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3rd ODI: Miller, Du Plessis hit tons as South Africa seal series

12 November 2018
3rd ODI: Miller, Du Plessis hit tons as South Africa seal series

"Disappointing that we couldn't get over the line at the end", Marsh said.

The Proteas' 320-5 proved out of reach for Australia on Sunday night despite a determined 106 from veteran Shaun Marsh.

David Miller on the way to a blistering century.

Certainly there was glowing praise even from sometimes parochial Australian pundits for the manner in which the tourists turned the screws before and then in the "death" phase of the home team's stiff run-chase (target 321) at Hobart on Sunday, through their inspiring, three-pronged pace arsenal of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

It was the highest ever ODI partnership against Australia, surpassing the 237 between Sri Lankan pair Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya at the SCG in 2003.

There were 130 runs in the final 10 overs, including 75 in the last five, as both stormed to explosive centuries: their alliance was marked, as much as anything else, by how few false strokes either played en route, and that against the pedigreed likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins enough of the time. "Du Plessis" 114-ball innings included 15 fours and two sixes and was his 10th in worldwide one-dayers, while Miller's vindicated his elevation up the batting order.

Glenn Maxwell trapped Miller in front for 41 in the 33rd over, with umpire Aleem Dar raising the finger.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped du Plessis on 29 in the 27th over, a simple caught-behind off Maxwell's spin.

DRS ball-tracking showed the ball narrowly travelling over the top of the stumps and Miller was called back to the crease. "From a batting point of view we were good, but from a bowling point of view we were excellent".

Mitchell Starc (2-57 off 10) and Marcus Stoinis (2-70 off seven) were Australia's only multiple wicket-takers. The duo was separated by Stoinis, but by then the damage had already been done. "Then obviously it went upstairs".

"Myself and Dave (Miller) were handling things really well out there just needed to take it a little bit deeper".

David Miller and Faf du Plessis scored sparkling centuries in a partnership of 252 runs as South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in a one-day worldwide in Hobart on Sunday to win the three-match series 2-1.

Australia too did not get off to a great start as the experienced Dale Steyn dismissed Chris Lynn for a golden duck.