South Africa had beaten Australia convincingly in the 1st ODI of the series where Quinton de Kock scored a massive 178 run knock. And if that humbling wasn’t enough, it got one better on Sunday as the Proteas beat the Aussies by a whooping 142 runs in the second ODI with more than a dozen overs to spare.
South African bowlers produced an all round display to keep Australia pegged back from the onset and the visitors never really bothered much except for the partnership between Travis Head and Matthew Wade. The ask of 362 was never going to be easy anyway even though the pitch looked promising for big runs. Just as South Africa had justified in the first innings.
Faf du Plessis scored 111 runs from 93 balls and JP Duminy provided perfect partnership to score 82 from 58 balls in a rapid fire knock. The duo put together 150 for the third wicket.
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BOWLED!! Adam Zampa goes for a big one but gets nothing on the ball and South Africa win by a massive 142 runs with more than 12 overs to go!
BOWLED! Joe Mennie is bowled by Imran Tahir for 1 and Australia are 204/8. Quicker one by Tahir and it pitches and zips through Mennie’s defence. The target is 158 runs away with 95 balls remaining
GONE! Matthew Wade joins the rest of the Aussie top order in the pavilion. Pulls a short one and JP Duminy catches it at mid wicket boundary. That’s two wickets in four balls. Australia are in a mess at 185/7
GONE! Travis Head departs and the 69 run stand is broken. Head is trapped leg before and the Aussies are reviewing. As per the new DRS rules, it is the umpire’s call and it is given out. Australia are 185/6
This partnership between Travis Head and Matthew Wade has crossed 50 and looks pivotal if Australia are to get close to 361
Travis Head and Matthew Wade raising the tempo of this Australia chase with asking rate hovering around 8 and 9. JP Duminy goes for 10 before Phehlukwayo concedes 16.
And now he has too! Pulls a slow and short delivery by JP Duminy straight to David Miller. The fielder moves swiftly to his left to zap the catch and Warner is disappointed with the shot. Australia are 114/5
FIFTY! David Warner plays it smoothly on the leg side and picks up a single to bring up his fifty in 55 balls. The only one who has stayed tall in this innings while seeing his compatriots fall.
FOUR AND A SIX! David Warner finishes the 20th over with two big hits to Andile Phehlukwayo. Phehlukwayo, who picked up four wickets in the last match, has gone for 20 in two overs
GONE! Mitchell Marsh gloves a delivery straying down the leg side and Wayne Parnell strikes. Quinton de Kock with a comfortable hold. Australia are 87/4
Mitchell Marsh increasing the tempo of the Australian chase and he needs to. The required rate at 8.02 at the moment. Australia are 85/3 in the 16th over
GONE! Steve Smith departs and the credit goes to Quinton de Kock who flew to his left before tumbling and maintaining balance before being surrounded by his teammates in euphoria.
GONE! Aaron Finch departs early to give Australia a quick jolt. Kagiso Rabada sends it short and Finch scoops it straight ahead and Behardien takes it at square leg. Australia are 3/1
And we’re ready to begin Australia’s innings. Dale Steyn has the ball and Aaron Finch is joined by David Warner in the middle. Steyn starts things off with a booming delivery. There is lots of pace and swing in that delivery and catches everyone, including Steyn, by surprise.
Slower one on the final ball of the innings and Wayne Parnell swings and misses. South Africa finish on 361/6 and hand Australia a rather daunting target. Faf du Plessis top scores with 111 followed by JP Duminy’s 82. John Hastings picks up three wickets and Mitchell Marsh picks up two
SIX! That was a mean hit by Andile Phehlukwayo. Stands up to the short one by Chris Tremain and sends it soaring into the stands. Lovely hit!
GONE! David Miller goes without much of a damage at the end. Not the best of contacts on that John Hastings delivery and it is taken very well by Adam Zampa. South Africa are 347/6
Penultimate over of the South African innings. Farhaan Behardien has departed the middle as well with Chris Tremain picking up the wicket.
GONE! Faf du Plessis departs after a superb 111 run knock from 93 balls. Marsh once again with the wicket and Faf is caught on the ropes. South Africa are 308/4
David Miller is the new batsman in for South Africa. He joins Faf du Plessis in the middle who is on 107. South Africa are 306/3 at the end of the 43rd over
GONE! After smacking Marsh to 6, 4 and 4, JP Duminy falls to an off cutter. JP chops it on to his stumps as he comes out on the charge. He goes for 82 from 58. Sensational knock of big hitting!
