South Africa have managed to end their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign, registering a 10-run victory over the defending champions Australia at the Old Trafford, Manchester. The Proteas posted a daunting first innings total on the board on the back of Faf du Plessis’ remarkable century and Rassie van der Dussen’s brilliant innings. In the second innings, the Aussies battled very well with David Warner continuing his staggering run in the competition along with Alex Carey, but eventually they fell short by a small margin.
Du Plessis and van der Dussen 141-run stand takes South Africa to 325
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, South Africa got off to a great start as the two openers, Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram went all guns blazing from the world go. The duo batted amazingly well to stick an excellent stand of 79 runs before Markram got out in the 12th over. De Kock played a quick-fire half-century knock and got out pretty soon after Markram’s dismissal. The pair of Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen then got together to steady the things for South Africa.
They showed great amount of composure and temperament to stitch a remarkable partnership of 141 runs for the third wicket. South African skipper du Plessis racked up a sensational innings of 100 runs off 94 balls that included of seven fours and two sixes.
Van der Dussen compiled an impressive knock of 95 runs off 97 balls, to help South Africa finish with a daunting total of 325 runs on the board. For Australia, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon picked up two scalps each.
Warner and Carey’s fighting battle goes in vain
Chasing a huge target of 326 runs, Australia got off to a horrible start losing two early wickets in the form of skipper Aaron Finch and Steve Smith with 33 runs on the board. Usman Khawaja who came in to bat at three was forced to leave the field after pulling out his hamstring, leaving Australia effectively 33 for 3. The duo of David Warner and Marcus Stoinis then resurrected the Aussie innings with a 62-run stand.
South Africa once again came back in the game with the wickets of Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell within quick time. With wickets falling at one end, Warner never lost his focus and notched up his third hundred of the World Cup and also kept Australia’s hopes alive in the chase.
Warner along with Alex Carey combined a brilliant partnership of 108 runs before the opener got out after playing a remarkable knock of 122 runs off 117 balls.
Carey also played an amazing innings of 85 runs off 69 balls to take the game as deep as possible but after his dismissal, Australia never really recovered. Kagiso Rabada showed his class bowling a crucial spell in the end to bowl out Australia for 315 runs in 49.5 overs. Rabada was also the pick of the South African bowlers, claiming three vital scalps, while Pretorius and Phehlukwayo picked up two wickets each.
South Africa: 325/6 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis-100, Rassie van der Dussen-95, Quinton de Kock-52; Nathan Lyon 2/53)
Australia: 315/10 in 49.5 overs (David Warner-122, Alex Carey-85; Kagiso Rabada 3/56, Dwaine Pretorius 2/27)
Result: South Africa won the match by 10 runs.
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