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    South Africa [153/4] beat Australia [152] by 6 wickets in the 1st ODI

    South Africa have had the better record of the two teams of late, but will have their task cut out against a team desperate to change their fortunes.

    Australia have not been doing well in one-day international cricket. They have been beleaguered by off-field issues for the best part of the year, and on the field, in 50-over cricket, it’s been nine losses and just the solitary win in 10 games this year.

    That all the defeats – and the win – have come against England is important. England are the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings and very, very tough to beat. On evidence, too tough, at the moment, for Australia.

    South Africa, who are in Australia for a short limited-overs tour, might have the better record for the year with seven wins and the same number of losses, and are coming into the series on the back of wins by 3-2 in Sri Lanka and 3-0 against Zimbabwe at home, but they have struggled too.

    Indeed, when India played them in their backyard earlier in the year in their only other ODI engagement, the visiting side – ranked No.2 in the world – won 5-1.

    Picking favourites under the circumstances is tough. Evening the scales out even more is the fact that while Australia are learning to cope without David Warner and Steve Smith, South Africa are also one AB de Villiers short. These transitions aren’t easy.

    “Both teams are highly competitive and do everything that they can to win,” said Dale Steyn of the contest that awaits both sides over three games, and he’s absolutely bang on. A look at the two line-ups also confirm the same.

    For the home side, the batting department is fronted by new captain Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and their like, while they have their first-choice pace attack back: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are an outstanding unit, capable of trumping the best.

    On the other side, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram and David Miller form a fearsome batting unit too, while the fast men are Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ndigi and Steyn, not to forget the backup-act of Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Morris.

    So very little to choose there, and if the Australians have the home advantage – though their only previous game at the new Perth Stadium ended in a 12-run loss earlier this year – the South Africans have the stronger lead spinner: Imran Tahir is one of the best in the world, while Adam Zampa is some way off right now.

    This should be a riveting contest, with South Africa hoping to add to Australia’s concerns and the Australians looking to get their act together after a year of unfortunate events.

    Key players

    Aaron Finch (Australia): Finch is ranked No.15 in the world, the highest among the Australians in the current set-up, and has turned a corner recently in his career. The initiation to Test cricket went well, and he has scored well across formats till a poor Twenty20 International run in the UAE last month. But he will back himself to do what he does best, give Australia a blazing start.

    Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): Ranked No.6 in the world, Rabada is one of the best in the business and a star of the modern game. He’s got it all in his arsenal and will be raring to go against one of his favourite oppositions. This could be a contest between the fast men of the two sides, and South Africa will hope Rabada gives them the edge on that front.

    Conditions

    It’s been mostly sunny with a few scattered clouds in Perth, and should make for a lovely day of cricket. In the only ODI played at the new venue, neither team lasted their full 50 overs, but there were enough 30s and 40s – and Marcus Stoinis’ 87 – to suggest batting isn’t too tough. And while fast bowlers picked up 13 wickets then, the spinners held their own, all of them keeping things tight and getting among the wickets.

    Squads

    Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa

    South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn

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    No crowd , surprising

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    Dale styen is all set to face Mohammed Hafeez. Looking in a good rhythm

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    Most watchable entertaining bowling line up in the world is SA when on song. The run up, carry, pace, movement. Just wow bowlng unit.

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    It is going to be a low total. There won't be respite for Aussies.

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    Time for a thread on Aleem Dar of Pakistan? There's a reason Shane Warne called him the worst umpire going around.

    Misses clear edges to slip and cannot judge bounce. Awful. Throw him out already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Time for a thread on Aleem Dar of Pakistan? There's a reason Shane Warne called him the worst umpire going around.

    Misses clear edges to slip and cannot judge bounce. Awful. Throw him out already.
    Local guys on perth not opting for review is the mistake of Aussies entirely. Even if he had just clipped he would have still retained the review. Why did he conclude ball would hit the stumps.

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    On a different note it is so nice to see the carry. So beautiful to watch after watching matches on sluggish pitches recently.

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    This is a straight shoot out between SA pace attack and Australia pace attack. Australia is all capable of defending even 200 on this pitch.

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    Looks like Smith & Warner's return is nearer - team AUS is also helping the cause. If formalities of Mark Taylor's permanent appointment is completed by November, we'll see them against IND.

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    Australian losing interest in cricket? No crowd on sunday

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    Pitch has bounce. Pace. That's it. No movement. It is still a true wicket. If they are selective about their shots they can put up a decent total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Looks like Smith & Warner's return is nearer - team AUS is also helping the cause. If formalities of Mark Taylor's permanent appointment is completed by November, we'll see them against IND.
    I would like Smith and Warner against India. Otherwise it will be lose - lose situation for India. If they lose ( which is 80% chance), they can't beat even an AUS B side and if they win, it is only against Aus B side.

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    Just wonderful to watch a proper battle between bat and the ball. Heart warming to watch such nice bounce and carry.

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    Maxwell averages 6 against SA. You can see why. He is unable to handle the bounce of Perth. Got hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Maxwell averages 6 against SA. You can see why. He is unable to handle the bounce of Perth. Got hurt.
    Always wondered how a 18 year old Sachin scored a century in his first your to Aus on the old WACA pitch. Absolutely great!!

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    Guys, where’s the match? It is not on channel nine! I thought channel ten bought the frights. But even that I still not showing. I really want to watch the match, I am furious.

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    Channel 7 have tests and Bbl and foster have all odi but you can watch via the live cricket app

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    Would love to see all pitches across T20s, Tests and ODIs on our tour like this. Will be great to watch

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    Good to see Australia humiliated for making the dumbest decision in cricket history. Now they understand the worth of Warner and Smith.


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    Only disappointment has been not to see Rabada hit 150+ kmph regularly. Bowling within himself.

    If Aus get to 150-160, will be a great battle.

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    Now we know why the current Australia is hiding from Bangladesh and also avoided ODI against PAK. Sad to see the great Australia into minnow territory these days.

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    bowled out for 152! So better performance than their T20 scores against Pakistan


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    Australia have been bowled out for 152 in 38.1 overs in the 1st ODI against South Africa in Perth; Coulter-Nile with 34 was the highest scorer for the homeside, whilst Phehlukwayo took 3/33 had the best figures for SA; Steyn, Ngidi and Tahir took 2 wickets apiece


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    Pathetic bowling from NCN - spraying it both sides, overpitching without any real pace.


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    Mark Waugh - Indian batsmen will be worried watching this pitch. They have a test match coming up here in mid-December.

    We need more such pitches Mark.

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    Finally someone said the obvious. These guys are hitters. Not a single Aussie batsman has the ability to rotate strike and build an innings. Just 2 quiet overs are enough before we see a bain explosion. It is like watching 5 or 6 afridis batting for Australia.

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    Steyn seems to be getting better and better with each match he's playing. Almost back to his best.

    I don't see how our batting will cope in the upcoming series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Most watchable entertaining bowling line up in the world is SA when on song. The run up, carry, pace, movement. Just wow bowlng unit.
    Not so bad is the Australian pace attack either.
    Hazlewood Starc and Cummins!

    Such a pity we don't have the best batting line up possible for both teams. With Amla and ABDV for South Africa and Smith and Warner for Australia it would have been such delightful tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    Mark Waugh - Indian batsmen will be worried watching this pitch. They have a test match coming up here in mid-December.

    We need more such pitches Mark.
    Yeah i heard that. Nervous indian batsmen watching this pitch lol. Sledging has already started


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    One-sided contest really. Well done SA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Good to see Australia humiliated for making the dumbest decision in cricket history. Now they understand the worth of Warner and Smith.
    I don't know if not banning would held them in any better stead.....they seem like a team that is mentally gone. Guess they have been mentally disintegrated by the situation at hand!

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    Aus getting a proper thrashing.

    Looks like the series vs us is when they will suddenly get back on track. In the past, many teams in distress have done very well against us .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    Aus getting a proper thrashing.

