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AUS VS SA, ICC 2023 Match 10 – Full Scorecard, Commentary, Squad

02
nd Innings Australia
Right then, yet another exciting day in the 2023 World Cup and we have witnessed yet another commanding victory from South Africa and in their last four outings against Australia (including this one), they have won by 100 or more runs – won by 134 runs here, 5th ODI in Jo'burg won by 122 runs, 4th ODI in Centurion won by 164 runs and 3rd ODI in Potchefstroom won by 111 runs. Anyway, plenty more cricketing action to follow as next up New Zealand take on Bangladesh at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday, the 13th of October. That game will begin at 2 pm IST (8.30 am GMT) but you can certainly join us for the early build-up to that game. Till then, take care and goodbye!
The skipper of South Africa, Temba Bavuma says that 311 was above par and feels that 290-300 would have been a par score. Mentions that he is glad that they lost the toss as they wanted to chase. Feels that his inning was scratchy and credits Quinton de Kock for the way he batted. Mentions that it was a near-perfect game. Reckons that they could have finished well with the bat. States that the bowlers have been under slack but they dominated the Powerplay and in the middle phase as well. Also says that it is important to acknowledge the batting effort. Feels that character was pleasing to see. Ends by saying that despite the win, they want to find ways to get better and better as a team.
Australia's captain, Pat Cummins starts by saying that Quinton de Kock batted really well and adds that they could not get a breakthrough. Feels that it was a chasable target but it was hard work with the bat at night as it zipped around more than it did during the day. Shares that if they want to be challenged in this competition, it is important to find a way in all conditions. Feels that there is not much that needs to be said as everyone is hurt. Adds that they will look to regroup and turn up for the next game at this venue. Ends by saying that he cannot pinpoint but there are a few things that need to be tidied up.
Time for the captain's interviews…
Earlier in the game, Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to field first on a track that no one was really sure how it was going to play. This decision did not work out well as the Aussies were made to toil in the field and didn't pick up a single wicket in the first 10 overs. Quinton de Kock carried his form from the previous game and gave his side the perfect start. There were runs for South Africa throughout the batting order and even only Aiden Markram was the other batter than de Kock to get more than 50 runs, the valuable contributions meant they breached the 300-run mark yet again. Australia weren't as much lackluster with the ball as they were in the field and dropped more than a few crucial chances. Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up a couple of wickets and was miserly as well. They did pull things back slightly in the death but did concede an above-par total. Coming to the chase, it was just one-sided and for the first time since 1992, Australia have lost both their opening games of a World Cup.
Quinton de Kock is the Player of the Match for his fantastic knock of 109 runs from 106 balls. He says that it is a great win and adds that they assessed the conditions well. Feels that coming into his game, it was important to stick to our strengths. Shares that he and Temba Bavuma assess the conditions upfront and convey the message to the rest of the guys. Mentions that they thought that the score was above par. Adds that since he has played for Lucknow in the Indian T20 League, he knew that the wicket gets harder to bat in the second innings irrespective of the dew. States that it has been only two games so far and it is important not to get too ahead of themselves.
AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN TIMID – These are words used by former skipper Aaron Finch and surprisingly it seems accurate given how they have played in these first two games. It was a very sedate start from openers Mitchell Marsh and David Warner with the former just itching to get a big hit away. Marsh didn't get his timing right and fell early after which Warner too gave away his wicket. The likes of Steven Smith and Josh Inglis soon followed them back to the hut and Smith in particular would be disappointed as he started off in fine fashion. Then came a big moment in the game which might not have mattered much but will certainly be talked about for at least a few days. Marcus Stoinis was knicked off down the leg side but seemed to have the glove with which the ball made contact off the handle of the bat but a frozen frame on the replays gave the indication that it might be in contact and the third umpire gave him out. There was one partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc but by then, Australia had already lost the game. In the end, they didn't even manage to cross the 200-run mark for the second game running and have their work cut out for the future games.
South Africa will be ecstatic with that win over the Aussies and quickly, the Proteas are becoming one of the teams to beat in this competition. They had the runs on the board and then under lights, the frontline pacers made excellent use of the new ball. Lungi Ngidi in particular was brilliant up top and gave nothing away and Marco Jansen complemented him well and even got the first breakthrough for his side. Ngidi soon got into the wickets and got rid of David Warner. From there, South Africa were relentless and Kagiso Rabada came in and picked up a couple of quick wickets to press home the advantage. Rabada went on to pick up three wickets in total. They had the opposition reeling at 70/6 and were always a wicket away from clinching victory. They had to wait for a bit but eventually, everyone got into the wickets column and rounded off a sensational victory.
ANOTHER HUGE WIN FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND THEY ARE LIGHTING UP THE WORLD CUP! They have thrashed five-time champions Australia by 134 runs and their stranglehold on Australia in ODIs in recent times gets even tighter with a fourth straight 100+ run win. The Proteas also now join the likes of New Zealand, Pakistan and India on four points with two wins from two games. As for Australia, yet another disappointing outing and they now join the likes of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Netherlands with two losses to start their campaign.
40.5
W
Tabraiz Shamsi to Josh Hazlewood, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Tabraiz Shamsi wraps up the innings! Offers flight and bowls it full, on off, Josh Hazlewood gets down on one knee and goes for a slog across the line. Does not get the proper connection and skies it high in the air. The ball goes only as far as short mid-wicket where Kagiso Rabada settles under the skier and completes the catch comfortably. Australia have succumbed to another defeat. South Africa win by a massive margin of 134 runs!
40.4
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Josh Hazlewood, Fractionally short, around off, Josh Hazlewood goes back in his crease and pushes it wide of backward point. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and tidies it up. Hazlewood opens his account with a couple of runs.
Josh Hazlewood is the last man in.
40.3
W
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, OUT! CAUGHT! Tabraiz Shamsi has his first World Cup wicket and Pat Cummins' stay at the crease comes to an end. Tosses this one up nicely, full and around off, inviting the big shot. Cummins has not much to lose here and decides to thump it down the ground but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball. Cummins ends up lifting it down to long off where David Miller takes a safe catch. South Africa just a wicket away now from sealing the deal here.
40.2
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Flatter one, pushed through on the leg stump, worked away past square leg for a single by Adam Zampa.
40.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Swing and a miss! Gives it a lot more air and loops it up on off stump. Adam Zampa looks to back away and loft it over extra cover but the ball beats him in the flight and turn, going over the stumps.
Powerplay 3! South Africa are now allowed as many as 5 fielders outside the inner ring but with just 2 wickets remaining, Temba Bavuma might not even need extra fielders out in the deep.
39.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Adam Zampa, At the stumps, on a length, Adam Zampa swings across the line but gets an inside edge that rolls to deep backward square leg for a single.
39.5
2
Kagiso Rabada to Adam Zampa, Serves it on a length, on middle, Adam Zampa backs away and flat bats it to the left of mid on. Does not time it well for a boundary but enough for a couple of runs.
39.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, This is bowled shorter and slower, outside off, Pat Cummins hangs on the back foot and cuts it to deep point for a single.
39.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Adam Zampa, Full in length, wide outside off, Adam Zampa tries to go over cover but slices it off the outer half of the bat to third man for a single.
39.2
Kagiso Rabada to Adam Zampa, In the channel on off, on a good length, Adam Zampa looks to defend with a straight bat but the ball nips away and zips past his outside edge.
39.1
Kagiso Rabada to Adam Zampa, On a hard length, outside off, Adam Zampa has a waft away from the body without much foot movement and gets beaten on the outside edge.
38.6
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, Beauty! Quicker through the air, short and on middle, Pat Cummins hangs on the back foot to defend. The ball spins in sharply and cuts Cummins in half.
38.5
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, A drag down, down leg, Pat Cummins shapes to pull it away. The ball keeps low and catches him on the pads.
38.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Tossed up by Tabraiz Shamsi, full and around off, Adam Zampa slogs it with the turn to deep mid-wicket for a single.
38.3
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Short and on off again, Adam Zampa looks to force it down the ground but mistimes it towards mid off.
38.2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Turning in sharply, short and on off, Adam Zampa waits back in his crease and pushes it back to the bowler.
38.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Bowls this one short and turning in, on off, Adam Zampa goes on the back foot and pushes it to extra cover.
37.6
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, Shorter and slower, outside off, Pat Cummins has a swipe across the line but does not connect.
37.5
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, A quick bumper, on middle, Pat Cummins sways away and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
37.4
2
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, Rabada takes pace off this time and bowls it short, outside off, Pat Cummins waits for the ball to arrive and slaps it to the right of deep cover for a couple of runs.
37.3
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, Full and straight, at the stumps, Pat Cummins goes for a heave across the line but ends up dragging it off the toe-end of the bat to short mid-wicket.
37.2
4
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, FOUR! Nicely done! Kagiso Rabada pitches it up, on off, Pat Cummins opens up his front leg and extends his arms. Lofts it over extra cover for a boundary.
37.1
Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, Starts the new spell with an off pace delivery, on a good length and outside off. Pat Cummins goes hard at it but mistimes it completely back to the bowler.
36.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, On the shorter side, Pat Cummins rocks back and pulls it away past the man at short mid-wicket for a single.
36.5
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, Tosses it up, nice and full on the stumps, this is eased away onto the off side.
36.4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Pat Cummins, Fuller one around middle and it is the wrong'un as well, Pat Cummins comes forward and makes the block.
36.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Another one that is dragged down, Adam Zampa pulls it away firmly through backward square leg for just a single.
36.2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, Shorter again around middle, Adam Zampa gets across and nudges it to short midc-wicket.
36.1
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Adam Zampa, FOUR! Easy pickings! Drags it well down and around leg, Adam Zampa goes deep in his crease and pulls it away behind square leg for a boundary.
35.6
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, Back of a length now, on off, Pat Cummins opens the bat face a bit and guides it to point.
35.5
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, This is bowled on a good length, on off, Pat Cummins gets behind the line and defends it out on the off side.
35.5
1
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, Wide! Full and down the leg side, Pat Cummins looks to get inside and help it on its way but misses. Wide called.
35.4
4
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, FOUR! In the slot around leg stump, Pat Cummins gets his front leg out of the way again and whips it away towards the mid-wicket fence for a third boundary in the over.
35.3
4
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, FOUR! Back of a length over the stumps, Pat Cummins backs away and pulls it over the mid-wicket region for another boundary.
35.2
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, Banged in short, at a good height and area as well, Pat Cummins looks to take it on but decides to just get his head out of the way.
35.1
4
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, FOUR! Fuller in length, Pat Cummins clears the front leg and heaves it away wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
34.6
Keshav Maharaj to Adam Zampa, Flighted one around off, pushed out toward cover.
34.5
Keshav Maharaj to Adam Zampa, This is bowled full, on off, Adam Zampa prods forward and keeps it out on the off side.
Adam Zampa is in next.
34.4
W
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, OUT! CAUGHT! Keshav Maharaj strikes now and gets the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne! Gives the ball air and bowls it on middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne puts the dancing shoes on and gives himself room to go inside out. He fails to get the elevation and hits it flat and straight to extra cover where Temba Bavuma gobbles it with both hands in front of his face. Australia have now lost their last recognized pair and South Africa are closing in on another big win now.
34.3
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Full and sliding down leg, Marnus Labuschagne tickles it neatly but straight to short fine leg.
34.2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Offers flight, full and around off, Marnus Labuschagne gets on the front foot and stabs it to extra cover.
34.1
1
Keshav Maharaj to Pat Cummins, Tossed up, on off, Pat Cummins lunges forward and drives it down to long off for a single.
33.6
2
Marco Jansen to Marnus Labuschagne, Hurls it back of a length, on the pads, Marnus Labuschagne helps it off his hips wide of fine leg for a couple of runs.
33.5
Marco Jansen to Marnus Labuschagne, Bangs it in short again, Marnus Labuschagne gets surprised by the quick bumper and sways away to let the ball go.
33.4
1
Marco Jansen to Pat Cummins, A well-directed bumper by Jansen, Pat Cummins gets into a tangle and fends it awkwardly on the leg side for a single.
Skipper, Pat Cummins walks in at number 9.
33.3
W
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! It's Marco Jansen who breaks the stand for South Africa! Bends his back this time and bangs it in short, closer to off, Mitchell Starc waits on the back foot and looks to run it fine down to third man. The ball rushes him and gets big on him as well. Gets a glove on it as he pokes at the delivery and Quinton de Kock moves well to his left to complete the catch over his head. Marco Jansen has his second and Australia are now 7 down.
33.2
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, Much straighter this time, on off and middle, on a back of a length, Mitchell Starc stays beside the ball and dabs it to backward point.
33.1
1
Marco Jansen to Marnus Labuschagne, Into the wicket from over the wicket, around leg, Marnus Labuschagne rolls his wrists and controls the pull to fine leg for a single.
