Australia pull off stunning ODI victory over South Africa

Annette Crawford
November 10, 2018

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was superb, picking up 3/35 in 10 overs, while front-line quicks; Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood all weighed in with wickets.

Pretorius acknowledged before the tour that he was surprised to be in the squad - the result mainly of Wiaan Mulder having to undergo surgery - but having got the opportunity, he did his chances of a World Cup call-up no harm with his efforts on Friday. "We knew we had to bowl them out to win, we just had to keep rolling the dice".

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past, with Australia winning their previous four one-dayers at the oval.

But Australia's batting woes remain: they were all out for 231 in 48.3 overs - the seventh time in their past eight one-day internationals they couldn't bat their allotted overs. "We need to refocus for Sunday", du Plessis said.

Rabada got the last laugh as the Queensland batsman gloved off to Quinton de Kock for the second of the four wickets, but the fired-up bowler could not resist mouthing off a word or two in the direction of the departing batter.

Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and Dwaine Pretorius were all guilty of gifting their wickets to the Australians, three of them with poor shots, and in Markram's case, another bad piece of running which saw him short of his ground after he'd made 19.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

Du Plessis and Miller were doing a commendable job of absorbing the pressure placed upon them when - against the run of play - du Plessis chopped a short ball from Pat Cummins onto his own stumps to fall for 47.

Miller dug in as partners fell to grind out a gutsy 51 before he was given out lbw on a review decision and the South African tail failed to wag.

After opener Travis Head (8) went early, Finch and Marsh, returning after missing Australia's six-wicket loss in the series-opener in Perth because of abscess on his buttocks, featured in a bright 44-run partnership from 51 balls.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery.

Or rather, Australia's batsmen repeatedly found ways to get out, with poor shot selection throughout the top order.

The explosive Chris Lynn looked ominous and was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls from a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook to be caught behind.

With wickets falling, Alex Carey worked hard to make 47 before becoming Rabada's third victim.

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