Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014: Australia vs South Africa, 5th ODI at Harare: Faf du Plessis wages a lone battle
Faf du Plessis © AFP
Sep 2, 2014
South Africa were for 159 for 5 at the end of 35 overs in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Harare. Faf du Plessis was batting on 90, and Ryan McLaren was batting on 16. South Africa were looking done and dusted at one point, but du Plessis hit some big shots to bring the Proteas back into the game. They needed 124 more runs off the remaining 15 overs.
Australia need to win the match in order to confirm their berth in the finals. If they lose this match, and Zimbabwe beat South Africa in the sixth ODI then the final will be between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Michael Clarke, misses out in the match due to hamstring injury, and George Bailey will lead the side.
Earlier, Australia were handed an embarassing three-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe in fourth ODI. The Australian line-up had collapsed like a pack of cards, with only Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin making meaningful contributions. The bowlers had almost pulled things back for Australia, but were undone by a brave partnership by Prosper Utseya and Elton Chigumbura.
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