Faf du Plessis played a splendid innings    Getty Images
Faf du Plessis played a splendid innings Getty Images

The second One-Day International between South Africa and Australia once again witnessed a run-fest at Johannesburg on Sunday as the hosts posted a massive total on the board. Faf du Plessis‘ ton powered South Africa to post a massive total on the board and was equally supported by JP Duminy who was unfortunate to miss out on a ton. South Africa have done a commendable job with the bat and scored runs at a brisk pace against the inexperienced Australian bowlers. Australian batsmen have a mountain to climb as chasing down such a massive total is not a cake walk and needs some serious batting. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: SOUTH AFRICA vs AUSTRALIA, 2nd ODI

Australia got it right at the toss and elected to field first on a surface, which was conducive for batting. Their bowlers did a decent job in getting rid of Quinton de Kock early on in the innings as he was in some tremendous form and recorded his finest ODI innings in the previous game. South Africa got off to a flying start but lost De Kock for 22. Rilee Rossouw came out all guns blazing and kept scoring runs at the top. Du Plessis joined Rossouw and got the ball rolling right from the outset at Johannesburg. The duo rotated the strike and took their time to get their eyes in. They weathered the early storm and sailed the South African ship out of choppy waters.

Du Plessis kept hitting the odd ball for boundaries and kept nudging the balls for singles and doubles. They made the utmost use of inexperienced Australian bowlers. Du Plessis brought up his fifty and South Africa by then was out o trouble and all set for a big score. Rossouw played a sensible innings and deserved a century but unfortunately fell short. He failed to middle a short one from John Hastings, which went high up in the air and was cupped by substitute fielder Dwayne Worrall. The stage was set as South Africa were well placed at 134 for two inside 25 overs.

Du Plessis was at the crease and JP Duminy joined him. The southpaw initially took some time to get things but started unleashing a barrage of fearless strokes once he got his eye in. It was a delight to watch Duminy taking on the Australian bowlers and showing his ability to hit big sixes. He smashed three sixes in the entire innings, and ten elegant boundaries. Duminy was unlucky to miss out on a hundred as a change in pace, which was an off-cutter from Mitchell Marsh crashed into his stumps and brought an end to Duminy’s innings.

Moments later, Du Plessis also got out after scoring a ton and struggled a lot during his innings. Du Plessis played a well defined knock and powered his side to a massive total. He led the side with example and played a captain’s knock. It was a beautiful display of astute batting and fans certainly enjoyed it. Marsh got the better of him with Smith grabbing the catch.

David Miller contributed some priceless runs at the bottom but failed to convert it into a long one. Andile Phehlukwayo also chipped in with some valuable runs to help South Africa post a good total. Australian bowlers had a torrid time on the field as they failed to contain the South African batsmen. John Hastings was the pick of the bowler with three wickets to his name. He bowled well and didn’t leak too many runs. Mitchell Marsh also contributed with couple of wickets and other than that every bowler struggled.

Australian batsmen have a mountain to climb at the Johannesburg as South Africa have the depth in their bowling and can restrict the visitors comfortably. One can expect some intense action as Australia have the firepower in their artillery to take down the big guns.

Brief scores:

South Africa 361 for 6 (Faf du Plessis 111 (93), JP Duminy 82 (58); John Hastings 3 for 57, Mitchell Marsh 2 for 67) vs Australia.

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