Donovan Ferreira top scored with a debut 48 but it was not enough as an improved Proteas lost the series to Australia. South Africa went down by five wickets in the third and final KFC T20 at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Sunday.

The result ensured the tourists ran out 3-0 winners after bigger wins in the first two games.

DONOVAN FERREIRA IMPRESSES ON DEBUT 

However, they were made to work much harder in match three thanks in part to 25-year-old all-rounder Ferreira. He plundered five sixes and one four in a rollicking 21-ball innings that helped South Africa post 190 for eight after winning the toss and batting.

The Australian batters were ruthless though in reply, chasing down the target with 13 balls to spare after a pulsating 91 (48 balls, 8 fours, 6 sixes) by Travis Head.

The hosts, however, can take several positives out of the final encounter, not least Ferreira’s performance.

At the start of the game, Temba Bavuma (0) and another debutant Matthew Breetzke (5) were out cheaply, with captain Aiden Markram (41) and Reeza Hendricks (42) rebuilding through a 58-run third-wicket stand.

Donovan Ferreira top scored with a debut 48 but it was not enough as an improved Proteas
Australia celebrate

PROTEAS T20I SQUAD AGAINST AUSTRALIA 

Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (DP World Lions), Matthew Breetzke (Dafabet Warriors), Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Donovan Ferreira (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans) and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

KFC T20I SERIES 

Wednesday, 30 August at 18:00

South Africa lost to Australia by 111 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban

Friday, 01 September at 18:00

South Africa lost to Australia by 8 wickets at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban

Sunday, 03 September at 14:00

South Africa lost to Australia by 5 wickets at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban.