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    South Africa [320/5] beat Australia [280/9] by 40 runs in the third ODI to seal 2-1 series win

    There’s everything to play for in the final one-day international between Australia and South Africa in Hobart on Sunday, 11 November.

    Australia breathed life into the series with a narrow seven-run victory in the second ODI on Friday, and in the process arrested a streak of seven straight ODI losses – it was their longest losing streak in the format.

    It was a whole different performance to the one the home side dished out in the first ODI – they were bundled for 152 and suffered a six-wicket loss.

    The fightback came via the bowlers. Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were the main protagonists as Australia successful defended 232 by seven runs.

    That, however, doesn’t take away from the fact that the batting still needs work. Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and Alex Carey all scored 40s, but none of them managed to kick on and with wickets falling all around them, it was not a terribly pleasing story.

    The bowlers are holding their own – they managed to put up a fight in the first ODI as well – and if the batsmen can do better, Australia might just be able to swing things their way in the decider.

    South Africa will make that prospect quite difficult, no doubt. And especially so if Kagiso Rabada continues bowling the way he did in Adelaide – his 4/54 was exceptional, and the bounce he extracted significantly troubled the Australians.

    Faf du Plessis, after the victory in the first ODI, said his side needed to be ruthless, take whatever chance presented itself and put their foot on the gas. South Africa didn’t manage that in Adelaide – they allowed Australia to put on partnerships and didn’t stitch together many of their own.

    They will hope to correct that come Sunday in what promises to be a thrilling finale to a short but sweet series.

    Key players
    Aaron Finch (Australia):
    The skipper was back among the runs in Adelaide after a poor run of scores, going back to the T20Is against Pakistan – the 41 was his first double-digit score in six international games. It certainly bodes well for Finch, who will hope to get back to his destructive best. It might just be the lift a struggling Australian batting line-up needs.

    Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): Rabada was excellent in Adelaide, and he’ll once again be looking to have a go at an Australian batting line-up yet to fully settle. Australia will be wary of him – he is, after all, the No.6-ranked bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's ODI Rankings – and that will only increase the pressure on them to score against the rest of the South African attack, which could be risky.

    Conditions
    Some good conditions for cricket in Hobart on Sunday – there’s no rain forecast, but the temperatures will range around a cool 18°C.

    Squad
    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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    Big game , series decider coming up

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    Australia need the win . They haven't been on a good run in ODIs. They have shown a lot of faith in the current crop of players which I have to admire them for as they could have called up some of the more experienced players.

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    when is the game starting ?


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    This is a totally pointless series.

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    SA batting first


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    Australians have struck early.

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    Aussies pacers bowling well here .

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    Really sad that the match ups between these 2 once formidable teams have been reduced to a substandard afterthought. Feels like Batman v Joker has been replaced by Tom v Jerry.

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    9 . 1

    after 5 overs

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    Beautiful and tight bowling , Aussies bowlers giving nothing away.

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    beautiful back foot punch , that breaks the shackles

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    what a shot by Markham , Brilliant shot out of no where.

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    another good shot

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    Stonis strikes

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    27 . 2

    10 overs

    Good start by Aussies.

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    Markham hits another for sixer

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    I think, there is definitely a change in the wicket policy of CA. After few years of placid roads, AUS wicket is probably returning to it's old self. This looks like an old Hobart wicket, which should assist both teams.

    Maybe if SAF can match their last game's score, it'll be tight game.

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    third six off the day by Markham

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I think, there is definitely a change in the wicket policy of CA. After few years of placid roads, AUS wicket is probably returning to it's old self. This looks like an old Hobart wicket, which should assist both teams.

    Maybe if SAF can match their last game's score, it'll be tight game.
    Its good for cricket. These are the sort of surfaces that brings out the best contest , as both teams are in contention most parts of the game. That is the benefit of playing on sporting wickets.

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    Four runs and SA reach there fifty

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    Starc strikes Markham gone.

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    Good shot by Miller. Positive intent.

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    If SA bat out there 50 overs here , they have a solid chance of winning the game.

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    How the mighty have fallen.

    SL, AUS, And SA seem largely mediocore these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    How the mighty have fallen.

    SL, AUS, And SA seem largely mediocore these days.
    Only England improved. Rest deteriorated compared to last WC. Only the rate of deterioration is different.

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    86 . 3

    22 overs.

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    Hundred up for SA here

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    Catch dropped , It can be costly.

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    Both batsmen settled now , they should look to accelerate slowly approaching overs 30 - 40

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    Only England improved. Rest deteriorated compared to last WC. Only the rate of deterioration is different.
    India have neither improved nor deteriorated. Largely stayed the same.


