Mon, Nov 5, 11:53am by Staff Writer
Australia was made to pay for a diabolical innings with the bat as it fell to South Africa in the first One Day International in Perth on Sunday.
The Proteas had a comprehensive six-wicket win against Australia after losing the Prime Minister’s XI on Wednesday in Canberra.
The green and gold were reduced to 3-8 early in their inning and was 6-66 before Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 34 runs and Alex Carey’s 28 runs somewhat steadied the ship for Australia.
They were on target for a record-low One Day International score before the pair came to the crease and they contributed to a score of 152 runs from 38.1 overs.
It was an even spread of bowlers that did the damage for South Africa, with Andile Phehlukwayo taking three wickets for 33 runs off just six overs to lead the way.
Veteran Dale Steyn took two wickets for 18 runs off seven overs on a pacy Perth wicket, with Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi also snaring a double.
The South African battling chase of 153 runs was measured and never in doubt.
Openers Quinton de Kock (47 runs) and Reeza Hendricks (44 runs) had a 94-run opening partnership before de Kock was bowled by Coulter-Nile in the 17th over.
Captain Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 10 runs for the visitors who chased down Australia’s frail target after just 29.2 overs.
It was a meek bowling attack from the Aussies, with Marcus Stoinis the stand out with the ball, taking three for 16 from 4.2 overs.
South Africa’s decision to bowl after winning the toss paid dividends and they started brightly, with Australian cricket plunged further into crisis.
The second One Day International between Australia and South Africa takes place on Wednesday at the Adelaide Oval.
After being underdogs in the opening game, South Africa is a $1.85 to wrap up the series in Adelaide. Australia is priced at $1.95.
South Africa are favourites to win the series, priced at $1.50 to take either game two or game three in Hobart on Sunday.
In the series correct score market, South Africa to win 3-0 is priced at $4 and offers value based on what was shown by Australia on Sunday.
There is no doubt Australia will respond on home soil and the market has faith in them. They are priced at $2.62 to win the series, with value in the 2-1 correct score market at $2.75.
Aaron Finch is the shortest priced top Australian runscorer for Wednesday’s match, priced at $4 to lead the way for Australia.
Queensland’s Chris Lynn is next best at $5, along with Travis Head at $5. Head will be playing at his home ground and will know the conditions better than most on Wednesday.
For South Africa it is their opening batsmen that lead the top runscorer market, with Quinton de Kock the shortest priced at $4.
Wednesday will be the second time South Africa and Australia meet in a One Day International at the Adelaide Oval.
Their last meeting was in 2009 where South Africa were eight wicket winners on Australia Day.
The Proteas have played at the ground on four previous occasions, winning three of those matches.
Pakistan completed a 3-0 T20 series win against New Zealand in Dubai with a 47 run win on Monday morning.
Babar Azam scored a match-high 79 runs from 58 balls for the hosts, who dismissed New Zealand for just 119 runs in 16.5 overs.
The Black Caps failed to get going, with their top order faltering.
Captain Kane Williamson top scored for the tourists with 60 runs from 38 balls.
The two teams will now play three One Day Internationals in the Emirates starting with Wednesday’s day-nighter in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan is priced at 41.67 to win the match, with New Zealand a $2.22 outsider.
Australia v South Africa 2nd ODI Odds
South Africa $1.85
South Africa $1.50
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