World Cup 2019, Australia vs South Africa, Aus vs SA Highlights: South Africa chose to bat after winning the toss against Australia, at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday.
After a brilliant start by the South African opening batsmen, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock, scoring 72 from the first nine overs, Australia took charge of the game. Nathan Lyon bagged the wicket of Markram, before dismissing de Kock who scored his 24th ODI half-century against the Aussies. Faf du Plessis took charge and scored his 12th ODI century while maintaining a 151-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen. After Duminy and Pretorius was dismissed by Starc, van der Dussen continued on to score his ODI highest 95, leading South Africa to a total of 325/6.
Australia lost Aaron Finch to Imran Tahir in the sixth over itself, before Usman Khawaja was retired hurt. Steve Smith was dismissed by Dwaine Pretorius in the seventh over, which put David Warner under a lot of responsibility. Alex Carey came up with a stellar show, his highest ODI score, but it was too little too late as South Africa won by 10 runs.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Old Trafford, Manchester 21 July 2019
Australia 315 (49.5)
South Africa 325/6 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 45 ) South Africa beat Australia by 10 runs
World Cup 2019, Australia vs South Africa Highlights:
Lyon holes out in the deep. South Africa get the 2 points. Australia finish at 2nd spot in the points table and they will play the second semifinal against England at Edgbaston.
Rabada strikes! Starc's bails are sent flying. Is that the end of Australia's chances? 18 needed in the last over. Lyon and Behrendorff out there. Tahir is not thrown the ball, as many of us had been hoping. Tahir will bowl 9 overs in his last ODI. Andile Phehlukwayo will bowl South Africa's last over of the 2019 World Cup.
Runs are keeping on coming
Australia find ways of somehow keeping the score ticking. What a champions side this is! They are not giving up. Rabada is bowling a super over though. 20 needed off 8 balls.
Rabada bowls Khawaja
Perfect yorker and the perfect sight for a fast bowler! Khawaja's stumps are in disorder, Khawaja is walking back. We are still waiting on more news of his injury. Let's hope that is not his last contribution in this World Cup. Jason Behrendorff comes in at No.10.
Starc goes big
Mitchell Starc giving the Aussies a reason to smile. Hits a big six. 81 metres. Maybe Australia need Starc to be on strike more than Khawaja.
Morris misses on his length again and Starc again hits him for a four. Khawaja manages to time it to the boundary as well. Morris bowls an expensive over. Australia need 25 from the last two overs.
South Africa pull it back
Rabada, bowling the 47th over, is getting the better of the Australian batsmen. Khawaja flays his bat at it but mistimes it. This, and their hold on top spot, is slipping out of their grasp now.
Unless Khawaja has different ideas! Hits a four off the 5th ball of the over and then takes a single to take strike in the next over. 42 needed in the last 3 overs now.
Disaster for Australia
Carey is gone! Smiles of relief from the South Africa side. And oh! Usman Khawaja, who retired hurt earlier in the day, comes back out. Could he do it for Australia? You can see how much Australia want to hold on to that top position in the points table. Nobody wants to face England in the semifinal.
Last 5 overs to go
52 runs needed. Carey is approaching a century. If you thought his knock against New Zealand was going to be his biggest contribution this World Cup, well, now you know better. He is now on 85. This is his highest ODI score. Chris Morris brought back into the attack.
South Africa get another important wicket. Cummins goes for the big shot but holes out in the deep. Duminy, playing his last ODI, covered a lot of ground and got under it. Carey, the main man, still out there. This match is all on him. Starc comes out to join him.
Carey putting pressure on SA
Tahir in the 43rd over. Shamsi in the 44th. Alex Carey is blasting away the Proteas spinners like they are not there. The equation has been brought down to 57 runs needed in the last 6 overs. Such a comeback from them in this match.
Australia still holding on
Alex Carey is brilliant and he is particularly brilliant against spin. He scores at +1.28 runs per over above expectation against the slower bowlers. The only Australian ODI batsmen since 1999 with a higher True Run Rate v spin than him are Maxwell, Gilchrist & Finch. 88 from 50 balls is the equation the Australian's are working with at Old Trafford. Alex Carey and Pat Cummins at the crease.
Warner is dismissed
After a big knock, Australia's main man Warner is dismissed. Great catch by Chris Morris to bring about his end. Big wicket! Pat Cummins has come in but it is Carey who must take the lead in this chase now. Still plenty to get, but Australia are just about hanging on to hope.
Two hundred up
With boundaries coming every over now, Australia have a glimmer of hope now. 42 runs in the last 5 overs. Carey punishes Shamsi in this over. And then Warner with two more. Such smart batting from Australia. 16 runs from that over. AUS are 215/4 after 37 overs.
WHAT AN INNINGS! David Warner scores his 17th ODI century in the chase in exactly 100 balls. AUS are 183/4 after 33.4 overs.
Carey cares for Australia
Carey is charged up and he is showing it. With two boundaries in the over to Duminy, and getting 10 runs from it, he is showing that the match is far from over. Warner is on 88 and Carey is on 26. AUS are 167/4 after 32 overs.
Warner the only hope?
