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  • 7:57 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 168/4 after 35.3 overs | Rilee Rossouw 33(45), Farhaan Behardien 11(13): South Africa have registered another scintillating victory and taken a 4-0 lead in the series. Rossouw remained unbeaten so as Farhaan Behardien as South Africa registered a thumping victory. The hosts are eyeing for a whitewash, which certainly looks achievable as the visitors have been under extreme pressure and under the pump right since the first ODI. It was a collective effort by the South African team as they are now bolstering with confidence.

  • 7:47 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 163/4 after 35 overs | Rilee Rossouw 29(43), Farhaan Behardien 11(13): Faf du Plessis gets out on a determined 69 but has done the job for his side. South Africa are now on a brink of a scintillating victory.

  • 7:22 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 130/3 after 29 overs | Faf du Plessis 60(80), Rilee Rossouw 16(27): Faf du Plessis gets to his half-century and a much needed one as South Africa lost early wickets. South Africa are getting closer to the target with less than 50 runs required to win. Rossouw is playing a good role from the other end. They now need 39 more runs to win and one can expect it to be achieved in next few overs.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 113/3 after 25 overs | Faf du Plessis 48(67), Rilee Rossouw 11(16): South Africa looking to finish off things in a hurry as Faf du Plessis. The skipper is playing a captain’s knock out in the middle and has weathered the early storm. Rilee Rossouw looks in good touch and is complimenting the skipper well. They now need 55 runs with ample of deliveries left and will look to wrap up things early.

  • 6:45 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 91/3 after 21 overs | Faf du Plessis 34(52), Rilee Rossouw 2(7): South Africa suffered another blow as JP Duminy played a needless shot and lost his wicket for 25. Australia are making a comeback and eyeing for two more wickets. Rilee Rossouw has walked out to accompany his skipper and has been the man in form. South Africa need a quite 30-40 runs partnership from these two.

  • 6:25 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 70/2 after 17 overs | Faf du Plessis 24(42), JP Duminy 14(34): Runs have started to come for South Africa as both the batsmen are now well set and playing their shots. Australia missed out on a big opportunity as Faf du Plessis was dropped in an attempt to break the shackles. One just can’t afford to put a foot wrong while defending such a small total. Australian bowlers having a tough time out in the middle as Duminy and Du Plessis tightening the noose around Australia.

  • 6:06 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 39/2 after 12 overs | Faf du Plessis 9(27), JP Duminy 5(23): South African skipper Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy are playing out the new ball cautiously. Australia building pressure and lot cutting anything loose. They are bowling good line and constantly looking for another wicket. South African batsmen can manage to take their time as they have ample of deliveries to play out.

  • 5:02 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 32/2 after 7 overs | Faf du Plessis 6(16), JP Duminy 2(4): South Africa lose another wicket as Quinton de Kock falls for 18. He accepted the challenge and went for the hook after Chirs Tremain pitched it short. Australian bowlers are doing everything right as they have been among the wickets and chipped couple of them. South African batsmen need to reassess their approach as the target is turning out to be tricky. Australian bowlers on the other hand will be looking for wickets.

    OUT! Quinton de Kock c Zampa b Tremain 18(14)
  • 4:44 PM IST

    LIVE, South Africa 19/1 after 3 overs | Quinton de Kock 12(8), Faf du Plessis 1(2): Australian bowlers have done the right job in scalping the early wicket and getting a good start. Chris Tremain got rid of Hashim Amla and provided an early breakthrough to his side. They need wickets to win this game as containing them won’t be an option on this surface and with such low score .

    OUT! Hashim Amla lbw b Chris Tremain 4(8)
  • 4:22 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 167 all out in 36.4 overs | Chris Tremain 23(28): South African bowlers did a commendable job in dismantling the visitors for a mere score of 36. aaron Phangiso scalped the last two wickets of Matthew Wade and Scott Boland. Australian bowlers have a task in hand in restricting the star studded South African line up under 167. Tabraiz Shamsi scalped three wickets while Kyle Abbott had four to his name. With the second innings about to unfold, expect some action as the South African batsmen start their hunt.

  • 4:08 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 154/8 in 35 overs | Matthew Wade 45(55), Chris Tremain 17(24): Chris Tremain walked out to bat after Adam Zampa was clean bowled by y a beautiful delivery by Kyle Abbott. Australian lower-order putting a good fight with Matthew Wade playing a good innings out in the middle. Abbott one short of a fifer and will look to achieve the landmark as he has another two overs to go. Anything over 200 is what Australia will be eyeing at the moment.

    OUT! Adam Zampa b Abbott 5(4)
  • 3:39 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 117/7 in 29 overs | Matthew Wade 34(45), Adam Zampa 1(2): Just when things were looking good for Australia, Kyle Abbott struck with the key wicket of Mitchell Marsh who was pulling things back for his side. Australia are in all sorts of trouble with not enough batting to come. The total on the board doesn’t inspire enough confidence as South African batsmen have been in great form. South Africa attacking at the moment and looking to wrap things up at the earliest. Shamsi scalped another wicket as he got rid of John Hastings for 4.

