South Africa vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Australia tour of South Africa
South Africa 338/6 (50 ov)
Australia 227/10 (34.3 ov)
Result - South Africa won by 111 runs
Markram hit 102 not out in a South African total of 338 for six.
South Africa survived a furious assault by David Warner and Travis Head before bowling out Australia for 227.
Australia won the first two games in the five-match series after sweeping a Twenty20 series 3-0.
The tourists looked on track for another win when Warner and Head thrashed 79 for the first wicket off only 48 balls.
Australia were 104 for one at the end of the 10-over power play, the second time in a row they reached three figures while fielding restrictions were in place.
But left-arm spinners Tabraiz Shamsi (two for 29) and Keshav Maharaj (two for 37) changed the course of the match on a spin-friendly pitch before fast bowler Gerald Coetzee (four for 50) finished off the Australian innings.
Maharaj also made a key intervention in the field with a direct-hit run-out of Warner, who made 78 off 56 balls before slipping and losing his shoe as he set off for a single.
"We needed a positive one," said South African captain Temba Bavuma.
"The batters knuckled down and we were banking on the wicket assisting the spin bowlers and it's exactly what it did.
"The power play didn't go as well as we wanted but the way we clawed it back was exactly what we're looking for."
Australian captain Mitchell Marsh said the loss was "a little slip-up" in conditions which are likely to be replicated during the World Cup in India next month.
"Hopefully we learnt a lot from it," he said.
Quinton de Kock (82) and captain Temba Bavuma (57) gave South Africa an ideal start with an opening stand of 146 in 22.5 overs.
But Australia were able to slow down the scoring, with part-time off-spinner Travis Head making good use of a slow, dry pitch to bowl unchanged and take two for 39 in 10 overs.
Markram and Marco Jansen gave the innings late impetus with a sixth-wicket partnership of 63 off 31 balls which was ended by a sensational diving left-handed catch by Sean Abbott on the cover boundary off Nathan Ellis.
South Africa Fall of wickets: 1-146 (Quinton de Kock - 22.5 ov), 2-150 (Temba Bavuma - 23.6 ov), 3-226 (Reeza Hendricks - 35.5 ov), 4-228 (Heinrich Klaasen - 36.3 ov), 5-244 (David Miller - 41.3 ov), 6-307 (Marco Jansen - 46.4 ov)
Australia Fall of wickets: 1-79 (Travis Head - 7.5 ov), 2-140 (Mitchell Marsh - 14.6 ov), 3-157 (David Warner - 18.5 ov), 4-165 (Marnus Labuschagne - 20.5 ov), 5-178 (Marcus Stoinis - 23.6 ov), 6-194 (Tim David - 28.2 ov), 7-198 (Sean Abbott - 29.1 ov), 8-200 (Alex Carey - 30.4 ov), 9-200 (Tanveer Sangha - 32.1 ov), 10-227 (Nathan Ellis - 34.3 ov)
SOUTH AFRICA - Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(WK), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi
AUSTRALIA - Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(WK), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Josh Hazlewood
Date - 2023-09-12 11:00:00
Venue - Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Toss - Australia elected to bowl
Umpires - Bongani Jele (South Africa), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nitin Menon (India TV)