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Australia vs South Africa - 1st ODI

Series: South Africa in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
Date & Time: 04 November 2018

South Africa 153/4 (29.2 Ovs) RR: 5.21 | South Africa beat Australia by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock c Josh Hazlewood & b Nathan Coulter-Nile c Josh Hazlewood & b Nathan Coulter-Nile 474070
Reeza Hendricks c Chris Lynn & b Marcus Stoinis c Chris Lynn & b Marcus Stoinis 447440
Aiden Markram bowled Marcus Stoinis bowled Marcus Stoinis 363260
Faf du Plessis not out not out 102400
Heinrich Klaasen c Aaron Finch (C) & b Marcus Stoinis c Aaron Finch (C) & b Marcus Stoinis 2500
David Miller not out not out 2100
Andile Phehlukwayo
Dale Steyn
Kagiso Rabada
Lungi Ngidi
Imran Tahir
Extras 12 (b 1, lb 4, w 7, nb 0)
Total 153 (4 Wkts, 29.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
94-1 (Quinton de Kock,16.4), 122-2 (Reeza Hendricks,22), 143-3 (Aiden Markram,27.2), 151-4 (Heinrich Klaasen,29.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Josh Hazlewood8 2 41 0 5.13
Nathan Coulter-Nile3 0 26 1 8.67
Mitchell Starc8 0 47 0 5.88
Pat Cummins6 2 18 0 3.00
Marcus Stoinis4.2 1 16 3 3.81

So that is it from this game. The South Africans have cruised to victory and taken a 1-0 lead. They now have a chance to seal the series in the next game which will be played on the 9th of November at 1.50 PM local (3.20 AM GMT). However for now, you can switch tabs and watch the Test match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Take care and cheers.

DALE STEYN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Is first of all, relieved that he has been able to finish a match in Australia without breaking down. Says that the bowlers were excited to get the first use of the wicket and even though there were runs to be scored on this pitch, if the balls were pitched in the right areas, you could get wickets. Does not believe that the wickets he got were his best balls and notes that Head and Short played straight and hence got out. Observes that Carey played square, hence got the runs. So that was the small difference. Is happy to keep the Australian batsmen quiet as he reckons that they are bullies in domestic cricket. On the camaraderie with his bowling mates, Steyn says that he always challenges them to try and take the next wicket first.

Victorious South African skipper Faf du Plessis is very happy with the team's display. Is even happier to have Dale Steyn back but is proud of the way all his three seamers bowled. On Hendricks' batting, Faf says that on surfaces like these, where the bounce is tricky, he batted like an experienced individual. Is happy to have taken a couple of good catches. On the overall display, he feels that towards the end, the Proteas let it slip a bit, as they could have won by 8 wickets but will take the win.

Australian captain, Aaron Finch admits that he is disappointed as the team did not play anywhere near its potential. Praises the South African bowling for putting the Aussies on the back foot early. On the message to his team, Aaron says that the loss is a great opportunity to learn and all they can do now is train harder, do the basics, pay a little bit of more attention to detail and come back fresh for the second ODI in Adelaide. Is harsh on his bowlers, clearly not happy with the way they gave away free runs. Dodges the question of not opening with Mitchell Starc. Hopes to come back hard in the next game.

Marcus Stoinis who is now giving for interview, says today was disappointing. Adds further they still have two games left and will look to bounce back. Reckons the wicket was a tough one to bat on. He believes the whole team together is responsible for this loss. He feels good to take the wickets he did. Ends by saying the coach will have a chat with the team and they hope to recover and come out fighting in the next game.

Quinton de Kock who is up for an interview, says the start with the ball and the bat was very crucial. Mentions he is disappointed with how he got out as he feels he could have been there till the end. Reckons Australia will surely come out fighting in the next game and they can't be taken lightly. Credits the way Rabada bowled.

Defending a paltry total, Australia needed wickets early but that was not the case. Their bowlers could not repeat the heroics of their opposition bowlers. They bowled well in patches but there were quite a few poor deliveries too. Pat Cummins did impress but he was unlucky. Stoinis had a three-fer to his name but by then, the game was probably done and dusted.

South Africa's batsmen also did not disappoint as their openers did bulk of the scoring. The two will be disappointed to miss out on half tons but their 94-run stand more-or-less sealed the deal. They did lose a couple of quick wickets in the end but by that time, it was probably too late.

