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349dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Smith ton ends Australia's MCG jinx and wins series

Steven Smith started this series in form but out of the side. Matthew Wade started it out of form but in the side. Together, they set up a series victory by plotting one of Australia's most remarkable one-day international chases

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SPD Smith
SPD Smith
104(112) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg_glance
  • 26 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 19 24 6 15 9 7 18
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
91(88) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 6 9 10 25 12 9 15

Best performances - Bowlers

JP Faulkner
JP Faulkner
O10
M0
R45
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
DW Steyn
DW Steyn
O9
M0
R47
W2
Eco5.22
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 3-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05

Match days

21 November 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Thilak Ram | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

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

  • Pat Cummins1 (1b)
  • James Faulkner34 (19b)
  • Robin Peterson8-0-44-1
  • Kyle 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.

48.6
1
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

48.5
W
Peterson to Smith, OUT, gone! That was tossed up nice and slow and Smith went for the big heave over the leg side. Was through his shot extremely early and the ball crashes into middle stump. Walks in to a standing ovation from the small crowd here

SPD Smith b Peterson 104 (180m 112b 7x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

48.4
1
Peterson to Faulkner, 1 run, goes back to a length ball on off stump, makes room to punch it to sweeper cover
48.3
4
Peterson to Faulkner, FOUR runs, down the leg side now and Faulkner sweeps, and hits it nice and clean, down to the deep backward square leg boundary
48.3
1w
Peterson to Faulkner, 1 wide, fired flat and full, but also wide outside off
48.2
0
Peterson to Faulkner, no run, what happened there? Went for the big hit over the leg side, and it hit his thigh and was rolling towards the stumps, but he reached behind him and tapped the ball away

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.

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 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

Bogey Team

2

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

Trouble chasing

0

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

Chasing the Improbable

246

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

Pressure Stand

121

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

Finally!

1

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