Having won the toss and electing to field, South Africa nearly rued that decision after the pitch turned heavily in their disadvantage.
Entering this match smart from a crushing 198 runs victory, Australia were the first to bat and thought they had wrapped up the win after posting 327 but De Villiers had other plans as he posted 136 runs. Du Plessis played a controlled innings for his 106 runs before he was undone by a Mitchell Starc bouncer.
JP Duminy scored a quick fire 28 as he helped De Villiers to close the match. De Villiers overcame fatigue and severe cramp in his left leg going for big boundaries. This was after South Africa’s task seemed formidable when they lost openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock with just 54 runs on the board.
Imran Tahir was certainly able to hold up the Australian innings with his leg spin, breaking a 92 run opening stand when he dismissed Phillip Hughes for 51 and following it up with the wicket of Mitchell Marsh. He went on to finish with figures of 2 for 45 from his 10 overs.