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Australia vs South Africa - 2nd ODI

Series: South Africa in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Date & Time: 09 November 2018

South Africa 224/9 (50.0 Ovs) RR: 4.48 | Australia beat South Africa by 7 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock c Adam Zampa & b Mitchell Starc c Adam Zampa & b Mitchell Starc 91210
Reeza Hendricks c Alex Carey (W) & b Josh Hazlewood c Alex Carey (W) & b Josh Hazlewood 162710
Aiden Markram run out run out 191721
Faf du Plessis bowled Pat Cummins bowled Pat Cummins 476530
Heinrich Klaasen c Chris Lynn & b Marcus Stoinis c Chris Lynn & b Marcus Stoinis 141720
David Miller lbw Marcus Stoinis lbw Marcus Stoinis 517131
Dwaine Pretorius c Chris Lynn & b Josh Hazlewood c Chris Lynn & b Josh Hazlewood 143200
Dale Steyn bowled Marcus Stoinis bowled Marcus Stoinis 31100
Kagiso Rabada bowled Mitchell Starc bowled Mitchell Starc 91700
Lungi Ngidi not out not out 192011
Imran Tahir not out not out 121120
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 0, w 11, nb 0)
Total 224 (9 Wkts, 50.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
18-1 (Quinton de Kock,4.1), 46-2 (Aiden Markram,9.1), 48-3 (Reeza Hendricks,10.1), 68-4 (Heinrich Klaasen,14.4), 142-5 (Faf du Plessis,29.2), 174-6 (Dwaine Pretorius,38.2), 184-7 (Dale Steyn,41.4), 187-8 (David Miller,43.3), 202-9 (Kagiso Rabada,47.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mitchell Starc10 1 51 2 5.10
Josh Hazlewood10 0 42 2 4.20
Pat Cummins10 0 27 1 2.70
Adam Zampa9 0 57 0 6.33
Marcus Stoinis10 0 35 3 3.50
Glenn Maxwell1 0 12 0 12.00

26 January 2018 - the last time Australia won an ODI at the Adelaide Oval. 9th November 2018 - Australia break their 7-match losing streak. Both games happened at the Adelaide Oval. Can Australia build on this win? Or will South Africa show their ruthlessness in the series decider? These two teams have played each other only once at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart - way back in 2009. The Aussies won that by 5 runs. Join us on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1.50 pm local (0250 GMT) to find out who wins the series. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

VICTORIOUS AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN, AARON FINCH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. This is for scoring an attacking 41 with the bat and then winning the game for Australia with some excellent captaincy. Finch praises his bowlers for being relentless in trying to defend that total. Does not want to put it down to relief but hard work. Wants to justify that by winning in Hobart again. On the bowling plans, Finch says that the bowlers aimed not to give easy runs and make scoring difficult. Admits that he gambled rotating the bowlers and finishing Cummins and Hazlewood early but he has to take some risks as Miller and Faf du Plessis were playing well. Adds further that had he not done that, the game would have dragged on till the 45th over but Australia would have lost. On the flip side, the Aussies might still have lost had the wickets not fallen but then there is no difference whether you lose in the 45th or the 35th over. On Zampa, he is happy that the leggie has gained some confidence back for himself.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that the defeat tonight is a tough pill to swallow. Feels sad for his bowlers after they did all the hard work. But blames no one from himself as he realizes that he should have taken it deeper. Feels that the wicket was slower and Australian seamers were bowling really well. So the plan was to see off the pacers and attack the spinner but the opposition gambled by keeping the spinner (Zampa) till the end and it paid off for them. Admits that his wicket opened the floodgates but also says that good teams usually chase such scores down. Adds further that 232 was not a score worth winning and the Proteas have let themselves down. On Miller's knock, Faf says that he hoped that Pretorius would take the team over the line with around 80 or 90 to get but now wishes that he does better in the next game. Admits that the team is very much disappointed but these days, there is no time left to rue. They need to get that out of the system quickly and come back fresh on Sunday.

