South Africa may have fired off slower than expected in the top order despite losing the toss.
You saw how Mitchell Starc picked up two quick wickets off Quinton De Kock & Aiden Markram.
So did Marcus Stoinis on Reeza Hendricks.
And all of these quick scalps come from short-ball mistakes to the keeper’s gloves.
But soon as David Miller came in, he stole the show and controlled the innings.
With the wish granted from Faf Du Plessis, it also made his life more comfortable.
They too formed a 200 plus run stand before each reaching their hard-earned hundreds.
The intent, footwork & rotation of strike helped ticked those boxes, and that’s why they stayed for a long time until nearly the end of their run chase.
Plus Du Plessis’s a great exponent of the full face shots such as the drive, etc.
On the other hand, Miller’s fantastic at using the pace of the bowler and whacking up short balls.
That’s where his big-hitting status helped him execute the pull/hook and cut shots which justified his knock.
Let’s move on to the bowling side now.
Dale Steyn’s age doesn’t matter even at 36 having picked up three wickets throughout the night.
He quickly dismantled the new opener of Chris Lynn on only the second ball.
A little later, Steyn’s short-ball have worked well with two more victims on:
- Alex Carey
- Glenn Maxwell
So did Kagiso Rabada with the early wicket of Travis Head before wiping out the lower-order pair of Mitchell Starc & Adam Zampa.
Dwayne Pretorius too made a mini cameo with two short-ball plays where Marcus Stoinis & Shaun Marsh couldn’t find the rope.
Instead, the catches from Aiden Markram & Heinrich Klaasen helped South Africa move on the front foot.
And Lungi Ngidi may not rack up a few wickets he’s after, unlike Rabada & Steyn.
But at least, he contributed one part of removing Aaron Finch earlier in the night thanks to the catch of Kagiso Rabada at mid-on.
It’s the second time that South Africa won the One-Day Series on Australian soil since 2009.
At that time, Australia’s home 50-Over Tournaments shifted from a tri-series to a separate single opponent format.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Proteas as one of the key teams to try and win next year’s 50-Over World Cup in England.
For now, they will face off Australia for the lone T20 International Match on Saturday in the Gold Coast.
Apart from that, congratulations on their performance and series win 2-1 last night in Hobart.