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South Africa Wins ODI Series Against Australia 3-2

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South Africa Wins ODI Series Against Australia 3-2

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In their final series before the ODI World Cup in India, South Africa achieved a significant morale boost by staging a comeback from a 0-2 deficit against Australia. They ultimately won the series 3-2 at the Wanderers on Sunday. Marco Jansen played a pivotal role with an outstanding all-round performance. He initially made a quick 47 runs from just 23 balls and then took five wickets, dismissing each of Australia’s top five batsmen. This early breakthrough disrupted Australia’s run-chase and led to South Africa’s convincing 122-run victory.

During their pursuit of South Africa’s total of 315/9, Australia started aggressively with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, reaching 34/0 in just 3 overs. However, Marco Jansen intervened to halt their progress. Warner was dismissed on the second ball of the fourth over, attempting a cut shot to a ball angled in from around the stumps, and Aiden Markram took a sharp, low catch at point. Only three balls later, Jansen bowled a short delivery, leading to new batsman Josh Inglis chopping the ball onto his stumps.

Despite these setbacks, Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne continued to work on resurrecting Australia’s innings in their chase.

Marco Jansen persisted with short-pitched deliveries against Mitchell Marsh, but Marsh capitalized on several occasions. In the 20th over, Marsh hit two sixes while pulling Jansen before Jansen bowled a steep bouncer on the off-side. Marsh tried to upper-cut it towards the third man boundary, but Lungi Ngidi covered a significant distance near the boundary to take the catch, ending Marsh’s impressive innings at 71 runs off 56 balls. Marsh’s innings included six fours and six sixes.


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Jansen continued to make an impact, securing a double-wicket over by dismissing Marnus Labuschagne, who miscued a short ball and was well caught by Andile Phehlukwayo at long leg, and Alex Carey, who nicked an attempted pull shot, resulting in a catch by Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. With these wickets, Jansen accounted for five of the five Australian wickets that had fallen, with Australia only managing to score 136 runs on the board.

Australia faced an uphill battle to mount a comeback from this point onward, even though Cameron Green and Tim David made a brief attempt. However, their determined effort was thwarted by Keshav Maharaj. Maharaj initially dismissed Tim David with a superb delivery that turned away from the right-hander, crashing into his stumps. He then got rid of Cameron Green with a caught and bowled.

Andile Phehlukwayo further added to Australia’s troubles by taking the wicket of Michael Neser. Maharaj continued to dismantle the Australian chase, finishing with an impressive four-wicket haul.

South Africa’s performance didn’t begin as strongly as it ended. Temba Bavuma was run out in the first over, and Quinton de Kock, in his last ODI match on home soil, was dismissed in the 12th over. Australia, who chose to bowl in the decider, displayed greater discipline than they did in the fourth ODI two days ago when they conceded 416 runs. They gained the upper hand by the halfway stage of the match, with Rassie van der Dussen and the dangerous Heinrich Klaasen both being dismissed by Sean Abbott and Adam Zampa.

A composed fifth-wicket partnership between Aiden Markram and David Miller set the stage for two of South Africa’s all-rounders to make a powerful entrance. Marco Jansen took the opportunity and blazed his way to an exceptional 23-ball 47, dismantling the likes of Mitchell David and Sean Abbott in the process. His onslaught propelled South Africa to 273 for 6 in 46 overs, keeping them on course for a 300-plus total.

However, Adam Zampa and Cameron Green managed to claim three quick wickets, casting doubt on South Africa’s expectations of a higher total. Nevertheless, Andile Phehlukwayo played an impactful cameo, scoring an unbeaten 39 off 19 balls, including four sixes. Two of those sixes came in the 24-run final over, which pushed South Africa’s total to 315/9—a score more than enough to secure a sensational series victory for the hosts.

Final Scores:

South Africa 315/9 in 50 overs (Aiden Markram 93, David Miller 63, Marco Jansen 47; Adam Zampa 3-71, Sean Abbott 2-54) defeated Australia 193 in 34.1 overs (Mitchell Marsh 71, Marnus Labuschagne 44; Marco Jansen 5-39, Keshav Maharaj 4-33) by 122 runs.


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