Proteas win Triangular Series

The Proteas cruised to victory in the final of the Triangular Series against Australia.

FILE: Faf du Plessis was named man of the series and best batsman of the series. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas cruised to victory in the final of the Triangular Series against Australia in Harare on Saturday.

South Africa won the toss and sent Australia in to bat first.

Dale Steyn struck early as he dismissed Phil Hughes for 15 and four overs later Wayne Parnell got rid of Steve Smith for 10.

Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch got the innings back on track and lead the team to 115, but that's when Steyn worked his magic to remove Finch for 54 and the very next ball he sent Glenn Maxwell back to the changing room for a golden duck.

Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson all lost their wickets and Australia were in trouble on 144/8 after 38 overs.

Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner then hit a number of big blows and put on a partnership of 71 late in the innings to lead Australia to 217, while Steyn ended with figures of 4/34.

In the run chase Quinton De Kock lost his wicket early for seven, but a brilliant partnership between Faf du Plessis and Hashim Alma followed.

Both batsmen reached their fifties before Amla was dismissed for 51 and in an interesting move Wayne Parnell walked to the crease.

The experiment didn't work though as he was bowled by Faulkner for six off 24 balls.

AB de Villiers then came to crease and reached his fifty while du Plessis was aiming to become the first ever cricketer to score four hundreds in a series or tournament, but he fell four runs shorts.

De Villiers finished things off for the Proteas as they won by six wickets.

Du Plessis was named man of the series and best batsman of the series, while Steyn was named as man of the match and the best bowler of the series.