Australia defended the small target in 2nd ODI to beat Proteas by 7 runs in a close contest
Host wins the Adelaide ODI to level the series with South Africa by 1-1.
Oval brings out a thrilling contest between two similar teams, who used to play in a similar condition. Australia finally crosses the line after being defeated by South Africa in the 1st ODI. Bowling friendly condition of Adelaide Oval brings out a tough challenge for both sides batting. Therefore, neither of the two teams able to cross 250 runs mark in the match.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. In the tricky surface, Australia suffered the early blow of Travis Head at the score of 12 runs. captain Finch 41, Lynn 44 and wicketkeeper Carey 47 played a vital role in sustaining Aussie innings. However, lower order failure jolted Australia from getting total on the board, as a result, they bowled out for 231 runs. Premium Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada took 4 wickets, while spinner scalp 3 wickets.
In reply, South Africa felt the heat for Australia’s pace attack as inform De Kock fall prey of Mitchell Starc at the score of 18 runs. The visitor could not able to cope up with Australia’s fast bowlers and lose wickets at regular intervals. Captain Faf Du Plessis 47 and Miller tried to resist, but Australia was too good for Proteas batsman. In the end, the visitor fell short by 7 runs from the target of 231 runs as they managed to score 224 runs in their 50 overs. Stoinis was a pick of the bowler for Australia with his 3 wickets. Starc and Hazelwood supported him well with 2 wickets each in the match.
AUS 231 (48.3 Ovs)
RSA 224/9 (50.0 Ovs)
Note: Aaron Finch adjudged Player of the match