    Looks like the series vs us is when they will suddenly get back on track. In the past, many teams in distress have done very well against us .
    If India is unable to defeat this Australian team, Then the whole team and staff deserve to get sacked

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    If kohli gets the over-confidence measure in control, Ind will definitely not lose if not win.
    Selection of right players, wicket keeper, lone spinner selection - crucial for India's win.
    Without warner and smith, Aus will resort to more greener/bowler-friendly pitches.

    It is going to be a bowler vs bowler shootout unlike the last time.
    But Ind have to ensure 275+ score each time they bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Looks like Smith & Warner's return is nearer - team AUS is also helping the cause. If formalities of Mark Taylor's permanent appointment is completed by November, we'll see them against IND.
    They'll serve the full bans. It's a SC thing to announce bans, then revoke them later.

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    Some very ordinary decisions from Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.

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    But but playing the right way is more important than winning games .

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    DALE STEYN and Lungi Ngidi se the tone up front as the Standard Bank Proteas crushed Australia by six wickets in the opening ODI on their tour ‘down under’ at Perth on Sunday.

    The Proteas won the toss on a typically lively pitch and went in with their full front-line pace attack. There was no recovery for Australia after Man of the Match Steyn and Ngidi reduced them to 8/3 inside 6 overs. They later slumped to 66/6 in 21 overs as Andile Phehlukwayo (3/33 in 6 overs) also played an important role.

    The fielding was also out of the top draw with Quinton de Kock at his best behind the stumps, Faf du Plessis taking a stinger in the slips and David Miller producing a direct hit run out with only one stump to aim at.

    It ended up as one of the shorter ODIs between the two countries with the game being finished in less than 70 overs as the Proteas chased down their target of 153 runs inside the 30th over.

    It was also the Proteas sixth win in a row in bilateral series against Australia, following their 5-0 white ball whitewash in South Africa in 2016.

    What will have been particularly pleasing for the Proteas was the manner in which they chased down the target with the two rookies, Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram, both making important contributions in support of De Kock against Australia’s full-strength pace attack. Both De Kock and Markram had strike rates in excess of 100 and for a long time the Proteas were on target for victory by either eight or nine wickets. By the time the second wicket fell the match was virtually over as a contest with only 31 runs needed and 28 overs still available to be bowled.

    De Kock made 47 (40 balls, 7 fours), Hendricks 44 (74 balls, 4 fours) and Markram 36 (32 balls, 6 fours).

    The second match takes place at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.



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    I just saw the highlights, the new stadium Perth wicket looks like it has a lot of bounce in it....... Wonder if Perth wicket is going back to the glory days again............


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    This kind of dominating performances by SA only shows what a strong display by Indian team when they beat SA in SA in ODI series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romali_rotti View Post
    I just saw the highlights, the new stadium Perth wicket looks like it has a lot of bounce in it....... Wonder if Perth wicket is going back to the glory days again............
    It was flying through quite nicely. If you squinted just a bit, Ngidi looked almost like Patrick Patterson out there.

    Plenty of balls taken gloves up around the Keepers ears.

    I don't think it's as shiny rock-hard as the old WACA (more grassed) and it's the first I've seen it but it looks similar to the Gabba.

    Bounce didn't look entirely even to me. A few took off from a length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    This kind of dominating performances by SA only shows what a strong display by Indian team when they beat SA in SA in ODI series.
    So that wasn't SA Z team against India?.....hypocrites as expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    It was flying through quite nicely. If you squinted just a bit, Ngidi looked almost like Patrick Patterson out there.

    Plenty of balls taken gloves up around the Keepers ears.

    I don't think it's as shiny rock-hard as the old WACA (more grassed) and it's the first I've seen it but it looks similar to the Gabba.

    Bounce didn't look entirely even to me. A few took off from a length.
    It was quite refreshing to see the ball getting similar tennis ball bounce. Yes it was a little uneven but nevertheless its good to see Perth slowly going back to the way it was..


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    Good to see Mr Glass taking a wicket and not breaking down mid game.

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    So that proves Steyn will play this WC. Good...


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