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World Cup 2023: Clinical South Africa leave Australia in tatters, secure convincing 135-run win

Australia's chase fell short as South Africa's bowlers dominated and took crucial wickets

Our Web Desk Lucknow Published 12.10.23, 06:05 PM
Australia's Sean Abbott and Cameron Green at the dugout

Australia's Sean Abbott and Cameron Green at the dugout Reuters

  • A convincing victory for South Africa! The bowlers displayed precision and control, restricting Australia's scoring opportunities as Aussies managed to get to 162/8 in pursuit of massive 312
  • Australia's hopes dim as Starc and Labuschagne depart, leaving the team at 143/8 after 35 overs
  • Starc and Labuschagne mount a desperate struggle, attempting to revive Australia's innings, pushing the score to 125/6 after 30 overs
  • Wickets keep falling for Australia! Keshav Maharaj removes Maxwell. Rabada dismisses Stoinis. Australia are hoping for some miracle as score reaches 73/6 in 19 overs
  • OUT! Kagiso Rabada removes Steve Smith and Josh Inglis. Australia struggling at 56/4 after 11 overs
  • After 8 overs, Australia stands at 36/2, aiming to stabilise and gain momentum in their pursuit
  • Steve Smith and Labuschagne strive for recovery, battling to bridge the gap in pursuit of the formidable 312-run target
  • Australia's chase starts rocky: Jansen claims Marsh (7 off 15) and Ngidi removes Warner (13 off 27), both openers fall early

Quinton de Kock hammered his second hundred in as many games as South Africa made a competitive 311 for 7 in 50 overs against Australia in their World Cup match here on Thursday.


De Kock, who had made an 84-ball 100 against Sri Lanka in New Delhi, smashed a 106-ball 109 at the Ekana Stadium, a venue he considers his backyard, courtesy the left-hander’s IPL stint with the Lucknow Supergiants.

Towards the end, Aiden Markram put the SA innings on the afterburner with a 44-ball 56.

Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell was the most successful Australian bowler on a pitch that remained a bit slow and offered appreciable turn.


South Africa batting: Quinton de Kock b Maxwell 109 Temba Bavuma c Warner b Maxwell 35 Rassie van der Dussen c sub b Zampa 26 Aiden Markram c Hazlewood b Cummins 56 Heinrich Klaasen c Inglis b Hazlewood 29 David Miller b Starc 17 Marco Jansen c Warner b Starc 26 Kagiso Rabada not out 0 Keshav Maharaj not out 0

Extras: (B-4 LB-2 W-7) 13

Total: (For 7 wickets in 50 overs) 311

Fall of wickets: 1/108 2/158 3/197 4/263 5/267 6/310 7/311

Bowling: Mitchell Starc 9-1-53-2, Josh Hazlewood 9-0-60-1, Glenn Maxwell 10-1-34-2, Pat Cummins 9-0-71-1, Adam Zampa 10-0-70-1, Mitchell Marsh 1-0-6-0, Marcus Stoinis 2-0-11-0.

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