South Africa achieved their goal in the ODI series by winning 5-0 whitewash against the World Champs Australia. South Africa team were struggling in across all format for almost an year. But, now they are back to where they deserved to be in. Proteas defeated Australia in the fifth and final ODI on Wednesday night by margin of 31 runs. This is 4th clean sweep for South Africa in ODIs and First against mighty Australians.
Australian opener David Warner fought so hard to brings first win to his team by scoring 173. But, his teammates not performed as per their level and quality. Australia allout for 296 and Warner scored 173. That means, remaining 10 players combined scores were 123 runs including extras 15. The second highest score in this Australia chase were 35 runs. Mitch Marsh and Travis Head scored 35 runs each. Poor display from Australian top order gave them a result which they never want to experienced it. Yes, the first Whitewash in Australia’s ODI history. They never lost ODI series before with 5-0 and South Africa made them to suffer with this feat.
Let’s check out here, what were happened in this match on last evening.
SOUTH AFRICA’S INNINGS :
South African captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat first. South African openers Hashim Amla and De Kock started their innings and on other side, Chris Tremain bowled the first over for Australia. The two openers started well and Amla was a man who played attacking shots in early overs. Quinton de Kock was a first man to dismissed off Boland’s delivery and he caught for 12 runs. South Africa were 37 for 1 in 6 overs.
South Africa lost their 2nd wicket in span of 4 balls and this time it was Amla who gone for 25 runs. South Africa down to 37 for 2. Rilee Rossouw joined with skipper du Plessis and both of them started their innings with boundaries. South Africa reached fifty in 10th over. Joe Mennie came back with his second wicket and Faf clean bowled for 11 runs. SA were 52 for 3 and JP Duminy came at no. 5. Both JP and Rossouw took a game away from Australians with their partnership. They did not mind about three wickets gone at that moment and both of them played their shots and assured score board ticking.
Without loss of any further wicket, South Africa crossed 100 in 19th over. Rilee Rossouw reached his run a ball half-century in 22nd over. SA passed 150 in 25 over for the loss of 3 wickets. Duminy reached his 24th ODI fifty in 47 balls. These two batsman took his team scores to surpassed 200 runs in 34 the over and these two reached 150 partnership for the 4th wicket. Joe Mennie broke 178-run stand by picking a wicket of JP Duminy who gone for 73. South Africa were 230 for 4 in 39th over. Rilee Rossouw achieved his milestone of third ODI hundred and first against Australia. He scored 100 in 100 balls and continued his shots. 250 came up in 41 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Miller and Rossouw posted 50-run stand for 5th wicket before Australia took a wicket of Rossouw finally.
Rossouw lost his wicket in 45th over and he gone for well made 122 off 118 balls with 14 fours and 2 sixes. Tremain was a wicket-taker for Australia. Scott Boland came back to bowl and picked a wicket of Phehlukwayo and he gone for 11 runs. South Africa were passed 300 runs and 306 for 6 in 48th over. Chris Tremain bowled 49th and brought 2 more wickets for his team. First it was Miller (39 runs) then, Kyle Abbott for 0 and score were 309 for 8. With a six of Rabada in final over, South Africa finished off with 327 for 8. Tremain and Mennie picked 3 wickets each and Boland picked 2 for Australia. South Africa set a target of 328 to win in 50 overs.
AUSTRALIA’S CHASE :
Aaron Finch and David Warner started the innings for Australia and Steyn bowled the first over. At one end Aaron Finch played slow innings and on other side, Warner played his shots. Warner had a life when keeper de Kock dropped him on 11. David Warner used his lifeline by playing lot of attacking strokes. With a steady start, Australia passed 50 runs in 9th over. Imran Tahir came to bowl his first over in 14th over and he straightaway gave a breakthrough for his team. Aaron Finch dismissed for 19 off 40 balls and Australia were 72 for 1.
Captain Smith walked into the middle at no. 3 and walked back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Imran Tahir picked his second wicket in the same over and Smith gone for duck off 2 balls. Tahir bowled a maiden and picked 2 wickets in his 1st over and Australia were down 72 for 2 in 14 overs. George Bailey joined with Warner and Warner reached his half-century on very next ball. Very soon, Andile Phehlukwayo came up with a wicket of Bailey and Bailey gone for just 2. All-rounder Mitch Marsh came at no. 5 and accompanied Warner in building a partnership. Australia brought up 100 runs in 23rd over. Mitch Marsh hits back-to-back sixes in 26th over and that brought 50-run stand for 4th wicket.
Kagiso Rabada had a expensive night with bowl, but he brought a wicket for South Africa and the dangerous Mitch Marsh gone for 35 runs. Travis Head was the next man and Australia reached 150 in 29th over. Warner continued his good form and scored his 9th ODI century in just 88 balls and Australia were 171 for 4 at that moment. Without loss for further wicket Australia reached 200 in 36 overs. Travis Head played good part by scoring useful 35 runs and lost his wicket to Kyle Abbott. Australia 5 down for 229 in 40 overs. They were needed 99 runs in last 10 overs.
David Warner continued to play his shots at one end and wickets were tumbling on other end in the last 10 overs of the innings. First it was Wade who gone for 7 runs and Abbott picked his second of the night. Rabada came with his 2nd and Mennie got out for 0. Australia lost 7th wicket for 249. The lone warrior of Australian innings, Warner reached his milestone of 150 runs and on other end Tremain ran out for 0. Another run out provided by South African fielders and this time it was David Warner. Warner’s one of great innings comes to an end for fighting 173. Scott Boland was a last man who dismissed for 4 runs and Australia all out for 296 in 48.2 overs. South African bowlers Tahir and Abbott shared 2 wickets each. Rabada also picked 2 wickets but he was very expensive.
MAN OF THE MATCH AND SERIES AWARDS :
David Warner won Man of the Match for scintillating performances and Rilee Rossouw won Man of the Series Award! South Africa whitewashes Australia in ODI series for the first time and it was big worry for Australian cricket when their busy summer going to start in few weeks.
The amazing and thrilling ODI series comes to an end and these two teams meets again in 2 weeks time in a test series. But, this time South Africa traveling down under to play 3 test matches against Australia in Australia. That series kick starts on 3rd of November this year!!