South Africa Send Australia to its First-Ever 5-0 ODI Whitewash
Warner’s brilliant 173 was a losing effort as Australia lost their last ODI against South Africa by 31 runs.
South Africa sent Australia to its first-ever 5-0 whitewash in a one-day series, winning the final game at Newlands by 31 runs and making David Warner's brilliant 173 a losing effort.
Chasing South Africa's 327-8, opener Warner took Australia to 288 in the 48th over but the required rate was too much and he was run out trying to push for a second to Imran Tahir in the deep. Australia was bowled out for 296.
Lauding the South African cricket team, Australian captain Steve Smith said:
Davey was phenomenal but the rest of us didn’t stand up. Credit to South Africa, we’ve been outplayed in all the games.
Rilee Rossouw's 122 and JP Duminy's 73 set up South Africa's big total, but only after Australia's bowlers failed to take advantage with the Proteas on 52-3.
Warner was dropped by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Kagiso Rabada when he had 11. He went on to play a thrilling innings, hitting 24 fours, and Australia remained in with a chance of victory until he was ninth out with the total on 288, run out by a throw from the point boundary by Imran Tahir, desperate for a risky second run in order to keep the strike.
South African captain Faf du Plessis paid tribute to Warner for an "incredible innings" but said South Africa deserved their series triumph.
At different times different guys stood up. Whatever Australia threw at us we had the answers. I’m very proud of the team.Faf du Plessis
The last time Australia, currently the No 1 team in ODIs, failed to win a game in an ODI series was a 4-0 loss to England in 2012.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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