Hashim Amla © Getty Images
Hashim Amla © Getty Images

Nov 19, 2014

Catch the Live Scorecard of the 3rd ODI between Australia (AUS) vs South Africa (SA)

(With the series levelled 1-1, the two teams  move to Canberra for the third encounter. Catch Live cricket scores and live update of the match here)




 Man of the Match: Steven Smith

Steven Smith of Australia plays a shot 2




That’s it. Imran tahir won’t be batting, so Australia have won this match by 73 runs. Comfortable victory in the end.
OUT! Behardien c Finch b Hazlewood 12(12)


Dale Steyn is caught by Mitch Marsh off Starc’s bowling for 12



Third wicket for Mitchell Starc. Philander goes for the big shot and ends up holing out to the fielder int he deep.
V Philander c Finch b Starc 1(12)




Mitchell Starc gets David Miller. A toe-crushing yorker and the umpire raises his finger. Replays showed that would have missed the leg-stump by an inch but De Villiers has already used up the review.
OUT! D Miller lbw Starc 3(6)




One brings two. Hazlewood breaches Amla’s defence. He made room to hit it on the off and the stumps are disturbed. Amla 102(115b). nine fours




Gone. Kane Richardson gets the big wicket. AB de Villiers went for a review but he was plumb in front





Century for Hashim Amla. 17th ODI hundred. He allowed AB de Villiers to take centrestage and held the other end up.



Mitch Marsh is frustrated. Three consecutive boundaries by a world-class batsman. AB de Villiers goes for a big shot and the leading edge flies over point for four. He knows the bowler is going to change his length. Shuffles across and scoops it towards a vacant fine-leg region for four. The third one is driven and the edge flies between the slip and point for four. 16 runs from that over.




Insane! Only Ab de Villiers can pull of such shots. The fifth ball of the 33rd over was straight on the middle stump, De Villiers set himself to hit on the leg0-side and flicked it over the mid-wicket fielder for four. A wristy four was followed by a six off a slog-seep. Seemed like a pre-meditated shot. Went down on a knee and managed to clear the fine-leg fence for a six. South Africa need 141 in 102 balls.



A critical partnership for Proteas. two of their best batsman are on crease and De Villiers is the man Australia will be particularly targetting at. De Villiers gets his first boundary. Comes down the track against Mitchell Starc and smacks it over mid-off for four. South Africa need 172 runs in 120 balls.


Fair enough…


Gone. Australia have fought back well. Two wickets in a span of 10 minutes. Rilee Rossouw departs. This one from Mitchell Starc shot off the pitch and he nicks it to the keeper.
OUT! R Rossouw c Wade b Starc 2(5)





That was superb catch from David Warner. It was coming straight to him but he was inches inside the boudnary rope. Mitch had dug one short and Du Plessis had put enormous power behind that pull shot. If the fielder had been a foot here and there, the ball would’ve raced for a six. Crucial breakthrough for Australia. The Proteas have to chase at eight an over and Rilee Rossouw walks out to bat. Where’s AB de Villiers?
OUT! Faf du Plessis c Warner b Marsh 17(21)



Faf survives a tough leg-before call off Kane Richardson’s bowling. Vociferous appeal and the umpire turns it down immediately. The Aussies would’ve wasted a review if they had gone for it, replays showed the ball would’ve gone over the stumps. South Africa need 188 runs in 144 balls. Mitch Marsh and Richardosn have stemmed teh flow of boundaries.



That is one stat which seems to be under threat today



A quiet phase of play thanks to good field positions and bowling by the Aussies. But you can’t always keep Faf du Plessis quiet. Converts a yorker from Mitch Marsh into a full-toss and works it away fro four. Follows it up with another boundary in the next over,



Shot ball from Josh Hazlewood and De Kock couldn’t time his pull shot well. Got a top edge and Mitchell Marsh took a well-judged catch running towards short thirdman from backward point. Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
Q de Kock c Marsh b Hazlewood 47(53)



26th ODI fifty for Hashim Amla. A classy innings filled with neatly timed strokes and flicks. With the kind of batsmen to follow, Proteas are in the driver’s seat in this chase.