32.6
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Slower and shorter, on off, Mitchell Starc hangs back and pats it straight to cover.
32.6
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, WIDE! Slips it down leg, quicker as well, Mitchell Starc swivels to help it away but does not connect. Wided.
32.5
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Drags it back and angles it across, on off, Mitchell Starc looks to force it through the off side but gets beaten.
32.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Fullish delivery, on off, Marnus Labuschagne drills it down to long off and picks up a single.
32.3
2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, In the air…but safe! Keshav Maharaj offers flight, full and on middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne gets down to sweep but does not roll his wrists. Gets a top edge that goes over short fine leg for a couple of runs.
32.2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Short and on middle, blocked out off the back foot by Marnus Labuschagne.
32.1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Darted in full, on middle, Marnus Labuschagne uses his feet and clips it to mid-wicket.
31.6
1
Marco Jansen to Marnus Labuschagne, Angled across, full and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne leans and drives it square to deep point for a run.
31.5
1
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, Back of a length, outside off, Mitchell Starc runs it down with an open bat face to third man for a single.
31.4
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, Offers width outside off, short in length, Mitchell Starc looks to drag this one away on the leg side but misses.
31.3
4
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, FOUR! Into the wicket and at the batter, Mitchell Starc takes his eyes off the ball and pulls it in the gap to the right of fine leg for a boundary. That rocketed to the fence and Starc himself cannot believe that he got such a good connection by just swinging at it blindly.
31.2
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, A bit slower, on length, on leg , Mitchell Starc waits for it and nudges it on the leg side with soft hands.
31.1
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Starc, Starts off on a back of a length, Mitchell Starc waits back and fetches it from outside off. Temba Bavuma at mid-wicket dives to his left and makes a good stop.
30.6
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Flighted on the pads, Mitchell Starc clips this full delivery in front of square for a single.
30.5
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Short and outside off, Mitchell Starc cuts it hard to backward point where Rassie van der Dussen dives to his right and keeps it to a dot.
30.4
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Short and slower, on off, Mitchell Starc hangs back and blocks it out solidly.
30.3
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated up, on off, Marnus Labuschagne stands tall and punches it to deep cover for a single.
30.2
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Tossed up, on middle, Mitchell Starc goes for a heave across the line but ends up dragging it to deep square leg for a single.
30.1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, This is bowled full and around off, Mitchell Starc gets on the front foot and plays for the turn. The ball keep straight and goes past the bat.
Drinks break! South Africa have kept the squeeze on Australia are only four wickets away from registering their second straight win in the competition. They are currently being stalled by this partnership but they will feel that is only a matter of time before they break the stand. Australia are meandering along but this pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc are doing a good job of helping them avoid a big loss.
29.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Slower and shorter around off, punched off the back foot down to long off for a single.
29.5
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Tossed up again and attacking the off stump, Mitchell Starc leans forward to defend.
29.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up on the pads, tucked away 'round the corner for a single.
29.3
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Brilliantly played and the 50-run stand is up between these two. Short on off stump, Marnus Labuschagne uses the depth of the crease and backs away before hammering it away through covers for another boundary.
29.2
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Top shot! Fuller one around off, Labuschagne plays the reverse sweep and nails it behind point for a boundary.
29.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated up outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shuffles in his crease a bit and steps out before nudging it down toward backward point.
28.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length outside off, nudged away down to third man for an easy single.
28.5
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Another slower one, delivered on a nagging length on off and holding in the surface a bit. Labuschagne stays watchful and manages to keep it out.
28.4
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Rolls his fingers over the ball and floats it up on a fuller length outside off. Labuschagne looks to drive it through covers but is undone by the lack of pace.
28.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, Good length around off, Mitchell Starc firms it away square on the off side and gets a single into the deep.
28.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, Wide! Attempted bumper now, around off and this one just flies through to the keeper. Wide called for height.
28.2
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, Pushed through, full and on off, Mitchell Starc gets on the front foot and plays for the turn. The ball keeps straight and goes past the bat.
28.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Banged in halfway down the track, Labuschagne gets inside the line and helps it down to fine leg for a single.
27.6
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Floated on a nagging length around off, Mitchell Starc stands tall and eases it toward cover.
27.5
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter one turning into the legs and staying low, Labuschagne pushes it away in front of square on the leg side and turns the strike over.
27.4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller delivery around middle, Marnus Labuschagne goes for the cheeky reverse paddle but finds the man at short third.
27.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Flighted delivery, full and on middle, Mitchell Starc strokes it back to the bowler who lets it through and they get a single.
27.2
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Keeps it short around middle and leg, Labuschagne goes on the back foot and works it toward square leg for a single.
27.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, On a shorter length and turning back into the legs, Labuschagne tucks it away to square leg. Labuschagne is also a bit unhappy letting the umpire know that he wasn't fully ready for that delivery.
26.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Hard length on the fifth stump line, Marnus Labuschagne plays it late and opens the bat face to run it down to third man for one.
Halt! Mitchell Starc has taken a blow near the badge of his helmet. He seems fine but the mandatory concussion check will follow now. The players take this opportunity to regroup and sip on some fluids. Starc puts on his helmet and we are all good to go now.
26.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, Leg bye! A quick bumper now over leg stump and Mitchell Starc gets hurried on and the ball hits him flush on the helmet. Starc does well to keep his balance and not fall on the stumps as the ball rolls away to the vacant mid-wicket region. The batters do eventually cross for a leg bye but a mandatory concussion check will now follow as Starc looks a bit rattled. Hopefully, he is fine.
26.4
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, A touch fuller and around off, Starc stays put and firms it on the up but straight to mid off.
26.3
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, hard length around off and angling across, Mitchell Starc stands tall and punches it out to cover-point.
26.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Down the leg side and a touch shorter as well, Labuschagne gets his hands out in front and pushes it away wide of fine leg for one more.
26.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Starc, Dragged down around the hips, Starc tucks it away to deep square leg for a single.
25.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, On the shorter side, punched away from inside the crease down to long off for a run.
25.5
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Flatter one, skidding through on off, Starc stands tall and pushes it out on the off side.
25.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, On a nagging length on middle and leg, Labuschagne walks across the stumps and pushes it down to fine leg for one more.
25.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Tossed up full on middle, driven along the ground to long on for a single.
25.2
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Floated up on a shorter length outside off, Mitchell Starc cuts it off the back foot behind the man at deep point and picks up a couple of runs. The 100 is now up for Australia.
25.1
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, FOUR! Gets it through! Flatter delivery around off, skidding on, Mitchell Starc hangs back and cuts it late off the outside edge and gets it past a diving Marco Jansen at short third man for a welcome boundary.
24.6
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Bowled into the pitch and well outside off, Labuschagne goes after the width and hits it hard but can't get it past Aiden Markram at extra cover who makes a sharp stop.
24.5
2
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Pitched up well outside off, Marnus Labuschagne gets on the front foot and opens the bat face to guide it away past point for a couple of runs.
24.4
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length, angling back into off stump, Labuschagne stays back and blocks it out.
24.3
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Shorter this time and outside off, Labuschagne hops and looks to lift it over cover-point but is beaten for pace and bounce.
24.2
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, On a hard length at 141.7 clicks and angled into middle, Marnus Labuschagne keeps it out back to the bowler.
24.1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length around off, Labuschagne looks to pinch a run but only ends up blocking it back on the deck.
23.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated up right on middle, Labuschagne leans on and works it away toward mid-wicket for a single.
23.5
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Sees him coming and drags the length back, Labuschagne looks to work it leg side but misses and gets hit on the pads.
23.4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up outside off, Labuschagne strides across and defends it to point.
23.3
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Gives it more air and throws it outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to drive it through covers but the ball comes off the inner half and goes toward square leg.
23.2
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Flighted delivery around the pads, Labuschagne works it away into the vacant space right of mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs.
23.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated up on a nagging length around off, Labuschagne watches it all the way and hops on the back foot to make the block toward backward point.
22.6
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, A bit quicker and on off stump, Mitchell Starc defends it out from his crease.
22.5
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Nicely tossed up, full and around off, Mitchell Starc leans on and eases it toward mid off.
22.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Drifted into the legs, Labuschagne staya back and pushes it 'round the corner for another single.
22.3
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Flatter one around off, pushed off the back foot through cover-point for a run.
22.2
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Flighted delivery on off stump, Marnus Labuschagne leans on and knocks it down to long off for a single.
22.1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated up around off and the length is pulled back. Marnus Labuschagne uses his feet and defends it out.
21.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Nagging length around leg stump, Marnus Labuschagne uses the depth of the crease and dabs it down behind square leg for one more.
21.5
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Floated up full around off, Mitchell Starc gets on the front foot and drives it nicely to deep cover for a single.
21.4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Drifted onto leg stump, trying to turn it away, Starc punches it off the back foot toward mid on.
21.3
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Starc, Slower and shorter outside off, turning away, Mitchell Starc frees his arms and eases it away toward cover.
21.2
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter and around leg stump, Labuschagne stays back and nudges it down to short fine leg for a single.
21.1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Marnus Labuschagne, Starts off with a tossed-up delivery, on a length and turning into the legs. Marnus Labuschagne fails to tuck it away.
Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack now.
20.6
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Bowled a bit flatter and around off, Mitchell Starc stays back and defends it out.
20.5
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Floated up on middle stump, Mitchell Starc watchfully blocks it out.
20.4
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, A tad bit short and turning back into off stump, Mitchell Starc stands tall and taps it onto the off side.
20.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Wide! On the shorter side and turning down the leg side, left alone for a wide.
20.3
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Drifted full and onto middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne looks to flick but gets beaten in the flight and gets an inside edge past leg stump for a single.
20.2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter one on a nagging length and on off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to defend but gets a bit of an inside edge back on the stumps and ends up kicking it away.
20.1
2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Shorter in length and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and cuts it away well in front of sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
19.6
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, On a shortish length, on off and middle, Mitchell Starc hangs on the back foot and pats it towards point.
19.5
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Slanting in, full and on the pads, Mitchell Starc stays back to a full delivery and keeps it out on the off side.
19.4
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Fuller in length, on the off stump line, Mitchell Starc blocks it out off the front foot.
19.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Goes into the wicket does Rabada, Marnus Labuschagne looks to fetch it from outside edge but skies it high in the air and only as far as the bowler. The batters cross for a single as the ball went up in the air.
19.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, NO BALL! Pitched up by Rabada, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shuffles across to defend. The ball jags away and zips past his outside edge. Kagiso Rabada has overstepped and a Free Hit will follow now.
19.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Angling in, on a good length, outside off, Mitchell Starc pushes away from the body. Gets an outside edge that rolls to third man for a single.
19.1
4
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, FOUR! Easy pickings! A bit too straight from 'round the wicket, on a length, at the pads, Mitchell Starc clips it with angle and gets it through the vacant square leg region for a boundary.
18.6
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Quicker through the air, Marnus Labuschagne chops this short delivery straight to short third man.
18.5
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Drops it short and turning into the pads, Mitchell Starc turns this one in front of square for a single.
18.4
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Fraction short and turning down leg, Mitchell Starc fends this one off his pads as the ball lobs on the leg side.
18.3
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Fullish delivery, on middle, Mitchell Starc jams it out off the toe-end of the bat to mid off.
18.2
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Starc, Short and slower, on middle and leg, Mitchell Starc bunts it back to the bowler off the back foot.
18.1
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Flighted delivery, full and on of, Marnus Labuschagne uses his feet and knocks it to long off for a single
17.6
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Beaten! Kagiso Rabada bowls it on a hard length, angling it in from around off and the ball bounces and straightens off the deck. Mitchell Starc is taken aback as the ball zips past the outside edge. End of another top over from Rabada, just a wide and a wicket off it.
17.5
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Bowled back of a length and angling into the body. Mitchell Starc hops back and defends it on the leg side.
17.4
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, On a good length, outside off, Mitchell Starc is in no mood to play at those.
17.3
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, Full again and shaping away, outside off, Mitchell Starc is happy to leave the ball alone.
17.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc, WIDE! Full but way beyond the tramline on off, left alone by Mitchell Starc for a wide.
Mitchell Starc walks in at number 8.
