10-years ago, the two teams South Africa and Australia played a 5-match ODI series. At end of 4th ODI, Australia leveled the series 2-2. The two teams met at Johannesburg in the final ODI on March 12th, 2006. That final match turned out as History. Yes! South Africa chased the highest target in ODI history on that day by chasing down Australia’s 434 runs successfully. After a decade the same two teams made a record on last night when South Africa chased down the second highest target in ODI history!
The third ODI between the two sides turned out as another match to be in record books. On Wednesday at Kingsmead, Durban – visiting captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat first. Australia brought back Dan Worrall for Joe Mennie. South Africa made two changes. Hashim Amla back in to the XI. Rossouw moved to middle order and Behardien missed out. Pretorius came in for injured Parnell.
Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch started the innings for their team and they started to hit boundaries from the first over. The power hitting of both openers helps the team to cross 50 runs in inside 6th over. Both Warner and Finch smashed the ball all over the park. In the 12th over Warner hits a six to reach his another ODI half-century and that shot brought 100 runs on the board for Australia. Finch also reached his fifty in the 13th over and soon he gone for 53 runs. Finch was the first victim and Imran Tahir provided first breakthrough for South Africa. Warner continued his work with fours and sixes. Captain Smith also joined the party with David Warner. 150 was up for Australia in the 23rd over. Australia reached 200 runs in 31st over and Warner reached his 8th ODI hundred in 96 balls. In the 35-th over Warner smashed a four and six off Tahir and Tahir picked a wicket of Warner in that same over. Warner walked back for 117 runs in 107 balls (13 fours and 2 sixes).
George Bailey was the new man in and on other side Smith crossed his fifty. Smith carried his good show with boundaries. Bailey scored quick fire 28 runs in 18 balls and got out in Phehlukwayo’s over. Mitch Marsh spent little time in the middle and gone for just 2 runs. Australia were 300 for four in 45th over. Travid Head joined his captain and started to build a partnership and brought back momentum to Australia’s favor. Aussie skipper Smith reached his milestone and hits his 6th ODI century. Smith got out soon off the swinging delivery of Steyn. Smith scored 108 runs for his team. Head and Wade played their shots and scoreboard were ticking in thicken first. Head played attacking innings and caught out in the last ball of the innings. Rabada took a wicket in the last ball.
Australia finished their innings for 371 for 6 in 50 overs. Warner top scored with 117 and Smith hits a ton too. He scored 108 runs. Head gave his contribution with 35 off 18 balls (4 fours and a six). Imran Tahir was a wicket-taker for South Africa and he took 2 wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs.
In a reply, South Africa started the innings with openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. South African openers also had a similar start like Warner and Finch. De Kock started the proceedings with a boundary. Amla took over the charge and it was his show. He dealt with boundary after boundary in the 4th and 5 over. South Africa crossed 50 runs in 7th over. John Hastings brought the first wicket for his team when Amla got out LBW for 45 off 30 balls. Amla smashed 9 fours in 45-runs innings. South Africa were 66 for 1 in 8.4 overs.
Captain Faf du Plessis came to middle at no.3 and he joined a party straightaway. Other side, de Kock continued his good form and played a shots with fours and sixes. South Africa’s score reached 100 in the 14th over. Quinton reached his another half century of the season in just 36 balls and scored were 125 for 1. Soon, the part timer Travis Head brought a wicket for his team and this time it was skipper du Plessis. Faf gone for 33 runs. In-form batsman Rilee Rossouw came at no. 4. De Kock was the next man got out and he lost his wicket for 70 runs in 49 balls. He smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes in his blistering knock.
All-rounder JP Duminy joined with Rossouw, but South Africa lost their 4th wicket soon when Zampa picked a wicket of Rossouw. South Africa were struggling with 179 for 4 in 24th over. David Miller was the next batsman in and started his firework straightaway. Duminy not had a long stay in the middle. He got out for 20 off 26 balls. Hastings was a wicket-taker and Australia had a upper hand at that moment. South Africa lost half of a side in 32nd over. Dwaine Pretorius accompanied Miller for sometime. Miller hits his fifty in 45 balls and South Africa were 253 for 5 in 36.1 overs. Dwaine Pretorius was the next man to go and he gone for 15 runs.
Andile Phehlukwayo came in to crease at no. 8. Miller and Phehlukwayo started their power hitting at both ends and it helped South Africa to past 300 in 43 overs. Miller played lot of shots which were landed in the crowd. Finally he reached his 3rd ODI century in just 69 balls. On other side, the all-rounder Phehlukwayo played some big shots. These two man done the job for their team and stunned the Australian players and supporters with their big hits. In the 50th over, South Africa successfully chased down the target of 372 for the loss of 6 wickets and won the game with 4 balls to spare. The man known as ‘Killer’ Miller stole the show and remained not out for 118 runs in 79 balls. He smashed 10 fours and 6 huge sixes in this amazing innings. Andile Phehlukwayo accompanied Miller at right time and scored 42 off 39 balls with 4 fours and 2 huge sixes. David Milled was the Man of the Match last night for his stunning show.
South Africa stunned Australia again with their chasing power. As mentioned above, the last night win goes to record book as second highest ODI chasing in history. They done this again against Australia! Now South Africa led the five-match ODI series 3-0 and they are facing Australia in the fourth ODI on coming Sunday at Port Elizabeth.