Home > News >

Faf du Plessis’ century in vain as Australia win by 62 runs in 5th ODI

Faf du Plessis © AFP
Faf du Plessis © AFP

By Sameer Jha

Sep 2, 2014

Australia won by 62 runs against South Africa in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series. Australia had scored 282 for the loss of seven wickets, courtesy some brilliant batting by Philip Hughes and Mitchell Marsh. Marsh, who has been a given a chance in the tri-series to impress the Australian selectors ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015, grabbed the opportunity with both hands as he scored 86 in just 69 balls, and took two wickets for 23 runs, and was rightfully adjudged the player of the match.

South Africa made a stuttering start to the chase with Quinton de Kock falling in just the second over to Glenn Maxwell. Hashim Amla too failed to make any significant impact, and AB de Villiers couldn’t repeat his heroics of the second ODI. Faf du Plessis was the only man silently piling on the runs for South Africa, as wickets were tumbling on the other end. At 101 for five, only a miracle could save the Proteas, and du Plessis almost pulled it off. He cleared the boundary with ease and had brought down the equation down to 80 needed off 63 at one point with Ryan McLaren‘s support. Kane Richardson made the crucial dismissal of McLaren, and South Africa just lost the plot from there onwards. Steyn was run out, and du Plessis himself was out in the most unlikeliest fashion — his right foot hit the stumps and dislodged the bails.

Australia had started their innings in a calm and composed manner with no wicket falling in the first 10 overs. Aaron Finch, who had scored a century in his previous innings against the Proteas, failed to repeat his performance and fell to Ryan McLaren in the 11th over. After his dismissal, Phillip Hughes and Steven Smith combined well and rotated the strike beautifully to help the Australians recover. However, Smith who was batting on No 3 for the first time for Australia in ODIs, fell after scoring 36. South African bowlers stemmed the flow of runs after his dismissal, and 250 looked unfeasible for them at one point. But, Mitchell Marsh had other plans. He hit three consecutive sixes off Dale Steyn in the 46th over, and didn’t stop there.

The win will give Australia a lot of confidence, and make them forget the wounds inflicted by Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI. South Africa, will just like to put the defeat behind them, and look to put a better performance against Zimbabwe in the sixth ODI, and the finals.

Brief scores:

Australia 282 for 7 in 50 overs (Phillip Hughes 85, Mitchell Marsh 86*; Aaron Phangiso 2 for 39) beat South Africa 220 all out (Faf du Plessis 126, Ryan McLaren 24; Glenn Maxwell 2 for 22, Mitchell Marsh 2 for 23) by 62 runs

Player of the match: Mitchell Marsh

Full scorecard

(Sameer Jha is a reporter at cricketcountry.comHe can be followed on Twitter at@SameerJha_)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad


West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test


Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here