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Australia vs South Africa - 1st ODI

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

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

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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). Till then, take care and goodbye.

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 batsman also did not disappoint as their openers did the 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 without breaking a sweat. 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.

29.2
2
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.

29.1
0
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.
28.6
1
M Starc to H Klaasen, Fuller around off, Klaasen guides it down to third man for another single. 2 needed.
28.5
3
M Starc to du Plessis, Another three! Short and outside off, Faf cuts it through point and the batsmen run three.
28.4
0
M Starc to du Plessis, On the middle stump, Faf tucks it towards mid-wicket.
28.3
0
M Starc to du Plessis, Fullish on off, Faf strokes it towards mid off.
28.2
0
M Starc to du Plessis, Good length again outside off, left alone.
28.1
2
M Starc to du Plessis, A biggie away now! Driven on the up through covers for a couple.
27.6
0
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, The batsman has driven it through mid on.
27.5
1
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Back of a length on off, Faf pushes it through covers for a run. Two boundaries away now.
27.4
1
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, Good bumper but Klaasen plays it well as he guides it down to third man.
27.3
0
M Stoinis to H Klaasen, Fullsih around off, the batsman drives it to point.

Heinrich Klaasen walks out to bat.

27.2
0
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.
27.1
0
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.
26.6
0
M Starc to du Plessis, A bumper to end! Faf watches it go through to the keeper.
26.5
0
M Starc to du Plessis, A yorker on off, it is jammed out towards point.
26.4
0
M Starc to du Plessis, Length ball around off, Faf strokes it to covers.
26.3
0
M Starc to du Plessis, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
26.2
2
M Starc to du Plessis, This is driven on the up through covers for a couple.
26.1
0
M Starc to du Plessis, Back of a length around off, the batsman stands tall and keeps it out.

Mitchell Starc is back on.

25.6
4
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.
25.5
1
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.
25.4
0
M Stoinis to du Plessis, On middle, eased to mid on.
25.3
0
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Good length again on off, it takes off after pitching. Faf defends it onto the ground.
25.2
0
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.
25.1
0
M Stoinis to du Plessis, Around the off pole, the batsman strokes it to mid off.
24.6
0
J Hazlewood to A Markram, A dot as this is pushed to the man at covers.
24.5
1
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.
24.4
0
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.
24.3
0
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Angles it into the batter, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
24.2
0
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Back of a length on off, it is pushed towards covers.
24.1
4
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.
23.6
0
M Stoinis to du Plessis, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
23.5
1
M Stoinis to A Markram, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
23.4
2
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.
23.3
4
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.
23.2
0
M Stoinis to A Markram, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
23.1
0
M Stoinis to A Markram, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

ChuriTheKnife - This has been an awesome performance by South Africa. Do you think they can lift the World Cup this time? @ChuriTheKnife - Ummmm.... not too sure. They have played well but Australia have been sub-standard. Hard to keep SA as favourites with India and England in such good form.

22.6
0
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
22.5
0
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, Outside off, let through once more.
22.4
0
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, Full and outside off, coming in, watchfully defended.
22.3
0
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, On a length outside off, du Plessis shoulders arms.
22.2
0
J Hazlewood to du Plessis, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
22.1
1
J Hazlewood to A Markram, A length ball on middle, Markram flicks it through mid-wicket, falls and slips over but gets up and runs through for a single.

Skipper Faf du Plessis walks in at number 4, for the final rites of the game.

21.6
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, OUT! And now, Hendricks departs. Like de Kock, he too, misses out on his half century. A length ball, on middle and leg, Hendricks looks to work it to the leg side but the ball bounces from nowhere. Probably hit that spot on the pitch where the explosions have been taking place. As a result, the ball flies off the top portion of the bat towards mid on where Chris Lynn does the rest. Something for the Aussies to smile. Certainly Marcus Stoinis is pumped up.
21.5
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, Another one hits the batsman. Pitched on a length outside off, zipping back in, Reeza looks to flick but misses and is hit on the groin. He has taken a lot of blows today.
21.4
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
21.3
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, On middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
21.2
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
21.1
0
M Stoinis to R Hendricks, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.

