South Africa win second ODI against Australia
South Africa struck back with a vengeance in the second One-day International against Australia at the WACA Ground here on Sunday, levelling the series with a three-wicket win.
Proteas skipper AB de Villiers had vowed his side would be seeking redemption after being beaten by 32 runs in the series opener on Friday.
His team backed those words with a superb bowling display as the home side were dismissed for just 154 in 41.4 overs on what appeared a good batting wicket. South Africa overcame some anxious moments and reckless batting to edge to the victory target, reaching 157 for seven in just 27.4 overs.
Paceman Josh Hazlewood was one bright light for the Australians, with career-best figures of 5-31.
Towering paceman Morne Morkel led the way for South Africa with 5-21, his second five-wicket haul in one-day internationals and career-best figures in a man-of-the-match performance.
Morkel said the South Africans were much better with the ball on Sunday, after conceding 300 runs on Friday.
‘We put them under pressure more on Sunday,’ he said. It was Morkel who struck the first blow with David Warner caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for a duck.
Warner was initially given not out, but replays showed clear contact with the glove and Nigel Llong overturned the initial decision.
Bailey and emerging all-rounder Mitchell Marsh raised Australian hopes briefly when they added 58 for the fifth wicket before Bailey was brilliantly caught by a diving du Plessis from the bowling of Vernon Philander (1-16) for 25.
Bailey was captaining Australia in the absence of Michael Clarke, who was ruled out of the remainder of the series with a recurrence of a left hamstring problem during his team’s opening victory.
Marsh was the only Australian batsman to offer significant resistance, compiling 67 from 88 balls.
A contentious third umpire decision helped swing the game firmly back South Africa’s way as Australia’s middle order tried to rally after the poor start.
Australia were 125-5 when Matthew Wade was given not out caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock from the bowling of Morkel, but after lengthy deliberation the decision was overturned.