17.2
W
Kagiso Rabada to Marcus Stoinis, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! A good decision to review by South Africa but it's a debatable decision by the third umpire! Kagiso Rabada is having a great night here as he has his third now. This is bowled into the wicket, around leg, Marcus Stoinis gets cramped for room and tries to get inside the line to get a late flick. There is a sound as the ball goes past the bat and the keeper dives full length to complete the catch. They appeal but the umpire turns down the appeal. South Africa go for the review, not with conviction. The UltraEdge shows a spike as the ball makes contact with the handle of the bat. The bottom hand though is off the handle and is not touching the top hand but the third umpire thinks differently. The decision is overturned. Stoinis is in complete disbelief. He stays in the middle for a while, confirming and reconfirming with the on-field umpires. The replays get rolled again, this time though to only check if the catch was cleanly taken by de Kock. It's done clinically and Marcus departs shaking his head. Definitely a contentious decision. Australia are down and nearing yet another big loss. Stoinis, in the dressing room, is still having a look at the footage. The more we get to see the replays, it becomes clear that the bottom hand was very much away from the top hand.
17.1
Kagiso Rabada to Marcus Stoinis, Offers a bit of width outside off, on a good length, Marcus Stoinis keeps his bat out to dry and does not go chasing at the delivery.
16.6
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Nicely bowled! Short and turning away, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne has a feel for the delivery as the ball spins past his outside edge.
16.5
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Short and on off, Marnus Labuschagne goes on the back foot and blocks it out on the off side.
16.4
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, A bit quicker, full and on middle, Marnus Labuschagne closes the bat face early as he tried to work it across the line. Gets a soft leading edge towards extra cover.
16.3
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marcus Stoinis, Fuller now, on middle, Marcus Stoinis lunges forward and pushes it to long off for a single.
16.2
4
Keshav Maharaj to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Marcus Stoinis is away in a streaky fashion! Floats it up, full and wide outside off, Marcus Stoinis reaches out to drive it with the turn. Gets an outside edge that goes past short third man for a boundary.
Marcus Stoinis is the new batter in.
16.1
W
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Keshav Maharaj joins in on the fun now for South Africa! Another soft dismissal and Australia have now lost half their side. Tosses it up, on the leg stump, Glenn Maxwell gets on the front foot and tries to clip it away on the leg side. He does not manage to smother the turn and pays the price. The ball dips on him and spins away enough to get a leading edge. The ball lobs straight back to Keshav Maharaj who completes the catch low to his left. Australia are in dire straits at the moment.
15.6
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, In the channel on off, on a good length again, Marnus Labuschagne shoulders arms and lets the ball go.
15.5
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller this time, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shapes to defend but the ball nips away and goes past his outside edge.
15.4
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne gets into two minds and eventually decides to leave the ball alone.
15.3
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, On a good length, on off, Marnus Labuschagne defends it solidly from the crease.
15.2
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length again, around off, Marnus Labuschagne stands tall and dabs it to backward point.
15.1
4
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, EDGED AND FOUR! On a shortish length, on off, Marnus Labuschagne stays back in his crease to defend. The ball nips back in a bit and Labuschagne gets an inside edge to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
14.6
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Slower now and short, on middle, pushed back to the bowler by Glenn Maxwell.
14.5
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Fired in, full and on middle, Glenn Maxwell gets forward to defend. The ball comes in with the angle and Maxwell inside edges to short fine leg.
14.4
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Fullish delivery, on off, Glenn Maxwell steers it with an open bat face to backward point.
14.3
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Pulls the length back and bowls it outside off, Glenn Maxwell hits it with the turn to extra cover.
14.2
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Full and down leg, Glenn Maxwell sweeps hard but straight to short fine leg.
14.1
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Sliding on the pads, Marnus Labuschagne tucks this short delivery to short fine leg for a single.
Drinks break! What a start with the ball this has been for South Africa and the three pacers have set it up beautifully for the spinners to come in and pile on the pressure. Lungi Ngidi in particular was immaculate up top and then Kagiso Rabada picked up the big wicket of Steven Smith with a review. Smith did look in good form but now Australia have to rely on this pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell to rid the storm and get back in the game.
13.6
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Swing and a miss! Full and just outside off, Glenn Maxwell swings through the line but connects with thin air. The ball goes agonizingly close to the off stump.
13.5
2
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Takes pace off does Rabada and bowls it outside off, full in length, Glenn Maxwell goes for the drive but gets an inside edge that sneaks past the stumps to the fine leg fence for two runs.
13.4
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Back of a length, on off, Glenn Maxwell pushes away from the body again without much foot movement and gets an inside edge onto the thigh pad.
13.3
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, On a hard length, outside off, Glenn Maxwell stays beside the ball to access the off side. The ball moves away after pitching and zips past the outside edge.
13.2
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Pitched up by Rabada, on off, Glenn Maxwell drills it with a straight bat. Rabada gets a foot on it in his follow through and parries it to mid on.
13.1
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Back of a length, around off, Glenn Maxwell stands tall and tries to force it through the off side. The ball nips in slightly and Maxwell gets an inside edge onto his pads.
12.6
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Tosses it up, full and at the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne presses forward and smothers the ball on the leg side.
12.5
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Drops it short again, on the middle stump, Marnus Labuschagne goes on the back foot and bunts it down to mid on.
12.4
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Darted in, short and on middle, Marnus Labuschagne gets hurried and pushes it off the back foot to extra cover.
12.3
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Fractionally short, on middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne turns it in front of square leg. He wants a single but Glenn Maxwell says no.
12.2
1
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Loops it up, full and on the pads, Glenn Maxwell clips it in front of square and gets across for a single.
12.1
Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Slower and turning away, on off, Glenn Maxwell pats this full delivery to point.
11.6
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Into the wicket now, around middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne ducks underneath quickly and lets the ball pass.
11.5
Kagiso Rabada to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller this time, on off, Marnus Labuschagne lunges forward and defends it to short extra cover.
11.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Leg bye! Continues to bowl it on a good length, Glenn Maxwell stays back in his crease to keep it out. The ball jags back in and catches him on the thigh pad and rolls to third man for a leg bye.
11.3
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, On a shortish length, around off, Glenn Maxwell opens the face of the bat and dabs it to backward point.
11.2
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Beaten! In the channel, on a good length, Glenn Maxwell has a poke away from the body but gets beaten on the outside edge.
Glenn Maxwell walks in with Australia in a spot of real bother.
11.1
W
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Inglis, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Peach of a delivery by Kagiso Rabada and Australia are in all sorts of trouble! Bowls it on the off stump line, on a good length, Josh Inglis gets his bat out in front and tries to defend with a straight bat. The ball angles in initially but straightens after pitching to beat Inglis on the outside edge. Pegs back the off stump and beats him all ends up. Kagiso Rabada has his second wicket and Australia are now four down.
10.6
1
Keshav Maharaj to Josh Inglis, Short once more, on middle, Josh Inglis punches it from the crease to deep point for a single.
10.5
4
Keshav Maharaj to Josh Inglis, FOUR! Not in control but Josh Inglis is off the mark! Keshav Maharaj drops it shorter, around off, Josh Inglis stands tall to play it square. Gets it off the outer half of the bat and wide of short third man for a boundary.
10.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Short again, wide outside off, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and cuts it through covers for a single.
10.3
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, This is bowled short, on middle, Marnus Labuschagne camps back and blocks with a straight bat.
10.2
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller now, at the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne is half-forward and defends it at his feet.
10.1
Keshav Maharaj to Marnus Labuschagne, Starts on the money! Bowls it shorter and slower through the air, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shaps to cut but gets beaten by the extra bounce.
Powerplay 2! South Africa can now have 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the 40th over.
9.6
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Inglis, Good length in the channel outside off and Josh Inglis watchfully leaves it alone.
Josh Inglis is the new man in.
9.5
W
Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, OUT! LBW! An appeal for LBW and only the bowler and keepers seem interested. Quinton de Kock is quite confident and Temba Bavuma does opt for the review here. Kagiso Rabada bowls it on a good length around middle and leg and angles it in. Steven Smith is late on the tuck and gets rapped on the pads. No need for UltraEdge and Ball Tracking comes up with three reds. Smith is stood there flabergasted but the Proteas rejoice as they get the big wicket via a review that was taken more in hope than in confidence. Australia are three down inside the first 10 overs.
9.4
4
Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, FOUR! Glorious from Steven Smith! Overpitched outside off, Smith plants the front foot across and creams it on the up through covers for another boundary. The 50 is now up for Australia.
9.3
4
Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, FOUR! Gets it fine! Fuller and a bit too straight, angling on the pads, Steven Smith tickles it down to fine leg and collects another boundary.
9.2
Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, Good length around the top of off and angling in a touch, Steven Smith looks to stay back and block but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
9.1
Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, Starts right on the money as this is bowled on a hard length over off. Steven Smith stays back and tucks it away to square leg.
8.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Steven Smith, Short and outside off, cut away off the outer half down to third man for a single.
8.5
2
Lungi Ngidi to Steven Smith, Excellent effort in the deep! Short and dragged down the leg side, Steven Smith gets across and pulls it away very fine. Marco Jansen at fine leg speeds across to his right and dives in to save the boundary. Just the brace then.
8.4
Lungi Ngidi to Steven Smith, Takes pace off and bowls it on a good length over off stump, Steven Smith gets on the front foot and defends it out.
8.3
Lungi Ngidi to Steven Smith, Banged in a bit shorter over middle and angling in, Steven Smith looks to get inside the line and whip it away but misses and gets hit on the body.
8.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Leg bye! Slower one, a touch fuller and on the pads. Marnus Labuschagne looks to nudge it leg side but misses and the ball goes off his pads back on the deck. They scamper across for the leg bye.
8.1
2
Lungi Ngidi to Marnus Labuschagne, Hard length around middle, angling in, Marnus Labuschagne gets inside the line and tucks it away behind square leg to get off the mark with a couple of runs.
7.6
4
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, FOUR! Top shot! banged in short over off stump, Steven Smith gets his hands out in front and muscles the pull shot in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
7.6
1
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, Wide! Slightly shorter and down leg, Steven Smith looks to get inside the line and whip it away but misses, wide called.
7.5
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, On a good length around off, Steven Smith gets on the front foot and punches it in front of covers.
7.4
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, Banged in short over middle and leg, Steven Smith pulls it down to mid-wicket
7.3
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, On a good length outside off and angling across, left alone by Steven Smith.
7.2
4
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, FOUR! First shot of real authority and it comes from the bat of Steven Smith. Fullish length on off stump, angling across, Smith gets across his stumps a bit and pushes it away with sublime timing in front of mid-wicket and the ball trickles away into the fence.
7.1
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, Nagging length, in the channel outside off and going across. Steven Smith gets across the line and leaves it alone.
Marnus Labuschagne walks out to bat.
6.6
W
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and that is a very soft dismissal for David Warner. Lungi Ngidi bowls it a bit short and a bit wide, there to be put away. Warner stands tall and looks to slap it away square on the off side but gets no timing on it whatsoever. The ball goes uppishly and straight into the bread basket of Rassie van der Dussen at cover-point. The catch is held and it will be a wicket-maiden for Ngidi in his 50th ODI. Australia in early trouble here.
6.5
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Short again and outside off, a bit slower as well, David Warner plays tentatively at it and gets it off the toe end toward cover-point.
6.4
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Short and wide, David Warner stands tall and looks to cut but toe-ends it in front of covers. Four dots in a row now.
6.3
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Back of a length around off, David Warner taps it away off the back foot but can't get it through the cover region.
6.2
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Oh, hello! Shorter and angling in from around off, the pace is taken off as well. David Warner looks to pull but tries to pull out of the shot late and the ball just pops up hitting the bat and that one almost went straight into the grill of Warner's helmet.
6.1
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, A touch short and wide at 143.5 clicks and this one skids through a bit low. David Warner looks to rock back and cut but is completely undone.
5.6
Marco Jansen to Steven Smith, Good length around off at 140 clicks, Steven Smith gets across nd blocks it back to the bowler.
5.5
W
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, OUT! CAUGHT! More misery for Mitchell Marsh as Marco Jansen draws first blood for South Africa. Jansen gets his radar correct this time as he bowls it on a hard length around the top of off, angling it across. Marsh stands tall and looks to slog it across the line. Marsh loses his shape and ends up getting a leading edge high around mid off. The Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma settles himself underneath the ball and pouches it safely.
Steven Smith walks in at number 3.
5.5
5
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, FIVE WIDES! Errs in line and gives away five extra runs. Fullish length, looking to swing it back into the pads but this is spilled well down the leg side and the ball runs away to the fine leg fence.
5.4
1
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Just the single off the Free hit! Good length, angling into the body, David Warner looks to stay leg side and slog it away but gets a top edge down to third man for a single.
5.4
5
Marco Jansen to David Warner, FOUR! Gets that one away! Overpitched on the legs, looking for the magical outswinger but David Warner whips it away through backward square leg for a boundary. Janse has also overstepped and it will be a Free Hit to follow.
5.3
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Marco Jansen is showing excellent control here as he bowls the inswinger now and deceives Warner on the inside edge with the ball crashing into the legs.
5.2
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Fuller now around the fifth stump line and swinging away, Warner shoulders arms.
