-round prowess was a significant factor in South Africa’s dominant display.

With this victory, South Africa clinched the series 3-2 and marked their dominance in this hard-fought contest against Australia.

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Series Recap

  • 1st ODI: Australia won by 3 wickets
  • 2nd ODI: Australia won by 123 runs
  • 3rd ODI: South Africa won by 111 runs
  • 4th ODI: South Africa won by 164 runs
  • 5th ODI: South Africa won by 122 runs

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