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Proteas finish off Aussie tour in fine style in rain affected match

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It was effectively a 10-over match as persistent rain for much of the evening reduced the game by half

epa07172393 Reeza Hendricks of South Africa hits to the boundary during the T20 International match between Australia and South Africa at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, 17 November 2018. EPA-EFE/DAVE HUNT EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

South Africa claimed a 21-run victory over Australia in the one-off T20 International at Carrara on Saturday.

It was effectively a 10-over match as persistent rain for much of the evening reduced the game by half.

The Proteas, having lost the toss at an unfamiliar venue for them, were given a runaway start by Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks (pictured) who put on 42 in the three power play overs.

A further 50 runs came off the next five overs and, although they only scored 10/3 in their last two overs, they still posted a highly competitive total of 108/6, and in reply Australia could only manage 87/7.

The pace attack then took over and took four wickets in three overs to reduce Australia to 27/3 at the end of the power play and 38/4 an over later.

Chris Morris, making his first international outing of the tour in the place of Dale Steyn, took two wickets in his first over and had the best figures of 2/12 from his two overs.

Tabraiz Shamsi, also turning out in his first game of the tour, returned an economical 1/12, and there were two wickets each for Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo.