Player of the Match
Player of the Match

5.50pm So that's all from me, George and Chandan for today. It was an awesome game of cricket, and a pleasure to commentate on. Thanks for tuning in, as always, and sending in your comments. Do join us for our next live game, wherever in the world it's from. Until next time, bye!

5.40pm Presentation time. First up, George Bailey: "We certainly had enough runs on the board, created enough chances, but hats off to Faf and AB, two extraordinary innings." On not playing Lyon: "One of the challenges for us is Maxi is a good enough spinner to not be a part-timer, like JP Duminy is for South Africa, and Steven Smith is going to be a massive one-day bowler for us."

AB de Villiers is Man of the Match. "Haven't scored a lot of runs of late, to score a few here is pleasing. Had a lot of chances, and luckily I made it count. Two guys stood out today, first of all Faf. I know he's had a rough start to his ODI career, but he is in magnificent form. The other guy is Imran Tahir. It was a good wicket, but areas to improve on. Too many extras. I think there is enough experience to carry the young guys through and carry them forward. I think the hunger we showed, especially in the last series against Sri Lanka, and I was very pleased to see that hunger again today."

Kranthi: "When was the last time (in an ODI) that every Australian bowler's economy rate went up over 6?"

5.25pm Australia will be shell-shocked by how easy it was for South Africa. But poorly as they sometimes bowled, most of the credit must go to Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, who made the most stunning centuries you can imagine in a chase of this magnitude. How well they paced their partnership, soaking up the pressure early on, getting set, and then there was no stopping either of them.

Faf du Plessis says it was a special day. "Got my first Test hundred against Australia, and to get my one-day hundred as well... I'm very happy. Happy I got the opportunity to bat at three, important for me to get those hundreds. Unfortunate I couldn't get over the line. With AB cramping it was important I was the guy there at the end. Was a little two-paced, and there was something if you took some pace off. The chase was a great effort, but a lot of areas we can improve on."

Faulkner to Duminy, 1 run, it's a slower ball on middle stump, and a quick single down to mid-on does it for South Africa. What a chase this has been!

Just one to get now

Faulkner to Duminy, 1 wide, now he bowls this down the leg side, and Duminy, shuffling across, can't quite get his bat on that flick
Faulkner to Duminy, FOUR runs, full on middle stump, and he clips it away into the gap between midwicket and mid-on. That races away to the boundary, super timing
Faulkner to Duminy, 1 wide, short ball, and again it bounces over head high as Duminy lets it go
Faulkner to Duminy, no run, back of a length, rising towards the rib-cage, and he manages to ride the bounce and drop the ball down into the off side. He's nursing his fingers, so I guess it's hit him on the glove
Faulkner to de Villiers, 1 run, full on off stump, and he plays a controlled drive out to the deep cover sweeper

Adnan: "Is it possible to send copy highlights of this match to Misbah & Co. :(" Sounds like you might go down the Panyangara route...

46 | 10 Runs | SA: 320/3 (8 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.95, RRR: 2.00)

  • AB de Villiers135 (105b)
  • Jean-Paul Duminy28 (26b)
  • Kane Richardson10-0-68-1
  • James Faulkner8-0-51-0
Richardson to de Villiers, 1 run, full-toss on the pads, and he tucks it away to the right of deep midwicket

At some point during this innings, AB's average has crossed 50

Richardson to Duminy, 1 run, short ball, and he pulls it round to deep backward square leg

stays over the wicket now

Richardson to de Villiers, 1 run, now he backs away from the stumps and slaps this wide-ish yorker to deep cover, falling over a touch as he does so
Richardson to de Villiers, FOUR runs, length ball on off, and he's in the perfect position, having given himself a little bit of room, to launch that over mid-off
Richardson to Duminy, 1 run, short again, and he works this off his hips towards square leg
Richardson to Duminy, 2 runs, short, and it's pulled away to the left of the deep backward square leg fielder

Richardson comes around the wicket now, to JP

45 | 5 Runs | SA: 310/3 (18 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 3.60)

  • Jean-Paul Duminy24 (23b)
  • AB de Villiers129 (102b)
  • James Faulkner8-0-51-0
  • Kane Richardson9-0-58-1
Faulkner to Duminy, 1 run, short, and this time it's only shoulder-high, at a gentle pace off the pitch, and he controls the pull down to deep backward square leg
Faulkner to Duminy, no run, short ball, lots of bounce, and he decides against pulling it, swaying away instead
Faulkner to de Villiers, 1 run, now he drives it down to long-off and walks the single. 'More of this!' his hamstring must be telling him.
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A rare occurrence


Number of previous occasions when Nos. 3 and 4 have scored 100s against Aus in an ODI (WI v Aus, 1997, Brisbane)



The scores AB de Villiers was dropped on, by Johnson and Bailey, in successive overs

Strong starters


SA's average opening partnership in 2014 - only Australia's openers average more (66)

High totals v SA


Number of times Australia have made 300+ in an ODI against South Africa - the most is 6, by Sri Lanka

Top-order stats


Number of times that three of Australia's top four have made 50+ scores in an ODI against South Africa

Slowest hundred


No. of balls Finch took to reach a hundred today, it was the slowest of his four ODI centuries



No of times in the last 10 years that both Australian openers have hit fifties in the same ODI - twice this year.

Bat up!


The average opening stand between Finch and Hughes has just touched 50, in their 10th innings