Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
49 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 268/7 | RR: 5.46

  • PJ Cummins1 (1b)
  • JP Faulkner34 (19b)
  • RJ Peterson8-0-44-1
  • KJ Abbott10-0-43-1

10.35pm Short and sweet presentation ceremony there. No interviews with the captains and so forth. Just how it should be, methinks, but I'd say that, having been typing all this while and being grateful to avoid any more transcribing and whatnot. So that brings an end to our coverage as well. Australia have taken the series 3-1, and South Africa have a lot of pondering to do about how they handled the last 10 overs, with bat and ball. They might need a rethink about some of their personnel as well. In any case, join us for the fifth ODI in Sydney. Until then, it's ta ta from all of us. I'll leave you with a few of your comments.

Mal: "Great innings from Smith. Shades of Michael Bevan v West Indies. "

David: "This game proves why 50 over game is far superior to the monotonous thing that is 20/20. The build up to victory."

Dave: "Any selector who thinks of picking Bailey or "the Big Show" over Smith should not have a job. "

GermanPlayer: "With this win, Aus are now level with SA with both teams having 17 wins each in Australia against each other."

10.30pm Special innings from Steven Smith, and he's in the middle to talk about it. "You need a partnership and myself and Wade managed to do that, put on a hundred. Disappointed I was left out in the first game. It takes some time to work out what to do and I'm slowly getting there and improving every game. [Faulkner] came out there and hit it from ball one, took the pressure off me." Smith is the man of the match.

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Peterson to Cummins, 1 run, what a catch that is! Or is it? He came down the track and looked to slog it over mid-on. Didn't get to the pitch of the ball and didn't middle it. Went in the air to the right of mid-on, and Miller threw himself horizontally and came away with the ball in his right hand and a look of disbelief on his face. They aren't sure he took it on the full, and they're checking now. Yeah, it's bounced, and Australia have won, because the batsmen crossed. They looked dead and buried when Wade joined Smith, but they've ended up winning with an over to spare.

Pat Cummins comes to the crease. One run to get. Everyone is inside the circle now

Finally!

1

This is the first time, in seven ODIs, that Australia have beaten South Africa at the MCG.

Pressure Stand

121

The 6th wicket partnership between Smith and Wade - the highest for Australia after losing 5 wickets for 100 or less

Chasing the Improbable

246

The highest target that Australia have achieved after being five down for less than 100 (v NZ, 2002).

Trouble chasing

0

Number of times that Australia have achieved a 250+ target against South Africa in the last 12 years (six attempts).

Bogey Team

2

Instances of De Villiers being dismissed in the 90s versus Australia. His only other such score was against Sri Lanka (2012)

A Pattern

4

Number of caught & bowled dismissals for Maxwell (total 22 wickets). For context, only 4 out of Watson's 164 wickets are caught & bowled

An Elite Club

7000

ODI runs that De Villiers has scored for South Africa (when on 31). He has also scored 150 runs in ODIs for Africa XI

A Crawl

45

Quinton de Kock's strike rate during his innings of 17 from 38-balls; his slowest when he has played 15+ balls in an ODI.