South Africa have drawn the first blood in their 3 match ODI series against Australia after defeating the hosts by 6 wickets at Perth Stadium, Perth. South African captain Faf Du Plessis won the toss and decided to field first.
Dale Steyn provided the start that South Africa and Du Plessis had hoped for. He dismissed both Travis Head and D’Arcy Short in the third over. Lungi Ngidi complimented Steyn perfectly when he picked up Australian captain Aaron Finch in the sixth over to put the hosts in deep trouble as the scoreboard read 8-3. Chris Lynn and Alex Carey looked to consolidate the batting innings by putting on a partnership. But their efforts failed when Andile Phehlukwayo found Lynn’s edge and the catch was easily taken by Quinton De Kock behind the stumps.
Glenn Maxwell hit two fours after coming on to the crease. But his counter-attacking innings came to an end in a controversial manner. He was caught by Henrich Klassen to bestow Phehlukwayo with his second wicket of the innings. And the Australian innings went from bad to worse when Marcus Stoinis was sent back to the pavilion as they were reduced to 66-6 in the 21st over. He was Phehlukwayo’s third wicket.
Alex Carey was almost fighting a lone battle as he looked to tick the batting innings. Pat Cummins’ demise came in a catastrophic manner. An impressive piece of fielding from David Miller resulted in Cummins’ run out. Australia were successful in going past the 100-mark in the 29th over. However, Carey’s long stay at the crease finally came to an end. It was Imran Tahir who picked up the Australian wicketkeeper. Nathan Coulter-Nile struck a few boundaries to help the hosts reach the 150-mark. Wickets from Tahir and Ngidi ended the batting innings for 152 runs in the 39th over.
Quinton De Kock provided the Proteas with a fast state. He smashed 17 runs of Coulter-Nile’s first over to get underway their chase. He was perfectly supported by Reeza Hendricks at the other end of the crease. De Kock continued to be aggressive and played his attacking strokes. South Africa put on 57 runs in the mandatory powerplay period without the loss of any wickets. Coulter-Nile was finally successful in breaking the 94 runs partnership when he dismissed De Kock for 47 runs in the 17th over.
Hendricks and Aiden Markram added 28 runs for the second wicket. Hendricks mistimed a shot of Stoinis’ bowling to hand Lynn a relatively easy catch. South African chase saw the loss of two more wickets in the form of Aiden Markram and Henrich Klassen. Faf Du Plessis and David Miller made sure that the chase was completed without any more interruption as they won the match in the 30th over.
Australia’s poor form continues. They were beaten comprehensively by Pakistan at Dubai and now this heavy defeat at home raises a lot of questions. South Africa, on the other hand, looked confident from the very first ball and were pretty sharp in all the three departments. The second of the series will be played at Adelaide on 9th of November.
Australia: 152-10(38.1 o.)
Nathan Coulter-Nile: 34(31)
Alex Carey: 33(71)
Andile Phehlukwayo: 6-0-33-3
South Africa: 153-4(29.2 o.)
Quinton De Kock: 44(40)
Reeza Hendricks: 44(74)
Marcus Stoinis: 4.2-1-16-3
Man of The Match: Dale Steyn