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Australia vs South Africa - 3rd ODI

Series: South Africa in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date: 11 November 2018

Australia 280/9 (50.0 Ovs) RR: 5.6 | South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs

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That ends the coverage of the third and final ODI. Australia continue to hunt for momentum and series wins. Their next assignment will be a one-off T20I against the Proteas at a new venue, the Carrara Oval, in Queensland, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 6.20 pm local (0820 GMT). Till then, you can check out some of the action from other areas of the cricketing world. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says he feels good tonight. He feels they played their best game here, They were good with the bat today but they were even better with the ball at the death. Further adds Australia also have a very good bowling line-up but their batters executed their plans well. Mentions short bowling was their plan as the leg side boundary was the bigger one and the bowlers responded well. States they wanted to bat first as they wanted to test themselves under challenging conditions. Ends by saying Hobart is one ground where they have a lot of good memories.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says it is always hard to contain two set batters towards the end. Reckons they did get themselves back into the game but could not finish it. Feels they were in a good position after the 35th over mark. Admits they misexecuted their plans a little and credits the way Faf and Miller played. Appreciates the partnership of Marsh and Stoinis. Ends by saying they were not great in the Powerplay in this series and not even in the middle overs, those are issues they need to resolved.

Man of the Match and Player of the Series, David Miller says, it is always a great feeling to contribute in a team's win. Mentions he wanted to take his time out as the team was in trouble. Further adds Faf and he wanted to play long. Says that he is really enjoying his batting at the moment. Reckons the wicket was a little two-paced but it was till a good one. States anything over 300 is a good total but Marsh and Stoinis' partnership did give them a scare. Ends by crediting their bowlers.

Time now for the presentation. Who will be the Man Of The Match? There will be a Man Of The Series too. Stay tuned....

Rabada says it is never easy coming to Australia but they did well to carry forward the momentum after the series win in Sri Lanka. Reckons du Plessis and Miller kept on going and that turned out to be the difference. Mentions the wicket at first felt it was a little two-paced but once the batters got in, it was good for stroke-making. Credits the way the South African bowlers bowled. Ends by saying they deserved the victory.

When you have a score of 320 to defend, normally the bowlers have a good cushion. But nothing to take away from the Saffas. They bowled really well even on a pitch which did not have much of an assistance. It was a good learning curve for the young guys. Dale Steyn set the tone early and ended up with 3 wickets while Rabada picked up 3 as well, towards the end. Here is KG, for a chat with Brendon Julian.

Shaun Marsh says it was disappointing to not be there till the end. Admits South Africa outplayed them. On being asked whether he was batting with a niggle, he says he was completely fine.

Spare a though for Shaun Marsh. His third ODI century in 2018 - all resulting in losses. He looked fluent right from the word go and had Stoinis stayed there for another 5 overs, Australia might have even pulled it off. Here he is, with Neroli Meadows.

The batting actually did decently. After losing 3 down pretty quickly, one might have expected a collapse but Marsh and Stoinis showed that they were up for a fight, with a 107-run stand. After that too, the batsmen coming in tried and staged a few stands but in the end, it was too much to do.

In these last few months, batting has been an issue for the Aussies but here, it was the bowling which let them down. They started really well but a Miller and Faf masterclass was too much to bear, even for the experienced trio of Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood.

Finally the game ends. After South Africa piled on 320, it was always going to be difficult for Australia and after being 39/3, there was hardly any chance left. Yet another series loss for Australia - their 5th bilateral one in a row and they have not won an ODI series since beating Pakistan at home in 2016-17.

49.6
0
K Rabada to J Hazlewood, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 40 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1!!!
49.6
0
K Rabada to J Hazlewood, WIDE. A bouncer now, Hazlewood ducks.
49.5
1
K Rabada to Pat Cummins, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.

Josh Hazlewood is in.

49.4
0
K Rabada to A Zampa, OUT! Number 9 down now. A short ball, Zampa looks to pull but miscues it towards mid-wicket.
49.3
0
K Rabada to A Zampa, Backs away to the leg side, Rabada follows him and Zampa digs it out.
49.2
0
K Rabada to A Zampa, Outside off, a play and a miss.

Adam Zampa is the new man in.

