Faf du Plessis    AFP
Faf du Plessis AFP

Sep 2, 2014

(Australia need to win the match in order to confirm their berth in the final. Catch the live updates of the match here)

Maxwell to Imran Tahir, OUT, it’s all over, Tahir has been caught at deep cover and Australia enter the finals of the tri-series with a bonus-point win. He freed his arms and lofted to ball over cover but only got as far as Mitchell Marsh, who had a great day. A comprehensive win for the Aussies.

Imran Tahir c Marsh b Maxwell 2 (4)

Johnson to Morkel, OUT!!, that’s gone through, bowled’im! What a difference pace can make! the length delivery came in from just outside off and it didn’t give Morkel any time to move his feet, he tried to drive it down but missed it completely.

M Morkel b Johnson 0 (2)


OUT!! Faf is gone. Oh, he’s hitwicket, what a way for that innings to end! Faf went back in the crease to turn the ball to deep midwicket from outside off and set off for a single too, but his right heel touched the base of the off stump and he has to walk back. He has a word with Phangiso before leaving the field. Final nail in the coffin for South Africa.

F du Plessis hit wicket b Richardson 126 (109)

Out!! Dale Steyn run out. Australians are now clearly on top. Steyn punched the ball down to mid-off and took off to give strike to Faf, but the ball reached Smith in no time and he struck the stumps with a direct hit and so much power that one of them broke!

OUT!! Dale Steyn run out 5 (10)



100 for Du Plessis! What a special knock from him. But, he needs to go on for South Africa to win.


Oh dear! McLaren is out! Richardson takes his first wicket of the match. That’s a huge wicket for Australia. Dale Steyn walks in for South Africa.


Du Plessis thinks he can do it! He is finding the boundaries with ease. The partnership is worth more than 50 runs now.



Du Plessis is waging a lone battle here. South Africa will need him to be there till the end, and he’ll need some special support at the other end.




Mitchell Johnson cleans up David Miller! That’s a classic fast bowlers dismissal! Du Plessis has got his half century though, and 100 is up for the Saffers! The required run rate has gone up to more than seven runs per over now though.

OUT! David Miller b Johnson 3 (5)



And Duminy is gone! Australia well and truly ahead. Marsh takes the wicket again. David Miller in for South Africa.

OUT! JP Duminy c (sub) Cutting b Marsh 16 (32)



South Africa can’t afford to let their scoring rate drop, but can’t afford to lose wickets playing rash shots either. Duminy and Du Plessis have a difficult task on their hands right now.




Faf du Plessis is slowly piling on the runs. South Africa face a uphill task from here. Australia cannot afford to take it easy, and need a few more wickets to really put themselves in advantage.


AND LYON STRIKES! Huge, huge wicket here. AB de Villiers out for just six, he swept that one really hard but it was taken brilliantly at square leg.

OUT! AB de Villiers 6(19) c Bailey b Lyon

Mitchell Marsh who shone with the bat, now has been given a chance to shine with the ball. And he strikes second ball! Amla departs.

OUT! Hashim Amla c Haddin b Marsh 17 (28)


Amla and Du Plessis have kept the scoreboard ticking after the early dismissal.


Quinton de Kock falls in just the second over. Glenn Maxwell of all people makes the breakthrough. This is good captaincy from Bailey. Australia have made just the start they needed.

OUT! Quinton de Kock c c Smith b Maxwell 1 (5)



Here is a little incident to cheer you up.



That’s it the end of the innings. Australia have put up a decent total on the board. South Africa bowlers tried bowling full towards the end but Mitchell Marsh went ballistic. Australia managed to score 80 runs in their last five overs.

Mitchell Johnson run out Phangiso 2 (2)

How many can Australia score in their last 2 overs. We’ll have to wait and see. Marsh has launched an attack on the Proteas bowlers.

50 for Mitchell Marsh..!! He is playing a little gem of an inngs at the back end of the Australian innings. He should have come ahead one may think. But it is all good for the Aussies. It does not matter how the runs are coming but it is important they keep on coming. Three overs to go.