The Proteas are accelerating. Quinton de Kock is swinging his bat much more freely. In the 12th over, he came down the track to smash Kane Richardson for a four and followed it up with a huge six over fine-leg. Xavier Doherty comes in to bowl and tAmla picks a boundary with a cut shot off a short ball. South Africa need 246 runs in 37 overs.



Solid start for South Africa,. They haven’t gone after the bowlers but carefully planned their chase. Three boundaries in the last three overs. They have managed to keep up to the required rate. Amla is looking a touch more aggressive than De Kock. South Africa need 268 in 240 balls.



Some sloppy effort by the Australians in the sixth over. An overthrow gives the Proteas an extra run and the last ball of the over was poor enough to be hammered for four. Good start for South Africa overall. They have sprinted for the tight singles and found the boundaries early on to keep up with the required rate.





Been a while we saw so many free-hits in a match. Mitchell Starc gives a free-hit to Quinton de Kock thanks to a front-foot no-ball. But he makes up for it with a toe-crusher which knocked off De Kock’s leg-stump. Earlier and short and wide ball on the leg-side was put away by de Kock for four.



Amla began the innings with a single off the first ball off Mitchell Starc. Quinton de Kock then picked three with a fluent shot through covers. In the second over by Josh Hazlewood, two easy deliveries were duly dispatched to the boundary by Amla. Brisk start from the Proteas.



Read the innings report here


It was a spectacular innings from Steven Smith with shots like the one below…



Phenomenal batting from Steven Smith. He has made most of . The whip played off a fuller deliver was brilliant. But the Proteas continued their stunning fielding efforts. Faf went airborne to save a six and manages successfully. He pulls off yet another stunner but that was a no-ball. Smith follows it up with a semi-helicopter shot which went to square-leg for four. 19 from the over. An entertaining first innings. The pitch is flat and the Proteas would fancy their chance of chasing this down.



Gone. Mitchell Marsh went for a pre-meditated shot. Looked to clear the off-side for a leg-side delivery and ended up lobbing up in the air. AB de Villiers takes a simple catch. Meanwhile, Steven Smith has completed his second ODI fifty. Finishes off the over with a four, smashed over cover off Morkel’s bowling.
OUT! M Marsh c De Villiers b Morkel 22(13)



Power-hitting from the two Aussie batsmen. 26 scored in last two voers with three boundaries. Three overs left. 300 is inevitable, interesting to see how much more these two can add.



Bailey perishes in the quest for quick runs. This one was pitched up and Bailey went after it, didn’t get it off the middle of his bat. The ball went high in the air and Faf du Plessis at long-off took a comfortable catch. Mitchell Marsh is the new man in.
OUT! G Bailey c Faf b Morkel 12(15)




Bowled, AB de Villiers gets the wicket. Finch will walk back thinking he has missed out on an opportunity to score a double hundred on a flat pitch. He rocked on the backfoot to heave it on the leg-side and the ball smashed into the stumps. George Bailey is the new man in to bat.
OUT! A Finch b De Villiers 109(127)



With 40 overs gone, time for Finch to fire on all cylinders. There’s plenty of batting to come and the pitch has nothing in it to trouble the batsmen.



Fifth ODI hundred for Aaron Finch. A well-paced innings. He was cautious at the start with Warner being the aggressive partner. He is taking on the bowlers now. He hit Imran Tahir for consecutive boundaries to move to 99 and got to his hundred with a single.



Yet another breakthrough for Proteas, Watson departs and 71-un stand comes to an end. Watson looked totarget Behardien and smash him on the leg-side and ends up giving a catch in the deep.
OUT! S Watson c Miller b Behardien 40(38)


Wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would disagree with that.



AB de Villiers is pitching in with his part-timers to save the overs of his strike bowlers. Meanwhile, Finch looks set for a three-figure mark. Watson on the other end has got going with a four in the 26th over and a six off AB de Villiers in the 28th.


Done with both powerplays early in the innings.