49.1
0
K Rabada to M Starc, OUT! Caught and bowled. Rabada has his second. A short ball, Starc looks to defend but the ball rises up steeply and sticks off the surface. Ends up hitting it straight up in the air. Easy catch.

Kagiso Rabada to bowl the 50th over.

48.6
0
D Steyn to Pat Cummins, A hat-trick of pulls and misses. This might be the final ball of Dale Steyn in Australia. True champion. Well bowled.
48.5
0
D Steyn to Pat Cummins, A slower delivery, on the shorter side, Pat swings hard but misses again.
48.4
0
D Steyn to Pat Cummins, A length ball outside off, Cummins swings hard but misses.

Mitchell Starc comes in.

48.3
0
D Steyn to G Maxwell, OUT! The Big Show falls. A pretty ungainly situation for him, having had too much to do. Backs away and slices this hard and this one goes straight to Reeza Hendricks at sweeper cover. Steyn has his third.
48.2
0
D Steyn to G Maxwell, Short and outside off, Maxwell backs away and has a slash, only to miss.
48.1
2
D Steyn to G Maxwell, Full and outside off, sliced over cover for a couple.

Dale Steyn is back on. 9-0-43-2 so far.

47.6
4
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, FOUR! A length ball outside off, Cummins swings this over mid-wicket and gets a boundary!
47.5
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Driven through the covers by the batsman. They pick up a single.
47.4
2
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Whips through square leg, where Aiden Markram nearly makes a mess of a simple stop, by sliding and throwing the ball over Rabada who was coming in from fine leg. Two runs taken.
47.3
1
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
47.2
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Outside off, sliced towards sweeper cover for a single.
47.1
2
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, A short ball outside off, Maxwell swings high into the night sky and miscues it. Reeza Hendricks covers good ground to his right from long on but while trying to take the catch, he slips and loses the ball. recovers well to prevent the boundary though. Two runs taken.
46.6
1
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Full and just outside off, pushed towards long on for one.
46.5
0
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Full and outside off, GM backs away, attempts a slice to the off side but misses.
46.5
0
K Rabada to G Maxwell, WIDE. Too short a ball, Maxi lets it be.
46.4
2
K Rabada to G Maxwell, A short ball, Glenn pulls it through backward square leg. Good fielding by Lungi Ngidi to his left from fine leg. He dives and saves the boundary. Two runs taken.
46.3
2
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Backs away and hits it through the covers where Imran Tahir misfields and concedes the second.
46.2
1
K Rabada to Pat Cummins, Full on middle, swinging in, Cummins works it through fine leg for a run.
46.1
1
K Rabada to G Maxwell, A short ball, outside off, Maxwell swings early and gets it off the back of the bat towards third man for a single.
45.6
0
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
45.5
0
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, Yorker outside off, a swing and a miss again.
45.4
0
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, Outside off, a push and a miss.
45.3
0
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, Full and outside off, Pat swings hard but misses.
45.2
0
L Ngidi to Pat Cummins, Yorker outside off, Cummins looks to squeeze it out but misses.
45.1
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Full and outside off, played through point for a single.

Lungi Ngidi is back on. 8-0-44-1 so far.

Pat Cummins in at number 8, replacing Carey.

44.6
0
D Steyn to A Carey, OUT! Caught behind! Carey does not get to his half century. That was the only thing left in this game. Backs away to the leg side, Steyn follows him, Alex tries to force it through the off side but only manages a thick edge.
44.5
1
D Steyn to G Maxwell, Dropped short, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for one more.
44.4
0
D Steyn to G Maxwell, Another slower bouncer, Glenn tries the upper cut again, only to miss.
44.3
4
D Steyn to G Maxwell, FOUR! This time he connects. Short and outside off, Maxi slaps it over point, a bounce and into the ropes.
44.2
0
D Steyn to G Maxwell, A short ball outside off, Maxwell attempts the ramp but misses.
44.1
1
D Steyn to A Carey, Full and outside off, Carey drives it towards long off for a single.

Dale Steyn returns. 8-0-37-1 so far.

43.6
0
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Bizarre review. NOT OUT. Full and down the leg side, Maxwell got across and missed his flick. Rabada appealed for LBW but the umpire did not give it. KG was convinced that he has his man and de Kock did not stop him either. The review was taken and Hawk Eye showed the impact itself to be outside leg.

