Hashim Amla © Getty Images (File Photo)
Hashim Amla © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 14, 2014

Catch the live scorecard of Australia (Aus) vs South Africa (SA) 1st ODI at Perth

(South Africa will look to avenge their 1-2 series loss in the recent T20I series at the hands of Australia)

The tail is really wagging for South Africa! They have come up with a great partnership here. Mitch Marsh being taken apart by Imran Tahir! Consecutive boundaries! Maxwell to bowl the penultimate over. OH HE’S GONE! Maxwell strikes again! That’s the end of the match, wonderful match in the end thanks to an entertaining stand by the final pair. Australia win by 32 runs!
OUT! I Tahir 22(22) c Warner b Maxwell

Mitch bowling to the tail. Nut Tahir surviving everything. Good work from him. Coulter-Nile continues. To Morkel and Tahir’s credit, they have batted with a straight bat for the most part. And Tahir hits four off the last ball. Johnson continues. And Morkel gets four more, trying to hit it through covers, the ball goes down long on! Mitchell Marsh comes on now, and Morkel pulls him for four first ball!

Big Mo’ Mitch dishing out some short stuff to South Africa’s new ball bowlers. To their credit, they’re placing it well down to third man. Coulter-Nile into the attack now. Steyn smacks one down the ground for four! Good shot. OH HE’S GOT HIM THIS TIME! Steyn caught by Wade!
OUT! D Steyn 6(12) c Wade b Coulter-Nile

Dale Steyn loses his shoe while batting! That’s not something you see everyday. SA need 91 runs to win off 66 balls. ABD smacks Hazlewood down the ground for four and nearly takes Nigel Llong’s head off with it. AND DE VILLIERS IS RUN OUT! THE MATCH IS SURELY OVER NOW!
OUT! AB de Villiers 80(76) run out (sub) S Smith

ABD is is fast running out of partners here. He will need to play a blinder while also farming the strike. AND HE LOSES ANOTHER ONE! Big Vern edges behind, and the Proteas lose their seventh!
OUT! V Philander 1(6) c Wade b Hazlewood

So the approximate equation is 100 runs needed off 15 overs. If anyone can guide his side home in a canter, it’s the man who just crossed 7000 ODI runs, AB de Villiers. Oh dear, Miller departs! He’s holed out to Mitch Marsh off Coulter-Nile! OH AND ANOTHER ONE! Two in a row for Coulter-Nile, and McLaren will have to go! He’s ducked into a short one, and hot spot shows the ball touched his glove en route to the ‘keeper!
OUT! D Miller 65(65) c Marsh b Coulter-Nile, R McLaren 0(2) c Wade b Coulter-Nile



AB de Villiers and David Miller batting quite beautifully at the moment. Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile are in operation at the moment. Both batsmen are approaching their landmarks. And they both get to their half-centuries now! Great work from both men. South Africa require another 112 runs with 6 wickets and 16.0 overs remaining.



South Africa need 169 in 25 overs. Mitchell Marsh was hit for a couple of boundaries in the 24th over.



Proteas reach the three-figure mark in the 20th over. Miller and De Villiers have scored boundaries at regular intervals to keep the required rate under check. 200 needed in 180 balls.



Big wicket. Marsh pulls this one and Mitchell Marsh manages to latch on to this. They have put on crucial partnerships in the past and Australia would be relieved to see Faf walk back.
OUT! F du Plessis c Marsh b Watson 31 (43)



Quiet run of play in the last two overs. De Villiers and du Plessis have their task cut out. South Africa need 237 in 36 overs.



Behardien smacks it towards midwicket, except that he didn’t middle it, Aaron Finch takes a comfortable catch in the deep. The tormentors for Australia have come together, Faf and AB de Villiers. The latter gets off the mark with a boundary.
OUT! Behardien c Finch b Coulter-Nile 20(22)



Even though South Africa bat deep, it is important for South Africa to form a steady partnership here. Behardien pierces the gap off a Johnson delivery, but the ball is cut short brilliantly for just 3 runs. Great commitment from the hosts. Coulter-Nile enters the attack.


Another one bites the dust! Hashim Amla edges one to Mathhew Wade. Johnson makes the breakthrough again. He is enjoying bowling at the Perth wicket. Both openers back in the hut, and Australia are well in command of this ODI.
OUT! Amla c Wade b Johnson 8(13)



Breakthrough for Aussies early on. Quinton de Kock tried to push a quick one from Johnson and nicks it to the keeper. That was around 145kphs.
Q de Kock c Wade b Johnson 2(7)



Josh Hazlewood starts off from the other end. He has started off with 140kphs. If he manages to swing it at that pace, the Proteas batsmen could face some trouble. First run off the bat with De Kock playing towards cover fro a single. Amla flicks the next one fine towards deep backward square-leg for a single. De Kock is beaten by pace on the fifth ball and manages to add one more. Single for Amla on the final ball.



