Warner wins big on return to scene of scandal
The bad patch for the Proteas continues as the visiting Australia beat South Africa by 97 runs in the final T20 international in Cape Town to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
This defeat marked South Africa’s second-worst T20 loss to Australia, eclipsed only by the 107-run thrashing they suffered at the Wanderers five days ago.
Meanwhile it was David Warner’s return to the scene of scandal, and he played a central role in his team’s victory to make the occasion special.
The last time Warner was at Newlands he instigated one of the biggest embarrassments in Australian cricket history with a ball-tampering plot in a Test against South Africa in March 2018.
But this time around, it was like a redemption for the batsman who made his return to international cricketer last year and won the Allan Border Medal 2020.
Thanks to Warner’s 57 off 37 balls, top-score for his team, the Aussies posted a big total of 193 for five in their 20 overs.
Warner was also involved in a 120-run opening partnership with the skipper Aaron Finch, who made 55 off 37 balls.
South Africa played with five bowlers, and each of them grabbed one wicket a piece, with Lungi Ngidi (8.25) and Tabraiz Shamsi (6.25) being the only two bowlers to have economy under 10.
In reply, the Proteas did not even come close, folding for a paltry total of 96 in 15.3 overs. While Ashton Agar (3/16) and Mitchell Starc (3/23) were the pick of the bowlers, it was Adam Zampa who took two incredible outfield catches alongside regitering figures of 2/10 from three overs.
In the past 12 months, Australia have now won T20 series in India and South Africa as well as home campaigns against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, losing just once in 11 matches.
Brief Scores: Australia 193/5 in 20 overs (David Warner 57, Aaron Finch 55; Tabraiz Shamsi 1-25) beat South Africa 96 in 15.3 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 24, Heinrich Klaasen 22; Ashton Agar 3-16, Mitchell Starc 3-23) by 97 runs.