South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI

    Australia in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2020 | 1st ODI | Saturday 29th February | 11:00
     Match Ended
    South Africa
    291/7 (50.0) RR:5.82
    217 (45.1) RR:4.80
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    Right then, that's all we have from this exciting match. South Africa were in early pressure but bounced back superbly and ended up with a convincing win. The action now shifts to the Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein for the second ODI on the 4th of March. Do join us at 1300 local (1100 GMT). Cheers!

    South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, says that he is pleased with the way his boys went about it today. Lauds Klaasen for his knock and praises Ngidi for the way he bowled. Adds that they knew they had hitters down the order and it was just a matter of staying there and being consistent in what they do. Shares that Ngidi has a knack of picking wickets and he is enjoying his leadership role. On his role as an opener/keeper/captain, de Kock replies that he has always felt that his keeping helps him in captaincy and he feels it won't be the same if he goes out in the outfield. Signs off by saying that he is still feeling fresh and good!

    Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says that it was a good start by his bowlers but Klaasen and Miller batted superbly. Admits that they lost wickets pretty consistently and that cost them the match. Tells that they got outplayed in all the disciplines and South Africa were the better side. Mentions that you expect nothing less from the Proteas and hopes to bounce back in the second game.

    HEINRICH KLAASEN IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! Says that it's a great feeling and that's why that celebration came off. Adds that the last year and a half have been tough for him and he is relieved with today's performance. Mentions that it felt like another comeback and he just stuck to the game plan and is happy to perform for the team. Praises David Miller for his knock which took the pressure off him. States that they just needed to bat deep and bat with low risk. Further says that David Miller allowed him to play his natural game and then he unleashed a little more.

    Earlier in the day, South Africa opted to bat but found themselves in troubled waters after losing three quick wickets. But Heinrich Klaasen dug in deep and put on a great show with the bat. His partnerships with Kyle Verreynne and David Miller bailed the African team out and they managed to post a very challenging total on the board. In defense, the bowlers turned up to tighten the noose and it was a complete bowling performance by them. A near clinical win to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Stay tuned for the presentation...

    Steven Smith fought a brave battle for Australia. Till the time he was in the middle, Australia had hope. He constructed a couple of stands and was laying the platform for an onslaught in the death overs. However, the period when Mitchell Marsh and Smith departed in consecutive overs hurt their chances badly. Post that, there was very little fight shown by the Kangaroos and they succumbed to a heavy defeat.

    A very efficient defense from South Africa! They bowled according to the plan and stuck to the basics. After dismissing the Aussie openers fairly cheaply, there was a partnership that blossomed between Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne but the Protea bowlers didn't lose hope. They held their nerves and concentrated on drying out the boundaries. This can be substantiated by the fact that it took Australia 18 overs to hit their first boundary after Powerplay 1.

    W 45.1
    Anrich Nortje to Josh Hazlewood

    OUT! TIMBER! That is the end of the match! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 74 RUNS! It is on a length and around off, Hazlewood is beaten for sheer pace and fails to keep it out. The stumps light up and it's lights out for Australia.

    Over: 45 | 6 Runs
    4 44.6
    Andile Phehlukwayo to Adam Zampa

    FOUR! Good shot! It is short and around middle, Zampa waits for it and then pulls it nicely over mid-wicket for a boundary.

    1 44.5
    Andile Phehlukwayo to Josh Hazlewood

    Outside off, this is slapped towards mid off for one.

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