First ball from Johnson is over the wicket and moves away from Amla. Left alone by the right-hander. Next one is defended solidly. The third one is a bit quicker and the inside edge almost clips the stumps. Fourth ball is driven beautifully but well-stopped by Glenn Maxwell. A run-out opportunity but Amla manages to return to the crease. No run off the final delivery and that’s a maiden to start the innings.





Boundary on the first ball. That ball from Morne Morkel was chipped by Coulter-Nile and Philander chased it and ended up deflecting the ball off his leg in to the fence. A few singles and the fifth ball takes the outside edge of Johnson to run past the keeper for four. Couple on the last ball. 103 scored off the last 10 overs.



Dale Steyn bowls the penultimate over and Johnson manages to hit a four on the fifth ball. It was overall a disciplined effort from Steyn there mixing up his pace well. Johnson somehow managed to get out of the way.



Another brilliant catch from Faf du Plessis. South Africa get rid of the dangerous Maxwell. He could have made a difference of 20 odd runs at least.
OUT! G Maxwell c Faf b Morkel 29(19)



Maxwell swinging his bat and succeeding in scoring runs. The first one from Steyn was pulled and Imran Tahir completely messed up that skier. The next one was short and cut away for four. The next one was top-edged and the ball flew over the wicketkeeper for four more. Another skier on the fifth ball and it lands between two fielders. Boundary on the last ball of the over







Gone, Wade slashes this on the off-side and substitute fielder Rillee Rossouw takes a good catch running forward. Mitchell Johnson comes in to bat to a huge round of applause. He has been adjudged as ICC Player of the Year a few minutes back.
OUT! M Wade c (sub) Rossouw b Philander 35(40)



After some sparkling shots, here comes the catch of the day. Faf du Plessis has pulled off a stunner. Bailey had already hammered a six off the first ball of the over from Dale Steyn. This one was hit straight back and was mistimed, the ball ballooned high in the air, Faf ran 15 steps backwards and held on to the catch. In the over before, Bailey had smashed two big sixes off Ryan McLaren. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in. Perfect time for him to get going. A fine innings by Bailey.




OUT! G Bailey c Faf b Steyn 70(75)






Bailey is looking in good touch now and ready to swing his bat. The second ball of the 42nd over was short and Bailey swung it wildly, that landed just inside the boundary. Fifth ball of the over was pulled in the air and Farhan Behardien took a diving catch but he hurt his shoulder while diving and the ball popped out of his hands. He was lying on the ground in excruciating pain. He walks off the field. Last ball of the over and Bailey gets to his half-century. Was lucky to get two reprieves. From thereon, it has been a class innings.




The moment Behardien hurt himself.







Bailey is leading the show for Australia. After two reprieves, the right-hander just about survives a direct throw from point by Hashim Amla. Wade tapped it towards point and Amla sprinted across to hit it. Bailey’s full-stretch effort sees him in. Meanwhile, these two have completed their fifty partnership. Crucial stand between the two.




News coming in that Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the rest of the match.





A steady partnership being put on between Wade and Bailey. The duo are accelerating a bit now. Bailey in that over from Morkel picks a boundary hitting straight past the bowler. Wade had picked four off Steyn in the over before.





South Africa have kept a strict vigil on Australia’s flow of runs. These two need to set the platform for Glenn Maxwell to end on a high. McLaren and Philander are bowling in tandem.









Philander strikes. A short stay for debutant Mitch Marsh. It was in the line of off-stump and Marsh goes for a tentative forward push. A wide gap between bat-pad and the ball clips the off-stump. Philander has struck a crucial wicket. Though the Aussies are five down they have two more batsmen in store with Matthew Wade walking out to bat and Maxwell to follow.




OUT! M Marsh b Philander 10(15)



Ryan McLaren back in the attack. Mitchell marsh starts off with a neat cover-drive. Right off the middle of his bat. pIcks a single on the next ball. The third one short and Bailey cut it, well-fielded by the point fielder.




Debutant Mitchell marsh has come in to bat.




South Africa have been brilliant in the field today. Second tough opportunity converted in to a wicket. Shane Watson sweeps Imran Tahir. Morne Morkel and short fine-leg takes a low catch. Had they held on to the sitters offered by George Bailey, Australia would have been five down now.




OUT! S Watson c Morkel b Tahir 13(27)






Dropped Again! George Bailey’s luck is shining. He has been dropped for the second time and this time it was a straightforward chance for Imran Tahir off his own bowling. No clue how he managed to let that one slip of his hands.





Dropped! That was a sitter from South African standards. George Bailey goes for the cut shot and the ball flew straight to Miller at backward point, he floors it.









You knew that was coming. Steyn was bowling at full throttle and was going hard at Michael Clarke. The skipper finally commits an error by trying to go for a pull and the top-edge flies to the keeper. Easy catch. Steyn is delighted. Then hits Bailey with a short ball, it goes for a four.











