About the Match
Australia scored a thumping win over South Africa by 73 runs in the third ODI to take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing ODI series; the hosts will now face the proteas for the 4th ODI at Melbourne on 21st Nov and try to seal a series victory. On the other hand, South Africa will do its best to avenge their defeat today and level up to keep the campaign alive. It will be interesting to see the players from both sides coming out all guns blazing and while the contest will surely go down to the wire, the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders in critical situations will emerge victorious.
The batsmen performed brilliantly to exhaust the South African bowlers and take the total to a good 329 runs; Finch with his 109 off 127 was phenomenal and with support from Warner and an extraordinary innings by Steven Smith, who scored an unbeaten 73 off 55 balls, the batting line-up put up a fierce opposition to the likes of Steyn, Morkel and company. Shane Watson did well to score 40 off 38 deliveries and along with players like Bailey and Marsh, the middle-order looks quite strong for the upcoming matches. On the bowling front, Mitchell Starc coming in as a replacement for Johnson was excellent with his 4-wicket haul giving away only 32 runs in his spell and was the primary reason for their recent victory along with a good performance by the batsmen. Hazlewood continues to perform well and his 3-51 was commendable; Richardson and Marsh took a wicket each to bundle out the visitors for just 256 by the 45th over. The players are confident to continue with their winning momentum and this power-packed unit will be a tough one to beat in the coming days.
Facing 330-run target in the third ODI, the batsmen led by Amla and Quinton de Kock, who performed better than their previous outings here, started the chase well but the middle order succumbed to the onslaught of Starc and Hazlewood. While Amla was impressive with his 102 off 115 balls and the young Quinton did well by posting 47 off 53, the others didn’t hold their ground; Rossouw once again failed to make his mark while Plessis struggled in the middle. AB de Villiers came to the rescue yet again with his well-made half century but it wasn’t enough to get the team through. The bowlers did well to restrict Australia to 329 runs but the batting line-was collapsed without much fight; they need to pull up their socks and come back stronger if they want to keep the series alive.
It has been a roller-coaster ride for both the teams here, experiencing new highs and lows but they both will be well prepared to fight out the remaining two matches down under. Though the hosts have a vantage point of having won the recent match and keeping a lead, the visitors have the required firepower to draw level. While the contest will be well fought and the result could hang by a thread, we feel South Africa will make a comeback to win this match and keep the battle for Sunday.
South Africa, 2.20 @ TitanBet