About the Match
A scintillating display of their batting power took South Africa to a big victory against Australia in the first ODI by 6 wickets; the two teams will now face off in the 2nd ODI at Johannesburg on 2nd October. The Aussies posted a challenging total of 294 runs batting first but the hosts came back with all their guns blazing to make the chase look like a stroll and reached the target with more than 13 overs to spare. The 5-match series has started positively for South Africa and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; on the other hand, Australia will leave no stone unturned to avenge the defeat and try to draw level on Sunday.
Quinton de Kock posted a spectacular 178 off just 113 deliveries, opening the innings in the chase for 295 runs against Australia; in the process he smashed 11 sixes and 16 boundaries to cause havoc in the opposite camp and steer the team across the finish line. Rilee Russouw supported well at the other end, scoring 63 from 45 balls and along with Quinton posted a 145-run opening stand.
Earlier, the bowlers found success with the wickets at regular intervals; Andile Phehlukwayo was phenomenal with his pace as he claimed 4 wickets giving away only 44 runs while Dale Steyn continued with this superb form as he took 2-65. Spinner Imran Tahir also dismissed one opponent while Wayne Parnell contributed with one scalp; they have a good combination of pace and spin that can outwit the Aussie batting line-up again.
With a strong batting outfit with in-form players like Quinton, Russouw, Faf du Plessis, Duminy and David Miller, and a result oriented bowling squad, the Proteas can try to keep the upper hand here.
Batting first against South Africa, the batsmen put up a good show with players like Warner, Finch and Marsh trying to build steady partnerships; however, it was George Bailey’s superb 74 that helped them get to 294 runs with support from John Hastings, who posted a well-made 51 from the lower order.
Adam Zampa provided the opening breakthrough against the hosts while fast-bowler Scott Boland took 3-67 but they couldn’t stop the Proteas from galloping away to victory. While they have speedsters like Worrall, Hastings and Marsh, and spin duo of Zampa and Travis Head, the Aussies couldn’t pull out any impressive tricks to oust the hosts. However, they will come back with more firepower in the upcoming match to try and give a fitting reply.
Overall, the batting looks strong with hard-hitters like Warner, Finch, Bailey and Smith well prepared to challenge the Protean bowlers; the bowlers also may try to change their tactics in order to restrict match-winners like Quinton de Kock, Russouw and other in-form batsmen.
South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead in the series and are well placed to repeat their performance on Sunday; however, Australia, which has often succeeded in making a comeback, will be determined to unleash their wrath with bat and ball. The contest could well go down to the wire but we feel that the Proteas with home advantage, and their performance in the first ODI, have a better chance to emerge victorious on Sunday