The brass band in Port Elizabeth had every reason to blow their hearts out yesterday after the Proteas made it 4-0 in their five-match ODI series against Australia.
It was a clinical performance by the hosts as they out muscled the visitors from start to finish to win by six wickets in the end.
South Africa will now look to go for a series whitewash when the two teams meet in the final one-dayer at Newlands on
Wednesday. And judging by the way they ripped through the Aussies yesterday, Faf du Plessis and his men will fancy their chances of finishing off on a high.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Aussies found Kyle Abbott in no mood to play around.
Having skittled both openers Aaron Finch for two and David Warner for six, Abbott set the platform for South Africa to bowl out the Aussies for 167 with his figures of 4/40.
Playing in his first match of the series, Abbott, who won the Man of the Match award, admits that he was nervous when finally getting his chance.
He explains: “It’s nice to get a run and come in and make an impact.
“It’s tough to sit on sidelines, sometimes… when get opportunity you hope it comes out OK.
“I said to a few guys this morning that I felt nervous, I hadn’t been in colours for a while.”
Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi supported him well, claiming 3/36.
When it was their turn to bat, South Africa never really looked like losing the match, despite losing opener Hashim Amla (4) early on.
Captain Du Plessis led from the front, scoring 69 before he was removed.
Birthday boys Rilee Rossouw (33*) and Farhaan Behardien (12*) steered SA home with six wickets in the bank.