    OUT! Mitchell Marsh c De Kock b Abbott 50(72)

    OUT! John Hastings lbw b Shamsi 4(3)
  • 3:25 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 104/5 in 26 overs | Mitchell Marsh 49(68), Matthew Wade 24(36): Australia battling it out at the middle with Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade weathering the storm. They need to put up a respectable total on the board in order to give their bowlers a fighting chance. South African bowlers on the other hand searching for a wicket and break this partnership.

  • 2:44 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 52/5 | Mitchell Marsh 19*, Matthew Wade 1* : Australia’s poor batting show continues as two more batsmen come and go back into the pavilion in an few minutes. Tabrez Shamsi has managed to get the crucial wicket of Steven Smith and Travis Head. Both these batsmen were caught napping and were hit on the pads. Smith was out making 21 runs while Head departed for a duck.

  • 1:54 PM IST

    LIVE, Australia 12/3 | Steven Smith 3*, Mitchell Marsh: This has been a poor start by the World Champions Australia. Kyle Abbot has been the star bowler for them so far in the 3.1 overs. Abbott cleaned up Aaron Finch for 2, and followed it by getting David Warner in his second over for 6. 3rd wicket to fall was George Bailey who fell leg-before to Pretorious.

  • 1:16 PM IST

    AUS XI: Warner, Finch, Smith (c), Bailey, M Marsh, Head, Wade (wk), Hastings, Zampa, Tremain, Boland.

  • 1:16 PM IST

    SA XI: De Kock (wk), Amla, du Plessis (c), Rossouw, Duminy, Behardien, Pretorious, Phehlukwayo, Abbott, Phangiso, Shamsi.

  • 1:16 PM IST

    TOSS: Australia have won the toss, and have elected to bat first

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and Australia, at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Australia’s have already lost the series by losing first ODIs so far and now their pride will be at stake going into the fourth ODI as in this five-match series so far. One more victory for South Africa in this series will take them to second spot in ODI rankings. The Australians have struggled across departments on this tour of South Africa, as their inexperience bowling attack has done nothing to praise. The Australian side is currently missing the service of pacer Mitchell Starc and John Hastings. Their batsman did well in the last ODI but bowlers failed defend the humungous total of 371 in front of inform South African batting line-up. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia, 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth

Steven Smith-led Australian team gave ODI caps to three pacers — Daniel Worrall, Chris Tremain, and Joe Mennie, in the ongoing series but all of them has conceded runs above 7 runs per over. The senior most bowler in the Australian side — Mitchell Marsh also hasn’t done anything impressive his average economy in three ODIs so far is 6.96. Well, looking at the current South African team form, especially their batsmen, they can even chase the total of above 400 if they get that opportunity. Australia surely need to revisit their team combination and make such plans which work.

Australian side will be happy with the fact that David Miller will not be playing in any of the ODI of the series as he got injured while batting in the third match. Beside all these, one should not forget Australia have good record in ODIs at Port Elizabeth. They have won four out of seven matches so far at this venue. Also, South Africa’s last three ODIs at this venue came on a losing cause but their last victory at Port Elizabeth came against Australia back on October 23, 2011.

Talking about the pitch, it is expected behave like typical slow pitches of South Africa, where spin may play a crucial role and the hosts have option to play with two spinners. So far, South Africans have enjoyed mauling the Australians in the first three ODIs. It has not been the case that South Africa have been dominant with their cricket, but the scoreline of 3-0 is in their favour majorly because the tourists have struggled across departments. However, the hosts are in a commanding position since they have two victories in their bank and one more win will not only claim their second biggest series win against Australia in a five ODI series but also gain some amount of mental advantage over Smith’s side ahead of their tour Down Under. Likely XI for Faf du Plessis and co. South Africa won four ODIs in a bilateral series against Australia at home was back in 1994 and in 2009 in Australia.

The surprise package for South Africa, however, has been Phehlukwayo. In the third match in his hometown, Phehlukwayo walked out at 265 for 6. At that stage South Africa needed another 107 from 74 balls. Phehlukwayo hung around, letting Miller do the scoring before joining in the fun, and finished with an unbeaten 39-ball 42. The South African bowling has generally been tight, Dale Steyn being, rather surprisingly, the only letdown. Amla will look to make his comeback count with a big score, while Rossouw is almost certainly not happy after having thrown away two opportunities at hundreds. Parnell’s rib injury has opened up options for Kyle Abbott. South Africa may also consider resting Steyn for one of their left-arm slow bowlers — finger-spinner Aaron Phangiso and Chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi. They will, however, want to give all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius another opportunity. Kagiso Rabada, of course, should ideally play on. It is perhaps time, however, to look beyond Farhaan Behardien.


South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien,Quinton de Kock (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller,Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.

Australia: Steven Smith(c), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland,Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade (wk),Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, James Faulkner, Shaun Marsh.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia, 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth