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Warner century goes in vain as South Africa complete 5-0 series whitewash

Rilee Rossouw celebrating his century in the fifth ODI against Australia.
Rilee Rossouw celebrating his century in the fifth ODI against Australia.
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South Africa 327-8 (Rossouw 122) beat
Australia 296 (Warner 173) by 31-run stand
Fifth One-Day International in Cape Town

A belligerent 173 from David Warner was not enough for Australia as they fell short by 38 runs in their chase of 328 in the fifth One-Day International in Cape Town handing a 5-0 series victory to South Africa.

Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first. Quinton de Kock (12) failed to repeat his heroics from the previous games and was caught at short cover early in the innings. In the very next over, Hashim Amla (25) was castled by Joe Mennie (3-49) ending his 22-ball knock.

The wickets continued to tumble for South Africa, who lost du Plessis (11), also castled by Mennie in the 11th over by the end of which they were 52 for three.

Rilee Rossouw (122) and JP Duminy (73) scored seven boundaries in the next three overs, signaling South Africa's intention. They brought the 100-run mark and also their 50-run stand in the 18th over.

Rossouw reached his eighth ODI fifty which came at run-a-ball and by the half-way mark, South Africa were 151 for three. Just after the duo brought their 100-run stand, Duminy completed his 47-ball fifty.

The pair went on to record the highest fourth wicket stand in the ground. Duminy became Mennie's third victim but Rossouw went on to complete his third ODI century. Rossouw with the support from David Miller (39) added 85 runs for the Proteas in the final 10 overs as they ended with the score of 327.

Despite, losing Aaron Finch (19), Steven Smith (0) and George Bailey (2) early. Warner (173) added 64 runs with Mitchell Marsh (35) and another 90-run stand with Travis Head (35).

Warner brought his fifty off 51 deliveries and he needed just 37 more deliveries to complete his century. Australia needed 131 runs from the final 90 deliveries.

Despite, Warner tried to wage a lone battle, South Africa kept picking wickets from the other end, eventually dismissing Australia for 296. The 31-run win allowed South Africa to whitewash Australia 5-0 for the first time in the history of the game.

Warner was named the man of the match while Rossouw picked the man of the series.

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