Things are not looking good for Australia. Neither of these bastmen are being allowed to get away. This is good bowling from the Proteas!

The South African bowlers are giving nothing away at all. Absolutely no room to keep the scoreboard ticking. Australia need to make a move now.

George Bailey falls just as he was looking to get going. Phangiso makes the dismissal.

OUT! George Bailey st de Kock b Phangiso 32 (35)

Bailey finally hits a boundary off Tahir. South Africa have done really well to stop Australia from accelerating after the Smith-Hughes partnership.



Oh dear! Philip Hughes looks to hit one off Phangiso and fails to clear the boundary. No century for him! Both Hughes and Maxwell were out, trying to accelerate. Australia in a spot of bother here. Good comeback from South Africa!

OUT! Philip Hughes c Miller b Phangiso 85 (92)



Oh dear! Maxwell fails again. He hits one into the air, straight into the hands of Quinton de Kock.

OUT! Glenn Maxwell 2 (6) c de Kock b Steyn


Tahir strikes! Steven Smith departs after a fine knock of 36. Glenn Maxwell the new man in for Australia. It’s an interesting move by the team management.

OUT! Steven Smith 36 c de Kock b Imran Tahir 36




Both batsman continuing to keep the scoreboard ticking at a steady rate. Hughes hits a six off Morkel. Barring a collapse, Australia look set to get a 300 plus total here. However, will it be enough considering the firepower in the South African line-up. Remember they chased down 328 last time!


Hughes gets his half-century. This has been a fine innings from him. Both these batsman have steadied the ship for Australia after Finch’s dismissal. South Africa trying to break their partnership, but not succeeding.

Australia have done well so far, but South Africa have not allowed them to score quickly. Philip Hughes approaching his half century.

These two have steadied the ship for Australia after the Finch dismissal. Phangiso and Tahir bowling in tandem for South Africa.


Imran Tahir comes into the attack for South Africa. He had taken 2 wickets for 45, in the previous meeting between these two teams. He gives away just one run in his first in this match.

And Finch is gone! Ryan McLaren, South Africa’s highest wicket taker in the tournament strikes again. And Steven Smith walks out at No. 3. This is the first time he is playing at this position.

OUT! Aaron Finch c Duminy b McLaren 16 (36)


JP Duminy into the attack and he is dispatched for a boundary straightaway. Philip Hughes is looking in great touch. Dale Steyn seems to be in a spot of bother and was seen wincing while bowling. Probably some pain in his elbow.



South Africa bowl much more economically after that expensive first over. Both Finch and Hughes looking in no hurry to score runs.

Australia start things swiftly. Hughes hits consecutive boundaries off Steyn in the first over.



James Faulkner and Ben Cutting have been dropped, while Mitchell Johnson, Steven Smith and Kane Richardson will make a comeback.

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin(w), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson

AB de Villiers makes a comeback, while Rilee Russouw has been dropped.

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir

South Africa win toss, elect to field.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Match 5 between Australia and South Africa at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on Tuesday. This is Sameer Jha, and I will be bringing you the updates of the match. Click here to read PREVIEW of the Australia-South Africa clash.

According to AFP, Australia must overcome the embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe and the departure of captain Michael Clarke to injury when they take on South Africa in the fifth match of the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) Triangular series on Tuesday.

Clarke s hamstring problem flared up during his innings of 68 against Zimbabwe on Sunday, and insult was added to injury when the hosts chased down a target of 210 to pull off one of the great upsets in cricket s history.

Clarke flew out of Zimbabwe on Monday to return home for treatment, leaving Australia with a squad of just 13 to pick from for Tuesday s encounter. The three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe saw Australia slip from No. 1 to No. 3 on the ICC s one-day rankings table, below India and South Africa. It was just the second time ever that Australia had lost to the No. 10-ranked nation, following Zimbabwe s win at Trent Bridge in the 1983 World Cup.


Australia: Aaron Finch, George Bailey (c), 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 scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the Australia vs South Africa Match 5 here