Australia clinch a thriller to level series
Australia finally gets the taste of an ODI win after 287 days as they beat South Africa by 7 runs to level the 3 match ODI series.
After 7 straight defeats, the men in yellow finally broke their shackles and it hasn’t come easy. The visitors elected to field first after winning the toss.
Australia lost Travid Head early but the skipper Aaron Finch played a good knock. However, he missed his half century by only 9 runs as Dwaine Pretorius bowled a superb delivery to knock down his stumps.
Chris Lynn (44) and Alex Carey (47) were taking Australia to a comfortable total, but Kagiso Rabada didn’t let that happen as he picked up both the wickets to put Aussies in trouble.
The fast bowler picked up 4 wickets and along with Pretorius, who picked up 3 wickets restricted the host to 231 in the end.
In reply, South Africa were off to a poor start losing both Quinton de kock and Reeza Hendrick early. With 4 wickets down for only 68 runs, the visitors were in all sorts of trouble. But the captain Faf du Plessis dragged back his side and took Proteas back on course along with David Miller.
But Pat Cummins made the all important breakthrough and removed the South African captain to come back again into the game. It all fell apart for the visitors when Stoinis trapped Miller in front. However, Lungi Ngidi kept some hope alive as he smacked a six in the last ball of the 49th over and despite scoring 12 runs in the last over, they felt short off 7 runs and Australia finally broke their losing streak to level the series.
AUS 231 (48.3 ov) | Carey 47 | Rabada 4/54, Pretorius 3/32
SA 224/9 (50 ov) | Miller 51 | Hazlewood 2/42, Stoinis 3/35
Result: Australia won by 7 runs