A review against an LBW decision. Rabada reckons that he has Maxwell.

43.5
0
K Rabada to G Maxwell, A lovely slower delivery, Maxwell is early into his slash and misses.
43.4
2
K Rabada to G Maxwell, A high full toss, punched hrough the covers for a couple.
43.3
1
K Rabada to A Carey, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
43.2
1
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
43.1
4
K Rabada to G Maxwell, FOUR! Dropped short, around off, Maxwell pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
42.6
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
42.6
0
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, WIDE. Full and outside off, Maxwell lets it go and it is a wide.
42.5
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
42.4
2
L Ngidi to A Carey, DROPPED! Tough chance for Pretorius. A length ball on middle, Carey looks to half-flick, half-pull but gets a top edge. Dwaine Pretorius comes running in from fine leg but drops it. Two runs taken.
42.3
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Gets across his stumps, receives a high full toss but misses. Is hit on the abdomen and the batsmen take a single. No signal, might have been an inside edge.
42.2
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, Bunts it towards long on for a run.
42.1
1
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, A length ball, flicked away for a single.

Lungi Ngidi returns. 7-0-36-1 so far.

41.6
2
D Pretorius to A Carey, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They manage to come back for the second.
41.5
1
D Pretorius to G Maxwell, The batsman drives this through the covers for a single.
41.4
4
D Pretorius to G Maxwell, FOUR! A length ball, Maxwell gets across and flicks it behind square leg for a boundary.
41.3
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.

Glenn Maxwell is the next man in. The last hope for Australia, if any.

41.2
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, OUT! Is that the match? A short ball, around middle, Marsh looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball goes high in the air and Heinrich Klaasen keeps his cool under it at deep mid-wicket. Reverse-cups the catch and now the Proteas explode around him. That should be the match. Well played, Shaun Marsh. Unfortunately, not enough for Australia though. 95 more needed from 52 balls.
41.1
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, A short ball around middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
40.6
4
I Tahir to S Marsh, FOUR! Floated outside off, Marsh backs away and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
40.5
1
I Tahir to A Carey, Driven through the covers by the batsman. They pick up a single.
40.4
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run.
40.3
1
I Tahir to A Carey, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. They pick up a single.
40.2
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Full and outside off, drive through the covers for a single.
40.1
2
I Tahir to S Marsh, HUNDRED FOR MARSH! His 6th in ODIs, first against the Proteas. Irrespective of the match situation, it has been a great knock. Full on middle, the southpaw chips it past the bowler towards long on for a couple.

POWERPLAY 3. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Here's Tahir.

39.6
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
39.5
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
39.4
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Full on middle, chipped down to long on for another single.
39.3
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, Outside off, steered towards third man for one more.
39.2
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a run.
39.1
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
38.6
1
K Rabada to A Carey, Short and outside off, ramped towards third man for a run.
38.5
1
K Rabada to S Marsh, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
38.4
1
K Rabada to A Carey, Short and outside off, Carey upper cuts it towards third man. The ball does not carry. A single taken.
38.3
0
K Rabada to A Carey, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
38.2
1
K Rabada to S Marsh, Full and down the leg side, Marsh misses his flick and the ball goes off the inside edge, onto the pads and rolls towards short fine leg. A single taken.
38.1
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, A short ball outside off, played straight to point.

Kagiso Rabada is back on. 6-3-18-1 so far.

37.6
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Down the leg side, helped wide of the bowler towards mid-wicket for one more.
37.5
2
D Pretorius to S Marsh, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They manage to come back for the second.
37.4
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, On middle, worked towards long on for another run.
37.3
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, On middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for one more.
37.2
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
37.1
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
36.6
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
36.6
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, WIDE. Dow the leg side, Marsh looks to pull but misses.
36.5
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, Played to the point region by the batsman.
36.4
1
D Steyn to A Carey, Outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single. 50-RUN STAND IS UP, in 40 balls. Just keeping themselves in the hunt, are the Aussies.
36.3
3
D Steyn to S Marsh, Good shot, excellent fielding. Full and outside off, Marsh leans and drives it though the covers. Faf du Plessis gives it a good chase from mid off, gets to the ball and then hauls it back in. Three runs taken.
36.2
1
D Steyn to A Carey, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 129 more needed from 82 balls.
36.1
0
D Steyn to A Carey, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

DRINKS BREAK. 130 needed from 84 balls. Are Australia still in it?

