Aus power to series victory ahead of WT20
Australia gained a confidence boost ahead of the World T20 with an impressive run chase to defeat South Africa by six wickets in the third and final T20 at Newlands. Needing to achieve the highest successful chase after Hashim Amla’s 97 not out inspired South Africa to 178 for four, Australia achieved victory with four balls to spare, clinching the three-match series 2-1.
Usman Khawaja (33) and Shane Watson (42) gave Australia a strong start, putting on 76 for the first wicket in 8.2 overs. Both fell to leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the space of three balls, but captain Steve Smith and David Warner made virtually sure of victory with a third-wicket stand of 79.