Player of the Match
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353dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the SCG

Australia survive late scare, go No.1 in ODIs

Australia will enter the World Cup year ranked as the game's top ODI team following a fourth victory in five matches over a sloppy South Africa at the SCG

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
Q de Kock
107(123) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 22 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 9 19 16 23 4 18 12
SR Watson
SR Watson
82(93) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 15 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 2 13 5 7 18 17 17

Best performances - Bowlers

RJ Peterson
O6.1
M1
R32
W4
Eco5.18
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
PJ Cummins
PJ Cummins
O9
M0
R54
W3
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Australia won the 5-match series 4-1

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

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

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Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

So that's all we have for you for this game and this series. South Africa walk away with some info for the World Cup. Australia will be content the series trophy. Thanks for your company and your comments. It's time I get up and run away from the keyboard and figure out how what happened in the last few minutes happened... Buh-bye!

"Nice to get home 4-1 and we're all very happy. Bit nervous sitting out there and feeling a little bit sick. But luckily Jimmy came out and won it for us," says Steven Smith the Man of the Series, "Nothing really felt right for me today, had a lot of luck. I was trying to get out almost [every ball] but it worked out. A little bit stiff in my hips and my quads, hopefully I am alright tomorrow. We set out a the start of the series to win every game and winning 4 out of 5 is a pretty good effort. Hopefully we can improve from here. Can't wait to get back out there with the red ball and am looking forward to the series against India"

Dave: "Despite some poor shots making the scoreline look closer than it should have, a win batting second in Sydney is a big win"

ATEEB: "And that Dhoniesque style of winning a match. Dragging it to the last over and winning it with a big hit." Although I'm betting it wasn't intentional

Jared: "Big thanks from Australia to Abbott and his no-ball at the end. Even when we're choking we can rely on SA to counter choke."

10.50 pm Quinton de Kock is Man of the Match and he gets several handshakes from his team-mates and from the opposition. It was a chase that was well controlled for the bulk of it. Aaron Finch provided a flying start, Shane Watson sustained it through the middle, Steven Smith scratched around for a fifty and at that time, Australia were coasting. And then things began turning, South Africa began fighting back in the field and Robin Peterson channeled that spin hoodoo Australia hate.

47.1
4
Peterson to Faulkner, FOUR runs, swept away and that's the win! Faulkner has his hands up in the air and swings his bat down in disdain! It was length and outside off, perfect for that cross-batted swipe and he nailed it. Australia become the No.1-ranked ODI team again, but they'd want to forget this last half-hour's play

Four off the final over, who will bowl it? Mini-conference with Hash, Faf and Robbie P. Parnell joins in as well. it will be the left-arm spinner for the last set, bowled a double-wicket maiden in the last one. Long-on and deep midwicket on the leg side. Deep cover and long-off on the other side

END OF OVER:
47 | 4 Runs | AUS: 271/8 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.76, RRR: 4.00)

  • Mitchell Starc1 (5b)
  • James Faulkner2 (4b)
  • Kyle Abbott10-0-59-1
  • Robin Peterson6-1-28-4

Zorro: "Did you "C" the no ball?"

46.6
0
Abbott to Starc, no run, full on off stump, Starc squeezes it out to cover
46.5
1
Abbott to Faulkner, 1 run, looks for a wide yorker, doesn't quite get it as Faulkner slashes to deep cover

Muralidharan: "This is why i love watching when these two teams play!!! #thriller #thewinner"

46.5
2nb
Abbott to Starc, (no ball) 1 run, good length ball outside off, and Abbott has overstepped! Starc sneaks a single into the covers. He overstepped when he had Smith bowled as well, and now he will have to bowl a free-hit delivery at James Faulkner
46.4
0
Abbott to Starc, no run, good length ball pushed to mid-off. Another dot ball. That equation is headed towards a run-a-ball in the last over
46.3
0
Abbott to Starc, no run, flash and miss outside off! Simple seam-up delivery angled across him and the pressure means he is rooted in his crease

Slip in place, with four inside the ring on the off side

Quin-ton

6

ODI hundreds for Quinton De Kock. Six is also the number of SA batsmen who have more hundreds than De Kock.

Farhaan makes a mark

58

Farhaan Behardien's highest ODI score before this game (v Pak, Centurion, 2013). That was his only ODI fifty.

Chasing a score, and history

2002

The year when Australia last achieved 250+ scores in successive chases to beat South Africa

Ending a lean run

83

Number of runs that Shane Watson had scored, at an average of 13.8, from six previous ODI innings in 2014.

Turning the tables

4-1

Australia's margin of victory this series. They lost to SA by the same margin in the last home bilateral ODI series against them