With the series tied at 1–1, Australian captain Finch said he was happy to bat first after South Africa won the toss and sent the tourists inside
David Warner and Aaron Finch launched a brutal attack on the South African bowlers as Australia scored 193 for five in the decisive third Twenty20 International match at Newlands on Wednesday.
With the series tied at 1–1, Australian captain Finch said he was happy to bat first after South Africa won the toss and sent the tourists inside.
He showed why he and left-handed Warner scored 75 runs in a six-over power play on their way to an early partnership of 120 off 74 balls. Warner scored 57 and Finch scored 55. Both faced 37 balls.
Both batsmen were dismissed in consecutive overs and South Africa did a fair job of pulling the scoring rate back on a dry pitch.
But a no-ball that overtook former captain Steve Smith proved costly. Smith was bowled by Kagiso Rabada in the beginning of the 19th over but replays showed that Rabada had stepped over.
Smith took advantage of 20 runs in the last over bowled by Enrique Narje, including two sixes not out for 30 runs.
This was the first time Warner and Smith had played at Newlands, as they were both banned for a year after a ball tampering scandal on the same ground two years ago.
But in the normal hub of the 20-over game, neither player was targeted by an over-capacity crowd.