5.1
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Back of a length around off, played off the back foot toward cover.
4.6
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Hard length, angling into middle and leg and at 143.5 clicks. Mitchell Marsh stays back and blocks it out in front of mid on.
4.5
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Back of a length around off, Mitchell Marsh swivels and looks to force the pull but mistimes it badly toward square leg.
4.4
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Back of a length outside off, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and punches it down toward cover-point.
4.3
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Hits the length hard at 143.7 clicks and gets the ball to nip back in sharply off the deck. Mitchell Marsh is caught on the crease and gets an inside edge high on the pads.
4.2
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Full and straight at 144 kph, Mitchell Marsh gets across and whips it straight to mid-wicket.
4.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Fullish length outside off and at 143.8 clicks, David Warner stays back and pushes it away wide of point for a quick single.
3.6
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, Good length again, angled across off and Mitchell Marsh leaves it alone.
3.5
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, Beaten! Immaculate length, around off and nipping away at 144.7 clicks. Mitchell Marsh has a feel for it but the ball zips past the outside edge.
3.4
2
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, In the air but lands safely! Bowls it shorter over middle and leg, Mitchell Marsh looks to take it on but gets hurried and one hand comes off the handle. The ball goes off the top edge over square leg and they pick up a couple of runs.
3.3
1
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Good length around middle and angled in, David Warner defends it back on the deck and scampers through to the other end.
3.2
4
Marco Jansen to David Warner, FOUR! Pure timing! Full and outside off, swinging away, David Warner gets on the front foot and just pushes it on the up and the ball races away through the cover region for a boundary.
3.1
1
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, Pitches it right up around off, looking to shape it back in. Mitchell Marsh looks for the expansive cover drive but gets a big inside edge past the stumps and down to fine leg for a single.
2.6
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Maiden! Fuller in length and pushed wider of the off stump, David Warner leaves it alone. Top start from the South African pacers here.
2.5
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Five dots on the trot now! Back of a length over off and at 140 clicks, David Warner stays back and drops it back onto the deck with soft hands.
2.4
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Fuller and around off, shaping back in, David Warner gets on the front foot and pushes it toward mid off.
2.3
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Excellent bowling! Good length on the fifth stump line and this one just swings back in sharply. David Warner looks to play it on the off side but is beaten past the inside edge.
2.2
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Nicely bowled! Sees David Warner coming forward and bangs in a quick bumper at 143.8 clicks. Warner quickly adjusts and ducks under the ball.
2.1
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Fullish length on off, shaping away, David Warner plays it with the swing and caresses it to cover.
1.6
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, A big shout for LBW but the umpire says no and Temba Bavuma thinks it's bat first, so, doesn't review. Full and swinging back into the leg pole, Mitchell Marsh gets a big stride forward looking to block but gets rapped on the pads off the inside edge.
1.5
1
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Leg bye! The inswinger now, a touch fuller and shaping back in sharply into the pads. David Warner is beaten as he looks to tuck and the ball goes off the pads toward square leg. They pick up a leg bye.
1.4
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Hard length over the top of off, just nipping away off the deck, David Warner plays it late and with soft hands down toward backward point.
1.3
Marco Jansen to David Warner, Nicely bowled! Good length, in the channel and shaping away beautifully. David Warner stays watchful and leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
1.2
1
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, A touch fuller at 144.6 clicks and nipping back into the pads, Mitchell Marsh tucks it away behind square leg and picks up a single.
1.1
2
Marco Jansen to Mitchell Marsh, Starts off with a bit of a loosener as he swings this one on the pads. Mitchell Marsh gets inside the line and nudges it away off the thigh pads down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
Marco Jansen will steam in from the other end.
0.6
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Pitched a bit further up and attacking middle stump, David Warner solidly blocks it out.
0.5
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Half a shout for LBW but doing a bit too much that one. On a perfect length around off and this one swings back in a long way. Warner gets caught on the crease and gets pinged on the pads but it is angling down leg.
0.4
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, Back of a length outside off at 140 clicks and cutting back in. David Warner goes on the back foot and punches it out on the off side.
0.3
2
Lungi Ngidi to David Warner, David Warner is off the mark right away! Comes from around the stumps and bowls it a touch shorter on the pads. Warner hops and nudges it away fine. Marco Jansen at fine leg runs around to his left and slides in to keep it down to a couple.
0.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Australia are off the mark! Keeps the length short and at the body, Marsh tucks it away neatly off his hips and behind square leg for a single.
0.1
Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Marsh, Starts off with a back-of-alength delivery at 142.6 clicks and angled in at the body. Mitchell Marsh looks to get inside the line and pull it away but gets himself in a tangle and the ball goes nowhere.
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st Innings South Africa
Welcome back for the chase. The two umpires make their way out to the centre followed by two Aussie openers. The South Africans are in a huddle near the boundary ropes. It will be the right-hand and left-hand combination of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh to open the innings for Australia. Lungi Ngidi is at the top of his mark and is raring to go. Let's play…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, the game is nicely poised at the halfway mark. South Africa looked set to reach 350 at one stage but Kagiso Rabada and Co. will fancy themselves to defend the total. If Australia manage to chase down 312, it will be their highest successful chase in ODI World Cups. Join us in a bit to see how the chase unfolds.
Glenn Maxwell is down for a chat. He says that the first innings ebbed and flowed and South Africa looked to be getting to 350 but they were able to pull things back nicely in the last 10 overs. Adds that the boundaries were a bit bigger and he was able to use the pitch well. On Quinton de Kock, he says that he is a superstar and super consistent and just a brilliant player. Mentions that there might be a bit of dew later on and it has played much better than he expected, so, hopefully, it skids on nicely in the chase.
As far as Australia are concerned, they will be happy with how they tightened the screws in the last 15 overs or so. Opting to bowl first, they had hoped to make use of the moisture on offer with the new ball. However, it did not go according to plan for them, as the new ball attack of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were not able to deal the same damage as they did against India. It forced Cummins to bring Glenn Maxwell on in the powerplay, and the latter did keep things quiet, although without much support from the other end. Moreover, they were lacklustre in the field as well, which you do not expect from a side like Australia. The missed chances piled more misery on Pat Cummins and Co., as they were unable to put a squeeze on things in the middle phase. Australia sort of pulled things back with the wickets of Aiden Markam and Heinrich Klassen in quick succession and at the death, the pace trio used their skillsets smartly to keep South Africa to a gettable total.
What a final over by Mitchell Starc! South Africa fail to finish on a high but this is still a daunting total. After being inserted into bat, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were watchful in the first three overs. Out of the two batters, de Kock got used to the pace and bounce of the surface early and made sure to cash in on loose deliveries. Bavuma was happy to give the strike back to his partner and slowly got into the groove. The Proteas skipper was dropped thrice in his innings but eventually ran out of luck and was dismissed on 35. One of the centurions from the last game, Rassie van der Dussen, too, could not convert his start and got out on 26. Despite wickets falling at the other end, de Kock continued on his merry way and soon brought up his second successive hundred at this World Cup. After the southpaw's departure, Aiden Markam and Heinrich Klaasen got together and kept the momentum going for their side with a 66-run stand. When these two set batters were going great guns, it looked like South Africa would post more than eventually got but David Miller and Marco Jansen's inopportune departure meant they had to settle for 311.
50
over
50 | 1 Runs | HH: 311/7
49.6
Mitchell Starc to Keshav Maharaj, Absolute class from Mitchell Starc and he ends the innings with another dot ball! keeps the pace up at over 140 clicks and gets it in the blockhole around off. Keshav Maharaj looks for the reverse ramp but the ball is just too quick and full and Maharaj cannot get any sort of bat on it. They do not run for the bye either and South Africa finish with 311/7!
49.5
Mitchell Starc to Keshav Maharaj, Nails another yorker and just the leg bye of the final over so far. Comes from around the stumps now and angles in a wide yorker at over 140 clicks. Keshav Maharaj fails to get any bat on it.
Keshav Maharaj is the new batter.
49.4
W
Mitchell Starc to David Miller, OUT! TIMBER! Mitchell Starc knocks David Miller over and this is turning out to be a fantastic final over for Australia. Starc steams in, bends his back and bowls an inswinging yorker at around 144 clicks into middle and leg. Miller stays deep in his crease and tries to give himself a bit of room but the ball sneaks through and crashes into the stumps.
49.3
Mitchell Starc to David Miller, A wide yorker now at over 141 clicks, David Miller is early to back away and reaches out to squeeze it away but fails to get to it.
49.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Kagiso Rabada, Leg bye! Full and quick, tailing into the toes, Kagiso Rabada fails to get any bat on it as the ball, goes off the legs to the right of the money. They do get a leg bye.
Kagiso Rabada walks out to bat.
49.1
W
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, OUT! CAUGHT! This time it is taken! Mitchell Starc bowls it on a shorter length around middle, taking pace off it as well. Marco Jansen stays back and looks to pull but is late on it. The ball goes off the top edge and comes down toward mid on where David Warner takes a simple catch. Jansen departs after a handy cameo and Starc gets his first wicket of the game.
49
over
49 | 14 Runs | HH: 310/5
48.6
Pat Cummins to David Miller, Shorter and slower around off, David Miller hops back and looks to drop and run but gets an under edge toward the bowler. 14 off that over!
48.5
6
Pat Cummins to David Miller, SIX! Oh, that has been SMOKED! Back of a length, angling across off, David Miller hangs back and clobbers it a long way in front of the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. It's going from bad to worse for Pat Cummins here.
48.4
1
Pat Cummins to Marco Jansen, DROPPED! What is happening out there? Pat Cummins bowls another pace of delivery, this time a bit fuller and around off. Marco Jansen tries to hit it out of the park but ends up slicing it high up in front of extra cover. Marcus Stoinis settles himself under it but the ball goes right through the bread basket and Cummins cannot believe it. Another single to Jansen then.
48.3
4
Pat Cummins to Marco Jansen, FOUR! Adding insult to injury and Pat Cummins won't be happy with that. Another good slower bumper that deceives Marco Jansen completely. Jansen though goes hard at it and gets enough of a top edge on it to take it over the keeper and into the fine leg fence. The 300 is up for South Africa.
48.2
1
Pat Cummins to David Miller, DROPPED! Mitchell Starc with a valiant effort but he should have taken that. Good delivery from Pat Cummins as he bowls a slower bumper outside off. David Miller looks to take it on but is well undone and gets a top edge over backward square leg. Starc runs in from fine leg and dives in to pouch the ball but his elbows hit the ground hard and the ball pops out. A single is taken.
48.1
2
Pat Cummins to David Miller, MISFIELD! Slower and into the pitch, pushed well across the left-hander. David Miller punches it on the bounce to Glenn Maxwell at extra cover but he lets it through his legs and the batters are able to sprint back for the second run.
48
over
48 | 12 Runs | HH: 296/5
47.6
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, Pace on again and very full around leg stump, Marco Jansen is early to walk across the stumps but fails to get any bat on the attempted scoop. The ball goes just past the leg stump and no wide is given either.
47.5
4
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, FOUR! A bit of luck involved but the idea from Marco Jansen was correct. Full and wide at almost 144 clicks, Jansen just opens the bat face and throws his hands at it, managing to slice it over short third man for another boundary.
47.4
6
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, SIX! BOOM! Errs in length and gets punished. Dragged down over middle, Marco Jansen just hangs back, picks up the length and flat-bats it over cow corner for a biggie.
47.3
2
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, Just over! Full and wide, Marco Jansen backs away and opens the face of the bat to get it over the leaping fielder at covers for a couple of runs.
47.2
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, Takes a bit pace of and bowls it back of a length around leg stump. Marco Jansen swings across the line but is taken aback and gets beaten between bat and pad.
47.1
Mitchell Starc to Marco Jansen, Misses the yorker and serves a low full toss outside off, Marco Jansen looks to open up the off side but drags it off the toe end toward mid on.
47
over
47 | 5 Runs | HH: 284/5
46.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Follows the batter down leg with a shortish ball and Jansen just dabs it down toward backward point. David Miller is quick to get across and they get an easy single.
46.5
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Pace off this time and right around the top of off stump, Marco Jansen stays leg side and swings across the line but is comprehensively beaten.
46.4
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, A good bumper now over middle, pace on and gets the height just right. Marco Jansen can only duck under it.
46.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to David Miller, Slightly back of a length and cramping the batter for room, Miller tucks it away 'round the corner for one.
46.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Gets in the yorker now on middle, Marco Jansen backs away and hits it down to long off for a single.
46.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Wide! A quick bumper now, over middle and leg and a bit too high. Marco Jansen ducks under it and Josh Inglis springs up to pouch it nicely with one glove.
46.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Wide! Attempted slower wide yorker but spills it beyond the tramline outside off. Left alone for a wide.
