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White Helps Australia Win Decider

Cameron White
Cameron White saw Australia home in the final over
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Australia 146-8 (White 41no) beat
South Africa 145-6 by two wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Sydney

Cameron White hit an unbeaten 41 in 31 balls as Australia beat South Africa by two wickets in the decisive third Twenty20 International in Sydney to claim a 2-1 series win.

South Africa made a fast start thanks to Quinton de Kock (48) and Reeza Hendricks (49) before they were pegged back and closed on 145 for six.

James Faulkner took three for 28 and although Aaron Finch's 33 in 25 balls got Australia off to a flyer, they needed White to see them home.

He hit four fours and a six as wickets fell at the other end, sealing victory with a ball to spare.

Things looked good for South Africa when de Kock was blasting five fours and two sixes in his 27-ball innings with Hendricks, who faced 48 balls, in support.

However, aside from David Miller's unbeaten 34 in 26 balls, once the openers were dismissed - by Patrick Cummins and Doug Bollinger respectively - the innings faltered.

Faulkner dismissed Farhaan Behardien (1), JP Duminy (2) and David Wiese (0) while leg-spinner Cameron Boyce was the other wicket-taker.

Finch then cracked two fours and two sixes and Ben Dunk added 14 to begin the run chase well only for South Africa, much as Australia had done earlier, to peg them back.

Wiese and Robin Peterson took three wickets to lead South Africa's effort in the field as the former returned three for 21 and the latter three for 28.

And although Shane Watson (5), Nic Maddinson (4), Faulkner (9), Cummins (3) and Sean Abbott (5) all fell cheaply, the Proteas couldn't shift White.

With wickets tumbling at the other end, he calmly picked off the runs required to steer Australia to the series win.

South Africa won the opening match by seven wickets before Australia hit back to win the second game by the same margin.

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