South Africa reaffirmed their standing as critical contenders as their pacers fired in tandem after Quinton de Kock’s blazing century, paving the best way for a dominant 134-run win over Australia within the World Cup in Lucknow on Thursday. If de Kock confirmed his class with a masterful 109 off 106 balls to take the Proteas to 311/7, the quick bowlers have been at their ruthless greatest, bundling Australia for 177 in 40.5 overs for his or her second consecutive win. The South Africans entered this sport after a complete victory of their opener in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Australia, however, bowled with out a plan, seemed equally clueless with the bat — shedding wickets in clumps — and have been sloppy on the sector, dropping as many as 5 catches.
The loss will severely dent their confidence. They have been additionally outplayed by India of their opener and sit second final within the 10-team desk.
De Kock, who will retire from the format after the World Cup, oozed confidence whereas scoring his second consecutive century with the assistance of eight boundaries and 5 maximums whereas Aiden Markram smashed 56 off 44 to assist the workforce put up the best ODI whole in Lucknow.
The South African quicks have been relentless with the brand new ball and bowled with accuracy to basically end off the match earlier than the 18th over of the Australian innings, with Pat Cummins’ facet tottering at 70/6.
Lungi Ngidi (1/18) set the tone with some incisive bowling. Marco Jansen (2/54) backed Nigidi and reaped the profit as he eliminated Mitchell Marsh (7) with out a lot hassle.
David Warner seemed to get going however Ngidi struck for a wicket-maiden seventh over.
Kagiso Rabada (3/33) joined the social gathering with the important strikes of Steve Smith (19) and Josh Inglis (5) off consecutive overs.
Because the ball hit Smith’s pad Rabada seemed uncertain, however de Kock insisted on interesting. To South Africa’s delight and Smith’s disbelief, the umpire was pressured to vary his choice because the ball monitoring know-how confirmed it was hitting the leg stump.
The ball seamed for Rabada as he got here again to complete Josh Inglis’ nascent innings.
Australia’s hassle with left-arm spin continued as Keshav Maharaj (2/30) caught Glenn Maxwell (3) off his personal bowling.
Marnus Labuschagne (46) and Mitchell Starc (27) stitched a preventing 69-run stand for the seventh wicket however that was not sufficient to vary the course of the match.
Earlier, De Kock paced his innings effectively and troubled the Australian bowling assault, which lower a sorry determine, on a tough Ekana pitch.
The rub of the inexperienced additionally went the Proteas’ approach because the Australians have been responsible of spilling quite a few catches.
Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell (2/34) was their most profitable bowler whereas the others managed to get some wickets on the fag finish of the innings.
After a relatively sedate begin, De Kock, who calls this stadium ‘dwelling’ throughout the IPL, put a transfer on issues.
He used Mitchell Starc’s tempo to flick one over deep backward sq. leg to get the primary six of the match within the fifth over.
Each Temba Bavuma (35) and de Kock skilfully nullified the early menace that the Australian pacers typically pose.
Actually, skipper Cummins was at his wit’s finish and stored shuffling between all his bowlers to discover a breakthrough.
After enjoying the position of the sheet anchor with 35 off 55 balls, Bavuma determined to drag the set off.
He had survived twice earlier than — a prime edge which Adam Zampa failed to evaluate after which when sub Sean Abbott caught the ball on the rope and misplaced stability. Abbott threw the ball in the direction of a ready Strac, however his throw was inaccurate.
The South African skipper tried a sweep however the ball discovered David Warner.
The back-to-back maximums off Josh Hazlewood over positive leg, and the majestic six over midwicket for his hundred, have been the highlights of de Kock’s innings.
The wicketkeeper-batter finally fell to a freak dismissal because the ball deflected from the again of his willow into his chest and onto the stumps.
Markram, who was dropped on 1 by Cummins off his personal bowling, clobbered seven fours and a six.
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