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Quinton de Kock gets a snorter from Mitchell Starc in the first over of the third T20I between South Africa and Australia at Centurion on March 14, 2014 © AFP

Australia outplayed South Africa as they thrashed them by six wickets to win the third and final Twenty20 International at Centurion on March 14, 2014. Australia have won the three-match T20I series 2-0. They were chasing a target of 129 set by South Africa. Aaron Finch top-scored with 39 and Shane Watson scored 35. Imran Tahir took two wickets, but Australia won the match with 30 deliveries remaining.

Earlier, Australia captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slow track. The South African batsmen were never in the groove as the Aussie bowlers kept them under control. The bowlers took wickets at regular intervals as South Africa crawled to 128 for seven. Quinton de Kock top-scored with 41 off 40 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.

The next highest score was 18 off 11 deliveries from Albie Morkel. He struck two sixes before being bowler by Mitchell Starc. The eighth-wicket stand between Wayne Parnell and Hendricks was worth 25 runs. Starc, Glenn Maxwell and Brad Hogg took two wickets each.

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