Finch has done well to maintain his focus. Last time around, Warner’s dismissal saw him go back too. Meanwhile, Watson has gone past a nervous start and seems settled to build a partnership. No demons in the pitch, so South Africa will have to fight hard here.


Shane Watson is the new batsman in at No 3. Dale Steyn has been brought back in to the attack after Warner’s dismissal.



Warner’s reaction after that shot


Gets to his 10th ODI fifty and perishes. Soft dismissal for Warner. He slogged it straight to AB de Villiers at midwicket. This was a pitch to pile on runs and Warner has missed out on a good opportunity.
OUT! D Warner c De Villiers b Philander 53(50)



Fifth ODI half-century for Aaron Finch


100 comes up for the Aussies. 10 from that first over by Imran Tahir post drinks break. Two fours and a couple. Together, Finch and Warner have already scored 60 runs in boundaries.



These two are now sending the ball in to the stands more often. last ball of the 14th over was lofted high and into the long-off stands. In the 16th over, Finch noticed the short ball and smacked that in to square-leg fence for a six. Philander has now been hit for three sixes and has been guilty of conceding the second free-hit. Pitches it full and Finch lofts it over mid-on for four. Poor bowling from Philander. The Aussie score has rocketed close to 100. Drinks Break.




Warner survives a close run-out. Morkel is hitting the pitch a bit harder to get that awkward bounce for the batsman. Finch gets a bottom-edge to one of them, Warner was almost at the striker’s end and had to run back. De kock did well to take his glove off and aim for the stumps but missed it by a narrow margin. Finch manages to pick a couple on the next ball playing towards short fine-leg. The size of the ground allows the batsmen to sneak in the twos pretty easily.



Similar tactics used by the skipper AB de Villiers. Farhaan Behardien comes in to bowl. He is focussed on a wicket-to-wicket line. Good over, just three from it.



A solid start for Australia. Both the batsmen have played cleverly keeping restraint from going aggressive to everything. The loose deliveries have been duly dispatched. The boundaries are flowing at regular intervals. In the 10th over, Morkel had pitched up and Finch lofted it over mid-off for four. Earlier, Philander was hit for his second six in the sixth over of the match. When these two are at the crease, the run-rate is never an issue.



Steyn comes in to bowl for the first time in the fifth over. Couple of dot balls before Finch picked a single playing it towards square-leg. The fourth ball was wide and cut away by Warner for four. He isn’t going to let any loose balls pass by.



First boundary of the day comes off David Warner’s bat. Morkel bowled it short and Warner cuts it past point for four. In the next over, Philander conceded a free-hit with a front-foot no-ball but Aaron Finch failed to capitalise. The last ball of the over was a touch pitched up and Warner swung it over mid-on for a huge six. That looked as if he sliced it but the power behind a David Warner shot can never be undermined. That ball has travelled a distance of 102 meters.





Aus 3/0 | Overs 1

D Warner 0(4) A Finch 0(2)

Three runs off the first over only. Morne Morkel begins proceedings for South Africa. He started off with a wide. A watchful start by the two Aussie openers though.

Australia have won the toss, and have elected to bat first.


Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (c), Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Kane Richardson, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

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

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the third game of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series between Australia and South Africa at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. I am Abhijit Banare, and I will take you through the day’s proceedings.

Australia and South Africa head to the Manuka Oval with one eye on the series and the other on the World Cup. Despite the absence of some key players, it promises to be another enthralling contest between two of the most powerful ODI sides in the World. The Manuka Oval is hosting just its fourth One-Day International (ODI) match.

South Africa managed to claw back into the series in the second ODI with a three-wicket win, after a superb display of bowling saw Australia being dismissed for a below-par score of 154, with Morne Morkel taking five wickets for 21 runs, an effort that would later win him the ‘Man-of-the-Match’. The South Africans too lost early wickets, but it was the middle-order led by AB de Villiers that saw the visitors home.

The Proteas still look a touch rusty in their perfromance. They lost the first ODI and made heavy weather of the target of 155 in the second ODI, which they should really have been won on a canter, yet they’ve managed to scrape through to a win to level the five-match series.


Australia: George Bailey (c), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson.

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.

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