Mon, Nov 12, 9:52pm by Staff Writer
South Africa have completed the one day international leg of their tour of Australia in winning fashion by defeating Australia by 40 runs in Game 3 of their series at Hobart on Sunday to take the series 2-1.
The day / night clash at Blundstone Arena might not have recorded the biggest crowd, with only 5,321 in attendance for the contest, however the match certainly delivered on entertainment, with sixes a plenty across both innings.
The home side got off to a terrific start, dismissing Quinton de Kock for 4 in the third over and having the Proteas at 3-55 in the 16th over. However, the fall of Aiden Markram’s wicket for 32 led to captain Faf du Plessis teaming up with David Miller in a record 252 run fourth wicket partnership, the biggest by any pair against Australia.
This bettered the 237 run record held by Sri Lankan’s Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya, recorded at the SCG in 2003.
After steadily accumulating the total across the middle overs, the pair exploded in the final 10 overs, which saw the visitors score 130 runs in this period and 75 in the final five overs that included back to back 20 run overs against Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.
Miller top scored with 139 (108) whilst the skipper Du Plessis recorded his 10th one day international century in his 125 (114).
A Chris Lynn special was hoped for by the hometown supporters, but it was not to be with the Queenslander out for 0, caught behind by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Dale Steyn.
With the score at 3-39 at the fall of Travis Head’s wicket for 6, the Australian’s also had a fourth wicket partnership that was able to restore it’s chances of victory. Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh combined for a 107 run stand before Stoinis was out for 63 at the score of 4-146.
Marsh and keeper Alex Carey continued the good work in the middle for the home side with Marsh recording his sixth ODI century before being dismissed for 106.
Carey and Glenn Maxwell were the remaining recognised batsmen, but with the escalating run rate, the Proteas were able to keep the game in check for the remainder of the contest to register the win.
The brief tour for the South Africans shifts to T20 mode where the two sides will do battle this Saturday night at Carrara on the Gold Coast.
With the women’s World T20 in full swing, it will be a good to see how their male counterparts fare in international action.
The Australians will also be hoping that the change in format will result in a change of fortune with a number of team changes expected for Saturday night’s contest.
Australia are currently a $1.81 favourite for the contest with South Africa priced at $2.
Having won their opening two matches against Pakistan and Ireland, Australia are a clear $2.20 favourite in outright betting for the 2018 World T20.
They are followed by England ($4) and India ($4.20), who have both been impressive in their games to date.
Tournament hosts and reigning champions the West Indies are available at $9, with South Africa ($17) and New Zealand ($21) the two other teams priced below $40.
Australia are set to play their next game against New Zealand on Wednesday. The Southern Stars are a $1.41 favourite with the White Ferns a $2.82 chance.
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