Here it comes. Dale Steyn bowling to Michael Clarke. Watson takes a single on the first ball. No love lost between Steyn and Clarke. The Aussie skipper was trying defend it and the ball took the outside edge and went towards leg-side. That was the fastest ball of the innings from Steyn. Meanwhile, Australia have reached their 100. Steyn digs one short and Clarke awkwardly fends it off. Pulsating encounter between the two.




A sudden break has been applied on the Australian innings. With two set batsmen out, it’s a rebuilding phase for Clarke and Watson. Four runs and two wickets in the last three overs for Australia.





One brings two. Philander gets this one to move away from Finch after pitching back of length. The right-hander went for a tentative push and nicks it to the keeper Quinton de Kock. Proteas are right back in the game. Shane Watson and Michael Clarke are the new batsmen in.
OUT! A Finch c de Kock b Philander 35(40)





That is a terrific catch from Ryan McLaren. Warner goes for 46. The left-hander pulls it on the leg-side towards square-leg, doesn’t get hold of it. McLaren from the deep runs in and takes a forward diving catch. The Proteas have finally managed to break the partnership.
D Warner c McLaren b Philander 46(49)





Time for some spin. Imran Tahir comes in to bowl. He is welcomed with a boundary by Finch. The first ball is pulled for a boundary. The third ball is pushed towards cover and they sneak in two runs. The fifth one is deposited toward the mid-wicket region for a six. Australia are dominating here and it seems like introducing spin wasn’t the best option with the openers set.



Just a single from the first four deliveries off Vernon Philander. The fifth one struck Finch on the pads, a loud appeal has been turned down.



Another bad over for South Africa. Ryan McLaren was short and wide. Finch took the advantage of it. He joined the party too.



Tight over bowled by Morkel. Only three runs from this over. His changed his length a bit. Bowled bit fuller in this over and that worked, at least in this over.



First Powerplay done and dusted. Australia maintained a healthy run rate. South African bowlers started well but after getting their ey in, Aussie openers took over. SA bowlers are becoming predictable. They need to bowl tactically now.



Another expensive over of South Africa. Warner is batting freely. In last four overs Warner and Finch added 44 runs. AB de Villiers now needs a wicket to get back in the game.




Second bowling change of the day. Ryan McLaren replaced Philander. But Warner showed no respect to him. 7 runs came from McLaren;s first over.



AB de Villiers made first change in the bowling. Morkel took over from Steyn and he was treated harshly by Warner has hit two sixes already. 10 runs came from Morkel’s first over.



Warner hit first six of the match. He put Philander under pressure and he gave 13 runs from that over.



So we have our first review of the match here. Finch has been given OUT lbw. Finch challenges the on-field call. The bowler’s footing is fine. No wood involved. He was rapped on the knee-roll and the ball was also snaking down leg. Finch survives.




Both Australian openers are boundary hitters. But today they are also respecting the conditions and taking time. Only 9 runs from the first 4 overs.




Close call for Warner. To edge not carries to the deep fielder. Tahir runs forward from fine leg, but the breeze carries the ball away from him. Steyn is using the pace of the pitch brilliantly.
Vernon Philander is bowling form the other end. The pitch has pace, as all typical WACA pitches have. South Africa not giving anything away. Aussies openers are also taking their time.
South Africa won an important Toss and invited the Australians to bat first. A contest between the World Number 2 and World Number 3 ODI team must be exciting. The big guns are back for South Africa. Whereas for Australia finally the regular captain, Michael Clarke is leading the team. Warner and Finch are opening the innings for the hosts and Steyn took the new ball and bowled a very tight over for SA as expected.







Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Farhan Behardien, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir



This is how the pitch looks for today’s match. The pacers are likely to dominate for most part. Interesting to see how the Proteas pace batter performs in conditions tailor-made for them.





New from WACA, Perth, South Africa have won the toss and elected to bowl



Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and South Africa at the WACA Ground in Perth. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you all the updates from this match.

Both Australia and South Africa are favorites to win next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, and will look to test their strengths and weaknesses in order to plan their preparation for next year’s mega event.

In the three Twenty 20 Internationals (T20Is) played prior to the ODI series, Australia clinched a 2-1 victory. However, several key players AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, George Bailey and Michael Clarke were missing in action in the T20Is. They will be back in their respective line ups  in the 50 overs format.

The two teams had clashed recently in a triangular series in Zimbabwe. In their three encounters, South Africa emerged victorious in two matches (including the final), whereas Australia had registered victory in one match. For Australia, a lot of eyes will be set on how Michael Clarke performs. The Australian captain hasn’t had a great time in recent past. He suffered a hamstring injury while training in Zimbabwe, and missed Australia’s initial matches. On his return, his injury resurfaced and Australia lost to Zimbabwe by three wickets.





South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson.

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