South Africa beat Australia to top the points table. This year’s ODI World Cup has been great for South Africa so far. After defeating Sri Lanka by a huge margin in the first match, they also defeated the mighty Australia by a big margin on Thursday (October 12) in the second match. Proteas won by 134 runs against Ajid. Temba Bavuma’s team rose to the top of the points table with this win.
South Africa has 4 points after 2 matches. New Zealand, India and Pakistan who are second, third and fourth in the table also have 4 points. England is fifth and Bangladesh is sixth with 2 points. Australia is second from the bottom of the table. Afghanistan is at the bottom.
The Proteas scored 311 runs in the opening batting at the Sri Atal Bihari Stadium. In reply, Kagiso Rabada-Marco Jansen’s wicket ended Australia’s innings at 177 runs. It was Pat Cummins’ side’s second straight defeat, having lost to hosts India in the previous match.
Although the Protea batters scored runs at a rate of more than 6, Ajira could not stand up properly. Mitchell Marsh and David Warner both got out with strikes below fifty. Marsh 7 and Warner 13 runs. Marsh, Jansen and Warner were sent off by Lungi Ngidi.
Steve Smith was the victim of Rabada for 19 in the team’s 50 runs. Marnus Labuschenne then continued to fight. In between Jos Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis got out to stay in single digits. Although there is some controversy over the dismissals of Smith and Stoinis. At the end, Mitchell Starc accompanied Labuschagne. Auji Pacer got out after scoring 27 runs off 51 balls. Labuschagne also departed shortly after, scoring 46 off 74 balls.
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Pat Cummins scored 22 and Adam Zampa scored 11 runs in the last over. But it could not take Australia to the brink of victory. Rabada took 3 wickets for the Proteas. Jansen, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi got 2 wickets each. Ngidi took one wicket.
Earlier, de Kock’s century (109), Aiden Markram’s 56, Temba Bavuma’s 35, Henrich Klaasen’s 29, van der Dusen and Marco Jansen’s 26 and David Miller’s 17 runs, South Africa got 311 runs after losing 7 wickets. Starc and Maxwell got 2 wickets each for Ajid. Jos Hazlewood, Cummins and Zampa took one wicket each. De Kock was the man of the match.