Australia suffer a 5-0 whitewash after they go down by runs in the fifth and final ODI of the five-match series against South Africa at Cape Town on Wednesday. Set a stiff 328-run target, Australia were off the blocks in brisk fashion as David Warner set the tone with a brisk fifty. The other end however is where most of the damage happened. Imran Tahir was into the attack and he picked two in a hurry to derail the chase. Warner repaired the innings with Mitchell Marsh but he too didn’t last long. The left-hander scored his 100, 150 and kept fighting till the end but didn’t get enough support from the other end. Just when he looked like taking the game away from South Africa, the opener was run-out for a brilliant 173. For South Africa, Tahir, Abbott and Rabada were right on the money with the ball. Earlier, South Africa recovered from a poor start to post a 300+ total. Rossouw and Duminy, both scored hundred and fifty respectively, stitched a crucial partnership and set the platform for the likes of David Miller to capitalise on. Miller didn’t disappoint as he too chipped in with a little cameo to give the total a push.
All over! That’s wicket no. 10 and South Africa beat Australia by 31 runs in the fifth ODI, complete 5-0 whitewash of the visitors
WICKET! Warner goes for the double, dives but falls short. Brilliant throw by Tahir. Warner out for 173. Tahir takes off for another lap, Australia nine down now. 288/9
Warner is controlling the pace of the game at the moment. Australia now need 46 from 23 balls now. Warner batting brilliantly on 169
FOUR, FOUR! Warner, you beauty. The opener is playing one of the finest knocks you would ever see in this format. Equation: Australia need 56 from 28
WICKET! Du Plessis with incredible athleticism and he runs out Tremain. The seamer departs without troubling the scorer
This is some knock by Warner! Reaches 150, his third 150+ score in the format. Australia still in the contest, thanks to this left-hander
Warner continues to lead the chase, single handedly, Bisects the field with precision and collects the second boundary from the Rabada over. Australia 259/7 in the 44th
WICKET! Mennie hits one straight to Miller in the circle, out without troubling the scorers. Australia seven down now, 249/7
WICKET! Thick edge and De Kock does the rest behind the stumps. The left-hander is out caught behind. Extra bounce does the trick for Abboott, the seamer picks his second wicket of the night
Warner starts the 43rd with a boundary, much needed for Australia after the tight over bowled by Tahir. Australia have a tough ask but Warner, the danger man, is still out there, unbeaten on 138
WICKET! Head miscues the big hit and it goes way up in the air before De Kock takes a well-judged catch off Abbott’s bowling. Tahir is happiest of them all as the hosts break the steady stand, and pick a timely wicket
We are into the last ten overs, and Australia need nearly 10 every over to win this game. During the change of overs, heated argument between Tahir and John Hastings, who came out with drinks and gloves. Umpires and Amla intervene to restore order
Warner and Head are taking this game into the business end now. This could very interesting at the death now
Warner gets another boundary, and brings up the 200 for South Africa in the 36th over. They still need 126 from 88 balls to avoid a whitewash
Australia need 149 runs from 102 balls and the players head for the drinks break. Warner is unbeaten on 103 and the visitors’ hopes of avoiding a whitewash rest on his shoulders now
HUNDRED! Warner steals a quick single and brings up his 9th ODI hundred, second of the series. He has been excellent in the five-match series. Anything can happen in this game if he lasts longer
Dale Steyn is back into the attack. He was receiving some treatment on his shoulder in the dugout but returns for a second spell
Warner cuts one with power to the ropes, and enters the 90s in style. He’s fighting a lone battle for Australia at the moment. The belligerent opener needs support from the other end
Australia need to get their heads down, and commence another repair job. Travis Head is the new man in, and he joins Warner in the middle. Batting to come with Wade still in the hut
WICKET! One hit too many…Marsh goes after Rabada again but this time is bowled for 35. Australia lose their fourth, 139/4. With three catches dropped off his bowling, it wasn’t turning out to be a good day for Rabada but the seamer did the job himself
Marsh reminds that he’s there too as he pulls one way over Abbott this time for the second six of the over. Rabada angled one down the leg-side and Marsh had plenty of time getting under that one, and pulling it all the way
FIFTY-run partnership between Marsh and Warner comes up. Important stand this but Warner holds key for Australia in this big chase
Rabada back into the attack, and another one goes down off his bowling. Marsh this time as his pull travels to Abott in the deep but the seamer pushes it over the ropes
Abbott is back into the attack after an impressive opening spell of 0/18. The start to the second however is not ideal as Warner muscles his shot delivery to the ropes
