Australia chases down South Africa's 145 with one ball to spare, seals three-match T20I series 2-1
Cameron White led the chase with an unbeaten 41 off 31 balls as Australia ended the game at 146 for 8 with one ball to spare after having restricted South Africa to 145 for 6 in 20 overs.
Allrounder David Wiese, who returned figures of 3 for 21, and Robin Peterson (3 for 28) led South Africa's attack after Australia's openers started well.
T20I skipper Aaron Finch got the chase off to the perfect start with a 25-ball 33 before falling to Weise. But wickets kept falling regularly to give South Africa a sniff of victory. However, White shepherded the chase in the last six overs to keep Australia in the hunt.
With three balls remaining and two runs to get, Kyle Abbott trapped Sean Abbott leg before. Cameron Boyce then almost ran out White when he scampered for a single off his first ball before White scored the winning run.
Earlier, Australia's bowlers fought back to restrict South Africa. Openers Reeza Hendricks (49 off 48) and Quinton de Kock (48 off 27 balls) had comfortably taken the team to 75 for 0 after 8.3 overs. But Australia's bowlers then clawed their way back.
James Faulkner returned figures of 3 for 28 to restrict South Africa towards the end after running through the middle order. David Miller remained unbeaten on 34 off 26 balls.
White was named Man of the Match, while allrounder James Faulkner was named the Man of the Series.
The first game of the five-match One-Day International series will be played in Perth on Friday (November 14).
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