South Africa beat Australia by 10 runs in tense group finale World Cup match
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia in the final group match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, in Manchester today.
South Africa 325 - 6 (50.0 overs)- (Quinton de Kock 52, Faf Du Plessis 100, Rassie Van Der Dussen 95)
Australia 315 (49.5 overs) – (David Warner 122, Alex Carey 85; Kagiso Rabada 3-56)
Result – South Africa won by 10 runs
Batting first, South Africa piled on 325-6 in their 50 overs thanks to some great batting from Quinton de Kock 52, Aiden Markram 34 at the beginning of the innings and Faf Du Plessis 100 and Rassie Van Der Dussen 95 towards the end of the innings. Mitchell Strac and Nathan Lyon both picked up 2 wickets each for Australia.
In reply, Australia just missed out on a famous run chase by 10 runs, scoring 315 with David Warner 122 and Alex Carey 85 top scorers and Kagiso Rabada 3-56 the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas.
India finish top of the table and will play New Zealand on Tuesday, in Manchester, and England will now play Australia, at Edgbaston, Birmingham next Thursday in the Semi-Finals.
Match Report - CSA
Spearheaded by Faf du Plessis’ century and his 151-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen, the Standard Bank Proteas finally produced a complete performance with bat, ball and in the field to beat Australia by 10 runs in their final match at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Saturday.
In what was the 100th ODI between the two countries the two teams produced a suitably memorable match which leaves both teams having won 48 encounters with three matches ending in ties and one no result.
It was also the Proteas eighth victory over Australia in the last nine encounters between the two countries and only South Africa’s second victory over Australia at a World Cup, the other one having come in South Africa’s first ever match at a World Cup at Sydney in 1992.
Du Plessis was named man of the match for his century (100 off 94 balls, 7 fours and 2 sixes) and for his overall leadership qualities although the award could equally have gone to David Warner for his century (122 off 117 balls, 15 fours and 2 sixes).
It was Du Plessis’ fifth century against Australia against whom he has an average well in excess of 50 and his 12th overall. He also became the seventh Protea to complete 1 000 ODI runs against Australia.
There were good supporting acts for both sides by Van der Dussen who made a career best 95 (97 balls, 4 fours and 4 sixes) and Alex Carey for Australia (85 off 69 balls, 11 fours and a six).
Kagiso Rabada finally came out on top of the South African bowling attack (3/56) which included two critical wickets in his last over when Australia were still threatening to make a successful chase.
Other key contributions to the South African victory were the opening stand between Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock which enabled the Proteas to post easily their best total in the opening power play of 73 runs – it was also the fourth highest of the tournament – and a big improvement in the quality of the fielding with De Kock and Markram again playing key roles as did Chris Morris.
Australia : DA Warner, AJ Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, GJ Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
South Africa- Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf Du Plessis, Rassie Van Der Dussen, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi,
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