Australia snap losing streak and level ODI series with South Africa

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 9, 2018

There was parity in the scoreline through the first 20 overs of both innings, though South Africa had lost more early wickets to be 4 for 95 to Australia's 2 for 96.

Marcus Stoinis was the pick with 3-35 off his 10 overs, including the crucial scalp of David Miller who hit a stubborn 51.

Pretorius acknowledged before the tour that he was surprised to be in the squad - the result mainly of Wiaan Mulder having to undergo surgery - but having got the opportunity, he did his chances of a World Cup call-up no harm with his efforts on Friday. "We knew we had to bowl them out, or go close to it".

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past, with Australia winning their previous four one-dayers at the oval.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl in the second one-day global against Australia in Adelaide on Friday.

Their form slump since has been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion in 48.3 overs.

"I felt we let ourselves down with the bat, very disappointed", he added.

The trend started with Quinton de Kock flicking a rather undemanding Mitchell Starc delivery to deep leg, a poor and irresponsible shot for a senior player.

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Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks looked unsafe as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads and Markham was run out.

The South Africans slipped to 68 for 4 inside 15 overs before Miller and du Plessis fought back.

That soon became 8 for 187 when Stoinis trapped Miller in front for 51, a review overturning Umpire Michael Gough's original not out decision.

Head smashed two fours in his first over but his aggressiveness cost him his wicket, with Lungi Ngidi trapping him lbw for eight as he pushed for a drive.

Finch did neither one thing nor the other, and chopped a delivery from Pretorius on to his stumps after scoring 41.

That brought Shaun Marsh to the crease and he quickly got into his groove, working up a 50 partnership with Finch before getting a thick edge off Kagiso Rabada on 22 with de Kock taking the catch.

The explosive Chris Lynn looked ominous and was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls from a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook to be caught behind.

With wickets falling, Alex Carey worked hard to make 47 before becoming Rabada´s third victim.

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