Marcus Stoinis introduced.

20.6
4
J Hazlewood to A Markram, FOUR! Pulled with aplomb. A short ball, whipped over mid-wicket for consecutive boundaries.
20.5
4
J Hazlewood to A Markram, FOUR! Another glorious shot! Full and outside off, Markram leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary.
20.4
0
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
20.3
0
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Played to the point region by the batsman.
20.2
4
J Hazlewood to A Markram, FOUR! CARESSED! Full and outside off, Markram leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
20.1
2
J Hazlewood to A Markram, Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.

Hazlewood is back on.

19.6
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, On middle and off, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
19.5
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, A short ball, down the leg side, Markram looks to pull but the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
19.4
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
19.3
3
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Outside off, punched through point. Glenn Maxwell just about stops it near the boundary. 3 runs taken.
19.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
19.1
1
Pat Cummins to A Markram, EDGED, BUT SAFE! This bloke has been the best of the Aussie bowlers. On a length outside off, Markram pushes at it but gets a healthy outside edge. It flies past the second slip fielder towards third man. Just a single.
18.6
3
N Coulter-Nile to A Markram, Another nice shot but once again it is well fielded. Maxwell is the man again. This is driven square on the off side. Maxwell gives it chase and just about pulls it back in. Three taken.
18.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to A Markram, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
18.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to A Markram, Good length on off, kept out.
18.3
3
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, Nicely punched! Shorter in length around off, the batsman punches it through cover-point and the batsmen take another three. We have seen quite a few threes today. 100 up for South Africa.
18.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, A little fuller in length on middle, the batsman times it to mid off.
18.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, Back of a length on off, the batsman stands tall and blocks it out.
17.6
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

ChuriTheKnife - Hey! If that was not caught, shouldn't it be a wide? @ChuriTheKnife - I see that your observations are pretty sharp as your name...

17.5
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
17.5
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, NOT OUT. Nothing on the Snicko. A short ball, down the leg side, Markram looks to pull but misses. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat and Carey appeals. Umpire Aleem Dar thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Markram immediately takes the review and first we check the Hot Spot. Nothing. Then, the Snickometer. Nothing on it either. Move on. It is a wide as well.

Has that been caught behind? Umpire Aleem Dar thinks so. Not Markram. He has reviewed it.

17.4
2
Pat Cummins to A Markram, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. Gets off the mark.
17.3
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
17.2
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, On a length outside off, Markram feels for it but misses.
17.1
0
Pat Cummins to A Markram, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
16.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
16.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, Outside off, pushed towards point.

DRINKS BREAK. Some respite for Australia. Though, they have only 58 runs more to defend. Can they pick up 3-4 more wickets? Here's Aiden Markram.

16.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, OUT! Stop the press. Australia have picked up a wicket. Full and outside off, probably a touch slower in pace. De Kock looks to go over the top but this time, gets more height than distance. Easy catch for Josh Hazlewood moving to his left from mid off. Misses out on a half century and also what would have been the first century opening stand for South Africa since October 2017.
16.3
4
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, FOUR! Terrific batting! De Kock is toying with the bowling. A length ball, down the leg side, Quinton just whips it over square leg and gets a boundary! 59 more needed to win now!
16.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, That is a sharp delivery, on a shorter length, Hendricks looks to sway out of the way but the ball hits his right shoulder and goes towards first slip. However, Aaron Finch fumbles and an alert de Kock calls his partner through for a single.
16.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, On a length outside off, too wide, punched straight to cover.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is back for a second burst, after going for 16 in his opening over.