Australia are now getting consistent runs, albeit it is just five. But Warner is still at it, hitting a brilliant boundary to Duminy, getting 7 runs in the over. AUS are 148/4 after 30 overs.
South Africa in control
Just scoring 12 runs from the last three overs, the Australians have slowed down. AUS are 131/4 after 27 overs.
WHAT A CATCH! Maxwell is dismissed by Rabada after athletics from de Kock. Deep deep trouble for the Australians. AUS are 119/4 after 24.1 overs
Australia hanging on
The required runrate is on the rise as Australia have a target of 326 runs. Warner is at 66 with Maxwell on the other side, facing Rabada's wrath. They need to sort it out soon and get going with the runs. Just the three runs from the over. AUS are 116/3 after 23 overs.
Can Australia turn it around?
After Stoinis was dismissed by a runout by Rabada/de Kock, Maxwell has been brought on, and it all depends on him and Warner to save the sinking ship. The runs dried up in Shamsi's over, but they came back in Phehlukwayo's over as both Warner and Maxwell hit boundaries. 10 runs off the over. SA are 107/3 after 21 overs.
David Warner reaches his fourth World Cup half-century and his 21st ODI century. AUS are 85/2 after 17.2 overs.
Partnership is a-boomin'
Stoinis and Warner are forming a good partnership now, slamming two boundaries in the same over to Pretorius after scoring just the one run in the previous over of Chris Morris. AUS are 72/2 after 15 overs.
Australia still in it
After losing Steve Smith to South Africa's Dwaine Pretorius in the seventh over, Australia have stabilised a bit with Warner and Stoinis on strike. South Africa have continued with their pressure but have failed to make the most out of Australia's misery. Warner's 32 and Stoinis is on 11. AUS are 61/2 after 13 overs.
David Warner takes charge after Finch's dismissal, but South Africa are still on the frontfoot. But Khawaja, on the other hand, pulls a hamstring facing Imran Tahir. Steve Smith comes on for him. AUS are 20/1 after 5 overs.
CAUGHT AND GONE!
WICKET! Imran Tahir strikes early, and Aaron Finch is gone after getting caught. AUS are 5/1 after 2.1 overs.
Second innings underway
The pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch are out in the middle to start the Australian innings. Imran Tahir will start the proceedings for South Africa.
SA score 325
THAT'S IT! Rassie van der Dussen went for the six to get his maiden century, but is dismissed on 95 by Cummins. SA finish the innings on 325/6 after 50 overs. Australia need 326 runs to win.
BOWLED! Starc dismisses Pretorius for 2 to get the second of his afternoon. SA are 317/5 after 48.5 overs.
van der Dussen nearing ton
Cummins comes in, and concedes 15 runs from the over. van der Dussen is the professor, and the Australian pacer is his student. He is on 90 now from 91 balls. SA are 313/4 after 48 overs.
WICKET! Starc gets his first of the evening, as Duminy walks back after scoring 14. SA are 295/4 after 46.5 overs.
Heading towards 300
FOUR! SIX! Duminy and van der Dussen punished Maxwell in unison. 14 runs from that over. SA are 290/3 after 46 overs.
Starc is brought back into the attack in the death overs. Duminy does well to get a single off the first ball. Both him and van der Dussen continue with singles. SA are 276/3 after 45 overs.
WICKET! du Plessis tries to slog it and he is caught off Behrendorff's delivery. He goes for 100 from 94 deliveries. What a crucial wicket that is for Australia, if they are to restrict South Africa below 300. SA are 265/3 after 43 overs.
WHAT AN INNINGS! Faf du Plessis reaches his 12th ODI ton in 93 balls hitting seven fours and two sixes. SA are 260/2 after 42.2 overs.
Rassie van der Dussen gets his 7th ODI half-century hitting just a single four and two sixes. What a brilliant supportive knock that is from the 30-year-old. SA are 249/2 after 40.3 overs.
du Plessis keeps his foot on the pedal
After Behrendorff getting slammed left, right and centre, Australia have a good over from Maxwell in context. Just the four runs from the over. du Plessis on 88 and van der Dussen on 39. Australia need to figure out a way to break the partnership of 117 runs. SA are 231/2 after 38 overs.
Rassie joins the party
Now it's van der Dussen's turn, and what a hit it is straight down the middle. 86 metres. Glenn Maxwell has no other choice than to follow the trajectory of the ball. South Africa have turned it up big time. 9 runs off the over. SA are 217/2 after 36 overs.
Two hundred up
Lyon comes back into attack, and South Africa brings up their two hundred from a two from the captain. And he goes big again, what a hit by du Plessis! He is on 75 now. 10 runs off that over. SA are 208/2 after 35 overs.
Proteas in mood
SIX! du Plessis goes big and leaves Cummins flabbergasted. A four in the very next ball.14 runs from the over. The Proteas are in mood now. SA are 193/2 after 33 overs.
Slow and steady
South Africa won't have any complaints though. They scored 5 runs from the last over of Starc. They are always rotating strike, and du Plessis and van der Dussen are well-settled. Especially the captain who just brought about his 36th ODI half-century, and his fifth 2019 World Cup fifty. SA are 179/2 after 32 overs.