Marsh and Warner are doing the repair job for Australia with a steady stand. The total crosses the 100-run mark, the visitors reach 111/3 at the end of the 24th over
Imran Tahir is bowling beautifully in the middle. Outsmarting the batsmen with his variations. Top bowling by the leggie. Australia 77/3 after 18 overs
WICKET! No.3, in no time, for South Africa. Phehlukwayo strikes early in his spell as he gets rid of Bailey for just two. Australia in a spot of bother at 75/3 in the 17th over of the innings
Wickets tumble at the other end but Warner reaches FIFTY off 44 balls. The left-hander hit EIGHT boundaries during the first fifty runs of his innings
WICKET! Tahir hits the woodwork again, and sets off for the victory lap. The leggie castles Steve Smith for a duck and turns the game back in South Africa’s favour. Australia 72/2
WICKET! Tahir draws first blood as his slider castles Finch for 19, Australia 72/1. Tahir did what he does best – break a partnership
South Africa would rely on Tahir to not only give them the much-needed breakthrough, but control the flow of runs in the middle overs of the chase
After being wicketless for 13 overs, South Africa turn to spin for first success. Imran Tahir with the ball as the visitors move to 72/0 after 13 overs. Warner looking fluent on 49, off 43 balls
Warner moves to 40 in very little time, and brings up the FIFTY for Australia in the process. This is a positive start by the visitors in the big chase
While Finch has been very cautious, Warner is dealing in boundaries as he moves to 25 off 22 balls, hitting four fours in the process. Australia 34/0 in the seventh over of the chase
Both Australia openers watchful as the visitors move to 18/0 in the fifth over of the innings. Tight start by South Africa’s new-ball bowlers
Abbott starts with a maiden, and it’s Rabada with the other end for the visitors
Australia openers Finch and Warner are out in the middle for the chase. The Aussies need a brisk stand to avoid whitewash at Cape Town. Kyle Abbott, who was brilliant in the last game, with the ball for South Africa
That’s the end of the South African innings. The hosts manage 327/8, thanks to a brilliant stand between Rossouw and Duminy. Australia need to bat really well to avoid a whitewash in the final match of the five-match series at Cape Town
WICKET! Tremain with another one as he finds Abbott’s outside edge, and Wade completes a comfortable catch behind the stumps. Australia have denied the hosts a late surge in the innings. 309/8 after 48.5 overs
WICKET! Miller goes big but picks out Steve Smith at deep cover. Tremain with a crucial breakthrough towards the fag end of the innings. South Africa 309/7
WICKET! Full, straight and on the middle. Boland castles Phehlukwayo to break what could have been a threatening stand at the death. South Africa 306/6
SIX! Phehlukwayo takes Boland on early in the over, and brings up the 300 for South Africa in the 48th over of the innings. With Miller still there, the hosts would be disappointed if they don’t end up scoring 330 from here
WICKET! Timely one for Australia as Tremain gets rid of dangerman Rossouw, who is out after scoring a 118-ball 122. The left-hander went for the big hit but hits it straight to Mitchell Marsh at long-on. South Africa 281/5
We are into the last six overs now. South Africa, 274/4, will rest hopes on Rossouw and Miller to post a big total
HUNDRED for Rossouw, his third in ODIs. The left-hander has looked fluent ever since coming out to bat and stitched a big partnership with Duminy before losing his partner. South Africa, thanks to that stand, are heading towards a big total in the fifth and final ODI of the series
WICKET! Mennie with a crucial breakthrough as he scalps fluent Duminy for 73. SA 230/4. Timely wicket for the visitors as the pair could have done some serious damage towards the end of the innings
Rossouw taking his time in the nervous 90s. He is just two runs away from what would be a brilliant hundred
Duminy gets a boundary and brings up the 200 for South Africa in the 35th over of the innings
Rossouw and Duminy with the counter-attack as they add runs at a fast clip. South Africa move to 190/3 in the 31st over and look set for a huge total in the fifth ODI. The hosts are a win away from whitewashing Australia 5-0
100 run stand between Rilee Rossouw and JP Duminy. South Africa were 52/3 at one stage and this is a great recover and in quick time
South Africa bring up their 150 in the 25th over. At the halfway stage, they are 151/3. Rossouw and Duminy are scoring runs at a brisk rate
FIFTY! Rilee Rossouw reaches his half-century with a single. A brisk innings with some exceptional drives. His third half-century in five innings in this series
20 overs gone and South Africa have accelerated to 119/3. Rilee Rossouw has been exceptional through covers and got boundaries at will. He is approaching a brisk fifty at the moment
100 up for South Africa as Rossouw takes a singles on the leg-side in the 18th overs. Australia relying on spin to pick more wicket but Rossouw, with Duminy looking comfortable in the middle
Exceptional start to Duminy’s innings. He has three boundaries off his first four balls