35.6
6
L Ngidi to S Marsh, SIX! CREAMED! A length ball, outside off, Marsh fetches this and deposits it over mid-wicket!
35.5
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, Short and outside off, cut behind point for a single.
35.4
1
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Comes forward and drives it on the up towards short extra cover. Nearly spoons a catch. A run taken as the ball is deflected towards mid off.
35.3
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
35.2
0
L Ngidi to A Carey, DROPPED! But a tough chance. Full and outside off, Alex drives it straight back. Ngidi tries to catch it with his right hand but the ball goes off his fingers towards mid off. Might be looked as a boundary saved.
35.1
2
L Ngidi to A Carey, On a length outside off, Carey guides it towards third man for a couple. 139 more needed from 89 balls.
34.6
1
D Steyn to A Carey, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
34.5
0
D Steyn to A Carey, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
34.4
6
D Steyn to A Carey, SIX! Helped on its way! Decent connection by Carey. A short ball, around middle, Carey pulls it over mid-wicket!
34.3
0
D Steyn to A Carey, Around middle, pushed back to then bowler.
34.2
0
D Steyn to A Carey, Outside off, played towards point.
34.1
0
D Steyn to A Carey, A length ball outside off, pushed towards cover.

Dale Steyn comes back on. 6-0-23-1 so far.

33.6
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
33.5
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
33.4
1
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Full and slightly down the leg side, Shaun misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The batsmen take a single. No signal from the umpire, so must have been an inside edge.
33.3
2
L Ngidi to S Marsh, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for the second.
33.2
1
L Ngidi to A Carey, On middle and leg, Carey works it towards short mid-wicket and calls for a quick run. Shaun Marsh is in trouble as he sets off late but Heinrich Klaasen fumbles.
33.1
1
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Outside off, Marsh taps it towards point and calls for a quick single. Aiden Markram comes charging in and has an under-arm shy at the striker's end and hits them but the umpire does not refer it upstairs. Replays show that Carey had made it but only just.

Lungi Ngidi returns. 5-0-19-1 so far.

32.6
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Very full, pushed down to long on for another single.
32.5
1
A Markram to A Carey, Around off, pushed through the covers for one. The stand moves to 20 from 17 balls.
32.4
4
A Markram to A Carey, FOUR! CRASH! Tossed up around middle, Carey gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 156 more needed from 104 balls.
32.3
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Fuller and around off, worked towards long on for one.
32.2
1
A Markram to A Carey, Comes forward, reaches out, takes the ball on the full and wrists it towards long on for a run.
32.1
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Landed around off, Marsh cuts it off the stumps towards point for a single.
31.6
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
31.5
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Fuller in length, watchfully blocked out.
31.4
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
31.3
1
D Pretorius to A Carey, On a length around off, watchfully tapped to the leg side for a single.
31.2
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
31.1
2
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Down the leg side, clipped through square leg for a couple.
30.6
0
A Markram to A Carey, Just around off, pushed towards cover.
30.5
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
30.4
1
A Markram to A Carey, Down the leg side, worked through mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark.
30.3
0
A Markram to A Carey, Full and around off, Carey defends watchfully.
30.2
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Outside off, played through the covers for a single.
30.1
4
A Markram to S Marsh, FOUR! Bad delivery. Full and down the leg side, Marsh sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary. 150 UP FOR AUSTRALIA. 171 more needed from 119 balls.

Alex Carey comes in at number 6, replacing Stoinis.