Mitchell Starc now has a chat with Brendon Julian. Says that it is nice to get a win after working so hard. On the bowling, Starc says that the team just kept themselves in the hunt by taking wickets at regular intervals. Praises Cummins and Stoinis for bowling well in the middle overs and taking the wickets of Miller and du Plessis. Admits that there is still some work to do but Australia will take the win. Agrees that he likes to bowl with the new ball and today he bowled with a bit of anger, since he was not given the new ball in the previous game. Feels that he had a good workout and is feeling fitter and better. Time now for the presentation.

Marcus Stoinis says that he is very tired after a really stressful game. On the win, Marcus says that the team can definitely build on this. Admits that it has been a tough 6 months and they can now chill out, cheekily adding, for 1 day. On his celebration, MS says that there is no thinking about it but pure passion to play for Australia. Adds that he loves to have a bit of a sledge with the opposition.

And now, the talk of the town. My colleague KingVic calls him the Hulk. Marcus Stoinis. Out of nowhere, he picked up 3 wickets for just 35 runs. The spotlight was on Starc, Joshua and Patrick but this guy sneaked in and actually bowled well. Klaasen was generous enough to gift him his wicket while Stoinis closed the game with the wicket of Miller. Then dismissed Steyn later on. Here is Marcus, ready for an interview with Neroli Meadows.

As far as Australia are concerned, they will take this win. It is not their problem if the opposition plays poor cricket. Hazlewood and Cummins bowled their hearts out but the rest were purely lucky in getting the wickets. The odd good ball was always there but they will admit that they have gotten away with this one. Starc looked rusty again, but managed to bowl some decent deliveries in between to end with 2 wickets. Hazlewood bowled consistently for his 2-fer while Pat Cummins - wow. Vote for him for the most hard-working Australian cricketer. Whether team wins or loses, gives more than a 100 percent. Here, his 1/27 in 10 overs stifled the Proteas in the middle overs. Adam Zampa was ordinary again and was lucky not to get tonked around because he was being protected till the main batsmen got dismissed.

At 68/4 in the 15th over, the Aussies were well on top but a 74-run stand between skipper Faf du Plessis and David Miller raised the Protea hopes. However, once the captain fell, the Aussies started to close in. David Miller tried to hang around and got a half century as well but could not quite close it out. To sum it up, the Proteas simply messed it up.

To be honest, South Africa will be disappointed on missing out on an opportunity to close the series here itself. 232 was not such a great target and if you see, the defeat margin was not that great. The top order just threw its wickets away, barring Reeza Hendricks and that hurt the team big time.

Relief for Australia. They have broken their 7-match losing streak at a ground where they last won an ODI. But tonight, they have fought hard and have deserved to win, in spite of a poor batting display from both sides. The series is level 1-1 now.

G Maxwell to I Tahir, FOUR! It is a boundary but will not matter. AUSTRALIA HAVE WON BY 7 RUNS. Full and outside off, Tahir comes down the track and flays it over cover to end the game.
G Maxwell to L Ngidi, That will be it. Unless Maxwell bowls a couple of no balls and gets hit for sixes, the game is dusted. Full and around off, Ngidi swings hard but loses his grip, loses his bat and gets the ball towards deep mid-wicket. The willow is broken off the string and goes towards short mid-wicket. A single is taken and South Africa need 12 from the final ball.
G Maxwell to I Tahir, 'OHHHHHHHH!' screams Tahir in anguish before Ngidi makes him realize that the game is not over yet. Full and outside off, Imran swings hard but only gets a thick outside edge towards short third man. The batsman thinks that the game is over but if Ngidi can get the next two away over the ropes, it can still be a tie. 13 needed from 2 balls.
G Maxwell to L Ngidi, Full and around middle, Ngidi can only get it towards square leg for a single.
G Maxwell to I Tahir, Comes down the track again but cannot quite get it past cover. Just a single. 15 needed from 4 now.
G Maxwell to I Tahir, FOUR! The game is still alive! Full and wide outside off, Tahir comes down the track, throws his bat at it and gets it behind point for a boundary! 16 needed from 5!