46.1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Hits the deck hard but is bowled slower over middle, Marco Jansen pushes it away uppishly toward mid on.
46
over
46 | 7 Runs | HH: 279/5
45.6
4
Pat Cummins to David Miller, FOUR! Easy power from David Miller! Keeps bowling pace off and bowls it on a shortish length outside off, Miller stands tall and just strokes it away through extra cover and the ball beats the fielder from long off who was running to his right for a boundary.
45.5
Pat Cummins to David Miller, Nicely bowled! Takes pace off and rolls his fingers over the ball, angling it across the left-hander, David Miller leaves it alone.
45.4
1
Pat Cummins to Marco Jansen, Shorter and slower now, into the deck, Marco Jansen pulls it away in front of square on the leg side for a single.
45.3
Pat Cummins to Marco Jansen, Pace on now and spears in a yorker on middle and leg, tailing in and Marco Jansen looks to flick it away but misses and gets struck on the back leg.
45.2
1
Pat Cummins to David Miller, Back of a length, slower too and angling away, David Miller plays it away square toward deep cover-point for one more.
45.1
1
Pat Cummins to Marco Jansen, In the air but lands safely! Pace off into the surface and this one rises high. Marco Jansen looks for the pull but miscues it badly off the top edge and over backward square leg for a single.
45
over
45 | 5 Runs | HH: 272/5
44.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Back of a length now, at the batter, Marco Jansen gets on top of the bounce and punches it past extra cover for a single.
44.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, FOUR! Streaky boundary! Hazlewood persists with the short length and cramps the batter for room, Marco Jansen gets hurried into the pull and gets a top edge that goes over the keeper for a boundary.
44.4
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Goes short once more, near the tramline on off, Marco Jansen throws his hands at the delivery but does not connect.
44.3
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, This is bowled short of a length, on middle, Marco Jansen hangs back and defends it back to the bowler.
44.2
Josh Hazlewood to Marco Jansen, Pace on now and a bumper, on off, Marco Jansen ducks underneath quickly and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
Marco Jansen is the next batter in.
44.1
W
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Josh Hazlewood gets into the act now and Australia are chipping away with wickets! Josh Hazlewood bends his back and goes into the wicket with a slower delivery, on middle, Heinrich Klaasen goes for the pull but swings early. Gets undone by the lack of pace nor does he manage to ride on top of the bounce. Gets an outside edge that is gobbled safely by Josh Inglis who times his jump correctly. South Africa have now lost both set batters.
44
over
44 | 4 Runs | HH: 267/4
43.6
1
Pat Cummins to Heinrich Klaasen, Honing in at the stumps, on a good length, Heinrich Klaasen gets on top of the bounce and punches it down to long on for a single. A much-needed quiet over by Pat Cummins and a successful one as well.
43.5
1
Pat Cummins to David Miller, Off pace delivery by Cummins, on the pads, David Miller helps it through square leg for a run.
43.4
Pat Cummins to David Miller, In the blockhole, on off, David Miller drives it off the toe-end of the bat to short extra cover.
43.3
1
Pat Cummins to Heinrich Klaasen, Back of a length, around off, Heinrich Klaasen punches it sweetly where Sean Abbott at extra cover tumbles to his left and keeps it to a single.
43.2
1
Pat Cummins to David Miller, Angled across the left-hander, on a length, on off, David Miller stands tall and drives it on the up through covers for a single.
David Miller is the new man in.
43.1
W
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, OUT! CAUGHT! Pat Cummins brings himself back into the attack and strikes straight away! Comes from over the wicket and rolls his fingers over the ball. Bangs it into the wicket, around middle, Aiden Markram backs away and opens the bat face to use the pace of the delivery but there isn't any pace on offer. Picks out Josh Hazlewood at backward point who completes the catch in front of his face. A much-needed breakthrough for Australia.
43
over
43 | 14 Runs | HH: 263/3
42.6
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Short and quicker, at the stumps, Aiden Markram dabs it to point and retains the strike with a single.
42.5
4
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Aiden Markram is putting on an exhibition here! Zampa slows it up and serves it a bit too full, at the battler, Aiden Markram gets into the position and goes inside out this time. Lofts it easily to the left of long off for the third boundary of the over.
42.4
4
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, FIFTY for Aiden Markram! That is some shot to bring up the fifty. Quicker through the air, full and around off, Aiden Markram moves leg side and reaches out in front. Drives it neatly and wide of extra cover for four more runs.
42.3
4
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Just wide of long on! Adam Zampa tosses it up, on off, Aiden Markram steps out of the crease to go over long on. Gets it off the inner half of the bat towards long on where Sean Abbott dives to his left but the ball eludes him.
42.2
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Fullish delivery, at the stumps, Aiden Markram makes room but drills it straight to extra cover.
42.1
1
Adam Zampa to Heinrich Klaasen, Flatter delivery, short and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen backs away and forces it on the bounce to long off for a single. 250 comes up for South Africa.
42
over
42 | 6 Runs | HH: 249/3
41.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Another well-executed yorker, on off, Heinrich Klaasen walks across in his crease and digs it out to extra cover. Retains the strike with a single.
41.5
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Nails the yorker, outside off, Heinrich Klaasen tries to squeeze it out with an open bat face but does not connect. Starc and Inglis think they have heard something but the umpire says no.
41.4
2
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Starc loses his radar and bowls a full toss, at the pads, Heinrich Klaasen picks it up but not as he would have liked. Hits it wide of fine leg for two runs more. 50-run stand comes up between these two batters.
41.3
2
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Pitched up, on off, Heinrich Klaasen stays beside the ball and lofts it off the toe end of the bat towards wide long off for two runs.
41.2
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Swing and a miss! Into the surface by Starc, pace taken off as well, around off, Heinrich Klaasen goes for the pull but does not connect.
41.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Aiden Markram, Angling away, on a full length, outside off, Aiden Markram frees his arms and knocks it down to long off for a run.
41
over
41 | 11 Runs | HH: 243/3
40.6
Adam Zampa to Heinrich Klaasen, Cleverly fires it in, near the tramline on off, Heinrich Klaasen reaches out but fails to get bat to ball. Klaasen looks at the umpire but there is no signal for a wide.
40.5
4
Adam Zampa to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Powered down the ground! In the slot by Zampa, on middle, Heinrich Klaasen stays till and with a still base, hammers it back over the bowler for a boundary.
40.4
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Pushed through, short and on middle, Aiden Markram accounts for the ball keeping a tad low and keeps it out on the off side for a single.
40.3
4
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Quality shot! Quicker through the air, Aiden Markram pulls out the reverse sweep and executes it with fast hands. Gets it wide of deep point for a boundary.
40.2
1
Adam Zampa to Heinrich Klaasen, This is bowled short, on middle, there to be hit for Heinrich Klaasen who mistimes the pull to long on for a run.
40.1
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Looped up, on the pads, Aiden Markram clears his front leg and drives it down to long on for a single.
Powerplay 3! Australia can now have 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the end of the innings.
40
over
40 | 9 Runs | HH: 232/3
39.6
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Another yorker, much straighter this time on off stump, Klaasen crunches it away but straight to extra cover.
39.5
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, Full and quick at 142.6 clicks and right in the blockhole outside off. Heinrich Klaasen tries to reach out and play it away but is well beaten.
39.4
1
Mitchell Starc to Aiden Markram, Pitches this one up outside off and angling away, Aiden Markram looks for the big heave but gets it off the inner half of the bat through mid-wicket for a single.
39.3
6
Mitchell Starc to Aiden Markram, SIX! All the way! Starc bangs it in short over middle and leg, Aiden Markram takes it on and muscles it away over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
39.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Heinrich Klaasen, A bit shorter and around leg stump, Heinrich Klaasen nudges it down to fine leg and rotates the strike.
39.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Aiden Markram, Good-length ball on the legs, flicked away firmly down to fine leg for just a single.
39
over
39 | 4 Runs | HH: 223/3
38.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Finishes well does Glenn Maxwell and that ends an excellent spell from him, 10-1-34-2! Fired in full at the toes, Aiden Markram flicks it away to deep backward square leg and picks up a single.
38.5
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Just a fraction shorter around off, Aiden Markram backs away and taps it toward cover-point.
38.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Fired in on middle and leg and on a nagging length, hit away through the mid-wicket region for a single.
38.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Flatter one, turning into middle and leg, forced off the back foot down to long on for one more.
38.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Floats this one up on the pads, Heinrich Klaasen gets inside the line and nudges it 'round the corner for a single.
38.1
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Quicker and flatter outside off, this is chopped down to short third man.
38
over
38 | 14 Runs | HH: 219/3
37.6
4
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Poor delivery and 14 runs come off that over. Brings fine leg up and bowls a slower short ball over leg stump, Aiden Markram stays inside the line and just angles it away over backward square leg fence for a boundary.
37.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, Good length outside off, Heinrich Klaasen pats this one away to deep point and picks up a single.
37.4
4
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Gets it over the man! Short again over middle but not short enough. Heinrich Klaasen pulls it off the back foot, not quite off the middle of the bat but gets enough elevation to get it over mid-wicket and for a boundary.
37.3
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, Pitched up on middle, Heinrich Klaasen watchfully blocks it out.
37.2
4
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Absolutely nailed! A touch short but wide of the off stump, Heinrich Klaasen stays on the back foot and just frees his arms before hammering it away behind point for a boundary.
37.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, Short of a length over middle, Aiden Markram hangs back and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
37
over
37 | 5 Runs | HH: 205/3
36.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Fuller and angling into the legs, tucked away in front of square leg for one.
36.5
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Short and wide, cut away off the back foot but straight to point.
36.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Nicely flighted, full and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen chips it to the left of the diving fielder at short mid-wicket and picks up a single down to long on.
36.3
2
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Glenn Maxwell lets out a big grunt as two fielders leave the ball for each other, letting the batters get an extra run. This is sliding onto the pads, Heinrich Klaasen flicks it away past short fine leg and picks up a couple of runs.
36.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Leg bye! A bit more round arm and attacking the legs, Aiden Markram gets on the back foot but fails to get it away. The ball goes off his legs toward short fine leg and they get a leg bye.
36.1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
36
over
36 | 3 Runs | HH: 200/3
35.6
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, Fuller in length and around off, Heinrich Klaasen drives it to short extra cover where the fielder fumbles and the ball deflects toward mid off. They don't get the single though.
35.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, On the hard length and outside off, slapped away square to dee cover-point for a single. The 200 is now up for South Africa.
35.4
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, Pitches this one up on off stump, angling it in, Aiden Markram hits it on the up toward covers.
35.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Heinrich Klaasen, Back of a length around off, punched away from inside the crease through cover-point for another single by Heinrich Klaasen.
35.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, Pitched up around off, drilled away a bit uppishly to the left of the bowler and down to long off for a single.
35.1
Josh Hazlewood to Aiden Markram, Length ball around the top of off, Aiden Markram gets his front foot forward and plays it on the up toward extra cover.
Josh Hazlewood (5-0-33-0) returns to the attack.
35
over
35 | 1 Runs | HH: 197/3
34.6
Glenn Maxwell to Heinrich Klaasen, Nagging length around off, Heinrich Klaasen is pushed on the back foot but stands tall and punches it away to mid on.
Heinrich Klaasen is the new man in.
34.5
W
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, OUT! PLAYED ON! Glenn Maxwell reaps rewards for some good bowling. This is bowled on a shortish length and angled into the stumps. Quinton de Kock tries to break the shackles and attempts the reverse sweep but gets himself in a real tangle. The ball goes off the face of the bat into his chest and back onto the stumps. The bails come off and de Kock has to depart after another brilliant ton. Maxwell has his second and Australia have their third.
34.4
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Fired in a bit on middle, Quinton de Kock blocks it out.
34.3
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, keeps the pace around the mid-nineties and spears it into the legs, Quinton de Kock nudges it onto the leg side.
34.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Flatter and quicker on middle, Markram gets pushed back but manages to push it down to long on for a single.
34.1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Fuller and a bit quicker on middle, Aiden Markram leans on and wrists it to short mid-wicket.
34
over
34 | 11 Runs | HH: 196/2
33.6
1
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, Back of a length around off  punched away toward cover.
33.5
4
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Aiden Markram with a second unreal shot in the over. Top of the off stump line, Markram stands tall and gets on top of the bounce before punching it sweetly on the up wide of mid off and the ball just speeds away to the fence.
33.4
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Back of a length outside off, played off the back foot and tapped away through cover-point for one more.
33.3
1
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, Good length on middle at 142 clicks and angled in, Aiden Markram pushes it away toward deep mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
33.2
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, Takes pace off now and floats it up a bit fuller around off, Aiden Markram watchfully keeps it out.
