Smith’s Class Helped Aussies To Seal Series Against The Proteas

Australia vs SA 4th ODI 2014 | Melbourne

Australia led series 3-1 against Proteas

S. Smith, the hero in the last match stood up once again and played a responsible innings to help his team cross the line. His 104 and 121-run stand with the keeper-batsman M. Wade helped Australia pull off an unlikely victory over proteas in 4th ODI at Melbourne and seal the series with a match to spare. This is Australia’s first win over South Africa at MCG  in seven encounters.

It all started with South Africa winning the toss and batting first. Making strange changes in their side, in bowling attack. Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott and Robin peterson comes in for M. Morkel, V. Philander and Imran Tahir. After chasing in all the other three tour matches finally South African players were on the field, just two of them, with batting gear on. It was expected by the opening pair to give a solid and steady start to the team so that middle order can capitalize on it later. But Australian bowlers had some other plans or you can say South African batsmen threw their wickets in early stage of the game.

They were 3 down for just 77 runs, Hashim Amla falling off to a short pitched delivery to Coulter-Nile for just 18 runs. He looked good in his short innings but played an amateur shot which forced him walk down to the dressing room. Bowler’s joy didn’t last for long as he walked off the field with an injury to his left hamstring.

The young South African opener also didn’t last long and played a silly shot to give a simple catch to the keeper, Wade. Faf departed after a solid start for 28 runs. It was then upto AB and Miller to rebuild the innings and that’s exactly the pair did. The first half of the innings belonged to Australians bowlers, Pat Cummins, M. Starc and G. Maxwell were exceptional with the bowl.

The partnership flourished and the duo added 122-run stand in just 121 balls. Miller departed playing a big shot on the off-side for well made 45 off 61 balls. AB de Villiers was set for his 19th ODI ton but fell shot by 9 runs when he pulled a slower delivery from Cummins to deep mid wicket, made his way to the pavilion scoring 91 runs off 88 balls.

South Africa finally managed a score of 267 with the loss of 8 wickets, as the lower-order struggled against the slower ones, bouncers and yorkers from Australian pacers later in the innings.

In reply to South Africa’s total, Australia started pretty badly and lost their first wicket in form David Warner at the score of 8. South African pacers showed their skill and class in putting up a disciplined performance against the Aussies. Half of the team was back in the hut at the score of 98.

Finch contributing just 22 runs, Warner with 4 and Maxi managed just 2 runs before he edges it one to Amla at first slip to Dale Steyn. Watson who isn’t in best of his form, gifted his wicket to Mclaren edging it to keeper, managed to score just 19 runs.

From a situation where South Africa looked definite favorites to win the contest, 98 for 5, it was the Savior Smith once again, who stood up to the task and showed his excellent batting & temperamental skills in snatching away the series from South Africa.

Australia vs South Africa 4th ODI 2014 | Scorecard

AustraliaSouth Africa

AUS: 268/7 (49 Overs)            Vs          SA: 267/8 (50 Overs)

 


Australia won by 3 wickets
South Africa Batting R B 4s 6s SR
Q de Kock† c & b Maxwell 17 38 0 0 44.73
HM Amla c Cummins b Coulter-Nile 18 20 3 0 90
F du Plessis c †Wade b Cummins 28 37 3 0 75.67
AB de Villiers* c Smith b Cummins 91 88 6 0 103.4
DA Miller c Smith b Faulkner 45 61 3 0 73.77
F Behardien run out (Warner) 22 23 2 0 95.65
R McLaren c †Wade b Starc 13 14 2 0 92.85
RJ Peterson b Faulkner 11 12 0 1 91.66
WD Parnell not out 3 3 0 0 100
DW Steyn not out 0 4 0 0 0
Extras (b 5, lb 5, w 9) 19
Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 267

Did not bat : KJ Abbott

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
MA Starc 10 0 40 1 4 30 1 0
NM Coulter-Nile 3 0 16 1 5.33 11 2 0
PJ Cummins 10 0 61 2 6.1 34 9 0
GJ Maxwell 9 0 43 1 4.77 23 2 0
SR Watson 5 0 25 0 5 11 1 0
JP Faulkner 10 0 45 2 4.5 27 1 1
SPD Smith 3 0 27 0 9 5 3 0

 

Australia Batting R B 4s 6s SR
AJ Finch c du Plessis b Parnell 22 37 2 0 59.45
DA Warner lbw b Abbott 4 8 0 0 50
SR Watson c †de Kock b McLaren 19 25 2 0 76
SPD Smith b Peterson 104 112 7 0 92.85
GJ Bailey* c †de Kock b Steyn 16 29 0 0 55.17
GJ Maxwell c Amla b Steyn 2 5 0 0 40
MS Wade† c McLaren b Parnell 52 59 4 1 88.13
JP Faulkner not out 34 19 6 0 178.94
PJ Cummins not out 1 1 0 0 100
Extras (b 5, lb 2, w 6, nb 1) 14
Total (7 wickets; 49 overs) 268

Did not bat: NM Coulter-Nile, MA Starc

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
DW Steyn 9 0 47 2 5.22 31 6 0
KJ Abbott 10 0 43 1 4.3 32 3 0
R McLaren 10 0 62 1 6.2 24 7 0
WD Parnell 9 0 52 2 5.77 22 3 1
RJ Peterson 8 0 44 1 5.5 17 2 0
F Behardien 3 0 13 0 4.33 7 0 0

 

Player of the Match: SPD Smith (Australia)

Australia Batting R B 4s 6s SR
SPD Smith b Peterson 104 112 7 0 92.85

 

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