29.6
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, OUT! Pretorius gets the breakthrough! That douses the Aussie hopes. These two were just beginning to show some fight but before it could muster into something dangerous, South Africa have nipped it into the bud. A short ball, outside off, Stoinis looks to cut but hits it straight to Aiden Markram at backward point! The 107-run stand is broken. Fine knock by Stoinis. Played calculated shots.
29.5
6
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, SIX! Beautifully played. A length ball outside off, Stoinis just whips it over deep mid-wicket! Moves to 63 from 75 balls, with his 4th biggie. 175 more needed from 121 balls.
29.4
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Short and outside off, rises steeply, Marcus fends it towards short third man.
29.3
2
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, 100-RUN STAND IS UP! In 116 balls. Not a bad recovery at all. But still, plenty of work to do. Full and around off, Stoinis gets across and flicks it through square leg for a couple.
29.2
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, On middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a single. Shaun moves to 60 from 67 balls.
29.1
6
D Pretorius to S Marsh, SIX! CRACK! Short and outside off, Marsh swivels and pulls it over square leg! Good catch in the crowd. 184 more needed from 125 balls.
28.6
0
A Markram to M Stoinis, Another dot. Punched towards cover. Superb over from Markram. Nearly had Stoinis too.
28.5
0
A Markram to M Stoinis, Flashes this behind point where it is stopped well by Heinrich Klaasen.
28.4
0
A Markram to M Stoinis, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
28.3
0
A Markram to M Stoinis, NOT OUT! INSIDE EDGE! No wonder Stoinis was smiling. Full and around middle, Marcus looked to sweep but missed and was hit on the pads. South Africa appealed and umpire Aleem Dar upheld that. Stoinis immediately reviewed and Hot Spot detected a tiny spot!

Stoinis has been adjudged LBW! He takes the review though. Looks plumb.

28.2
1
A Markram to S Marsh, Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a run.
28.1
1
A Markram to M Stoinis, Landed outside off, Stoinis gets across and punches this towards long on for a single.

Interesting. Du Plessis has turned to Aiden Markram.

27.6
1
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, On a length again, this time MS hops across and turns the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
27.5
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, On a length outside off, punched straight to cover.
27.4
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Full and just around off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket again.
27.3
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Around off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
27.2
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, This one stays down, Marcus defends watchfully.
27.1
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, A length ball outside off, Stoinis looks to cut but the ball suddenly rises and beats the outside edge.

Dwaine Pretorius returns. 4-0-18-0 so far.

26.6
1
K Rabada to M Stoinis, A short ball, Stoinis gets across and helps it towards long leg for a run.
26.5
1
K Rabada to S Marsh, Fuller again, Shaun looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid on. A quick single taken.
26.4
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Fuller in length, pushed towards mid on.
26.3
6
K Rabada to S Marsh, SIX! CLOUT! What a way to bring up his half century. 13th in ODIs, third against South Africa. And the shot has broken his bat. Short and outside off, Marsh rocks back in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket! 195 more needed now, from 141 balls.
26.2
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Comes forward and looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
26.2
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, WIDE. Down the leg side, Marsh misses his flick.
26.1
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, On middle and leg, watchfully defended.
25.6
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
25.5
6
I Tahir to M Stoinis, SIX! That is colossal! Full and outside off, Stoinis gets down and mows it miles over long on!
25.4
4
I Tahir to M Stoinis, FOUR! Nicely done. Sort and outside off, Stoinis goes back and cuts it behind point for a boundary.
25.4
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, WIDE. The tempter outside off, really fully, Stoinis leaves it alone with a bug grill towards Tahir.
25.3
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Fuller on middle, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
25.2
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, On middle, swung down to deep mid-wicket for a single.
25.1
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Another LBW shout. Where was the impact? Perhaps outside off. Full and around off, Stoinis gets a long way across and looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
24.6
4
K Rabada to S Marsh, FOUR! A boundary to end the over. Rabada gets fuller and Marsh chips him over mid on.
24.5
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, A high full toss, around middle, Shaun looks to work it to the leg side but gets a leading edge towards cover.
24.4
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Around off, steered straight to backward point.
24.3
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, On middle and leg, Marsh looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
24.2
1
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Around middle, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
24.1
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, On a length outside off, Stoinis gets across and defends.

Kagiso Rabada is being brought back on. 4-3-4-1 so far.