33.1
4
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Nonchalantly done! Hard length over off stump, Aiden Markram stands tall and hits it on the up, creaming it in front of covers for a boundary. The fielder in the deep has no chance.
33
over
33 | 4 Runs | HH: 185/2
32.6
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Nicely drifted into middle and leg, Quinton de Kock keeps it out to mid on.
32.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, On the pads, a bit fuller and flicked away behind square leg for a single.
32.4
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, A touch short and wide, cut away off the outer half of the bat to the right of short third man. the fielder there dives in and makes a good stop.
32.3
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Nagging length around middle and leg, Aiden Markram gets on the back foot and keeps it out toward mid-wicket.
32.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Bowled from around the wicket and fired in a bit around off, Quinton de Kock stands tall and plays it with an angled bat past point for one more.
32.1
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Flatter one, angling it into the body, Aiden Markram uses the depth of the crease and hits it down to long on for a single.
32.1
1
Glenn Maxwell to Aiden Markram, Wide! Floated up on a length and turning it well down the leg side, wide called.
Drinks break! With 18 overs remaining in the innings, South Africa are well-placed to finish over 300. Having completed his hundred, Quinton de Kock will look to kick on as they have plenty of batting still to come. Australia haven't helped their cause with the dropped chances but will feel that if they manage to get rid of de Kock, they can finish strongly with the ball. Pat Cummins now brings Glenn Maxwell back into the attack.
32
over
32 | 4 Runs | HH: 181/2
31.6
1
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, Edged away! Bowled slightly shorter and in the channel, Aiden Markram looks to get behind the line but ars at it with hard hands and gets it down to third man for a single.
31.5
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Hard length outside off, Quinton de Kock stays leg side of the ball and stands tall before punching it away to deep cover for a run.
31.4
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Good fielding! Full and in the slot outside off, Quinton de Kock crunches the cover drive but can't get it past the man at extra cover.
31.3
2
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Slower delivery, bowled full and on the pads, Quinton de Kock tucks it away well in front of mid-wicket and picks up a couple of easy runs.
31.2
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Pitched up on middle and leg, driven back to the bowler.
31.1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Half a shout for caught behind but the umpire shakes his head and just in the nick of time, Pat Cummins goes for the review. Bowled on a perfect length around off at 144.4 clicks and this one just angles across a bit. Quinton de Kock tries to hang back and cut it late close to the body but the ball zips past the outside edge in the clutches of the keeper. The UltraEdge confirms that the ball is close to the bat but there's no edge. Australia lose a review as well.
31
over
31 | 6 Runs | HH: 177/2
30.6
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, On the shorter side, turning in from around middle, Quinton de Kock stays back and tucks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
30.5
2
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Excellent running! Tossed up full and around off, Quinton de Kock gets on the front foot and drives it along the ground wide of long off for a brace.
30.4
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Fuller one, sliding onto middle and leg, Aiden Markram leans on and works it away in front of square leg for one more.
30.3
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, hit away in front of mid-wicket to the deep for a single.
30.2
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Slower through the air and sliding onto middle and leg, Quinton de Kock nudges it with soft hands to the right of the keeper.
30.1
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, Nicely floated up on the stumps, Aiden Markram drives it away off the toe end of the bat and down to long on for a single.
30
over
30 | 10 Runs | HH: 171/2
29.6
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Hurls it on a good length, outside off, Quinton de Kock drives it tamely towards cover.
29.5
6
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, HUNDRED for Quinton de Kock! Back-to-back World Cup hundreds for the southpaw. He is turning it on his last ODI World Cup. Cummins bends his back and bangs it in short, Quinton de Kock swivels and picks the ball cleanly. Hammers the pull over deep square leg for a biggie. The crowd are up on their feet as are his teammates to applaud a wonderful knock.
29.4
1
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, This is bowled on a length, Aiden Markram pats it on to deep point for a single.
29.3
Pat Cummins to Aiden Markram, DROPPED! Another chance goes down and Pat Cummins has dropped a sitter here! Slips a full toss, on middle, Aiden Markram is surprised by the delivery and ends up chipping it down the wicket. The ball comes at a good height for Cummins who fails to hang on to his left as the ball goes through his hands.
29.2
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Pace taken off by Cummins and serves it outside off, Quinton de Kock slices this full delivery through covers for a single.
29.1
2
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Starts with a delivery angled across, on a length, outside off, Quinton de Kock drives it on the up and hits it to the left of deep point for a couple of runs. Brings up 1,000 runs versus Australia does de Kock.
29
over
29 | 5 Runs | HH: 161/2
28.6
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, A bit quicker and fuller, around off, Aiden Markram knocks it straight to short extra cover. End of a successful over from Adam Zampa.
28.5
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Bowls it slower and shorter, on off, Quinton de Kock hangs on the back foot and pushes it down to long on for a single.
28.4
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, This is bowled shorter and flatter, Aiden Markram reads the googly and somehow manages to keep it out on the leg side for a single.
28.4
1
Adam Zampa to Aiden Markram, WIDE! Bowls the googly, full but a bit down leg, Aiden Markram misses the tickle and the umpire calls it a wide.
Aiden Markram is the new man in.
28.3
W
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, OUT! TAKEN! Adam Zampa strikes for Australia and this is a big wicket! Rassie van der Dussen runs out of patience and he will be disappointed with his shot. Floats it up does Zampa, on middle, Rassie van der Dussen puts the dancing shoes and gets to the pitch of the delivery. Tries to clear the long on fence but fails to get the elevation and hits it flat and straight down the throat of the substitute fielder Sean Abbott who does the rest. A crucial wicket for Australia as van der Dussen was starting to change gears.
28.2
2
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Looped up, fullish delivery, on middle, Rassie van der Dussen shuffles across and paddles it over the keeper for a couple of runs.
28.1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Nicely tossed up, on off, skidding on, Rassie van der Dussen looks to push it on the off side. Inside edges it on the leg side.
28
over
28 | 6 Runs | HH: 156/1
27.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Starc rolls his fingers over the ball and hurls it full, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen tries to drive it on the up. Miscues it off the inner half of the bat to mid on for a run.
27.5
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Length delivery, on off and middle, Rassie van der Dussen opens the face of his bat and guides it to point.
27.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, WIDE! Slips a full delivery, down leg, left alone by Rassie van der Dussen for a wide.
27.4
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Bangs it in short, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen thinks about the pull but aborts his shot and lets the ball go.
27.3
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Back of a length, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen dabs it off the back foot ot point.
27.2
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Keeps it full and angling away, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen goes for the drive but without much timing to extra cover.
27.1
4
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Bowls with a scrambled seam, a bit short but wide outside off, Rassie van der Dussen frees his arms and drills it wide of extra cover for a boundary.
27
over
27 | 7 Runs | HH: 150/1
26.6
1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Offers flight, on the pads, Rassie van der Dussen advances and clips it through square leg for a single. Brings up 2000 runs in ODI cricket, the fifth fastest to reach the landmark.
26.5
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Full again, around leg, Rassie van der Dussen uses his feet again and can only push it back to the bowler.
26.4
4
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Good use of the feet! Adam Zampa tosses it up, googly and on middle, Rassie van der Dussen steps out of the crease and lofts it over mid-wicket. Does not get it from the middle of the bat but gets it enough for a boundary.
26.3
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Low full toss, on middle, Quinton de Kock drills it along the ground to long on and gets across for a single.
26.2
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Quicker through the air, on off, Quinton de Kock plants his foot forward and bunts it back to the bowler.
26.1
1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Gives the ball air and serves it full, on off, Rassie van der Dussen drives it towards wide long off for a run.
26
over
26 | 7 Runs | HH: 143/1
25.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Good running! Angles it across the right-hander, full and outside off, Rassie van der Dussen drives it firmly to mid off and calls his partner through for a single.
25.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, This is bowled outside off, on a fuller length, Quinton de Kock frees his arms and drives it through covers for a run.
25.4
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, On the off stump line, Quinton de Kock whips this length delivery but straight to mid-wicket.
25.3
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Bowls it from closer to the stumps and on a length, on middle, Quinton de Kock prods forward and pushes it to mid on.
25.2
4
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Top shot! Starc goes a bit too full, angling in, on middle, Quinton de Kock presents the full face of the bat and drives it past the non-striker for a boundary.
25.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Rassie van der Dussen, Starts with a fullish delivery, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen uses his feet and squeezes it out to mid off for a single.
25
over
25 | 5 Runs | HH: 136/1
24.6
1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on the pads again, Rassie van der Dussen nurdles it towards backward square leg and keeps the strike with a single.
24.5
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Pushed through from the front of the hand, short and on off, Quinton de Kock punches it down to long on for one.
24.4
1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Drifts on the pads, Rassie van der Dussen tucks this full delivery behind square on the leg side for a single.
24.3
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Drags the length back and bowls it on middle, Rassie van der Dussen hangs back and checks his shot to mid-wicket.
24.2
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Googly this time, full and on middle, Quinton de Kock plays it against the turn to deep square leg for a single.
24.1
1
Adam Zampa to Rassie van der Dussen, Full now and sliding down leg, Rassie van der Dussen lunges forward and helps it to short fine leg for a single.
24
over
24 | 5 Runs | HH: 131/1
23.6
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Full again, on middle and leg, Quinton de Kock prods forward and defends it to mid-wicket.
23.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, A bit too full, on middle, Rassie van der Dussen drives it to long on for a run.
23.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Short and outside off, Quinton de Kock cuts it to deep point and rotates the strike.
23.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, Floated up, outside off, Rassie van der Dussen steps out and knocks it towards wide long off for a run.
23.2
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on middle, clipped to mid-wicket.
23.1
2
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, Tossed up, on off, Rassie van der Dussen pulls out the reverse sweep but fails to get on top of the bounce. Gets a top edge that goes over short third man for a couple of runs.
23
over
23 | 17 Runs | HH: 126/1
22.6
6
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Back-to-back sixes for Quinton de Kock! Short and at the batter, the ball sits up nicely for the batter, Quinton de Kock swivels and pulls it comfortably over Mitchell Marsh at fine leg for a maximum. Most expensive over of the innings, 17 came off it.
22.5
6
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Smart batting! This is bowled on a good length, outside off, Quinton de Kock walks across in the crease and uses the pace of the delivery. Scoops it to the fine leg fence where Mitchell Marsh fails to judge the ball and runs in initially. He then back tracks and falls on his back. It would not have mattered much as the ball would have cleared him.
22.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Rassie van der Dussen, Offers a bit of width outside off, Rassie van der Dussen runs it down to third man for a run.
22.3
2
Josh Hazlewood to Rassie van der Dussen, Good-length delivery, on middle, Rassie van der Dussen tucks it in front of square on the leg side and comes back for the second run.
22.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, In the air..but in the gap! Into the wicket, Quinton de Kock fetches it from outside off and pulls it in front of deep mid-wicket for a single.
22.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Rassie van der Dussen, Bowls it full and around off, Rassie van der Dussen goes for the drive away from the body. Gets an inside edge to fine leg for a single.
22
over
22 | Runs | HH: 109/1
21.6
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, A maiden by Glenn Maxwell! Drags the length back and on off, Quinton de Kock hits it straight to short extra cover again.
21.5
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Full now and on off, defended off the front foot by Quinton de Kock.
21.4
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, This is bowled short, on middle, Quinton de Kock pushes it straight to short extra cover.
21.3
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Fuller and on off, Quinton de Kock drives it straight to extra cover.
21.2
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Fires it in with a round arm, on the pads, Quinton de Kock misses the clip and gets hit on the front pad. A stifled appeal but the ball was going down leg.
21.1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Darted in, on middle and leg, Quinton de Kock blocks it out off the front foot.
21
over
21 | 1 Runs | HH: 109/1
20.6
Josh Hazlewood to Rassie van der Dussen, Targets the pads with a good-length delivery, on off, Rassie van der Dussen walks across again and pushes it back to mid on.
20.5
Josh Hazlewood to Rassie van der Dussen, In the channel on off, on a length, the ball keeps a tad low but Rassie van der Dussen gets his bat down in time and keeps it out on the off side.
20.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Serves it on a good length, around off, Quinton de Kock uses the pace of the delivery and runs it down to third man for a single.
20.3
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, On middle, on a back of a length again, Quinton de Kock lifts his back leg and has a swipe across the line. Fails to connect and gets hit high on the thigh.
20.2
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, On the off stump line, on a back of a length, Quinton de Kock hangs back and pats it with soft hands to point.
20.1
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Comes back into the attack and starts on a length, a hint of away movement, on off, Quinton de Kock gets behind the line and defends it towards short cover.
20
over
20 | 3 Runs | HH: 108/1
19.6
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, Quicker again and around off, Rassie van der Dussen gets across to block but outside-edges it with soft hands onto the off side.