HUNDRED! Faf du Plessis you beauty! What an terrific innings from the South Africa captain. Sixth ODI century and third against Australia. He is leading his team towards a big total. 264/2 after 40 overs
FIFTY! JP Duminy scores his half-century! He joins his captain and with him taking the South Africa towards a big total
200 up for South Africa in the 33rd over! How many will they score in Johannesburg today? Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy at the crease at the moment for them
FIFTY! Faf du Plessis with a couple of runs and that will be his fifty! After struggling in the initial phase, Du Plessis looking settled now. Thriving actullay
WICKET! Rilee Rossouw c (sub) DJ Worrall b John Hastings 75. Short from Hastings and Rossouw pulls it. Picks the longer part of the boundary and is caught by the substitute fielder. Lucky catch that
Faf du Plessis and Rossouw keep South Africa ticking. They are 131/1 after 22 overs. Rossouw has clearly slowed down. Time for a long innings?
100 up for South Africa in the 18th over. They are scoring at almost six runs per over. Faf du Plessis and Rossouw in the middle for them
FIFTY! A run-a-ball half-century for Rossouw! He has slowed down after the first wicket but great hitting from him earlier in the innings. This is his second in as many games
DELAY! Faf du Plessis runs for a single after hitting the ball to covers. A throw from Aaron Finch hits him on the hand. He is in pain. Calls for the physio
WICKET! John Hastings finally gives Australia the wicket! Quinton de Kock goes for a heave but fails to middle it. Looked good that. Caught at mid-on
10 overs gone in the South Africa innings and they are 65/0. Great start from them. Australia bowlers finding it difficult to contain Rossouw
A great start from the home side! South Africa have reached their team is the eighth over and that too without losing a wicket. Rossouw is hammering everything to the boundary
South Africa have raced to 42/0 after six overs all thanks to Roosouw’s 31 runs. He is sending it all over the park. Six boundaries so far for him
Rillee Rossouw reaches 1000 runs in one-day internationals after four fours in the first three overs. Variety of shots there from him against an evidently inexperienced Australia bowling
The new ball will be shared by the two debutants for Australia. Chris Tremain and Joe Mennie bowl
Playing XI for Australia:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (c), Geroge Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Chris Tremain, Joe Mennie
Playing XI for South Africa:
Quinton de Kock, Rillee Roussow, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Phehlukwayo, Kasigo Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir
Faf du Plessis, captain of the South African side, says that Hashim Amla, who didn’t play the first ODI, is fit but was not picked for this match
Australia win the toss and have decide to field against South Africa. They have handed Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain ODI debuts
De Kock slams ton
Quinton de Kock slammed 178 and the second-highest score by a South African in one-day internationals to help beat top-ranked Australia by six wickets in the first of five ODIs on Friday. Opener De Kock’s 11th ODI century was the best innings by a South African against Australia in the 50-over format and second-best ever for the Proteas behind Gary Kirsten’s 188 not out against United Arab Emirates at the 1996 Cricket World Cup. De Kock crunched 11 sixes along with 16 fours to send South Africa to 295-4 at SuperSport Park, overtaking Australia’s 294-9 with more than 13 overs to spare. He shared a 145-run opening stand with Rilee Rossouw (63), then really cut loose to completely dominate a 123-run partnership with captain Faf du Plessis, smashing 94 of those 123 runs.
In the process of overtaking Herschelle Gibbs’ 175, the previous best by a South African against Australia, De Kock broke what he said was his favorite bat. “A bat’s a bat. Wood’s wood. But it was quite a nice bat,” he said. “It was a good wicket. Hopefully we’ll get a couple more wickets like this in the series.”
He is sixth on South Africa’s all-time list of century-makers in ODIs, going ahead of former captain Graeme Smith with his innings on Friday. De Kock’s match-winning performance followed new fast bowler Andile Phehlukwayo’s 4-44, which reined in a fast-starting Australian batting lineup.
George Bailey top-scored for Australia with 74. But his seventh-wicket partnership of 79 with John Hastings, who hit a career-best 51, was needed to prop up Australia after the tourists went out hard against the South African bowlers and found themselves in trouble at 192-6 in the 29th over. Even with the recovery from Bailey and Hastings, it still wasn’t nearly enough, with South Africa romping home.
“(It was) probably a 370, 380 wicket if you look at it now,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. “A lot of guys got starts and didn’t go on with it. We just weren’t disciplined enough with the bat to go on and make a big total.”
De Kock finally fell with South Africa 15 runs short of victory, the second of two wickets in an over for Scott Boland, who led Australia’s bowlers with 3-67. Australia has little time to stew on the defeat, with the second game in Johannesburg on Sunday.