15.6
1
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Fine delivery to end the over. On a length outside off, Hendricks looks to push at it but the ball bounces, takes the outside edge and then flies towards third man. A run taken.
15.5
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, On a length outside off, punched towards cover.
15.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Good riposte from Cummins. He lands it on a length just outside off, RH stays back to defend but the ball just whizzes past the outside edge. Does not carry to Carey anyway.
15.3
4
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, FOUR! That is a nice shot. He has timed that well. After a bit of a struggle early on, Hendricks is now getting on with the scoring. Full and outside off, Reeza leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary.
15.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, On a length outside off, punched towards cover.
15.1
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, On middle and leg, flicked wide of mid on for a single. Just 69 more needed now.
14.6
4
M Starc to R Hendricks, FOUR! PUMMELED! 'Shot of the day! screams Mark Waugh on air. Sorry, says. Junior rarely screams. A short ball outside off, Hendricks dismisses it out of his presence and pulls it wide of mid on for a boundary. Moves to 33 from 53 balls with his third four. 10 from the over.
14.5
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Terrific yorker, swinging in as well, but nicely dug out.
14.4
1
M Starc to de Kock, On middle and leg, pushed towards mid on for a quick run.
14.3
4
M Starc to de Kock, FOUR! Flashed and flashed hard! Fortune favours the brave. Any sort of width and de Kock pounces. This was short and outside off, plenty of width and Quinton just slashed it over first slip to the third man fence. That is his value for South Africa. Always comes at the opposition bowlers.
14.2
1
M Starc to R Hendricks, This is driven uppishly but lands just short of a diving point. A single taken.
14.1
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Full and outside off, driven beautifully but straight to mid off.
13.6
1
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Another push through the vacant cover region for another run.
13.5
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, Shortish around middle, de Kock half-pulls it through mid-wicket for a run.
13.4
3
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Back of a length around off, the batsman punches it through cover-point. Three taken.
13.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, A brute of a bouncer that! Reeza ducks under it at the very end.
13.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

The physio is out with the magic spray and like most of the times. It has done its job.

13.1
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Ferocious delivery! Just like quite a few deliveries today, this one takes off after pitching on a length. Reeza tries to defend but misses and the ball hits him around the shoulder. He is in pain.
12.6
0
M Starc to de Kock, Too close to play that shot. Back of a length outside off, de Kock tries to cut but there is not enough room to play that shot. 85 more needed.
12.5
3
M Starc to R Hendricks, Misfield and runs, three of them. Full and around off, Reeza times it towards short covers. The fielder misfields and three taken.
12.4
1
M Starc to de Kock, On the shorter side and on the body, de Kock nudges it around the corner for a run.
12.3
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, A yorker outside off, Hendricks tries to jam it out but fails to do so. Carey fails to collect it and a bye is taken.
12.2
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Around middle, it is kept out.
12.1
1
M Starc to de Kock, A bumper on middle, de Kock is hurried into the pull. He tries to pull out but the ball hits the bat and rolls towards mid-wicket for a run.
11.6
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, OUCH! That must have hurt! On middle and angling into the batsman. Hendricks tries to work it on the leg side but is hit on the thigh.
11.5
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Around off, the batsman keeps it out.
11.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Length again around middle, Hendricks pushes it towards mid off.
11.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Another bumper and the batsman evades it.
11.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Lovely bowling! On a length around off, Hendricks tries to defend but is beaten. The ball straightens a touch.
11.1
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Back of a length on off, the batsman keeps it out off the back foot.
10.6
1
M Starc to R Hendricks, A yorker on middle, Reeza jams it out towards backward point for a run.
10.5
2
M Starc to R Hendricks, In the air but in the gap! Shortish outside off, Reeza punches it through covers for a couple.
10.4
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Well bowled and well played! Short and at the body of the batsman. Keeps rising on him. RZ plays it by taking one hand off the handle and hence it dies onto the ground.
10.4
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, WIDE! The sucker ball way outside off, Hendricks goes after it but misses.
10.3
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Shorter on off, RH pushes it to mid off.
10.2
1
M Starc to de Kock, Good fielding! Short and outside off, de Kock cuts it towards cover-point. Travis Head there dives to his right, makes a stop and also has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
10.1
0
M Starc to de Kock, Drive and a miss! Similar ball to the one Short got out to. Full and outside off at good pace. Luckily for de Kock though it does not take his edge.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Not sure if the game would last till then. Also, change of ends for Mitchell Starc.