19.5
Glenn Maxwell to Rassie van der Dussen, Quicker and fuller around off, Rassie van der Dussen covers the line well and pushes it out to mid on.
Rassie van der Dussen walks in at number 3.
19.4
W
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, OUT! CAUGHT! The opening stand is broken and the luck finally runs out for Temba Bavuma! Glenn Maxwell switches to over the wicket for the right-hander and floats it up around off stump, turning it in. Bavuma gets down on one knee and stays deep looking for the slog-sweep with the turn but mistimes it. The ball comes more off the toe end and flies down to deep mid-wicket where David Warner takes a simple catch well inside the ropes. Bavuma departs after a scratchy knock and Maxwell picks up Australia's first wicket.
19.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Drifts this one onto the pads, Quinton de Kock works it away wide of the man at short fine leg for a single.
19.2
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, A bit quicker and flatter around off, Quinton de Kock jams it out on the off side.
19.1
2
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Nice bit of timing on that occasion. Comes from around the wicket and floats it up full and outside off, Quinton de Kock plays a flowing cover drive in front of sweeper cover and picks up a couple of runs.
19
over
19 | 5 Runs | HH: 105/0
18.6
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Floated up on the pads, Quinton de Kock leans on and flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a fifth single in the over.
18.5
1
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, The length is still very full and it is now bowled outside off, Temba Bavuma opens up the off side and hits it away to deep cover-point for a single.
18.4
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Keeps it full and drifts it into the legs, Temba Bavuma fails to get it away.
18.3
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Full on the legs, whipped away through square leg for another single.
18.2
1
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Looped up, full and on the off stump, Temba Bavuma stays deep and looks to get under it but heaves it along the ground to long on for one more.
18.1
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Quicker one around middle and leg, Quinton de Kock turns it away in front of mid-wicket and turns the strike over.
18
over
18 | 3 Runs | HH: 100/0
17.6
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, A bouncer now, attacking the left shoulder, Temba Bavuma tries to get inside the line and pull it fine but gets no bat on it.
17.5
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, Pitched up on off stump just angling in a bit, Temba Bavuma shows the full face of the bat and drives it to mid off.
17.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Quinton de Kock, Banged in a bit short over the stumps, Quinton de Kock looks to play that pick-up pull shot but mistimes it toward deep square leg for one more. The 100 is also up for South Africa.
17.3
Marcus Stoinis to Quinton de Kock, This is full and straight, Quinton de Kock hammers it straight toward mid on.
17.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, Pitched up on the pads, Temba Bavuma raises the back leg and whips it away to deep square leg for just a single.
17.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Quinton de Kock, Takes pace off and bowls it on a good length around leg stump, Quinton de Kock just nudges it 'round the corner for a single.
17
over
17 | 9 Runs | HH: 97/0
16.6
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Quicker and flatter, skidding onto the middle stump, Temba Bavuma backs away and manages to keep it out to mid on.
16.5
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Pulls the length back and drifts it into middle and leg, Temba Bavuma looks to play it off the back foot but gets squared up and gets a leading edge on the off side.
16.4
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Fuller delivery on off stump, Temba Bavuma defends it solidly off the front foot.
16.3
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Slows it up now and floats it on the legs, Quinton de Kock nudges it behind square leg for an easy single.
16.2
4
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! A touch shorter, turning in from around off, Quinton de Kock sits down for the reverse sweep and nails it in front of the point region for four more runs.
16.1
4
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Aggression from Quinton de Kock right after the interval. Quicker and fuller on middle and leg, de Kock looks for the slog-sweep over mid-wicket but gets it off the inner half and past square leg for a boundary.
Drinks break! After being inserted into bat, South Africa will be happy with this start. Quinton de Kock has continued where he left off against Sri Lanka while Temba Bavuma has not been that comfortable but has managed to hang in there. With all ten wickets intact, the two batters will look to bat at a faster pace and lay a solid foundation for the rest of the batters. Australia have had their chances but they have failed to convert them. Adam Zampa has looked the only bowler to have asked questions so far and he will hold the key in the next passage of play.
16
over
16 | 8 Runs | HH: 88/0
15.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Quinton de Kock, FIFTY for Quinton de Kock and he has looked in good flow once again. Fullish length around off, de Kock gets forward and punches it down to long off for a single. He will now looks to get another big one here.
15.5
Marcus Stoinis to Quinton de Kock, Banged in short over the leg stump, Quinton de Kock ducks under it.
15.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, Oh, that would have been one of the catches of the tournament but Temba Bavuma escapes. Marcus Stoinis bowls a cross-seamer bumper over middle and leg. Bavuma tries to stay back and gets under the pull but ends up skying it high toward deep square leg. The substitute fielder over there, Sean Abbott runs back and takes it nicely inside the ropes. Abbott is aware of the fact that he is falling over the ropes and tries to lob it toward the on-rushing Mitchell Starc from deep backward square leg but Abbott's throw is a bit powerful and goes well over Starc's head. A single is taken.
15.3
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, Bowls a heavy ball, into the deck and over middle, Temba Bavuma looks to give himself some room but ends up just blocking it on the off side.
15.2
2
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, Back of a length over middle, Temba Bavuma gets across a bit and nudges it away in front of square leg for a couple of runs more. Good running!
15.1
4
Marcus Stoinis to Temba Bavuma, FOUR! Temba Bavuma gets this one away. Just a nothing ball, bowled with a gentle pace and on a shorter length over middle. Bavuma backs away and heaves it over wide mid on for a boundary.
Another change in the bowling as Marcus Stoinis is brought into the attack.
15
over
15 | 6 Runs | HH: 80/0
14.6
4
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Up and over! Tosses this one up wider of the off stump, inviting the lofted shot and Quinton de Kock frees his arms before thumping it over mid off for a boundary.
14.5
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Quicker one around the hips, Quinton de Kock fails to get it away.
14.4
1
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Keeps it nice and full on middle, this is driven down to long on for a run.
14.3
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Floated up very full around middle, Temba Bavuma gets the front leg out of the way and looks for the heave but only manages to jam it out to the right of the bowler.
14.2
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Nicely tossed up, drifting into middle and turning away a touch, Temba Bavuma watchfully blocks it out.
14.1
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Floated up on leg stump, turning into the pads, Quinton de Kock tickles it down to fine leg for a single.
14
over
14 | 6 Runs | HH: 74/0
13.6
Mitchell Marsh to Temba Bavuma, Keeps it back of a length and bowls it around off, Temba Bavuma looks to play it off the back foot but gets an under edge toward point.
13.5
1
Mitchell Marsh to Quinton de Kock, back of a length over the off stump, Quinton de Kock stays back, lets the ball come on and just drops it back onto the pitch toward the off side for a quick single.
13.4
1
Mitchell Marsh to Temba Bavuma, Banged in short over middle and leg, Temba Bavuma gets inside the line and pulls it down to fine leg to turn the strike over.
13.3
1
Mitchell Marsh to Quinton de Kock, Short and wide, Quinton de Kock gets on top of the bounce and crunches it to sweeper cover for just a single.
13.2
1
Mitchell Marsh to Temba Bavuma, Shortish length again, tucked away neatly off the hips behind square leg for a single.
13.1
2
Mitchell Marsh to Temba Bavuma, In the air but lands safely! Starts with an attempted bumper over middle, Temba Bavuma stays back and looks to take it on. The ball goes high and over the mid-wicket region but lands in a vacant area. the batters pick up a couple of runs. Bavuma just itching to get going now.
Change from both ends as Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack.
13
over
13 | 2 Runs | HH: 68/0
12.6
1
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, Floated up on the stumps, pushed away down through mid on for a single.
12.5
Adam Zampa to Temba Bavuma, EDGED AND DROPPED! Josh Inglis has missed a big opportunity to break this opening stand and Adam Zampa will be gutted. Bowls this one full and pushes it through a bit quicker. The line is close to the off pole and as Temba Bavuma looks to drive, he gets an outside edge. Inglis moves to his right but fails to grab onto a sharp chance.
12.4
1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, excellent length again around off and not turning much. De Kock eases it through covers for one.
12.3
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Flatter this time, on middle and leg, Quinton de Kock gets on the front foot and defends it out.
12.2
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Gives it more air and floats it full on off, Quinton de Kock looks to thrash it away through covers but inside-edges it back onto the legs.
12.1
Adam Zampa to Quinton de Kock, Beaten! Starts from over the wicket and floats it up on a nagging length in the channel. The ball just skids on and bounces a bit extra as Quinton de Kock is beaten on the drive.
Adam Zampa comes on to bowl, replacing Glenn Maxwell
12
over
12 | 7 Runs | HH: 66/0
11.6
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, Bowls it from wider of the crease and hurls it in a long way into middle and leg. Temba Bavuma falls over a bit as he looks to drive and gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball goes toward the slip cordon.
11.5
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, Good length, right around the top of off, Temba Bavuma stays back and blocks it with soft hands onto the off side.
11.4
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, On a hard length outside off, Quinton de Kock slaps it hard and in front of cover-point to pick up a single.
11.3
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Fullish length, angled well across the off stump, Quinton de Kock throws his hands at it but misses it completely.
11.2
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Pitches this one right up on the stumps, Quinton de Kock gets on the front foot and punches it back to the bowler.
11.1
6
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Not in complete control but still gets it over the ropes! A good bumper at 140 clicks right around the shoulder. Quinton de Kock lets the ball come on a bit more and gets inside the line to pull it over the fine leg fence for a maximum.
11
over
11 | 6 Runs | HH: 59/0
10.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Floated up on a length around off, Quinton de Kock drives it away along the ground through the cover region for another single.
10.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, A touch short and this is cut away square on the off side for a single.
10.4
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Lovely delivery! Bowls it on a nagging length around off and gets the ball to turn and bounce. Temba Bavuma looks to back away and cut but misses and the ball misses the top of the stumps by a whisker.
10.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Flighted delivery, drifting onto middle and leg, Quinton de Kock leans on and pushes it down to long on for one.
10.2
2
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Good running! Bowled from around the wicket and bowled short outside off. Quinton de Kock cuts it off the back foot past point and picks up a brace.
10.1
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Floated up on a length around middle and turning in. Temba Bavuma uses the depth of the crease and turns it past square leg for a single.
Powerplay 2! Australia are now allowed to have as many as 4 fielders outside the inner ring till the 40th over.
10
over
10 | 7 Runs | HH: 53/0
9.6
4
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Heaved away with ease! A bit too full, slower and on off, Quinton de Kock picks the length early and swings across the line. Hits it over mid-wicket and brings up South Africa's 50 with a boundary.
9.5
1
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, Cummins takes pace and bowls it full, on the pads, Temba Bavuma waits for the ball to arrive and drops it in front of mid-wicket for a single.
9.4
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, This is bowled full by Cummins, outside off, Quinton de Kock frees his arms and tries to drive it through the off side. Gets an inside edge that rolls to fine leg for a single.
9.3
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Into the wicket now, angling away, outside off, Quinton de Kock bends his back to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
9.2
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Fuller in length, outside off, Quinton de Kock drives but is unable to get it through the infield on the off side.
9.1
1
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, DROPPED! Adam Zampa has made a meal of it! Cummins hurls it on a length, angling in, on middle, Temba Bavuma goes for a swipe across the line. Gets a top edge that goes miles in the air towards the third man fence. Adam Zampa at the boundary, moves to his left and tries to settle under the skier. He misjudges it badly and the ball drops beside him. He recovers well though and prevents the boundary. A single taken.
9
over
9 | 1 Runs | HH: 46/0
8.6
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Flatter delivery, outside off, Quinton de Kock knocks it off the back foot towards point. He wants a single but gets sent back by Temba Bavuma.
8.5
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Slanting into the pads, short in length, Quinton de Kock fails to clip it away and gets hit on the front pad.
8.4
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Tossed up now, full and on off, Quinton de Kock presses forward and pats it to short extra cover.
8.3
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Short and outside off from 'round the wicket, Quinton de Kock cuts it hard but straight to point.
8.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Short again, slower, on middle, Temba Bavuma works it past short mid-wicket and takes a single.
8.1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Short and on middle, Temba Bavuma premeditates and uses his feet but the ball is not that full and he checks his shot back to the bowler.
8
over
8 | 7 Runs | HH: 45/0
7.6
1
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, The length is pulled back by Cummins, on middle, Temba Bavuma tucks it with soft hands in front of mid-wicket and calls de Kock for a quick single. Bavuma has to put in the dive to make his ground.
7.5
4
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, FOUR! Aggression from Temba Bavuma! Cummins pitches it a bit too full, on off, Temba Bavuma stays still and swats it over mid-wicket for his first boundary.
7.4
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, Fullish delivery, on the fourth stump line, Temba Bavuma plays it from the crease towards extra cover.
