Prior to the rain delay, Tahlia McGrath (3-23) was important with the ball, enticing Tazmin Brits (31) into holing out to deep mid-wicket where she was caught.
McGrath then gave Marizanne Kapp the same treatment, the architect of Wednesday’s upset win going for a fourth-ball duck after finding Darcie Brown in the deep.
“We bowled pretty good lengths and fielding was decent as well, we just lost our way with the bat a bit,” Proteas captain Laura Wolvaardt said.
The win puts Australia back in control of the multi-format series ahead of next week’s one-off Test in Perth. To draw the series on points aggregate South Africa need to win that match.
Healy rode her luck after being dropped on 31 at deep backward square leg by Anneke Bosch, who had two other possible catches fall at her feet on a day of mixed fielding for the tourists.
Healy notched her 17th ODI half-century with back-to-back fours straight down the ground off Nadine de Klerk, before being caught at much the same place Bosch dropped her.
When Healy went, McGrath (44) reignited the hosts by hitting young quick Hlubi (0-41) for five consecutive fours but misplayed Chloe Tryon the next over and lost her middle stump.
With a single to mid-wicket in the 43rd over, slow-and-steady Mooney brought up her 16th half-century before a patient knock began to switch gears.
After belting quick Masabata Klaas for consecutive sixes, King (17) kept the strike late and Mooney’s ton eluded her.
Australia finished with a much heftier total than the 149 they managed in Wednesday’s loss.
“From a batting perspective, we just didn’t adapt to the conditions quick enough (in the second ODI),” Nitschke said.
“(Today) we left some runs out there still but we certainly were a bit more measured.”
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