• Rabada: We inflicted proper damage

    Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has shared his delight at South Africa’s ‘ruthless’ approach during Sunday’s victory over Australia in the third ODI in Hobart.

    The Proteas won the match by 40 runs, sealing a 2-1 series victory. Centurions Faf du Plessis and David Miller powered the tourists to a hefty 320-5, after which Rabada snared three wickets in the opposition’s unsuccessful pursuit.

    ‘It’s never easy coming to Australia. We wanted to keep the momentum we had after Sri Lanka. Everyone played very well so we’re very happy. Faf and David kept going and inflicted proper damage at the end there. They won us the game,’ said Rabada.

    ‘As soon as the batsmen got in, they looked rather comfortable. The difference was that Faf and Dave went right through to the end. Our bowling attack spoke about needing to be ruthless. I think we did that here.’

    The hard-hitting Miller was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series, after scores of two not out, 51 and 139.

    ‘It’s always a great feeling to contribute, and when you win, it’s sweeter. We were in a little bit of trouble so it’s nice to bat some time,’ said Miller.

    ‘We wanted to extend the partnership as much as we could. Nice to make it a big one. They put a bit of a scare into us, but credit to our bowlers who have been fantastic the whole series.’

    Australia and South Africa will meet for a one-off T20I in Carrara on Saturday.

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