Australia in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Date & Time: 07 March 2020
RR: 5.67 | South Africa beat Australia by 6 wickets
So that's all from this game and from Australia's tour of South Africa. South Africa have bounced back brilliantly after the T20I series loss and have just whitewashed the Aussies. Australia go back home empty-handed in the ODI series. What's next for these two teams? South Africa travel to India to face them in a three-match ODI series, starting on 12th March while Australia will face off against New Zealand which begins on the 13th of March. Join us for all the action! Until then, it is goodbye.
Quinton de Kock, the Protea skipper, says that he is very proud of the boys and they played really well throughout the series. Praises Klaasen for his outstanding performance. On his captaincy, de Kock says that the coaching staff has helped him a lot and it has been a good experience. Adds that they did not start the summer well but this series win showed that they can compete with top sides. On the fresh faces performing, Quinton says that they have shown that they can do well at this level.
Heinrich Klaasen, THE MAN OF THE SERIES, starts by saying that he is happy with his performance. Adds that he has got a couple of injuries but will look to cement his spot for a place in the side. Further says that his hardwork paid off. Klaasen also says he is looking forward to their next series against India.
JJ Smuts, THE MAN OF THE MATCH, starts by saying that it has been a brilliant performance from the team. Adds they did well to restrict Australia to 250 and the bowlers bowled well. Mentions that it is an outstanding achievement for them. Further says they will look to do well against India for their next tour.
The Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says that they have not been at our best. Adds that they have been good in patches and they were put under pressure. Mentions that they need to do their basics right. Further goes onto say that the pressure is always on the top three but the middle order needs to perform. Finch states that that they will look to perform better against New Zealand.
Australia were poor with the bat. Nobody apart from Marnus Labuschagne got going on this wicket an if it was not for Labuschagne, they would not have reached 254. D'Arcy Short too played well but none of the other batters showed application and in the end, it ended up as a below-par score on this wicket. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Earlier in the game, South Africa did really well to restrict Australia to 254. They bowled smartly and every bowler bowled well with Nortje being the best as he picked up 2 wickets. JJ Smuts too bowled well and was well supported by Keshav Maharaj. Overall, they would be happy with their performance.
Australia were disappointing with the ball. They started well, picking up Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan in quick succession but Kyle Verreynne and JJ Smuts started milking them for runs. Zampa got the wicket of the former but one would feel that Verreynne threw it away. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers, giving away just 37 runs and picking up two wickets as well. The other bowlers disappointed and they just failed to hit the right lines and lengths on this wicket.
So, 3-0 it is in favour of South Africa. They were brilliant in this game as they have been throughout the series. One must have thought that 255 would have been a tricky target but the Proteas have made light work of the chase. Even though they lost the openers quite early but then came a brilliant partnership between Verreynne and Smuts which took the home side to a strong position. Once Verreynne fell, it was another show from Klaasen as he got to another fifty in this series. He, along with Smuts played brilliantly and by the time Smuts fell for a valiant 84, the game was done and dusted.
Mitchell Marsh is back on. 1-0-7-0 are his figures so far.
David Miller is the new batsman in.
Hazlewood is back on. 8-1-27-2 are his figures so far.
Powerplay 3 time! Maximum of 5 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings. Also, Kane Richardson is back on. 6-0-51-0 are his figures so far.
Adam Zampa is back on. 8-0-34-1 are his figures so far.
Jhye Richardson is back on.
Drinks Break! South Africa are cruising here. Klaasen is looking good out there. On the other hand, Australia need wickets in clusters to make a comeback in this match. The hosts need 76 runs in 96 balls.
Kane Richardson is back on. 4-0-36-0 are his figures so far.
D'Arcy Short is back on. 2-0-9-0 are his figures so far.
Hazlewood is back on. 5-1-16-2 are his figures so far.
Heinrich Klaasen is the new man in.
Adam Zampa is back on.
Jhye Richardson is back on. 5-1-22-0 are his figures so far.
D'Arcy Short is into the attack.
An appeal for lbw! Australia have taken the review.
Adam Zampa is back on. 2-0-10-0 are his figures so far.
Aaron Finch is into the attack.
Drinks Break! South Africa have lost two wickets and would want a big innings from JJ Smuts and Kyle Verreynne. On the other hand, Australia would look to pick up wickets and put pressure on the hosts.
Mitchell Marsh is on.
Kane Richardson is back on. 1-0-16-0 are his figures so far.
Adam Zampa is into the attack.
Kyle Verreynne is the next batsman in.
Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Jhye Richardson is back on. 4-1-20-0 are his figures so far.
JJ Smuts is the new batsman in.
Josh Hazlewood is back on. 3-1-11-0 are his figures so far.
Kane Richardson is on.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase. The Australian players are out in the middle. Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan will open the innings for South Africa. Jhye Richardson will start the proceedings for Australia with the first new ball.