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Australia dominate day-night Test again with seven-wicket win

South African players celebrating series victory
South African players celebrating series victory
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Australia 383 & 127-3 (Warner 47) beat
South Africa 259-9 dec & 250 (Cook 104)
Third Test, Adelaide, day four

After the Australian seamers bowled out South Africa for 250 in their second innings, the batsmen chased down the target of 127 runs with seven wickets in hand to register a consolation win for the home side.

South Africa started the day at 194 for six, having a lead of 70 over Australia. Quinton de Kock (5) was trapped LBW by Jackson Bird (1-54) after Australia used a review to overturn the decision.

Vernon Philander (17) and Stephen Cook (104) added a solid 34 run stand for the eighth wicket but Mitchell Starc (4-80) dismissed the former LBW after taking the new ball.

Cook soon completed his second Test century with a boundary. However, Australia removed Kagiso Rabada (7) and Cook in quick succession to bowl out South Africa for 250.

With a target of 127 runs, David Warner (47) and Matt Renshaw (34 not out) took Australia to a solid start of 27 for naught at the end of the first session.

The pair brought their 50-run stand in 76 deliveries but it came to halt when Warner was run out by Temba Bavuma after Renshaw sent him back.

Tabraiz Shamsi (1-49) raised South Africa's hopes when he trapped Usman Khawaja (0) LBW. Australia were 64 for two at that stage.

However, Renshaw and Steven Smith (40) came together for a 61-run stand for the third wicket to put Australia on course for a win. Kyle Abbott (1-26) had Smith caught behind when Australia needed just two more runs to win.

Peter Handscomb (1 not out) and Renshaw ensured Australia completed the win with seven wickets in hand. Khawaja was awarded the man of the match.

Following their victories in the first two games, South Africa claimed the series 2-1 with Philander bagging the man of the series.

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