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All-Round South Africa Complete Fantastic Series Whitewash

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and opted to bowl first. Australia lost three key wickets of captain Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith quite early in the game. Marnus Labuschagne batted very much sensibly and went on to notch up his maiden ODI hundred. Labuschagne compiled a brilliant innings of 108 runs off 108 balls that included 8 boundaries.

D Arcy Short scored 36 runs off 44 balls and Mitchell Marsh contributed 32 runs as Australia finished with 254 for 7 in their quota of 50 overs. For South Africa, Anrich Nortje and JJ Smuts picked up two wickets each.

In the second innings, the two South African openers, Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan got out after getting respectable starts at the top. The pair of JJ Smuts and Kyle Verreynne then took over and added a crucial stand of 96 runs for the third wicket. Verreynne contributed with a vital run-a-ball half-century innings that included 3 sixes and as many fours.

However, it was Smuts who played a remarkable innings of 84 runs off 98 balls that consisted of 12 fours that helped South Africa claim a strong position in the chase. Heinrich Klaasen racked up yet another fifty as he remained unbeaten at 68 off 63 balls with South Africa getting over the line with 27 balls to spare.

JJ Smuts was awarded the Man of the Match for his fabulous all-round performance in the game. Heinrich Klaasen was named the Player of the Series for his consistent show with the bat throughout the three-match ODI series.