Australia in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2023 |2nd ODI |9/9/2023 Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Right then, that is it from the game. It was a convincing victory for the Aussies as they go 2-0 up in the series. The third ODI between these sides will be played on Tuesday, the 12th of September at 4.30 pm IST (11 am GMT). Do join us in advance for the build-up as well. Until then, take care, and cheers!
Mitchell Marsh, the victorious skipper of Australia, says that he is happy with the way the boys played. He says that Abbott did well, and Zampa too was amazing. Further says that there are a lot of positives to take from the game. On his dismissal in this game, Marsh admits that he needs to put that reverse sweep in the locker for now. Is excited to have an opportunity to win yet another series for Australia.
Marnus Labuschagne is the Player of the Match for his excellent knock. He says that he is happy to be back in the team and score some runs. He adds that he is a bit disappointed by the way he got out but he is overall happy with the performance. He further says that the World Cup means a lot to him and he will keep on giving his best.
Temba Bavuma, the skipper of South Africa, says that Australia were just wonderful in this game and that was a mammoth total to chase. Adds that his team got it wrong from the very beginning and will look to improve on it. Further says that the hosts will need to put this behind them quickly and improve to bounce back in their next game. Ends by saying that the Proteas will look to play their best cricket in the remaining games.
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Earlier in the game, the South African bowlers had a hard outing as the Aussie batters posted a mammoth total of 392 runs on the board. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne both scored a ton whilst Josh Inglis scored a half-century. Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas as he picked up a four-fer.
The South African batters started on a brisk note but just couldn't keep the momentum going. Once Quinton de Kock fell, wickets fell like a deck of cards and there was no turning back for them. Both the openers were dismissed a few runs shy of their half-century. They picked up momentum in the middle for a while when David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen stitched up a fine partnership but they were both dismissed for 49 runs.
Well, that was an all-round performance from the Aussies. They won by a mammoth margin of 123 runs! They just never let the South African batters settle in the game. They kept on picking wickets whenever a good partnership was brewing for them. Adam Zampa picked up a four-fer and was certainly the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies. Aaron Hardie and Nathan Ellis picked up two wickets each and were economical too. Sean Abbott picked up the remaining two tailenders in a jiffy and registered the victory for them.
Sean Abbott to Tabraiz Shamsi, OUT! PLUMB IN FRONT! Sean Abbott finishes the job here! He bowls this full again and around middle, keeping a bit low, Tabraiz Shamsi hops up to flick it away, but plays down the wrong line and misses getting hit on the pads right in front of the stumps. There is an appeal for LBW, and up goes the finger. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 123 RUNS & LEADS 2-0 IN THE SERIES!
Tabraiz Shamsi is the last batter in.
Sean Abbott to Anrich Nortje, OUT! TIMBER! Sean Abbott gets a wicket now! The defense of Anrich Nortje has been broken here. Abbott serves this a touch fuller, on middle, skids through and angles in, Anrich Nortje gets hurried and is late to put his bat down in time as the ball goes through to shatter the stumps. Australia on the verge of victory now!
Sean Abbott to Anrich Nortje, Length again, on off, Anrich Nortje dabs it towards backward point.
Sean Abbott to Kagiso Rabada, On a length and around leg, Kagiso Rabada flicks it in the air but on the bounce and wide of deep mid-wicket for a run, he wants te second but is sent back.
Sean Abbott to Anrich Nortje, Back of a length and outside off, Anrich Nortje cuts it through point for a single.
END OF OVER 41 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | SA 267/8
Adam Zampa to Kagiso Rabada, SIX! Up, up, and away! Kagiso Rabada showing his strengths here. This is flighted, full and on off, in the slot as well, Kagiso Rabada clears his front leg away and tonks it way over the long on fence for a biggie.
Adam Zampa to Anrich Nortje, Fires this one full and on off, Anrich Nortje drills it towards long off for a run.
Adam Zampa to Anrich Nortje, Tossed up, full and on middle, Anrich Nortje strides forward and defends it down the pitch.
Adam Zampa to Kagiso Rabada, Another short delivery, on off, Kagiso Rabada steers it wide of point for a single.
Adam Zampa to Kagiso Rabada, Quicker, short and on middle, Kagiso Rabada stays back and keeps it out to the off side.
Adam Zampa to Kagiso Rabada, Flatter, short and around off, Kagiso Rabada moves back to punch it away but misses.
END OF OVER 40 | 6 Runs & 0 Wkt | SA 259/8
Powerplay 3! Now, fives fielders are allowed outside the circle till the last over.
Aaron Hardie to Anrich Nortje, A bit fuller and on off, keeps low too, Anrich Nortje looks to slog across the line but misses as the ball goes under his bat to the keeper.
Aaron Hardie to Anrich Nortje, Back of a length and on off, Anrich Nortje pats it down towards short covers.