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All-rounder Ryan McLaren struck a last ball six to help South Africa to a thrilling 1-wicket win in the Third and Final ODI at Potchefstroom. The hosts managed to avoid an otherwise embarassing 0-3 cleansweep against the Black Caps.

The way South Africa battered New Zealand in the Tests, no one would have given them a chance of competing in the ODIs against a strong Proteas outfit. They may still go on to lose the series, but New Zealand’s performance in the opening one-dayer at Paarl would be something that they can memorably remember about this otherwise forgettable tour.

England have kept their hopes of going through into the Semis alive by defeating the Kiwis at Pallekele. It was a pretty easy chase for England after they kept New Zealand down to 149.

Curiosity more than anything else is the biggest factor surrounding the flamboyant left-handed bat. In the sole T20 at home against New Zealand, he did not look scratchy in spite of being away from international cricket for so long.

India are the favourties to clinch a 2-0 cleansweep tomorrow at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore but would need the batsmen to come good for one last time in the series.