23.6
0
I Tahir to S Marsh, Huge LBW shout, Tahir wants it to be given out. But not interested is the umpire. Pitched outside leg, the googly, Marsh looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. 11 from the over, but just 1 from the last 4 balls.
23.5
0
I Tahir to S Marsh, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
23.4
0
I Tahir to S Marsh, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
23.3
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
23.2
4
I Tahir to M Stoinis, FOUR! 10 in 2 balls! Full and outside off, Stoinis gets down and plays a flatter slog sweep this time, wide of the man at mid-wicket, one bounce and into the fence! 100 COMES UP FOR AUSTRALIA! 221 more needed from 160 balls.
23.1
6
I Tahir to M Stoinis, SIX! CLUNK! Full and outside off, Stoinis gets down and mows the slog sweep over mid-wicket!
22.6
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Short and outside off, Marsh looks to cut but misses.
22.5
6
D Pretorius to S Marsh, SIX! CLUBBED! A short ball, on middle, Marsh pulls it over mid-wicket and gets half a dozen! The 50-run stand is up. Some sort of a recovery from Australia.
22.4
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad. They pick up a single. The umpire signals leg bye.
22.3
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Outside off, punched to the off side.
22.2
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Short and outside off, Stoinis slashes hard but misses.
22.1
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, On middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
21.6
6
I Tahir to M Stoinis, SIX! A rare loose ball, short in length outside off. Stoinis rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket! 11 from the over. 239 more to win from 168 balls. The stand is worth 43 from 71 balls.
21.5
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Fuller on middle, pushed through mid on for one more.
21.4
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Short and outside off, cut through point for another single.
21.3
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a run.
21.2
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
21.1
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
20.6
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
20.5
4
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Stoinis cuts it hard through the covers where Heinrich Klaasen dives to his left but cannot quite stop it. No one in the deep.
20.4
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a run.
20.3
1
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
20.2
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
20.1
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Full on middle pushed straight to mid on.
19.6
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Full and outside off, Stoinis launches this nicely over extra cover but Reeza Hendricks is positioned well at the ropes. Prevents the boundary. Just a single taken as Shaun Marsh slips at the striker's end.
19.5
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Comes forward now and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
19.4
0
I Tahir to S Marsh, Outside off, played towards point. Stoinis is halfway down the track, wandering around for the non-existent single, but is sent back in time.
19.3
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
19.2
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Outside off, pressed towards point.
19.1
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Fuller around middle and leg, lofted down to long on for a single. 259 more needed from 185 balls.
18.6
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
18.5
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Hops a long way across and defends.
18.4
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Outside off, played straight to point.
18.3
1
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Finally changes the direction of his cut, cutting it through the covers for a single.
18.2
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Tries to punch and run but cannot get it past Markram again.
18.1
0
D Pretorius to S Marsh, Short and outside off, cut straight to Aiden Markram at point.
17.6
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, The googly to end the over, pushed towards mid on.
17.5
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, On middle and off, watchfully defended.
17.4
4
I Tahir to M Stoinis, FOUR! That is a beautiful shot. Tosses up outside off, Stoinis lofts this as clean as a whistle over cover for a boundary.
17.3
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Chips this uppishly back to the bowler. Tahir is late to react and the ball goes to long on for a single.
17.2
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Full and down the leg side, Stoinis looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his pads to short fine leg and a leg bye is taken.
17.1
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, The googly, short in length outside off, punched through the covesr for a single.

DRINKS BREAK.

DRINKS BREAK.

16.6
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
16.5
4
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, FOUR! Finally a boundary for Australia. After a drought of 55 balls. A length ball, around off, Stoinis flicks it over mid-wicket nonchalantly and gets a boundary. 268 more needed to win from 199 balls.
16.4
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Full and just around off, watchfully defended.
16.3
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
16.2
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
16.1
0
D Pretorius to M Stoinis, A short ball to start off with, played towards point.

Dwaine Pretorius to bowl now.

15.6
0
I Tahir to S Marsh, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
15.5
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
15.4
1
I Tahir to S Marsh, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
15.3
1
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Breaks the sequence of dots, 12 to be precise, by punching the ball towards long off for a single.
15.2
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Tossed up, driven straight to cover.
15.1
0
I Tahir to M Stoinis, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Spin. Imran Tahir time.

14.6
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Outside off, played straight to point. ANOTHER MAIDEN FOR RABADA. His figures read 4-3-4-1.
14.5
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Outside off, looks to punch but gets a bottom edge. The ball rolls behind the stumps.
14.4
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Fuller in length, watchfully played out.
14.3
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
14.2
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
14.1
0
K Rabada to S Marsh, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
13.6
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Nice away shape from the great Steyn, Stoinis blocks it out.
13.5
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, On a length outside off, Stoinis gets across and pushes the ball towards cover.
13.4
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
13.3
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Outside off, played straight to point.
13.2
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
13.1
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
12.6
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery.
12.5
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
12.4
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
12.3
1
K Rabada to S Marsh, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
12.2
1
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Around off, Stoinis looks to defend but the ball squirts off the outside edge to third man for a run.
12.1
2
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a couple. First runs off Rabada.
11.6
1
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
11.5
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Around off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
11.4
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Coming in slightly, pushed towards mid on.
11.3
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Gets across and blocks.
11.2
0
D Steyn to M Stoinis, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
11.1
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.

