South Africa vs. Australia, 3rd T20I: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2014

Australia's batsman Shane Watson, plays a shot during their T20 Cricket match against South Africa at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Australia cruised to victory over South Africa in the third Twenty20 international in Centurion on Friday evening to claim the series 2-0.

South Africa were never really in the game, setting the visitors a low total of 128, nowhere near enough to be competitive.

A solid bowling performance was backed up by good batting from Darren Lehmann's side as the Australians knocked off the total in 15 overs to win by six wickets.

Read on for the full scorecard and report.

South Africa vs. Australia, 3rd T20I Scorecard
South Africa Innings
de Kockc HaddinHogg4140
du Plessisc HoggMaxwell56
Duminyc HenriquesMaxwell1316
de Villiersc HodgeHogg1110
Millerc BaileyHenriques27
Extras3lb, 3w, 1nb7
Totalfor 7128(20 ovs.)
Australia Innings
Finchc MiIllerTahir3927
Whitec TahirParnell1411
Watsonc du PlessisTahir3528
Totalfor 4129(15 ovs.)



CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 14: JP Duminy of South Africa during the 3rd KFC T20 International match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park on March 14, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. They were rewarded early on with the wicket of Hashim Amla in the third over.

South Africa were unable to form significant partnerships and their run rate was slow as a result.

Good bowling from Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc saw the home side stumble to only 103-7 with 21 balls to go.

Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks saw South Africa through to a total of 128-7, a simple-looking target for the visiting side as they looked to tie up the three-match series.

Australia got off to a flyer in their innings, scoring 43 within five overs before the wicket of Cameron White fell.

And despite some good overs, especially from Imran Tahir, the target was just too small for South Africa to defend.

George Bailey and Brad Hodge saw Australia home with overs to spare and will go into next week's Twenty20 World Cup on a high.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said:

The last seven-over game wasn't really the ideal preparation going into a World Cup but today was a really good hit out for us.

The wicket played really well and it was a really good heat up for us. With the fire-power that we have all the way down our order we know that we can play our natural game.

We've got a really good squad at the moment, as good a squad as I've been involved in.

Their depth in the batting lineup should serve Australia well heading into the showpiece event in Bangladesh.

South Africa will need to step up their performance if they wish to compete at the World Cup.

Scores as low as today's will not be of any use against the likes of Sri Lanka, who they will face in their group.