Despite a brilliant century from David Warner, Australia has lost the final one-day international by 31 runs against South Africa.
The loss consigns Australia to its first ever 5-0 whitewash defeat in ODI cricket.
Warner made a thrilling 173 off 136 to keep the tourists alive in a monster chase of 329 to win, that only truly looked impossible when he was run-out by Imran Tahir in the 48th over.
The opener played a lone-hand for Australia, with Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh the next highest run scoreres with 35 each. They were the only three men to pass 20 for Australia, with Steve Smith, Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain all scoring ducks, and George Bailey out for two.
Aaron Finch made 19 off 40 in a 72-run stand with Warner, before falling to a Tahir flipper in the 14th over. That proved to be the opening South Africa needed, with Smith falling to the leggie two balls later, and Bailey chopping-on against Andile Phehlukwayo two overs later to leave Australia at 3-75 in the 17th over.
Warner and Marsh then steadied the ship with a 64-run stand, before a 90-run partnership beteween the opener and Head saw Australia go into the final 10 overs needing 99 runs to win with six wickets in hand.
It wasn’t to be, with Head falling on the first ball of the 41st over, top-edging a pull against Kyle Abbott that flew high into the night sky behind wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who took a smart catch.
The wickets fell thick and fast from there, with Matthew Wade (7), Tremain and Mennie all out before the 45-over mark.
Batting with the tail, Warner perished in the 48th over, chasing a quick two against the arm of Tahir at deep point.
Unfortunately for Warner, the throw from Tahir was pinpoint perfect, with de Kock whipping off the bails with the Australian well short of the mark.
An over later Scott Boland was run-out for four, sealing a historic whitewash for South Africa.
Earlier, Rilee Rossouw made 122 as South Africa overcame a slow start to reach 327-8.
Australia had South Africa 3-52 with the departure of captain Faf du Plessis, but Rossouw and JP Duminy (73) combined for 178, the highest fourth-wicket partnership for South Africa against Australia.
Rossouw fell in the 45th over, and there was a flurry of wickets at the end, with pacers Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain collecting three each.
The damage was already done. South Africa finished with the third-highest ODI total at Newlands and Australia faces its worst performance in a series.
Online Source: News.com.au.