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AUS vs SA: South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in third ODI, clinch series 2-1

by Saurabh Sharma Nov 11, 2018 • 19:42 PM

Hobart, Nov 11 (CRICKETNMORE):  South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in the third One day International match to win the series 2-1 here on Sunday.

"I thought we played our best game of cricket. We challenged ourselves to put in a performance. A high pressure game. (...) we have fantastic memories of Hobart. We'll remember this place fondly," said South African captain Faf du Plessis after the game, reports Efe.

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Australia won the toss and elected to field first on a batting friendly track. The pace bowlers got to work straight away, dismissing the South African top order cheaply, leaving them reeling at 55/3 by the middle of the 16th over.

What followed was an absolute masterclass by du Plessis and David Miller, who helped stage a recovery by teaming up for a record 255-run partnership, with both batsmen scoring centuries.

Set a target of 321 in 50 overs, Australia could only manage 280/9, with Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis showing some resolve with a century and a half-century, respectively.

Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn were the pick of the South African bowlers with three wickets each.