Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian cricket dramas no joy for Proteas' du Plessis

Australian cricket dramas no joy for Proteas' du Plessis

Australia's Marcus Stoinis appeals for a wicket during the second ODI against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.

Carey made 47 from 72 balls, Chris Lynn struck 44 from 44 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch 41 from 63 balls. Imran Tahir sneaked a four off the first ball to raise hopes of a late, late comeback, but Maxwell did enough to secure a win by seven runs. The right-arm seamer Dwayne Pretorius picked up the prize wicket as Stoinis played a awful shot on a length delivery from the seamer.

Marcus Stoinis was the pick with 3-35 off his 10 overs, including the crucial scalp of David Miller who hit a stubborn 51.

Finch then found support in Chris Lynn, who brisked to a run-a-ball 44 with three fours and two sixes, including an array of 6, 4, 4, 4 against Rabada, but fell immediately thereafter as a short-pitched ball from the fast bowler took Lynn's gloves before landing in the hands of the wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. The South Africa captain's departure started a slide of 60 for 5. Alex Carey's lone fight also ended just after he'd taken the team past the 200-run mark, after which Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood dragged the team with the further addition of 27 runs - which at the conclusion of the fixture appear like gold dust. Dale Steyn then returned to get rid of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc for single-digit scored to leave Australia in danger of getting bowled out inside 200. Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks were looking unsafe as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads to midwicket and Markham was run out.

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With the Proteas on 68-4, it was up to Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis and David Miller to save their side from humiliation.

They put the chase on pace with a game-high 74 run partnership before du Plessis (47 from 65 balls) inexplicably chopped on to his stumps from Cummins' bowling.

"Obviously from a results point of view, there is a bit of pressure on their batting line-up to score runs", du Plessis said. Zampa gave the innings just a little oomph with a quickfire 22 and those runs, plus his fightback with the ball after an expensive five overs, would prove vital in the eventual outcome.

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