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Nathan Lyon is now 3rd highest wicket-taker as an Australian spinner AFP

The third and final Test of the three-match series between Australia and South Africa was played at Adelaide Oval. Batting first, South Africa declared after scoring 259 for 9. Skipper Faf du Plessis played an excellent knock of 118. Josh Hazlewood was the key bowler for Australia, as he scalped 4 wickets. In return, Australia scored 283, thanks to Usman Khawaja s ton, followed by Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Starc s fifties. Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada picked three wickets each. After conceding a 124-run deficit in the first innings, South Africa tried hard but could score only 250 with the help of Stephen Cook s gritty century.

Chasing a low total of 127 runs, Australia completed the task quite easily by losing only three wickets. Australia chased down the total in the 41st over of the final innings. David Warner and Smith scored 47 and 40 respectively to register their only win in the series and first since February 2016. Khawaja was adjudged Man of the Match award, while Proteas pacer Vernon Philander bagged Man of the Series award. With the end of this interesting contest, many interesting numbers come into play:

Australia s 21st win over South Africa in Tests at home: This is their joint fourth-most win against any side at home. They have won 91 against England, 37 against West Indies, 28 against India and 21 against Pakistan. Overall, this is Australia s 51st win over South Africa.

4 players made their debut in this Test: Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson and Tabraiz Shamsi donned their country’s jersey for the first time in the longest format. This was the first such instance since 1970 in a Test between Australia and South Africa.

3 Australian players made their debut in this Test: Handscomb, Renshaw and Maddinson’s debut was first such instance since 2008 by Australia in a Test against South Africa.

217 wickets for Nathan Lyon in Tests is 3rd most tally wickets by any Australian spinner. Lyon went past Clarrie Grimmett s tally of 216 wickets.

5 Australian players made their Test in this series: Joe Mennie, Callum Ferguson, Handscomb, Renshaw and Maddinson’s debut was first such instance since 1981 by Australia.

24.04 Renshaw’s strike-rate in this Test. This is the fifth lowest strike-rate by an Australian batsman on his debut after facing 150 or above balls, after Percy Hornibrook (44 runs at 19.81 in 1929), Ashley Mallett (43 runs at 21.93 in 1968), John Watkins (39 runs at 23.49 in 1973) and John Dyson (57 runs at 23.84 in 1977).

Total of 7 players made their debut in this series from both the sides: Mennie, Ferguson, Handscomb, Renshaw, Maddinson, Keshav Maharaj and Shamsi’s debut was such instance in a series between Australia and South Africa since 1957-58.

Stephen Cook became 6th South African opener to score hundred in Australia after Billy Zulch, Eddie Barlow, Gary Kirsten, Graeme Smith and Dean Elgar.

Du Plessis became first captain to score a ton in a day-night Test. Previous highest score by a captain in a day-night Test was 53 by Steve Smith, which he went past in the second innings of this match, scoring 59. Also, du Plessis ton was his first away from home since 2014.

5 times Hazlewood scalped Hashim Amla s wicket: This is the second joint-most by any Australian bowler after Mitchell Johnson (7) and Peter Siddle (5).

Handscomb became 9th Australian to score fifty or above on his Test debut while batting at No. 5 after Affie Jarvis (82 in 1885), Frank Iredale (81 in 1894), Ian Craig (53 in 1953), Michael Bevan (82 in 1994), Ricky Ponting (96 in 1995), Darren Lehman (52 in 1998), Brad Hodge (60 in 2005) and Adam Voges (130* in 2015).

South Africa declared at 259 for 9 in the first innings of this Test. This was their second lowest declared score in the first innings lowest against Australia and third lowest by any team against Australia.

145 runs scored by Usman Khawaja: With this innings, he became first Australian to score hundred in a day-night Test.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)