Bowlers script convincing win for Australia after Warner century
Australia 288-6 (Warner 109) beat
South Africa 252 (du Plessis 63) by 36 runs
Fourth Match, Tri- Series, St Kitts
After David Warner continued his sublime form with a splendid century, the Australian bowlers bowled South Africa out for 252 runs in 47.4 overs in a chase of 289 runs to secure a comfortable 36-run victory in the fourth match of the tri-series in St Kitts.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Warner (109) began the innings with two boundaries in the first over. After three overs, the play was interrupted for about 15 minutes due to a problem with the sight screen.
Warner continued to dominate the bowlers on resumption. At the end of the 10th over, Aaron Finch (13) was castled trying to sweep an Imran Tahir (2-45) delivery and Australia were placed at 48 for one.
Warner completed a breezy fifty in the 15th over. With Usman Khawaja (59) playing well at the other end, South Africa found it tough to find a breakthrough.
The pair took Australia to 127 for one at the halfway mark. Soon, the 100-run stand came up between Khawaja and Warner.
In the 32nd over, Warner completed his century and moments later, Khawaja brought up his half-century.
An over later, Warner was dismissed by Wayne Parnell (1-34), caught at midwicket. This wicket ended the 136-run stand for the second wicket.
An over later, AB de Villiers dropped Khawaja but the left hander fell soon after, caught at short fine leg off Aaron Phangiso (1-52). With 10 overs left, Australia reached 204 for three.
George Bailey (11) failed to accelerate and was trapped lbw by Tahir in the 43rd over. South Africa continued to strike and Mitchell Marsh (10) fell in the 46th over.
A cameo from Matthew Wade (24) and an unbeaten fifty from Steven Smith (52 not out) guided Australia to 288 for six in 50 overs.
Quinton de Kock (19) got South Africa’s chase underway with two boundaries in the first over. However, Australia pulled back the scoring rate with some tight overs.
The pressure paid when de Kock tried to take on Josh Hazlewood (3-52) but was caught in the deep in the eighth over. At the end of the 10th over, South Africa reached 50 for one.
Hashim Amla (60) joined hands with Faf du Plessis (63) and built a platform for the chase with a solid 105-run stand for the second wicket.
Amla reached his fifty in the 20th over and du Plessis was not far behind, reaching the landmark in the 24th over. At the halfway mark in the innings, South Africa needed 152 runs from 25 overs.
Australia pegged back with the wicket of Amla in the 26th over. During his innings, du Plessis went past 3000 runs in ODI cricket.
South Africa got some momentum on their side with de Villiers (39) smashing Hazlewood for 14 runs in the 30th over.
Mitchell Starc (3-43) returned for another spell in the 32nd over and straight away, he had du Plessis caught at point. De Villiers failed to convert his start and was castled by Hazlewood in the 38th over.
With 10 overs left in the game, South Africa needed 70 runs with six wickets in hand.
The game turned on its head as Adam Zampa (3-52) and Starc removed Farhaan Behardien (4), JP Duminy (41), Kyle Abbott (1), Parnell (3) and Phangiso (3) in the space of six overs and reduced South Africa to 143 for nine by the end of 46 overs.
This dramatic collapse ended when Tahir (6) was run out in the 48th over as South Africa were bowled out for 252 runs.
With this 36-run victory, Australia solidified their hold at the top of the points table in the tri-series. Warner was the man of the match for his century.
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