Finch does not have any bowler left who has bowled at least 1 over tonight. Has to go to a new bowler. Glenn Maxwell it is. Can he defend 19?

A Zampa to L Ngidi, SIX! WHAM! What a hit! 20 needed from the final over! Full and outside off, Ngidi gets down and mows it over mid-wicket, 20 rows over mid-wicket!
A Zampa to I Tahir, Full and outside off, Imran has a hack but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards square leg for a single.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, On middle and leg, LN comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, Floated outside off, Lungi looks to slog but misses.
A Zampa to I Tahir, Full and outside off, lofted towards long off for a run.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, Full toss outside off, Ngidi reaches out and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a single. 29 needed from 11 balls.
M Starc to I Tahir, Full and just outside off, Tahir pushes this uppishly but it does not carry to cover. A WICKET MAIDEN FROM STARC. He finishes with figures of 10-1-51-2. Not at his best yet.
M Starc to I Tahir, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
M Starc to I Tahir, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
M Starc to I Tahir, A length ball outside off, a swing and a miss from Imran.
M Starc to I Tahir, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

Imran Tahir is the last man in.

M Starc to K Rabada, OUT! KABOOM! Bowled! That is a Starc special. Australia have been wanting that. It has taken a long time but eventually it has come. That ripping inswinger from outside off, curling in, not even allowing the bat to come down and then goes under. Right onto the stumps.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, FOUR! A valuable boundary! A low full toss, on middle, Ngidi gets low and slogs it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 30 needed from 18 balls. Is this game still alive?
A Zampa to L Ngidi, Outside off, a swing and a miss.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, NOT OUT. A matter of millimetres. Full and outside off, Ngidi looks to swing but is months early into the shot. The ball arrives ever so late and goes past the outside edge. Carey collects it and then whips off the bails and confidently appeals towards the square leg umpire. The Aussies are smiling and they reckon this is out. Replays show that while Ngidi's foot was dragged out, it came back in before Carey could take the bails off.

HOWZZAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT? Carey belts an appeal and confidently looks at the square leg umpire. Aaron Finch is running in from point and is already celebrating. Australia reckon that Ngidi is stumped. Referred upstairs...

A Zampa to K Rabada, Full and outside off, chipped down to long off for a single.
A Zampa to K Rabada, The slower wide one, outside off, the googly, Kagiso looks to cut but misses.
A Zampa to K Rabada, A short ball, pulled towards wide long on for a couple. The stand moves to 10 from 16 balls.
M Starc to K Rabada, Down the leg side, Rabada tickles it towards fine leg for a run. Starc gives him a mouthful. Remember, during the innings break interview, Lynn had commented that should Rabada come out to bat, Starc and Hazlewood will not be very pleasant with him.
M Starc to L Ngidi, A low full toss, swinging away, outside off, Ngidi looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single.
M Starc to L Ngidi, Fourth in a row! Starc is smiling. Finch is not. He wants this done and dusted. Full and just outside off, Ngidi looks to drive again but the ball swings past his outside edge.
M Starc to L Ngidi, Third dot on the trot. Full and outside off, LN looks to drive but is beaten by the outswinger again.
M Starc to L Ngidi, Another play and a miss, another dot. On a length outside off, Lungi stays inside the line, tries to drive but is beaten by the away movement.
M Starc to L Ngidi, A yorker outside off, Ngidi looks to drive but misses.

Mitchell Starc is back on. Can he wrap up the tail? 8-0-49-1 so far.

A Zampa to L Ngidi, Dabs this towards mid on for one more. Excellent over from Zampa. Agreed that he is not bowling to proper batsmen out there but still, it will raise his confidence.
A Zampa to K Rabada, The batsman guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, Full and outside off, chipped over the bowler's head for a single towards mid on.
A Zampa to L Ngidi, Full and around off, well blocked out.
A Zampa to K Rabada, Fuller on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
A Zampa to K Rabada, Pitched outside leg, Rabada pads it away.