Publicado: Mar, Noviembre 13, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Australia v South Africa

Australia v South Africa

On Friday, after Australia levelled the rubber with a seven-run win in Adelaide, not least by reducing SA to 68/4 on their way to a total of 224/9, Du Plessis made plain his unhappiness: "We let ourselves down with the bat, [I'm] very disappointed".

Shaun Marsh (106) steadied the innings in a fourth-wicket stand of 107 with Marcus Stoinis (63) but once he departed four balls after recording his sixth ODI century, home hopes of only a third win in 14 one-dayers this year faded.

"It's always nice to score a hundred for your country".

Miller scored the fastest century (95 balls) by a South African against Australia, stroking 4 sixes - the furthest going 100m- and 13 fours on his way to his career-best score. "And as I said, we're in a similar position with our batting (too)".

Estimations of South Africa's tally were duly revised a couple of times, with the rate climbing from a humble 3.5 after 18 overs to well beyond the six mark.

It was the highest ever ODI partnership against Australia, surpassing the 237 between Sri Lankan pair Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya at the SCG in 2003.

The pair came together at 55-3 in the 16th over with Miller swatting 139 for his fifth limited-overs century and du Plessis smashing 125 - his 10th one-day ton.

Thereafter, David Miller and skipper Faf du Plessis laid into the bowlers and put on 252 runs for the fourth wicket.

Carey dropped du Plessis on 29 off Maxwell in what should have been a regulation caught behind.

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Ball-tracking was to show the ball hitting in line but bouncing fractionally over the leg stump, meaning a reprieve on 41 for Miller, and more than a few befuddled Australian faces.

"Faf actually indicated before the 15 seconds was up so I had no issue with them using it", he said.

With 175 runs needed off the final 20 overs, new batsman Alex Carey gave the much-needed cushion to the set Marsh, who had also brought up his fifty by then, to go for the attack by continuing to rotate the strike.

Mitchell Starc finished with 2-57, while Stoinis nabbed two wickets but went for 70 off seven overs.

South Africa smashed 130 off the final 10 overs, including 75 off the last five. "We absorbed the good bowling and waited for an opportunity", du Plessis said.

"It was tough in the beginning".

Earlier, Australia fell the wrong side of a contentious DRS call as South Africa smacked 5-320 after being in early trouble. "We have been doing the right things at training and are really focused on the process and (have) put results a little bit out of our mind".

Australia experimented with Chris Lynn as opener for the run chase, but it spectacularly backfired when Steyn snared him for a golden duck.

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