CWC 2019: Match 45, Australia Gets Defeated In the Hands of Proteas in a Thrilling Match

On Saturday, the Proteas in their final World Cup group fixture, at Old Trafford in Manchester, sealed their third victory in the world cup tournament by defeating Australia. Thus, in the World Cup points table, Australia finished with second spot and would be facing England for the semi-final. South Africa is already out of the tournament but they made sure that they sign-off their last league match with a comprehensive win.

Even though the Proteas started the match brilliantly well; soon Australia took charge of the game. South African opening batsmen, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock, scored 72 from the first nine overs. It was Nathan Lyon who bagged the wicket of Markram, before dismissing de Kock. Kock scored his 24th ODI half-century against the Aussies. After that Faf du Plessis took charge of the game and scored his 12th ODI century while retaining a 151-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen. After Duminy and Pretorius was dismissed by Starc, van der Dussen carried on to score his ODI highest 95, helping South Africa to put up a total of 325/6.

Loss of some early wickets brought in the disaster for Australia. In the sixth over itself, Australia lost Aaron Finch to Imran Tahir, before Usman Khawaja was retired hurt. Tahir, who played his last ODI vs Australia, took one wicket and displayed his trademark celebration for the last time on Saturday. In the seventh over, Steve Smith was dismissed by Dwaine Pretorius that put David Warner under a lot of responsibility. Alex Carey came up with a great show, his highest ODI score, but too little as South Africa won by 10 runs.

Faf du Plessis received the Man of the Match award for his century in the first innings but it was by Alex Carey, who brought some life into a match which appeared to be heavily leaned in South Africa’s favor after some early wickets in the second innings.

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