Shane Watson hit two sixes in his knock of 35 at Supersport Park. Themba Hadebe / AP Photo / March 14, 2014
Shane Watson hit two sixes in his knock of 35 at Supersport Park. Themba Hadebe / AP Photo / March 14, 2014

Australia clinch series over South Africa to ring a bell for World Twenty20



PRETORIA // Australia comfortably chased down a modest target set by South Africa to win the third Twenty20 international by six wickets at SuperSport Park and take the series 2-0 after the first game was washed out.

A quickfire 39 off 27 balls from opener Aaron Finch set the platform for the victory as Australia reached 129 for four with five overs to spare in reply to South Africa’s 128 for seven off 20 overs.

The home side struggled on a slow and difficult pitch and only opener Quinton de Kock, who scored 41, emerged with any plaudits as wickets fell around him.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc produced an impressive variation of pace to take two wickets and, as importantly, concede just 16 runs in his four overs.

Finch and Cameron White did not seem to have the same difficulty with the wicket, amassing a quick 43 runs in the first five overs as Australia switched their dominance from ball to bat.

Shane Watson pitched in with 35 off 28 balls to ease the touring side to victory.

“It puts us in a good way for the World T20,” he told reporters.

On Wednesday, Australia produced an exhibition of ferocious batting to edge South Africa in the last over of a match reduced by rain to just seven overs each in Durban.

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Family: I have three siblings, one older brother (age 25) and two younger sisters, 20 and 13 

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I am in awe of the remarkable women in the Arab region, both big and small, pushing boundaries and becoming role models for generations. Emily Nasrallah was a writer, journalist, teacher and women’s rights activist

How do you relax?

Yoga relaxes me and helps me relieve tension, especially now when we’re practically chained to laptops and desks. I enjoy learning more about music and the history of famous music bands and genres.

What is favourite book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I think I've read it more than 7 times

What is your favourite Arabic film?

Hala2 Lawen (Translation: Where Do We Go Now?) by Nadine Labaki

What is favourite English film?

Mamma Mia

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