Australia sweep South Africa T20 series with 5-wicket win

Wednesday 06th September 2023 06:30 EDT

Travis Head smashed a career-best 91 off 48 balls to lead Australia to a 5-wicket win and a clean sweep of their three-match Twenty20 International series against hosts South Africa last week. The hosts elected to bat first and posted 190 for eight in their 20 overs, their highest score of the series but not enough as Australia easily chased down the target with 13 balls remaining.

The teams will now move over to a five-match One-Day International series in Bloemfontein, which will serve as preparation for the ODI World Cup in India. Debutant middle-order batsman Donovan Ferreira top-scored for South Africa with 48 off 21 balls before he was run-out. Seamer Sean Abbott was the pick of the visiting bowlers with career-best figures of 4-31. The home side managed to reduce Australia to 43 for two in the fifth over, but the visitors were able to keep up with the run-rate throughout and never looked troubled. Brief scores: SA 190-8 in 20 overs (D Ferreira 48, R Hendricks 42; S Abbott 4-31) vs Australia 191-5 in 17.5 overs (T Head 91)

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