South Africa finally manage to go past the 125-mark. The score doesn’t look good, but the pitch is slow and the outfield sluggish. Do stay tuned in for the chase.
SIX! And Hendricks hits his first international six! Steps out and launches it straight into the crowd over deep mid-wicket!
Starc bowls out. 4-1-16-2 are his figures. Remember, he has bowled only in the Powerplays and at the death.
Coulter-Nile bowls yet another good over. Will they reach 125?
What a comeback from Starc. He has been amazing throughout this series.
And Starc comes back! That yorker was unplayable!
OUT! Morkel b Starc 18(11)
SIX! Starc attempts a bouncer, and bang! Albie gives it his all, hooking the ball into the crowds!
Starc is back. He has easily been the bowler of the tournament so far.
Is this when they start the counterattack? Albie has to be around till the end for something to happen.
SIX! That is humongous! Watto bowls a length-delivery, and Albie gives it his all! Massive!
Bailey gets Watto on…
Yet another tidy over Henriques. South Africa will have to do well to reach ton 125 here.
FOUR! Parnell lofts Henriques straight over his head!
A huge cheer greets the IPL jingle.
Hogg bowls out as well. Oldest T20I player around, and still going strong.
The Chinaman at work! The ball turns almost square, takes the edge, and de Kock walks! Yet another caught Brad bowled Brad dismissal!
de Kock c Haddin b Hogg 41(39)
Hogg to bowl out.
South Africa sink deeper. Here’s Albie, batting for South Africa after a long time, and de Kock, still going strong.
Undone by pace, or lack of it. A tame shot spooned to cover. South Africa sinks deeper.
OUT! Miller c Bailey b Henriques 2(7)!
Henriques is back.
Bailey has now got his fifth bowler to finish with figures of 4-0-19-2. Huge bonus, that.
Maxwell to bowl his final over.
The Brads strike! A rank long-hop, but AB hits it straight to Hodge at deep mid-wicket! This is a huge blow for the hosts!
OUT! de Villiers c Hodge b Hogg 11(10)!
SIX! de Kock pulls off what Duminy couldn’t! Excellent footwork as that one from Hogg disappears over extra-cover!
This time it’s Coulter-Nile, keeping up with the good job. Excellent work from the Australians.
Hogg hasn’t really bowling too badly, but the two boundaries have spoiled his figures. South Africa needs more of these.
SIX! Absolute long-hop from Hogg, AB doesn’t really time it, but it’s a six anyway. Fasten your seat-belts, guys…
Hogg is varying his pace skilfully here…
Another tidy over from Maxwell. It’s AB-time, though.
Bailey persists with Maxwell, and he strikes! Duminy timed it quite well, the ball seemed to be headed for the deep extra-cover boundary, but they had a man there.
OUT! Duminy c Henriques b Maxwell 13(16)!
The Australian stranglehold continues. Something needs to give in here.
FOUR! An inch too straight perhaps, and de Kock sweeps. Easy pickings.
Bailey brings on Hogg now…
Yet another tidy over, this time from Maxwell…
Henriques does a good job too. The Australians have been tight today.
FOUR! That is a Duminy special, adjusting and waiting for that one, and placing it through extra-cover. Beautiful stroke, that.
Australia on top, for sure. Why is Faf holding AB back?
What just happened? Yet another brain-freeze; a soft nothing stroke from Faf straight to Hoggy at mid-off.
OUT! du Plessis c Hogg b Maxwell 5(6)!
FOUR! Delicious stroke through mid-wicket! That’s the Faf we know!
Once again, an amazing over from Starc. He has certainly been the pick of the bowlers in this truncated series.
A somewhat unusual cross-batted stroke across the line against an in-swinger, and he is plumb!
OUT! Amla lbw b Starc 2(3)!
de Kock has started to pile up the runs now.
SIX! Whoa! You cannot overpitch do this kid, he can hit them the proverbial mile! The ball vanishes over deep mid-wicket, and how!
FOUR! Bang goes de Kock, over mid-wicket!
Amla leg-glances NMCN for their first run. Coulter-Nile to Amla now. He had struggled in the previous match.
Brilliant bowling from Starc. Fast, furious, accurate, and nippy.
That was a nasty bouncer: took off from a length, hit de Kock’s gloves, and thudded into his chin. Here’s Starc. Toss:Australia captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the third T20I against South Africa at Centurion on March 14, 2014. Australia have one change as Cameron White comes in for David Warner. Moises Henriques is also there in the starting XI. For South Africa, AB de Villiers comes in for Farhan Behardien. Imran Tahir comes back into the South African side. Teams:South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Australia: Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Cameron White, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Starc.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third and final T20I between South Africa and Australia at Centurion. The first T20I was washed out due to rain at Port Elizabeth. The second match at Durban was won by Australia by five wickets.