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JP Duminy dispatches Faulkner for a gorgeous boundary off the third delivery. Just 2 runs needed, and Faulkner bowls a wide. Duminy takes a single and South Africa win by 7 wickets. What a good game of cricket we’ve had. Australia played well to put up a total of 327, but were let down by their bowlers who failed to capitalise on the early dismissal of the openers.
This will be a memorable victory for victory for the Proteas. They were looking in massive trouble when de Kock departed, but du Plessis and de Villiers scripted one of the best ODI comebacks you’ll ever see. Just 8 more runs needed.
Sensible batting from both de Villiers and Duminy! Five singles from that over. Just what is required.
Duminy brings up the 300 for South Africa by hitting a big six off Richardson! South Africa are looking to finish this with overs to spare.
Mitchell Johnson has finished his quota of 10 overs. He hasn’t been able to produce something special for the Aussies! No boundary, but still 11 runs off that 43rd over.
Australia will have to produce something special if they have to defeat South Africa. The Proteas are coasting to victory as of now. De Villiers and Duminy have to just rotate the strike and not do anything silly, and that is what they are doing at the moment.
OUT! Faf du Plessis c Smith b Starc 106 (98)
Ab de Villiers joins the party. Completes his 18th ODI ton!
Du Plessis completes his maiden ODI hundred!
Ab de Villiers has been gifted with two lives in two overs. Mitchell Johnson and George Bailey did the honours. Both these batsmen are doing it easily now.
Faf and de Villiers have put South Africa well and truly in the drivers seat. De Villiers suffered a cramp and on the other hand Du plessis is approaching his maiden ODI century. This is South Africa’s highest 3rd wicket partnership against Australia in the ODIs. These two beat Cronje and Cullinan’s record of 149 runs at Centurion in 1996.
The powerplay is still in the bank for the Proteas. Both Faf and de Villiers are lining themselves up for soem firework.
Fifty for Faf du Plessis!
Du plessis and De villiers are keeping South Africa in the hunt. They are slowly turning things around. The momentum was in Australia’s side but that too is shifting at this moment. Du Plessis is approaching his 10th ODI half-century.
Both du Plessis and de villiers will try and build a partnership. They have kept the scoreboard ticking but they are not at par with the required run rate. They still need 247 runs to win in 35 overs.
The required run rate is creeping up. Proteas skipper de Villiers will look to up the tempo in order to ba at par with the run rate. South Africa at this moment are lagging behind. Johnson is bowling full length deliveries on off stump.
OUT! Quinton de Kock c Faulkner b Starc 19 (18)
OUT! Hashim Amla c Smith b Richardson 24 (29)
Australia have South Africa a daunting target of 328 runs. As expected, de Kock and Amla are off to a flier. The Austrlian pacers have failed to impress in the initial overs. Proteas openers are making full use of the powerplay. These are good batting conditions. The pitch won’t detoriate much. A good chase up in hands for the fans.
Wayne Parnell is hit for a six off the first ball and the fourth ball! Mitchell Johnson does the damage. He has played a gem of an innings at the end here. South Africa will need a great performance for them to chase this!
Steyn to Mitchell Johnson. An interesting battle this! Tidy over in the end. Just six runs off it.
Three boundaries on a trot by Steven Smith! And he is out! That was a great knock. McLaren makes the breakthrough.
OUT! Steven Smith 31 (19)
It’ll be a great fightback from the Proteas if they can restrict them to a total of around 300. Faulkner and Smith are capable of hitting big shots, and they are doing just that! Nine runs of that Steyn over.
That’s a tidy over from Tahir! Just five runs off it. Which is great at this point of time.
Brad Haddin dispatches Imran Tahir for a six! 10 runs from the 45th over. Steyn comes into the attack and Haddin is gone. This is an important wicket for the Proteas. They have fought back well to stop the Aussie onslaught. Australia will still fancy their chances though. 270 is a great total to have after 45 overs.
OUT! B Haddin 9 (7)
Glenn Maxwell is dismissed. Morne Morkel makes the breakthrough. Brad Haddin is the new man in, and he’ll have to combine well with Steven Smith for Australia to reach an imposing total.
OUT! G Maxwell 7 (8)
Aaron Finch is the first ODI batsman to make a 100 on 27 August However nine 100s have been scored in Test cricket on this day! #AusvSA — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2014
The stage is set for Maxwell to launch. In the first ODI, Australia scored 147 runs in the last ten overs. Bailey has pressed the accelerator. Maxwell will like to join the party as well.
OUT! George Bailey c de Kock b Morkel 66 (54)
OUT! Aaron Finch c Duminy b McLaren 102 (116)
What a way to bring up the fifty.! George Bailey drives one over the covers for a six.
Aaron Finch completes his 4th ODI century!
Finch is looking for boundaries but McLaren and Steyn have bowled well and not given him any room to free his arm. Surprisingly, Australia are maintaining a run rate of 5.28 per over. They can still put up a big total as they have eight wickets left in their kitty.
Steyn has been bowling well to Finch. Good length outside off stump. Finch is trying to defend from his crease as he rarely does he get on the front foot. Bailey doing it in singles. Boundaries have dried up.
Tahir and Morkel are really bowling well now. They are bowling a tight line and length. George Bailey is finding difficult to make a move on. He is not timing the ball at all.
South Africa are trying to pull things back. Imran Tahir picked up two quick wickets. Marsh was caught in front of the stumps. Finch is still there at the crease. Australia skipper George Bailey have come out to bat.
OUT! Mitchell Marsh lbw b Tahir 5 (13)
OUT! Phil Hughes c de Villiers b Tahir 51 (63)
Philip Hughes completes his 3rd ODI half-century !
Australia are right on top at this moment. They are maintaining a healthy run rate of 5.73. Hughes and Finch looking in good touch. De Villiers have treid everyhting but nothing is wroking for him. Imran Tahir and Ryan Mclaren are trying to restrain them from scoring but they are doing it easily now.
The bowlers are making it easier for Finch and Hughes. They are knocking around and picking up singles with ease. Hughes approaching his fifty as well.
Australia going well with Finch and Hughes. Both of them are looking in good touch. De Villiers need to try something different. May be getting Morkel into the attack from the other end.
Steyn and parnell trying hard to get their length right. Hughes and Finch can get away otherwise. They are maintaining a healthy run rate of 5.25 per over.
What start for Australia! Hughes has decided to take on the bowlers right from the start. Proteas bowlers needs to get their length right.
A good start for Australia. Hughes looking good upfront. Finch will look to carry on with the momentum from the 1st ODI.
Playing XI:Australia: Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second One-Day International (ODI) of the Triangular series in Zimbabwe. Two big teams clash at Harare today with the top-ranked ODI team Australia taking on No 3 in the table South Africa. I am Rajarshi Majumdar and I will be bringing the live updates of the match. Read the preview of the match here The Australian batting is in place with the way they hammered Zimbabwe. The presence of Glenn Maxwell in the middle-order gives them the extra boost. Even the pacers fared well but they will have a bigger test ahead bowling to some good quality batsmen. The Proteas have been in good shape winning a series against Sri Lanka away from home. They thrashed Zimbabwe 3-0 in the run-up to this triangular series. The pitch isn’t going to be a huge threat for the batsmen. Expect this to be an evenly fought clash. Here’s JP Duminy speaking about preparations ahead of the game. Squads:Australia: Michael Clarke (c),Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (wk), Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc. South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott , Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn. Catch live score and ball-by-ball commentary of the Australia vs South Africa match here