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South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI at Paarl, SA v AUS, Feb 29 2020 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st ODI (D/N), Paarl, February 29, 2020, Australia tour of South Africa
(45.1/50 ov, T:292) 217

South Africa won by 74 runs

Player Of The Match
123* (114)
Full commentary

8.41pm: Stick with us for some post-match analysis and reaction from Firdose Moonda at the ground. shortly. Interested to hear Finch's rationale for leaving Agar out, given how effective South Africa's spinners were - combined figures of 3 for 93 in Shamsi and Maharaj's 20 overs, as Sarat points out. Firdose's report will magically appear here within the next few moments, but aside from that, it's farewell from Ranjith, Alan and myself, and we'll be back on Wednesday for the 2nd ODI at Bloemfontein as Australia look to draw level. Cheerio!

Mustafa Moudi: "Australia's middle order is paper thin without Maxwell and Handscomb. Yes Maxwell is injured right now but he wasn't picked for India tour either sighting his form... They need to stop this blind experimentation and go back to the proven duo!" Lots of weeping and gnashing of teeth about Maxwell on this theme throughout the day, so to clarify: he was picked for both the T20I and ODI legs of this tour, but was ruled out with an elbow injury.

Lungisa: "Did anyone notice that Australia didn't hit a single six in this innings?"

Saoirse: "Surely Klaasen for MOTM but let's not forget the fine bowling from Ngidi" Yep, expect it will be. Looked a good innings at halfway, and even better with hindsight.

8.35pm So a convincing 74-run win in the end for South Africa. Australia lost their last seven wickets for just 43 runs, failing comprehensively to build on Smith and Labuschagne's partnership. The asking rate continued to climb after the powerplay, as that pair tried to take the game deep, but both of them got out at an awkward time, leaving a tricky scenario for new batsmen on a pitch that suited pace-off options. That left Ngidi, Phehlukwayo and Shamsi to wrap things up in the back half and they duly did.

Nortje to Hazlewood, OUT

bursts through him, 87mph/140kph, too quick for Hazlewood backing away and it pegs back the off stump! South Africa wrap up an impressive victory, going 1-0 up in a series for the fourth time this home summer... will this be the one that they turn into a series win?

Josh Hazlewood b Nortje 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 25

Anrich Nortje returns, looking to finish the job

end of over 456 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 217/9CRR: 4.82 RRR: 15.00
Adam Zampa7 (5b 1x4)
Josh Hazlewood1 (3b)
Andile Phehlukwayo 10-0-52-1
Tabraiz Shamsi 10-0-45-2
Phehlukwayo to Zampa, FOUR runs

slower ball on a length, Zampa cracks this out of the middle and it lands just short of the rope at midwicket. Awesome sound off the bat!

Phehlukwayo to Hazlewood, 1 run

cutter outside off, carved cross-batted to wide mid-off

Phehlukwayo to Hazlewood, no run

low full toss outside off, looks to drive through the off side and flashes at thin air

Phehlukwayo to Hazlewood, no run

length outside off, Hazlewood throws the kitchen sink at it but can't get bat on ball

Zampa won a game for South Australia earlier this season in improbable circumstances, but as I remember they weren't quite as improbable as this

Phehlukwayo to Zampa, 1 run

backs away, Phehlukwayo follows him, and Zampa pushes down to long-on for a single

Josh Hazlewood is the No. 11. Not much batting pedigree.

Phehlukwayo to Cummins, OUT

pace-off outside the off stump, slogged miles up into the air, and Verreynne takes a screamer running in from long-on! Covers acres of ground coming in off the rope towards mid-on, diving forward, no doubt about the legality this time, grabbing it an inch or two off the turf, and Cummins has to trudge off. Superb from Verreynne, his third catch of the night on ODI debut

Pat Cummins c Verreynne b Phehlukwayo 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 9m) SR: 85.71

AP, into his final over

end of over 444 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 211/8CRR: 4.79 RRR: 13.50
Pat Cummins6 (6b 1x4)
Adam Zampa2 (3b)
Tabraiz Shamsi 10-0-45-2
Andile Phehlukwayo 9-0-46-0

That's Shamsi's work done for the day, on a good evening for him: 2 for 45 from his 10.

Shamsi to Cummins, 1 run

shifts across to the off side, and slog sweeps to deep square

Shamsi to Zampa, 1 run

brings out the reverse, the cheeky devil, but can't beat the fielder at point

Shamsi to Cummins, 1 run

swung hard round the corner down to long leg

Looks like Jannemalan Janneman Malan has pulled a hamstring fielding that in the deep... not the debut he'd have hoped for!

Shamsi to Zampa, 1 run

strays down leg, Zampa gets down to sweep and gets plenty of bat on it

Shamsi to Zampa, no run

struck on the pad, Shamsi belts out an appeal, Holdstock says no! No reviews left after that Phehlukwayo howler, and looked like it was sliding down regardless

Zampstagram at No. 10, with a leg slip in place

Shamsi to DJM Short, OUT

length ball, decent turn, Short runs down looking to slug him into next week, swipes at thin air and doesn't even bother trying to get back! Miles out of his crease, punches his bat on the walk off. De Kock gathered coolly, just about nudging the bails off with as little effort as possible, and Shamsi taps his temple as if to say "I've got in your head, D'Arce." Australia eight down!

D'Arcy Short st †de Kock b Shamsi 18 (24b 1x4 0x6 41m) SR: 75

85 from 42. Shamsi into his last over.

end of over 434 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 207/7CRR: 4.81 RRR: 12.14
Pat Cummins4 (4b 1x4)
D'Arcy Short18 (23b 1x4)
Andile Phehlukwayo 9-0-46-0
Tabraiz Shamsi 9-0-41-1
Phehlukwayo to Cummins, no run

cutter outside off, hacked to short midwicket on the bounce

Phehlukwayo to Cummins, FOUR runs

straight and in the slot, Cummins clears the front leg and thrashes it dead-straight down the ground! Frees the arms, mooses it over mid-on with a couple of bounces before the rope

Phehlukwayo to Cummins, no run

nagging line on fourth stump, worked to midwicket

Phehlukwayo to Cummins, no run

length in the channel, guided to point with an open face

Pat Cummins at No. 9

Peter Mario Hol: "Terrible complacency by Smith and Labuschagne between overs 10 and 25. They were both settled but failed to push the run rate. Much harder for the later guys to come in and start hitting straight away.... " It's that old 'wickets in hand' strategy... doesn't work too well if you don't have a finisher!

Phehlukwayo to Starc, OUT

length outside off, Starc bottom-edges through to de Kock on the bounce who throws at the base of the stumps and runs him out! Direct hit, Starc was wandering down the pitch, unaware of where the ball was and hoping for a single, and de Kock seized upon the opportunity. South Africa closing in...

Mitchell Starc run out (†de Kock) 5 (12b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 41.66
Phehlukwayo to Starc, no run

offcutter in the channel, Starc doesn't pick it and is through the short early

end of over 423 runs
AUS: 203/6CRR: 4.83 RRR: 11.12
Mitchell Starc5 (10b)
D'Arcy Short18 (23b 1x4)
Tabraiz Shamsi 9-0-41-1
Andile Phehlukwayo 8-0-42-0
Shamsi to Starc, 1 run

tossed up on fourth stump, toe-ended out to Miller at short cover who hurls towards the non-striker's end and it would have been out with a direct hit, but he was off-balance, and he misses by a fair few inches

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