9.6
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, BEAUTY! Does not bowl it short. Instead he goes length around off, this one also shapes away. Hendricks is deep inside his crease expecting the short one. He tries to defend it by staying within his crease and gets beaten.

A short leg now coming in place. Time for some short stuff?

9.5
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket. This is turning out to be another good over for Australia.
9.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Once again some extra bounce! on a length around off, it shoots off the surface. Reeza tries to block but the ball takes the inside edge and hits him near the box.
9.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, On a length around off, Hendricks gets behind the line and defends it.
9.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Angles it into the batsman, RH flicks it to mid-wicket.
9.1
0
Pat Cummins to R Hendricks, Good length around off, kept out.

Pat Cummins is on. He needs to provide the breakthrough.

8.6
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, A dot to end! So a tight over here by Josh. Australia need to bowl a few more of these if they are to build pressure. Back of a length around off, defended towards point.
8.5
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, On the pads, flicked towards square leg.
8.4
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Good length around off, kept out.
8.3
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Good bowling! We saw Maxwell cop a blow in the first innings to a similar delivery. De Kock though played it better here. It was on a length and around off, it takes off after pitching. De Kock loosens his grip and plays it down onto the ground.
8.2
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Angles this into the pads, de Kock misses the flick and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
8.1
2
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Shortish and outside off, de Kock guides it through point and takes two.
7.6
4
M Starc to R Hendricks, FOUR! A boundary to end the over! Runs needed below 100 now. Full again on off, Reeza caresses it through covers and the ball wins the race against the mid off fielder. The run flow has continued after the break.
7.5
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
7.4
4
M Starc to R Hendricks, FOUR! That went to the fence like a tracer bullet. 50 up for South Africa and they are cruising along at the moment. Not such a bad delivery, just ahead of a length around off, Hendricks strokes it on the up through covers and you need not run for those. South Africa look like they are batting on a different strip altogether.
7.3
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Length again outside off, the batsman does not play at it. South Africa can take their own time here.
7.2
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Well bowled! Back of a length and cramping the batsman for room. Reeza defends it onto the ground.
7.1
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Good length around off, kept out.
6.6
1
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, A single to end another good over! 11 from this one and 19 from the two after the break. On a length around off, RH tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards square leg for a single.
6.5
3
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Make that 107. Excellent running once again. It is on the pads, de Kock again flicks it through mid-wicket. They run two and then see an opportunity for the third, go for it and complete it with ease.
6.4
4
J Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR! Picks it up with ease! Yes, it is a bad ball but it still has to be put away. On the pads, de Kock flicks it over square leg for a boundary. 110 more needed.
6.3
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Slightly fuller again around off, the batsman pushes it to mid off.
6.2
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, A muted appeal but not given! On a length, pitched outside leg. De Kock tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
6.1
3
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Another three to begin this over. Fuller again around off, looking for some swing but there ain't any. RH times it through covers and runs three.

Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.

5.6
3
M Starc to R Hendricks, Good fielding! Desperate stuff! Full and around off, Reeza drives it square on the off side. Maxwell gives it a chase. He does not give up and right at the end, he flicks it back in. Saves a run. So a good first over after the break for South Africa, 8 from it.
5.5
1
M Starc to de Kock, Good running! De Kock strokes it towards wide mid off for a quick run.
5.4
0
M Starc to de Kock, A huge shout but not given! On the pads, de Kock goes for the flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but not given. Finch thinks about a review but Starc is not interested and rightly so as it is slipping down leg,
5.3
2
M Starc to de Kock, A little too straight from Starc, QdK flicks it through square leg and takes two. Once again, he is just using the pace of Starc.
5.2
0
M Starc to de Kock, Shortens his length but the line is outside off, left alone.
5.1
2
M Starc to de Kock, A positive start by de Kock. He pushes this full delivery through covers and bags a brace.

