South Africa dominate Australia to register fourth ODI win on the trot over the visitors in the ongoing five-match series. Electing to bat first, Australia were rocked early by Kyle Abbott (4/40) as the seamer got rid of the visitors top-order cheaply. Tabraiz Shamsi sustained the pressure in the middle overs with his three-wicket haul and apart from Mitchell Marsh and Mathew Wade, both scored fifties, no Australian batsmen made an impression. Chasing 168, South Africa openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were back in the hut early but Faf Du Plessis scored a solid fifty to put the chase back on track. The right-hander was out after scoring 69 but his contribution made the job easier for the batsmen to follow. South Africa chased down the total in the 36th over and now a win away from whitewashing Australia.
ALL OVER! South Africa beat Australia by six wickets to take 4-0 lead in the five-match series. Comprehensive win for the hosts who continue to dominate the visitors in the ongoing series
South Africa bring up their 150 and are just 18 runs away from securing a 4-0 lead over Australia in the five-match ODI series
WICKET! Short, and Du Plessis pulls it straight to Head in the deep. Marsh breaks the steady South Africa stand, 140/4
Du Plessis works one on off his pads for a couple and brings up his FIFTY in the process. South Africa inch closer to a comfortable win
100 up for South Africa in the 23rd over of the innings. The hosts are just 67 runs away from another win over Australia
Du Plessis, apart from that rash shot off Hastings, has looked good today. The right-hander moves to 35, South Africa 92/3 in the 22nd over
WICKET! Zampa tosses one up, Duminy goes after it but fails to clear Marsh in the ring. South Africa lose their third, 85/3. Rossouw is the new man in for the hosts
Duminy and Du Plessis are doing it with ease for the hosts. If they continue in this fashion, South Africa will make it 4/4 in the five-match series
Zampa into the attack now. He dropped a sitter earlier and would like to make up for the blunder with a top spell now. South Africa in control at 70/2
Duminy waits, and runs one down the third-man region to bring up the FIFTY for South Africa in the 15th over of the innings
Almost a wicket for Australia as Du Plessis miscued his big hit. What should have been a comfortable catch for Warner, turned out to be an embarrassing drop by Zampa
Duminy and Du Plessis have been watchful so far. Australia seamers disciplined after the lunch break. South Africa 38/2 in the 12th over of the chase
South Africa are back in the middle for the chase. They will resume at 32/2, and the pair of Duminy and Du Plessis would like to see the side home in the modest chase
And, that will be the Lunch break. South Africa will resume their innings at 32/2. Duminy and Du Plessis in the middle for the hosts
WICKET! De Kock picked the length early there but hit the Tremain delivery straight to Zampa in the deep. South Africa lose both openers cheaply in the modest chase. 29/2
De Kock is off to a brisk start as the left-hander moves to 17 off just 12, hitting three boundaries in the process. South Africa 29/1 in the sixth over
Faf Du Plessis is the new man out in the middle. He joins opener De Kock. South Africa need a steady stand now after the early hiccup in the 168-run chase
WICKET! Tremain gets one to shape back into Amla and traps the right-hander in front. Australia taste early success as they remove the opener cheaply. South Africa 8/1
South Africa openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are out in the middle for the modest chase. Australia need a special effort with the ball to make a contest out of this
ALL OUT! Australia have been bundled out for just 167. Phangiso picks another one as he sends Boland back to the hut. The tail-ender makes the long walk back without troubling the scorers. Abbott pick of the bowlers for hosts with figures of 4/40
WICKET! Phangiso breaks the fluent stand as he traps Wade in front for 52. Australia lose their ninth wicket, 167/9
Partnership between Wade and Tremain is worth 46, and it has come in little less than 7 overs so far. Plenty of intent by the wicketkeeper and the tail-ender
FIFTY for Wade. The stumper has played a very brisk hand under pressure. If he can continue with the same, he can well give his bowlers something to bowl at
150 up for Australia! Wade and Tremain are adding some crucial runs for the visitors in the dead rubber. Wade is unbeaten on 45 while Tremain has added 17 to the board so far
Wade is fighting a lone battle for Australia but even his best won’t be enough today as the rest have had a miserable outing with the bat. Australia 137/8 in the 33rd over
WICKET! Adam Zampa b Kyle Abbott 5! What is happening here. Abbott with a peach of a delivery to uproot Zampa’s off-stump. Delight for the bowler and his team as Australia slip to 128/8
WICKET! John Hastings lbw b Shamsi! Shamsi also strikes on return! Hastings tries to go back but it hurries onto him. Trapped in front and Australia are seven down now