7.3
1
Pat Cummins to Quinton de Kock, Full again, around off, Quinton de Kock tries to force it through the off side. The bat turns in his hands and he mistimes it to mid off for a quick single.
7.2
1
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, At 144.5 kph, fuller in the channel, Temba Bavuma opens the face of his bat and steers it down to third man for a single.
7.1
Pat Cummins to Temba Bavuma, Starts on a length, at the stumps, Temba Bavuma gives himself room and pushes it gently towards cover.
7
over
7 | 6 Runs | HH: 38/0
6.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Turning into the pads, Temba Bavuma works this full delivery to the right of mid on for a run.
6.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, Gives the ball air and on off, Quinton de Kock knocks it off the front foot to long off for a single.
6.4
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, This is bowled short, on middle, Quinton de Kock defends it back to Maxwell with a straight bat.
6.3
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Tossed up, on the pads, clipped in front of square by Temba Bavuma for a single.
6.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Quinton de Kock, From 'round the wicket, short and outside off, Quinton de Kock looks to chop it on the off side. Bottom edges the ball past the keeper for a single.
6.1
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, Full and on middle and leg, Temba Bavuma turns this one with the spin to mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
1
Glenn Maxwell to Temba Bavuma, WIDE! Spin straight away! Bowls it a bit short, but turning down leg. Temba Bavuma lets it go for a wide.
6
over
6 | 13 Runs | HH: 32/0
5.6
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Oh, was that a chance? Back of a length, on off again, Quinton de Kock clears his front leg and dabs it in front of point. Sets off for a single but gets sent back by Temba Bavuma. Glenn Maxwell swoops in but misses the shy at the batting end. de Kock has to dive to make his ground there.
5.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Good awareness by de Kock! This is bowled on a length, in the channel on off, Quinton de Kock opens up his run front leg and guides it wide of short third man by using the pace for a boundary.
5.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, WIDE! Goes searching for swing but errs in line as he slips it full and down leg, Quinton de Kock tries to help it away but misses. Well-gathered by Josh Inglis diving to his right.
5.4
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Length delivery, on off, Quinton de Kock gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler.
5.3
4
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Four Byes! Whoa, that has taken off! Into the wicket by Hazlewood, angled across, outside off, Quinton de Kock goes for the pull but fails to connect. The ball rises steeply and goes over the leaping Josh Inglis for four byes.
5.2
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Slightly short, outside off, Quinton de Kock cuts well but straight to point.
5.1
4
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Lovely timing! A bit of width outside off, on a length, Quinton de Kock allows the ball to come to him an taps it sweetly. The ball bounces on the practice wickets and takes it over the leaping fielder at backward point for a boundary.
5
over
5 | 8 Runs | HH: 19/0
4.6
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, On off, slightly full in length, Temba Bavuma lunges forward and keeps it out on the off side.
4.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Full again, much straighter this time, on off, Quinton de Kock eases it in front of mid off and sets off for a quick single.
4.4
6
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Quinton de Kock special! Mitchell Starc angles this one in, full and on the pads, Quinton de Kock does not miss out on those as he use the pace and plays the pick-up shot to go over deep backward square leg for a maximum.
4.3
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Full and down leg now, Quinton de Kock fails to tickle it fine and the ball deflects off his pads to Josh Inglis behind the wicket.
4.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Sloppy! Hurls it on a ful length, around off, Temba Bavuma drives it towards cover-point where Glenn Maxwell lets it through his legs and concedes a single.
4.1
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Full and slanting in at the batter, Temba Bavuma misses the clip and wears it on the pad. Not much of an appeal as the ball was sliding down leg.
4
over
4 | 4 Runs | HH: 11/0
3.6
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Back of a length, around midle and leg, Quinton de Kock looks to drag it from the crease. The ball keeps tad low and hits de Kock on the thigh. We are seeing variable bounce on offer on this relaid surface.
3.5
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, This one goes away from the batter, on a good length, Quinton de Kock has a waft away from the body and gets beaten on the outside edge.
3.4
4
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! First boundary for Quinton de Kock and South Africa! Josh Hazlewood bends his back and bangs it in short, at the right shoulder of the batter, Quinton de Kock swivels to hook this one away. Does not manage to get on top of the bounce but gets enough bat to get it over the keeper for a boundary.
3.3
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Angling away, on a length, outside off, Quinton de Kock tries to drive it on the up. Does not time it well as the ball rolls to mid off.
3.2
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, Fuller now, on middle, Quinton de Kock presents the full face of the bat and defends it down the wicket.
3.1
Josh Hazlewood to Quinton de Kock, On a hard length, on middle, Quinton de Kock waits in his crease to defend. The ball jags back in and catches de Kock high on the back leg.
3
over
3 | 1 Runs | HH: 7/0
2.6
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Edged but just short! Starc persists with full length, in the channel on off, Temba Bavuma has a poke at the delivery. The ball does not rise after pitching, catches the bottom edge of the bat and drops short in front of the diving Josh Inglis.
2.5
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Beaten! This delivery leaves the right-hander, full and outside off, Temba Bavuma goes fishing at the delivery, away from his body. Luckily for him, he does not nick it behind.
2.4
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Swinging in, full and on the off-stump line, Temba Bavuma looks to drive it on the up does not account for the inward movement. Mistimes his shot towards mid off.
2.3
1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Nails the fullish length, on middle, Quinton de Kock squeezes it out in front of mid on and calls Bavuma for a single.
2.2
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Tries to go full again but ends up serving a low full toss, on middle, Quinton de Kock bunts it on the bounce to mid on.
2.1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Jaffa! Starc goes full, searching for swing, around off, Quinton de Kock tries to drive with a straight bat. The ball swings away late and beats de Kock on the outside edge.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 6/0
1.6
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, Angled in, much closer to the off stump, Temba Bavuma hangs back and pushes it towards backward point.
1.5
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, A tempter by Hazlewood, outside off and on a length, Temba Bavuma lifts his bat and leaves the ball alone.
1.4
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, Well bowled! Shapes this one away, in the corridor of uncertainty, on a length, Temba Bavuma shoulders arms and lets the ball go.
1.3
2
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, Strays full on the pads, the ball stops in the surface a bit, Temba Bavuma clips it aerially in the vacant square leg region for a couple of runs.
1.2
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, A bit of width outside off, pitched up, Temba Bavuma extends his arms and drives it firmly to mid off.
1.1
Josh Hazlewood to Temba Bavuma, Starts on the money! Bowls it at the stumps, a bit full, not much movement, Temba Bavuma prods forward and pats it towards cover.
Josh Hazlewood to take the other new ball.
1
over
1 | 4 Runs | HH: 4/0
0.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Swinging in, off and middle, full as well, Temba Bavuma tries to drive without much foot movement. Gets it off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket and takes a single.
0.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, This is bowled a bit too full, outside off, Quinton de Kock goes for the drive but does not time it well to mid off and rotates the strike.
0.4
1
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Targets the pads on a full length, Temba Bavuma allows the ball to swing in and clips it wide of mid on. Gets off the mark with a single.
0.3
Mitchell Starc to Temba Bavuma, Hurls it full and in the channel on off, swinging in as well, Temba Bavuma does not get lured into the drive and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
0.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Quinton de Kock and South Africa are underway! Drags the length back and serves it on off, Quinton de Kock opens the bat face and steers it down to third man. Opens his account with a single.
0.1
Mitchell Starc to Quinton de Kock, Begins from over the wicket and pitches it up, on off, a hint of away movement, Quinton de Kock blocks it out solidly on the off side.
Done with the pre-game formalities and it is now time to get the play underway! The two umpires are out in the middle and so are the players of Australia. It will be the pair of skipper Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock to open the innings for South Africa. Mitchell Starc is ready to steam in with the brand new ball. Two slips in place, let's play…
Minutes away from the first ball but first the two sets of players line up along with their mascots for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of South Africa first followed by the Australian national anthem.
Temba Bavuma, the captain of South Africa says that he wasn't exactly sure what to do first. Informs that they have one change with Tabraiz Shamsi coming in for Gerald Coetzee and says that it is both because of the wicket and the vulnerability of the opposition against the slow bowlers. Adds that it is all about adapting to the conditions and Quinton de Kock and he will look to give their team a good start. Ends by saying that South Africa have started the tournament will and they will be a good challenge.
Australia's captain Pat Cummins says that they will bowl first. Feels that they were unsure of what to do and reckons that there will be moisture. Informs that there are two changes to the team with Marcus Stoinis coming in for Cameron Green and Alex Carey making way for Josh Inglis. Shares that they were a few runs short against India but he is happy with the way they bowled.
South Africa (Playing XI) – Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi (In for Gerald Coetzee).
Australia (Playing XI) – David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (WK) (In for Alex Carey), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (In for Cameron Green), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
TOSS – Australia have won the coin toss and they have opted to BOWL first.
PITCH REPORT – Samuel Badree is pitchside. He says that it is hot and humid and the square boundaries are 63m and 70m on either side with the straight boundary being 76m. Matthew Hayden joins him and says that it is a relaid surface but the ground staff have done well to lay the grass on it and the new ball might do a bit more as it is a red soil surface and eventually, it might stop and turn. Adds that the surface is a bit tricky and might favour the bowlers more.
On the other hand, South Africa shattered several records and registered a resounding victory over Sri Lanka in their opening encounter. On a placid Delhi surface, centuries from Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram powered them to a mammoth total, the highest in World Cup history. It was backed up by their bowlers, who took a beating early on but pulled it back and sealed the deal. A win in this game with a healthy margin might see the Proteas go to the top of the standings. However, it will not be easy, as the wounded Australian side will come hard at them. Will South Africa come out on top, or will Australia secure their first win? A lot will unfold as the toss and team news is not far away.
Australia, labelled as one of the favorites in any mega event, began their World Cup campaign with a defeat against India. They are coming off a disappointing batting effort that saw them rolled over for 199. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will hold the key at the top of the order, as will Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschange in the middle phase. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were brilliant with the new ball, but the lack of wickets from Adam Zampa hurt them against India. If the relaid Lucknow surface offers support to the spinners, Zampa will be crucial for Australia.
Hello and a warm welcome, everyone! Match number 10 of the 2023 ODI World Cup is upon us, which sees Australia take on South Africa. Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow is all decked up to host its first-ever World Cup game, and it promises to be a cracker of a game between two top sides. Considering the recent meetings between these two sides, South Africa have a slight edge over Australia going into this encounter. 
… MATCH DAY …
The 2023 ODI World Cup bandwagon is about to make its debut in the 'City of Nawabs', Lucknow, as Australia and South Africa square off in match number 10 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. With the second round of fixtures coming to an end with this clash, the World Cup has started to take shape. As we had seen during the Indian T20 League, the surface at Lucknow was sluggish, which meant that the spinners ruled the roost. Prior to the World Cup, the surface had been relaid, and it will be interesting to see how it plays now. Australia come into this game on the back of a tough defeat against the host nation, India, in their campaign opener. In what was a trial by spin from India, the Aussie batters surrendered themselves and were bowled out for 199. With the ball, they had India in a precarious position early on but let them off the hook to end up on the losing side. As Pat Cummins' men aim to bounce back and get off the mark in the World Cup, they cannot afford to have another flop show with the bat. David Warner and Steven Smith got into the forties against India but were unable to convert it into something substantial. Being most experienced in Indian conditions, Warner and Smith will have to do the bulk of the scoring for Australia. The likes of Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, and Glenn Maxwell will be expected to bat around the two senior batters. Cameron Green is going through a lean patch with the bat in ODI cricket, and we might see him being replaced by Marcus Stoinis. In the pace department, Pat Cummins was unlucky not to get to a wicket, but Josh Hazlewood had the ball on a string, as did Mitchell Starc. What did not help their cause was the ineffectiveness of Adam Zampa, and he will be eager to produce an improved bowling display. On the other hand, South Africa are off to the best possible start in the World Cup with a thumping win over Sri Lanka. Thanks to centuries from Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram, South Africa posted the highest total in ODI World Cup history. In reply, Kusal Mendis fought a lone fight, but the Proteas bowling attack proved too good for the Lankans. In what was a perfect effort with the bat for South Africa, Temba Bavuma was the only batter to have been dismissed for a single-digit score. As a result, the Proteas skipper will be keen to get up and running in the World Cup. Marco Jansen did account for the two Lankan openers, but once the ball got old, he was taken to the cleaners. Keeping in mind the left-handed angle Jansen brings, he is likely to keep his spot in the side and will be expected to pull up his socks. Before travelling to India for the mega event, these two sides faced off in an ODI series in the Rainbow Nation, where South Africa clinched the series from a 0-2 deficit. Will South Africa manage to make it two wins out of two? Or will it be Australia to collect their first points of the World Cup? We will find out soon enough.
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