We are back after the break! Australians are seen in a huddle and now Finch leads them out. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks follow and they will resume their innings. Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia. Here we go...

South Africa's quick start means that they need another 125 to win. That could be JUST 125 or STILL 125, depending on how confident are the Aussies in defending this total. JOIN US BACK AT 3.35 pm local (0735 GMT).

Another superb passage of play for the Proteas. The Australians will be deflated there. They would have been hoping for a wicket at least but the bowling was not at its best. Probably the case of trying too hard to pick up wickets?

4.6
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Outside off, punched towards mid off. THAT WILL BE LUNCH!
4.5
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Full and outside off, driven on the up, straight to point.
4.4
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Outside off, inviting to drive, but guess it will be food first, so Hendricks lets it go. Lunch is just 2 balls away.
4.3
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, A sharp bouncer around off, Hendricks sways away from the line.
4.2
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Outside off, let through again.
4.1
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Full and outside off, left alone.
3.6
0
M Starc to de Kock, Outside off, a play and a miss.
3.5
1
M Starc to R Hendricks, Outside off, Reeza tries to defend but the ball runs off the outside edge towards third man. A run taken.
3.4
2
M Starc to R Hendricks, IN THE AIR... BUT SAFE! There is that length - just between short and full. Outside off, Hendricks looks to push but the ball shoots up and goes off the edge, but over point. A couple taken.
3.3
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, One more leave outside off.
3.2
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
3.1
0
M Starc to R Hendricks, Outside off, punched from the back foot.

Mitchell Starc is on now.

2.6
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Outside off, left alone.
2.5
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Outside off, in the corridor of uncertainty, Quinton feels for it but misses.
2.4
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
2.3
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, EDGED, BUT DOES NOT CARRY! Finally Hazlewood gets it in the right channel. Bowls it on a length outside off, Quinton gets forward to defend but an outside edge is induced which lands short of second slip.
2.2
4
J Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR! Badly lined this time. Down the leg side, de Kock just directs it to the fine leg fence. 128 more to win now.
2.1
4
J Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR! BRILLIANT! The boundary flow continues. Third of the innings already. Half volley outside off, de Kock drives this through the covers and gets a boundary.
1.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, Full and outside off, driven straight to short extra cover. 16 from the over! What a start from the Proteas.
1.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Hendricks, FIVE WIDES! Sloppy from Coulter-Nile. Full and down the leg side, Hendricks misses his flick and Carey cannot stop it cleanly, even with a dive. Parries it to the fine leg fence.
1.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, Short and outside off, QdK cuts it hard and almost gets the third boundary of the over. But Glenn Maxwell throws himself to his right and parries it to third man. Just a single.
1.4
4
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, FOUR! BEAUTY! Not the best bit of bowling from Coulter-Nile. He floats up a half volley, outside off, de Kock gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it wide of mid off for the second boundary of the over. Quinton moves to 10 from 6 balls.
1.3
2
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, Down the leg side, flicked beautifully behind square leg for a couple.
1.2
4
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, FOUR! De Kock is away. Full and swinging in, Quinton flicks it wide of a diving mid on and gets the first boundary of the run chase. 148 more needed to win.
1.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to de Kock, Full and around off, swinging in, pushed towards mid on.

Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Landed outside off, right in the corridor of Josh, left alone.
0.5
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, On a length around off, extra bounce, Hendricks looks to tuck but the ball goes off the inside edge and hits him right on the box. Ouch.
0.4
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, That is a jaffa. On a length outside off, Reeza plays for the line but it moves away at the last moment and beats him.
0.3
0
J Hazlewood to R Hendricks, Landed on a length outside off, left alone.
0.2
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Down the leg side, de Kock misses his flick and the ball goes off his thigh pads towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
0.1
0
J Hazlewood to de Kock, Full and around middle to start, watchfully defended.

The players are back out in the middle. Interesting. Josh Hazlewood will start off the proceedings. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks will open the innings for South Africa. Quinton to face. Here we go...