WICKET Mitchell Marsh c Quinton de Kock b Kyle Abbott 50. Abbott returns to strike! A good length ball outside off and Marsh pokes at it. De Kock takes the catch behind the wickets
FIFTY! Mitchell Marsh been exceptional amid the chaos by Australia. Brings up his eighth ODI half-century and has led Australia’s recovery. Top knock from the all-rounder
100 up for Australia in the 25th over. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade have kept things going even after those five wickets
Some quick runs from Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade! Couple of fours from each player in two overs. Wade scoring almost at run a ball
Mitchell Marsh has held on to one end but wickets kept falling at the other. Australia 68/5 after 20 overs with Marsh and Matthew Wade at the crease
WICKET! Travis Head lbw b Shamsi 0. Two wickets in three balls for Shamsi. This is another close call. Flatter ball that turns little. But Head was playing for the line but it passes his bat and strikes him in front of off-stump. He decides not to review. Australia imploding
WICKET! Steve Smith lbw b Tabrez Shamsi 21. Very close! Umpire says not out first but South Africa review. Hitting Smith in line and will it hit the stumps? It will hit middle. Smith has to go
Australia are slowly rebuilding their innings as they move on to 33/3 with Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh. South had reduced them to 12/3 at one stage
WICKET! Kyle Abbott has struck again! David Warner cleaned up. A gem of a ball that and the dismissal is similar to Finch. Line us off and middle but it comes back into Warner who is late to pick the movement
WICKET! Kyle Abbott strikes in the first over. Full to Finch to tries to play it on the up but it goes through bat and pad and Australia lose their first wicket on the third ball with 2 runs on board
South Africa, having already won the series, have made a few changes to their playing XI
David Miller, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada are out and replaced by Farhan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Phangiso and Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia have won the toss and their captain Steve Smith has decided to bat first against South Africa
Miller stunner seals series for South Africa
David Miller thumped 118 not out from No. 6 to take South Africa to the second-highest successful run chase in one-day international cricket and a series win over Australia on Wednesday. On his home ground, Miller blasted his 118 from just 79 balls, with 10 fours and six sixes, as South Africa made 372-6, overtaking Australia’s 371-6 with four balls of the last over to spare. Miller’s third ODI century _ surely his best _ gave South Africa an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-game series, and gave the Proteas their first ODI series win over Australia in seven years.
He did it while hobbling with a groin injury for much of the latter part of his innings. “It’s a special one,” Miller said of his match-winning knock. “You don’t get those ones too often.” Miller and South Africa completely overshadowed an impressive batting effort from top-ranked Australia after the tourists, desperate to stay alive in the series, opted to bat first.
Opener David Warner made 117, captain Steve Smith added 108, and Australia posted the highest ODI total at Kingsmead. That record lasted just a few hours. South Africa’s victory revived memories of the game between the two countries in 2006, when Australia made 434 and South Africa chased that down for what’s still by some way the highest run chase to win an ODI.
On Wednesday, Australia slipped to a third straight loss on the tour, this time by four wickets but possibly the most painful considering the situation.
“We posted 370, which is a pretty good score,” Australia captain Smith said. “You don’t lose too many games scoring 370. We’ve just got to keep learning and trying to find a way to win.”
Facing an imposing target, openers Quinton de Kock (70) and Hashim Amla (45) gave South Africa its early momentum, but the home team was teetering having lost six wickets when Miller took control. The big-hitting left-hander had crucial support from Andile Phehlukwayo, the fast bowler playing just his fourth one-day international and who hit a career-best 42 not out to carry South Africa home alongside Miller. South Africa stayed with or near the required run rate for much of its chase, but when Miller and Phehlukwayo came together they still needed 107 runs off 74 balls. Phehlukwayo got away with one when he appeared to edge behind early in his knock. Umpire Adrian Holdstock said not out and Australia didn’t have any decision referrals left.
Miller crunched a four to backward square leg to get to his century, and Phehlukwayo attacked anything he could, hitting four fours and two sixes. He hit a looping reverse sweep to win the game and the series, causing raucous celebrations in the South African dressing room. “I would rank that up there as the best win I’ve been involved in,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.