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.
David Miller is the new man in.
Heinrich Klaasen walks out to bat.
Mitchell Starc is back on.
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.
Skipper Faf du Plessis walks in at number 4, for the final rites of the game.
Marcus Stoinis introduced.
Hazlewood is back on.
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...
Has that been caught behind? Umpire Aleem Dar thinks so. Not Markram. He has reviewed it.
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.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back for a second burst, after going for 16 in his opening over.
The physio is out with the magic spray and like most of the times. It has done its job.
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.
A short leg now coming in place. Time for some short stuff?
Pat Cummins is on. He needs to provide the breakthrough.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.
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?
Mitchell Starc is on now.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl with the second new ball.
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...