Cameron White scored an unbeaten 41 to help Australia defeat South Africa by two wickets in the third T20 in Sydney on Sunday to land the three-match series 2-1. The home side won the toss and put the Proteas in to bat. Their openers got off to a good start with Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks putting on a 75-run partnership before De Kock gloved one straight to Ben Dunk.
Rilee Rossouw only managed four runs before he was a dismissed by Cameron Boyce (1/26) leaving his side on 88/2. Hendricks (49) was joined by David Miller and they were able to take the men in green and gold past the 100 mark. Hendricks however soon fell one short of what would have been his maiden T20 half century when he chopped one on from Pat Cummins (1/23).
The South Africans lost the next three wickets of Farhaan Berhardien (1), JP Duminy (2) and David Wiese (0) cheaply as they found themselves on 134/6. Robin Peterson (4 not out) joined Miller (34 not out) at the crease and they saw the Proteas to a total of 145/6 at the end of their 20 overs. In reply the Aussies got off to a decent start before they lost Aaron Finch for 33.
Nic Maddinson and Dunk were able to get them passed the 50 mark before the wicketkeeper/batsman was caught and bowled by Peterson. However the home side lost Maddinson (4) and Shane Watson (5) in quick succession to leave them on 62/4. Glenn Maxwell came in and played a cameo with some good shots but he played one too many as he was dismissed by Peterson (3/23) for 23.
The men from Down Under looked like they were in firm control despite losing James Faulkner (9), Cummins (3) and Sean Abbott (5) to find themselves on 144/8. T he match went down to the wire and it was White who stuck around to see his side over the finish line as they ran out winners by two wickets and took the series.