South Africa won toss as Faf Du Plessis chose to bowl first on a Sunny afternoon at Adelaide Oval.
Thanks to the immunity, it went off to a great start.
Travis Head’s woes in the middle still go on when Lungi Ngidi trapped him LBW on the middle of his front leg for eight.
Not long later, Shaun Marsh may have gone off the mark a bit with the bat.
But Kagiso Rabada found his line and length that saw S.Marsh knick the cover drive straight to Quinton De Kock on 22.
Aaron Finch stayed on with the right weaponry as he scored some handy runs on the board.
The same went with Chris Lynn as he forms a stand with Finch in the middle for Australia.
Although, Dwayne Pretorius struck a perfect straight-ish ball where Finch tried to cut through the square.
But not correctly where the ball chopped onto the stumps as Finch leaves on 41.
Australia reached 100 in 22 overs having lost three wickets.
While Alex Carey comes in, Lynn led the line and steered to 44.
Lynn demonstrated plenty of hard-hitting batting into the gaps with complete freedom.
But he couldn’t maintain his balance with the pull shot when the bat clipped to Quinton De Kock’s gloves.
Glenn Maxwell couldn’t believe it despite scoring 15 when he tried to cut through mid-wicket.
But Pretorius’s ball looks full & short where Maxwell knicked deep and early as De Kock gets his 3rd catch.
Pretorius added wicket No.3 this afternoon when Reeza Hendricks dived through mid-wicket.
For Marcus Stoinis, he tried to rock back and whack but couldn’t find the rope.
Australia now lost six wickets in hand as Stoinis leaves on two.
Dale Steyn too took two quick wickets out of the 1st lower order tail:
- Clean bowled Pat Cummins out hitting the off stump on three.
- Mitchell Starc with a caught & bowl on six.
Alex Carey survived and did the best he can to help Australia stay in the middle as long as possible.
Carey tried to make his way towards his 50 before a loose cut saw his run end on 47.
Rabada produced a bit of full & extra bounce as De Kock’s 4th catch gifted his 3rd wicket.
Although, Australia just passed 200 with five overs to go with some handy runs from Josh Hazlewood.
But mainly it’s Adam Zampa who emerged out of nowhere and steered through some boundaries with the bat.
Though, David Miller had the last laugh with the catch as Rabada gets his 4th wicket at the end of Australia’s batting spell.
FINAL 1st Innings Score: Australia 231
South Africa will need 232 runs to win and take the three-match series win if they finish 2-0 after tonight.
As long as their batting still active, then South Africa will no doubt get over the line smooth.
On the other hand, Australia will need some quick wickets to try and make up lost time.
If the bowling performances continue to decline like Sunday’s 1st ODI, then the home team’s losing streak will continue.