Rilee Rossouw with some exceptional cover and straight drives to keep the boundaries coming
Over number 13 comes to an end and South Africa are scoring exactly five runs per over! They are 65/3. JP Duminy and Rilee Rossouw with some stunning shots. Mitchell Marsh to start the 14th over
WICKET! Faf du Plessis (11) b Joe Mennie
Bad shot selection from Faf. It’s a length ball on off-stump and he plays a extravagant shot. Misses it completely to lose his off-stump
Uppish, but effective. Du Plessis drives one straight to bring up the 50 for South Africa in the 10th over of the innings
Australia are off to a good start in the dead rubber. The visitors have managed to get rid of hosts opener cheaply and should look to sustain the pressure on the middle order. After 9, SA are 47/2
GONE! Hashim Amla is clean bowled by Joe Mennie and what an absolute beauty. The ball pitches on off and middle and expecting it to swing in, Amla goes for the movement however it maintains its line and the stump goes flying. South Africa lose both openers in a jiffy and South Africa are 37/2
GONE! Scott Boland strikes and Quinton de Kock is gone. Chips it to Marsh at short cover and Australia have the breakthrough. He goes back for 12
FOUR! Scott Boland comes firing in to Hashim Amla and the opener confidently punches a drive through the covers for a boundary. He’s been in good knick so far. South Africa move to 37/0 in the 6th over
Hashim Amla has started things off nicely for South Africa. Calmly playing the ball to the sides and bringing up boundaries in each over. South Africa are 23/0 in the 4th over
And we’re off! Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla open the innings with Chris Tremain opening the bowling. Bit of an odd action for ‘Quinny’ if you haven’t seen him bowl before
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Scott Boland
South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir
TOSS: South Africa have won the toss and they’re batting first
CHANGES FOR SOUTH AFRICA: David Miller and Imran Tahir come back into the side. Tabraiz Shamsi has been left out.
CHANGE FOR AUSTRALIA: Joe Mennie has been brought in for John Hastings
History could be made at Cape Town tonight. Australia have never been whitewashed in a series of five matches and South Africa could change all that. And given that it comes on the Proteas’ happy hunting ground makes it all the more probable. The venue, reportedly, is sold out. So if Australia weren’t a mess already, the crowd could add to their troubles further.
Tabraiz Shamsi, Matthew Wade fined for spat during 4th ODI
South Africa bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade have been fined 25 percent of their match fee after clashing during the fourth one-day international at the weekend.
The pair initially engaged in a verbal exchange and then made contact as Wade ran for a single in the 17th over of South Africa’s six-wicket victory in Port Elizabeth, which gave the hosts a 4-0 series lead going into Wednesday’s final match in Cape Town.
“Shamsi and Wade twice ignored the umpires’ instructions by continuing to verbally and aggressively engage with each other for a prolonged period and in doing so, displayed behaviour which was deemed as contrary to the spirit of the game,” the ICC said in a news release.
Wristspinner Shamsi’s haul of 3-36 in the match, only his third for his country, helped propel him into the South African squad for the three-Test tour of Australia next month.
South Africa romp Australia to clinch fourth straight win in series
South Africa secured a fourth successive one-day international victory over Australia as captain Faf du Plessis top-scored with 69 runs in a six-wicket win on Sunday.
South Africa had already clinched the five-match series with one encounter left to play in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Kyle Abbott took four wickets as Australia were bowled out for 167 in just 36.4 overs, leaving South Africa with a modest target to chase.
They did so successfully, reaching 168 for the loss of four wickets in 35.3 overs.
In the three previous ODIs, South Africa’s batsmen dominated the inexperienced Australian attack but on Sunday it was their bowlers who took centre stage.
Abbott bowled both Aaron Finch and David Warner in his opening two overs and finished with 4-40 in his first game of the series.
Wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, making his home debut, took 3-36 as six Australians were dismissed leg before wicket, equalling the record number of lbw dismissals in an ODI innings.
Mitchell Marsh scored 50 before becoming the sixth wicket to fall while wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s contribution of 52 helped add 46 runs for Australia’s ninth wicket.
In reply, South Africa were two wickets down for 29 runs before Du Plessis and JP Duminy steadied the ship and set them on course for a potential clean-sweep of the series.
Du Plessis was patient, although he should have been out on 17 when Adam Zampa spilled a simple catch.
Rilee Rossouw finished 33 not out, thrashing the winning runs through the covers.