Australia vs South Africa - Highlights & Stats

Australia vs South Africa - Highlights & Stats”

A defiant 22 by tail-ender Adam Zampa helped Australia to a defendable total, and pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Stoinis combined to reduce South Africa to 68 for four.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and David Miller not only steadied the team's innings against Australia in the third and final ODI but went on to shatter a South African one-day worldwide record on Sunday.

Dale Steyn finished with 3-45, while Kagiso Rabada also picked up three wickets.

Australia showed great fight and resolve to win the second ODI in Adelaide and they come into this deciding match in Hobart where they have a superb recent record having won 11 of their last 12 ODI at the venue.

South Africa were also unchanged, retaining the allrounder Dwaine Pretorius at No. 7. "From a batting point of view we were, but from a death-bowling point of view we were excellent", Du Plessis said at the post-match presser.

Australian captain Aaron Finch praised the partnership between Marsh and Stoinis, but admitted the South African attack was too hot to handle. They batted really well in the last ten overs.

"We can build on this", said Stoinis, who took 3-35 and ran out Aiden Markram for 19 with brilliant fielding. South Africa have probably all but confirmed their team's desired structural makeup for the World Cup in just over six months. Quinton de Kock (4) and Reeza Hendricks (8) were dismissed in the first 10 overs, to Starc and Stoinis, respectively.

Mitchell Starc did the damage, bowling a ideal line and length, with de Kock getting a tickle on the ball and wicketkeeper Carey taking the catch.

But then captain Du Plessis and David Miller quite majestically revitalised the Proteas' fortunes with the biggest ever SA partnership against those foes of 252, building up to a veritable crescendo near the finish as the ball travelled into the stands or occasionally down nearby suburban streets with withering regularity.

Australia experimented with Chris Lynn as opener for the run chase, but it spectacularly backfired when Steyn snared him for a golden duck.

Miller, on the other hand, slammed 13 boundaries and four sixes for his 108-ball 139.

With 106 runs needed off the last 10, the batsmen were to go on the offensive sooner rather than later, and when Marsh hit Tahir inside-out in the same over for four, it looked like the senior pro was going to be the one to take risks.

Carey supported Marsh as he made his sixth one-day ton in 98 balls, with six fours and four sixes, before he was caught at deep midwicket and hope began to evaporate.

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