Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
50 | 12 Runs | SA: 224/9 (8 runs required, RR: 4.48)

  • Imran Tahir11 (11b)
  • L Ngidi19 (20b)
  • GJ Maxwell1-0-11-0
  • A Zampa9-0-57-0

Australia win by seven runs and the series is level at 1-1. The home side break a run of seven ODI defeats in a row. A superb performance in the field by them. The captaincy of Aaron Finch was very impressive. He backed his quick bowlers who delivered and Adam Zampa bounced back superbly as well. Has to be said it was a poor chase from South Africa. Faf du Plessis spoke about the batting before the game and it was shown up tonight.

"I'm so tired, so pleased to get the win," says Marcus Stoinis. "Feels like it's been a long day. A tough six months."

"A lot of us said the wheel would turn," says Mitchell Starc. "Everyone is very glad."

How significant is this for Australia? We'll see in the days and weeks to come, but it's something they were desperate for

Faf du Plessis "It's a tough pill to shallow, thought the bowlers were brilliant for the most part. I felt we let ourselves down with the bat, very disappointed. The nature of the wicket and the game was we only needed four-and-a-half an over. We knew they'd have to bring the spinner back. The gamble paid off for them, bowling their seams. We needed one more batter to stay with Dave. They put a great deal of pressure on his. Good teams should close that down. I don't believe that score was worth winning, we let ourselves down. It's a quick turnaround, so we have to leave our disappointment in the dressing room."

Aaron Finch "It's nice, the way we defended was outstanding, The bowlers were relentless. Not sure if it's relief, justification for some hard work. Keeps the series alive. We had to shut it down in the ring, make it hard to score, our quicks are as good as anyone in the world. We held our chances and it went our way. We knew we had to bowl them out, or go close to it. We had to keep rolling the dice. If you let it drift they'd get them in the 45th. Take some risks and it worked tonight. Knew Adam would have to play a big role, he's improved so much over the years. A lot of courage and a lot character."

Finch is also named Man of the Match for his runs and captaincy.

We'll wrap things up there for today. We are set for decider in Hobart on Sunday and we'll be back for that. For now, from Gnasher and Alex, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

49.6
4
Maxwell to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, carved through the off side, it will go to the boundary but Australia have done it
49.5
1
Maxwell to Ngidi, 1 run, the bat has flown miles! In fact, it has shaped the handle off, Ngidi loses his grip as he swings to the leg side
49.4
1b
Maxwell to Imran Tahir, 1 bye, wide outside off, huge swing from Tahir, he misses and it rebounds off Carey's gloves. Australia nearly home
49.3
1
Maxwell to Ngidi, 1 run, full and straight, takes an inside edge past the stumps to short fine leg

15 off 4 needed

49.2
1
Maxwell to Imran Tahir, 1 run, fired wide outside off, Tahir just about reaches it and jabs into the covers
49.1
4
Maxwell to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, round the wicket, it's a wide full toss, carved wide of short third man and goes to third man rope

Who will bowl the last over? It's Glenn Maxwell to fire them in

END OF OVER:
49 | 10 Runs | SA: 212/9 (20 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.32, RRR: 20.00)

  • L Ngidi17 (18b)
  • Imran Tahir2 (7b)
  • A Zampa9-0-57-0
  • MA Starc10-1-51-2
48.6
6
Zampa to Ngidi, SIX runs, well, well...he connects over midwicket this time, given a bit of air, and it's sent into the stands
48.5
1
Zampa to Imran Tahir, 1 run, tossed up, Tahir heaves and gets a thick inside edge to the leg side
48.4
1
Zampa to Ngidi, 1 run, swings across a length ball, takes a bottom edge to short fine leg
48.3
0
Zampa to Ngidi, no run, heaves across the line, another good take from Carey as this bounces a bit
48.2
1
Zampa to Imran Tahir, 1 run, full outside off, Tahir swings hard through the line and sends it to long-off

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st18RR HendricksQ de Kock
2nd28RR HendricksAK Markram
3rd2F du PlessisRR Hendricks
4th20F du PlessisH Klaasen
5th74F du PlessisDA Miller
6th32DA MillerD Pretorius
7th10DW SteynDA Miller
8th3DA MillerK Rabada
9th15L NgidiK Rabada
10th22Imran TahirL Ngidi