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Malan And Ngidi Joint Sensational Performance Helps South Africa Seal Series

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia got off to an explosive start as both their openers, David Warner and captain Aaron Finch came out with an attacking mindset as they added 50 runs in just 6.3 overs. Warner was dismissed after playing a cameo of 35 runs off 23 balls. The duo of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne got out on back-to-back deliveries as Australia suddenly collapsed to 81 for 3 with South African pacer Lungi Ngidi bowling really well.

The pair of Aaron Finch and D Arcy Short then joined hands and stitched a brilliant 77-run stand to steady the Aussie innings. Finch played an excellent knock of 69 runs off 87 balls that included 6 fours and 2 sixes. Short too scored 69 runs off 83 balls and Mitchell Marsh contributed with 36 runs.

Eventually, Australia were bowled out for 271 runs in 50 overs. For South Africa, Ngidi bowled amazingly well finishing with sensational figures of 6 for 58 which is also the second best bowling figure in South Africa vs Australia ODI games.

In the second innings, South Africa got off to a poor start losing the key wicket of their captain Quinton de Kock in the first over itself. The pair of JJ Smuts and Janneman Malan then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. The duo added 91 runs for the second wicket stand before South Africa lost two quick wickets in the form of Smuts (41) and Kyle Verreynne (3).

Malan kept batting amazingly well at one end and was joined by Heinrich Klaasen and the pair stitched a brilliant partnership of 81 runs for the fourth wicket to help South Africa claim a strong position in the run-chase. Klaasen played a vital innings of 51 runs off 52 balls. Malan notched up his maiden century as he composed a stunning unbeaten knock of 129 runs off 139 balls that included 7 fours and 4 sixes.

In the end, Malan and David Miller compiled an unbeaten stand of 90 runs to help South Africa chase down the target with 9 balls to spare. Miller remained 37 off 29 not out that included 3 fours. In a surprising development, both Janneman Malan and Lungi Ngidi were awarded the Man of the Match jointly for their brilliant performance in the game.

Brief Scores

Australia: 271/10 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch-69, D Arcy Short-69; Lungi Ngidi 6/58, Anrich Nortje 2/59)

South Africa: 274/4 in 48.3 overs (Janneman Malan-129*, Heinrich Klaasen-51, David Miller-37*; Adam Zampa 2/48)

Result: South Africa won the match by 6 wickets.