Ab de Villiers played a captain’s knock of 136 runs (not out) to guide his side to victory on Wednesday © Getty Images (File Photo)
By Rajarshi Majumdar
Aug 27, 2014
Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis‘ respective tons help South Africa register a massive seven wicket win over Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the Zimbabwe Triangular series 2014, at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. South Africa went off to flier with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla took on the Australian pace attack. Unfortunately, they both got out to loose deliveries from Mitchell Starc and Imran Tahir respectively.
After this, it was Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis show all the way. The way they built the innings was commendable. At a stage they were lagging behind on the required run rate. Slowly they caught up with the required run rate as they started to score at a brisk pace. Both de Villiers and du Plessis lined themselves up for the batting powerplay which they took at the end of the 35th over. They had already crossed 250 run mark by then. After that, it was all easy for these two. Althought, du Plessis got out but JP Duminy finished it in style.
Austrlian fielding was all over the place throughout the second innings. They dropped Ab de Villiers twice while he was in the 80′s. George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson were the respective culprits. Things could have changed for them if they would hanged on to the catches but fortune favours the brave as it says. De Villiers went on to score an unbeaten 136 runs to guide his side to victory.
Earlier in the day, George Bailey smashed a quickfire 66 and Aaron Finch‘s ton helped Australia to reach a challenging target of 328 runs against South Africa in the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) of this triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. Phil hughes and Aaron Finch opened the batting for Australia. They were off to a brisk start and made the stage for the middle-order to come and capitalise. Finch and Hughes added 92 runs in tandem until Hughes got out to a loose ball from imran Tahir at the covers.
Bailey and Finch steadied the Australian innings and put them in a commanding position. They were 234 / 2 in the 40th over. In the meanwhile Finch reached his 4th ODI century in just 111 balls. Bailey too reached his half-century in no time.
Tahir was the pick of the bowler for South Africa as he picked up two wickets by just giving away 45 runs in his 10 overs. All the other bowlers went for a lot of runs. Even Steyn and Morkel could not make any sort of impact on the Australian batsmen.
Austrlia 320 for 7 in 50 overs ( Aaron Finch 102, Phil Hughes 51, George Bailey 66; Morne Morkel 2 for 63, Ryan McLaren 2 for 64, Imran Tahir 2 for 45) lost to South Africa (Faf du Plessis 106, Ab de Villiers 136*; Mitchell Starc 2 for 62, Kane Richardson 1 for 68) by 7 wickets.
Man of the match: Ab de Villiers
(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)