Australia snapped a seven-match losing streak in ODIs with a seven-run win over South Africa in the 2nd ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, and the skipper Aaron Finch said that the win was a justification of the team’s hard work.
Australia snapped a seven-match losing streak in ODIs with a seven-run win over South Africa in the 2nd ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, and the skipper Aaron Finch said that the win was a justification of the team’s hard work.

Australia snapped a seven-match losing streak in ODIs with a seven-run win over South Africa in the 2nd ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, and the skipper Aaron Finch said that the win was a justification of the team’s hard work.

“The way we defended was outstanding, The bowlers were relentless,” said Finch.”I’m not sure if it’s relief, but justification for some hard work. We held our chances and it went our way. We knew we had to bowl them out, or go close to it.”

Set 232 to win, South Africa could only manage 224/9 in their 50 overs, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the decider in Hobart on Sunday. Finch praised the bowling effort, which was lead by allrounder Marcus Stoinis (10-0-35-3).

“We know, when our quicks bowl in the right areas, they are excellent. We had to bowl them out to win and breaking the partnership of Faf and Miller was key,” said Finch, who walked away with the player of the match award for his tactics as a captain.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said “good teams should close that (score) down”.

“I felt we let ourselves down with the bat, very disappointed,” he added. “I don’t believe that score was worth winning, we let ourselves down. It is a tough defeat to swallow. Their number 10 and 11 put on 30 odd runs and that proved to be decisive. Me and Miller were handling things well, we should have taken it deep. We lost too many wickets upfront,” said du Plessis.