Dale Steyn is back on. 4-0-20-1 so far. 2 wickets quickly and we could be going home early...

10.6
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, The batsman defends it from within the crease. A WICKET MAIDEN FOR RABADA! His figures read 2-2-0-1!
10.5
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Outside off, played straight to point.
10.4
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad.
10.3
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, Around off, watchfully blocked out.
10.2
0
K Rabada to M Stoinis, The batsman defends it from within the crease.

Marcus Stoinis has been promoted to number 5, replacing Head.

POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. If the match lasts till then.

10.1
0
K Rabada to T Head, OUT! Caught! There goes number 3! This bloke had scored a boundary off his first ball. Then got just 2 from the next 19. The pressure of dots has told. A short ball outside off, Head leaps and cuts it towards backward point where Aiden Markram takes it nicely. Head walks back with a forlorn face. 282 more needed to win from 239 balls.
9.6
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, On middle and leg, Marsh looks to tuck but the ball hits his thigh pads and then drops down. Rolls back onto the stumps but the southpaw stops it with his bat.
9.5
1
L Ngidi to T Head, Around middle, Travis works it through square leg for a single.
9.4
0
L Ngidi to T Head, Another dot for Head. The ball tails back into him and he drives it towards cover.
9.3
1
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Outside off, pushed wide of Dwaine Pretorius at mid off for a single. Marsh moves to 20 from 23 balls. The stand is worth 20 from 37 deliveries.
9.2
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Full on middle, driven straight to mid on.
9.1
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Short and around off, punched straight to point.
8.6
0
K Rabada to T Head, Just outside off, left alone once again.
8.5
0
K Rabada to T Head, Outside off, driven through the covers where once again, Faf du Plessis makes a good stop.
8.4
0
K Rabada to T Head, Landed outside off, left alone.
8.3
0
K Rabada to T Head, Short and outside off, punched straight to cover this time.
8.2
0
K Rabada to T Head, A short ball now, Travis hops to cut but gets a bottom edge back down on the pitch.
8.1
0
K Rabada to T Head, Fuller and wide outside off, Head reaches out for that, plays away from hos body and has a waft. Is beaten.

Kagiso Rabada into the attack now.

7.6
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, On middle, pushed towards mid on.
7.5
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads again.
7.4
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Nips this into the left-hander, SM looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
7.3
4
L Ngidi to S Marsh, FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Marsh slowly getting into his stride. Full and outside off, Shaun leans and drives it between cover and mid off for a boundary!
7.2
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, On a length outside off, left alone again.
7.1
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Landed outside off, left alone.
6.6
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, NEARLY THE THIRD WICKET! Good length delivery, around middle, Shaun looks to defend but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge but just misses the leg stump! A single taken to fine leg.
6.5
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, Outside off, solidly defended.
6.4
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, That comes back in a touch, Marsh defends it watchfully towards cover.
6.3
1
D Steyn to T Head, On middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single. 289 more needed from 261 balls.
6.2
0
D Steyn to T Head, A touch short, once again Travis hops to defend.
6.1
0
D Steyn to T Head, A length ball around leg stump, Head hops and works it towards short mid-wicket.
5.6
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Full and just outside off, watchfully blocked out.
5.5
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Closer to the off stump, but Shaun trusts the length and shoulders arms.
5.4
4
L Ngidi to S Marsh, FOUR! Stand and deliver! A length ball outside off, Marsh just punches it through the covers and gets another boundary! The stand moves to 13 from 14 balls.
5.3
4
L Ngidi to S Marsh, FOUR! Pierces the field this time! Full on middle, coming in slightly, Marsh just punches it down the ground. Heinrich Klaasen dives to his right from mid on but in vain.
5.2
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Around off, watchfully defended.
5.1
0
L Ngidi to S Marsh, Superb fielding again! Full and outside off, Marsh drives this wide of mid off but Kagiso Rabada throws himself to his right and makes a terrific stop.
4.6
0
D Steyn to T Head, Superb shot, even better fielding! Full and outside off, Head drives this through the covers but Faf du Plessis throws himself to his right and makes a great stop.
4.5
0
D Steyn to T Head, Fractionally short of a length, Head punches it towards cover.
4.4
0
D Steyn to T Head, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
4.3
0
D Steyn to T Head, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
4.2
0
D Steyn to T Head, Outside off, shouldered arms to.
4.1
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
3.6
0
L Ngidi to T Head, Landed outside off, comes in a long way, Travis judges it well and shoulders arms. Just the boundary and a wicket from that over, Ngidi's figures read 2-0-5-1.
3.5
0
L Ngidi to T Head, Landed outside off, left alone.
3.4
0
L Ngidi to T Head, Outside off, watchfully pushed towards mid off.
3.3
4
L Ngidi to T Head, EDGED, FOUR! Nervy start for Head. Full and outside off, Head looks to drive but the ball moves away, takes the outside edge and goes wide of second slip towards third man! 299 more needed from 279 balls.

