Pacey Proteas trashed Aussies in first ODI
In the first match of the three match one day international series, South Africa claimed a six wicket win against Australia in Perth on Sunday.
A Dale Steyn led pace attack exposed the batting frailties of Australia – the home team was restricted to a paltry 152 runs in 38.1 overs after being sent into bat first.
The home side never recovered after slumping to 3-8 in the sixth over when captain Aaron Finch failed to review a lbw decision that went against him. Replays, later, showed it was a wrong call from the field umpires that the Lungi Ngidi delivery would sailed away above the stump.
Australia crashed to 6-66 in the 21st over, and were eventually bowled out for 152 in the 39th over in front of 24,342 fans at Perth Stadium.
Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile offered little resistance on the way; both of them ended scoring in their thirties. Coulter-Nile produced 34 while Carey contributed 33.
Veteran Steyn took 2-18 off seven overs while Andile Phehlukwayo picked up 3-33 off six overs.
Skipper Aaron Finch bizarrely decided to open the bowling with Coulter-Nile alongside Josh Hazlewood instead of Mitchell Starc returning from injury absence. He was smashed for 16 in his first over before being removed.
De Kock and Hendricks raced to a 94-run partnership when Quinton was removed by Coulter-Nile before completing the half century. He scored highest for the visitors, 47 off 40.
Marcus Stoinis received some clapping hands when he successfully claimed three Proteas wickets – Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen before skipper Faf du Plessis and David Miller secured the win.
Hapless Australia, jerked by ball tampering scandal and suspensions of skipper Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner, could manage only two wins in last 14 limited over matches they played.
The second ODI match is scheduled to occur on November 3 at the Adelaide Oval.