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South African bowlers, Behardien stun Australia with emphatic victory

Farhaan Behardien scored a crucial 62 for South Africa.
Farhaan Behardien scored a crucial 62 for South Africa.
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South Africa 189-9 (Behardien 62) beat
Australia 142 (Finch 72) by 47 runs
Third One-Day International, Tri-Series, Guyana

Farhaan Behardien scored a valiant 62 for South Africa after which the Proteas bowlers strangled the Australian batsmen in the chase to dismiss them for 142 and claimed a 47-run victory in the third One-Day International of the tri-series in Guyana.

South Africa won the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first with Wayne Parnell and Tabraiz Shamsi replacing Chris Morris and Kyle Abbott while Australia have rested Mitchell Starc for Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Australian bowlers kept the pressure on the South African openers restricting them to 16 for naught in the first five overs but Quinton de Kock (18) took Coulter-Nile (2-38) apart for a six and a four in the sixth over.

Josh Hazlewood (2-20) struck in the next over after trapping de Kock lbw. After initially given not out by the umpire, Australia went for a review and despite doubts over a possible contact with the bat, the third umpire deemed him out.

It took Nathan Lyon (1-40) just 11 deliveries before he had Rillee Rossouw (7) lbw. This time South Africa opted for a review and it ended in vain as the ball was going on to the crash the middle stump. South Africa were 43 for two at the end of 10 overs.

AB de Villiers (22) and Hashim Amla (35) provided the much needed impetus adding a quick 40-run stand for the third wicket. However, they could not continue it long as Amla was run out, courtesy splendid fielding effort by Steven Smith.

The wicket of Amla affected the Proteas' momentum as they lost de Villiers and JP Duminy (13) in a span of 18 deliveries, both castled by Coulter-Nile leaving South Africa reeling at 104 for five at the halfway mark.

Despite losing Parnell (2), Behardien (62) kept the innings going, adding 37 runs with Aaron Phangiso (9) and another 39-run stand with Kagiso Rabada (15 not out) to take the total to 189 for nine in the 50 overs.

In the process, Behardien also completed his fifty, needing 75 deliveries to get there. Coulter-Nile, Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell (2-15) picked two wickets apiece for Australia.

Australia were put under considerable pressure in the chase as Parnell (2-23) and Rabada (3-10) teamed up to remove David Warner (1), Usman Khawaja (2) and Smith (8) in the first eight overs.

Aaron Finch (72) scored a six and a four to take Australia to 38 for three in the first powerplay.

South Africa controlled the middle overs extremely well with Shamsi (1-36) picking his maiden international wicket trapping Glenn Maxwell (3) lbw while Imran Tahir (2-39) and Rabada dismissed Marsh and Matthew Wade (2) respectively in quick succession.

By the halfway mark, Australia were reduced to 95 for eight needing another 95 to win. Finch waged a lone battle at one end but it eventually came to an end after de Villiers picked a terrific catch at covers off Phangiso (2-26).

Lyon (30) frustrated the Proteas with his 31-ball knock but could not prevent the South African side from claiming a bonus point victory after dismissing Australia for 142. Behardien was awarded the man of the match for his crucial half-century.

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