Travis Head walks in at number 4, replacing Finch.

3.2
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, OUT! Caught! Number 2 goes and with that possibly the match too. Ngidi strikes. On a length, around off, coming in, Finch looks to chip it straight but the ball stops a bit on the surface. Hence, it comes late. Takes the inner half of the bat and gently lobs to mid on where Kagiso Rabada completes the formalities. Australia needed their skipper to score big to have a chance tonight. 303 more needed to win from 280 balls.
3.1
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, Outside off, on a length, pushed towards cover.
2.6
4
D Steyn to S Marsh, FOUR! LOVELY! Slightly too full, outside off, Marsh comes forward and drives this down the ground. Imran Tahir from mid on gives it a chase but comes second best. 11 from the over.
2.5
1
D Steyn to A Finch, Stands tall this time and punches it wide of cover for a quick single.
2.4
2
D Steyn to A Finch, Outside off, on a length, punched through the covers for a brace. Aaron moves to 10 from 12 balls. 308 more needed from 284 balls.
2.3
4
D Steyn to A Finch, FOUR! Excellent timing. First boundary of the run chase. A length ball, but a bit too straight, Finch clips it through mid-wicket. The stand moves to 10 from 14 balls.
2.2
0
D Steyn to A Finch, Full and outside off, driven back down the ground. Dale Steyn gets a hand to it and deflects it towards mid off.
2.1
0
D Steyn to A Finch, On a length outside off, pushed towards mid off.
1.6
1
L Ngidi to A Finch, Full and outside off, swinging in, Aaron flicks early and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards fine leg. A single taken. Good start from both the new-ball bowlers.
1.5
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, Around off, solidly blocked out.
1.4
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
1.3
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, That is a peach. On a length outside off, Finch plays inside the line and is beaten.
1.2
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, Short and outside off, played straight to point.
1.1
0
L Ngidi to A Finch, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

Lungi Ngidi to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, The batsman defends it from within the crease. Terrific start from Steyn.
0.5
1
D Steyn to A Finch, Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
0.4
2
D Steyn to A Finch, On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a couple.
0.4
0
D Steyn to A Finch, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
0.3
1
D Steyn to S Marsh, On middle, tucked through the leg side for a single.
0.2
0
D Steyn to S Marsh, Full and outside off, swinging back in, left alone.

Shaun Marsh comes in at number 3, replacing Lynn.

0.1
0
D Steyn to C Lynn, OUT! Edged and taken! There goes the first wicket. And it has not even taken a ball. Technically, this is the first ball, since the previous one was a wide. 'Funny shot' says Shane Warne on air. On a length outside off, Lynn looks to punch it through the off side but there is no feet movement. Extra bounce is there too. As a result, an outside edge is induced, which goes straight to Quinton de Kock, who has to move a bit to his right. A nothing shot from Lynn.
0.1
0
D Steyn to C Lynn, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.

Welcome back for the run chase. 321 needed from 300 balls. New opening pair for Australia. Chris Lynn has joined Aaron Finch in the middle. Here is Dale Steyn. Lynn to face. Here we go!