How easy was that for South Africa? They have chased this total down with ease. They looked like they were batting on completely different strip to that of the Australians. After bundling the hosts out for a very low total, with every bowler except for Rabada taking wickets. Steyn set the tone at the start and they never let the momentum slip after that. Andile Phehlukwayo was the one with the most wickets to his name as he finished with three. The rest, including, Rabada were equally impressive. It is them who set this up for their batters.

M Stoinis to D Miller, That is it! Miller finishes it off on his very first ball. Gets a gift to do so, on the pads, Miller flicks it through square leg and takes two. Customary handshakes taking place as SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!

David Miller is the new man in.

M Stoinis to H Klaasen, OUT! There goes another one! It though won't make a difference in the context of the game. But delight for Stoinis as he gets his third. Klaasen goes for the drive on the up, the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards Finch at first slip. He takes a very good catch.
M Starc to H Klaasen, Fuller around off, Klaasen guides it down to third man for another single. 2 needed.
M Starc to du Plessis, Another three! Short and outside off, Faf cuts it through point and the batsmen run three.
M Starc to du Plessis, On the middle stump, Faf tucks it towards mid-wicket.
M Starc to du Plessis, Fullish on off, Faf strokes it towards mid off.
M Starc to du Plessis, Good length again outside off, left alone.
M Starc to du Plessis, A biggie away now! Driven on the up through covers for a couple.
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, The batsman has driven it through mid on.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Back of a length on off, Faf pushes it through covers for a run. Two boundaries away now.
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, Good bumper but Klaasen plays it well as he guides it down to third man.
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, Fullsih around off, the batsman drives it to point.

Heinrich Klaasen walks out to bat.

M Stoinis to A Markram, OUT! Drags it on! Markram does not stay there till the end. Stoinis gets his second. A poor shot. It was bowled short and wide outside off. Markram goes for the cut, way away from his body. Also no foot movement on that one. It takes the inside edge and it clips the leg pole.
M Stoinis to A Markram, Back of a length around off, Markram guides it towards the slip region. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
M Starc to du Plessis, A bumper to end! Faf watches it go through to the keeper.
M Starc to du Plessis, A yorker on off, it is jammed out towards point.
M Starc to du Plessis, Length ball around off, Faf strokes it to covers.
M Starc to du Plessis, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
M Starc to du Plessis, This is driven on the up through covers for a couple.
M Starc to du Plessis, Back of a length around off, the batsman stands tall and keeps it out.

Mitchell Starc is back on.

M Stoinis to A Markram, FOUR! Up and over! 12 more needed now. On the pads, Markram flicks it over mid-wicket and the ball trickles away.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Good fielding! Fuller in length around off, it is stroked towards mid off. Cummins there dives to his left and makes a good stop. Can't stop the single though.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, On middle, eased to mid on.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Good length again on off, it takes off after pitching. Faf defends it onto the ground.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Back of a length on off, Faf tries to punch it through covers but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid on.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Around the off pole, the batsman strokes it to mid off.
J Hazlewood to A Markram, A dot as this is pushed to the man at covers.
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, Good length around off, Faf guides it towards backward point for an easy run. South Africa are in no rush to finish this quickly.
J Hazlewood to A Markram, A little too straight again, Markram tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye.
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Angles it into the batter, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Back of a length on off, it is pushed towards covers.
J Hazlewood to A Markram, FOUR! Runs needed now below 20. Short and on the body, a rib-tickler. Markram goes for the pull but it goes off the gloves and fine down the leg side for a boundary.
M Stoinis to du Plessis, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
M Stoinis to A Markram, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
M Stoinis to A Markram, IN THE AIR... BUT SAFE. A short ball, around middle, Aiden looks to pull but the bounce does him in. Takes the top edge which lands safely in front of square leg. By the time Mitchell Starc can get to the ball from fine leg, a couple taken.
M Stoinis to A Markram, MISFIELD, FOUR! Sloppy from Lynn. Sloppy from Australia. Talks about their mental state right now. On a length, around middle, Markram pushes it towards mid on. Chris Lynn gets across, attempts to stop the ball with a ginger tumble but does not even get his hands to the ball. It goes through and even manages to touch the ropes.
M Stoinis to A Markram, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
M Stoinis to A Markram, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.