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    134 . 3

    33 overs

    Match is going to be interesting , SA have edge here , they should add another 120 - 130 more runs here

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    93 runs partnership so far. Its growing dangerous for Aussies , they need couple of wickets soon here

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    Stoinis bowling short, at his pace, on a slowish wicket where the straight boundaries are longer


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    Both batsmen have reached there fifties here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Stoinis bowling short, at his pace, on a slowish wicket where the straight boundaries are longer
    He is not a proper bowler , a kind of part timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    India have neither improved nor deteriorated. Largely stayed the same.
    Dhoni was still a force last time. Raina as well.

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    181 . 3

    39 overs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    Dhoni was still a force last time. Raina as well.
    Our bowling is much better nowadays in ODI's though. So overall i'd say we are about the same.


    'There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold'

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    Can't think of a single team baring england, where Du Plessis and Miller will not be automatic choices in playing XI. Collectively, south Africa falters a lot but individually as batsmen, Du Plessis and Miller are currently two of the best middle order batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    Can't think of a single team baring england, where Du Plessis and Miller will not be automatic choices in playing XI. Collectively, south Africa falters a lot but individually as batsmen, Du Plessis and Miller are currently two of the best middle order batsmen.
    Pakistan.We have legend Hafeez and Malik

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gullycricket View Post
    Pakistan.We have legend Hafeez and Malik
    Haha true that

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    Tremendous batting by faf

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    hammered by faf

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    200 hundred runs partnership !!!

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    What a partnership from these two!
    At one time even 220 was going to be a good score and they are now looking for 300. I don't see Australians chasing that.

    As I already wrote in the 2nd ODI match thread, Australia should quickly drop Stoinis, he is not international cricket material.

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    Brilliant hitting by Miller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobashir View Post
    What a partnership from these two!
    At one time even 220 was going to be a good score and they are now looking for 300. I don't see Australians chasing that.

    As I already wrote in the 2nd ODI match thread, Australia should quickly drop Stoinis, he is not international cricket material.
    I already said long back if they bat out 50 overs they will win this.


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    Miller launches into another six

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    \
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    what a

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    Carnage

    Starc, the most overrated bowler in the world right now.

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    300 up for SA here

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    Best innings Miller has ever played in his career.


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    Excellent batting from David Miller and Faf Du Plessis.

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    321 is the target

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Best innings Miller has ever played in his career.
    This one was better IMO http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8...africa-2016-17

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanRyan10 View Post
    Yeah but this is against starc,hazlewood and Cummins on a track thats not actually that easy for batting with longer boundaries than Durban i think.


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    6 / 1

    Saffers get early breakthrough here

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    Shaun Marsh diving full length to pull of a spectacular catch to end Faf du Plessis's wonderful innings of 125 runs.
    Last edited by shaaik; 11th November 2018 at 07:24.


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    finch gone.

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    Scoreboard pressure is too much for this fragile Aussies batting.

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    edged , Aussies living dangerously .

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    marsh getting into grove

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    Australia cannot have Maxwell, Stoinis and Lynn in the same lineup. In terms of batting, all of them can't build an innings and are more or less suited towards the last 10 overs. Having 3 of them in the Top 6 is an unmitigated disaster. It's like having 2 Afridis and 1 Asif Ali in the Top 6. Won't work except on the odd occasion.

    Shaun Marsh should be the one opening the innings and taking on the mandate of playing the full 50 overs. The top 3 should be Marsh, Finch, Head. Not sure how good Bailey's form at the moment is but if he's in form, he should be at 4. Then 5 and 6 can be your Maxwell and Stoinis.

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    Excellent batting performance by SA. They don't seem to be missing AB in ODI cricket at all, rather missing him mostly in tests.

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    Aussies need these two to get a solid partnership here.

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    rabada strikes

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    Travis Head is the most un-Australian batsman I have seen playing for the Aussies
    This guy always fails in pressure situation and improves his stats by scoring soft runs

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    Time for SA to get rid of Tahir. Get either shamsi or maharaj in.


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    Australia losing once again

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    Hope Stoinis scores big here. Most entertaining batsman since Lala's departure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    Its good for cricket. These are the sort of surfaces that brings out the best contest , as both teams are in contention most parts of the game. That is the benefit of playing on sporting wickets.
    Looks like not quite yet there, but at least new ball is talking again in AUS. I think, that exceptional partnership took the game away for AUS and then SAF just released a bit when they got AUS 3 down in PP. Probably a 260-270 sort of wicket.

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    Shaun Marsh playing well is a sight to behold.

    Damn those sixes, just drop-kicking the ball way back over the boundary. Glad he failed against us but on song he's someone delightful to watch.


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    It's an easy wicket to chase 320 with ultra short boundaries, but unfortunately in this Australian lineup there doesn't seem to be a single batsman capable of playing 120ish kinda inning. My sense is even Shaun Marsh will get out soon and leave too much for Maxwell and others.

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    Excellent bowling by Steyn throughout the series

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    It's an easy wicket to chase 320 with ultra short boundaries, but unfortunately in this Australian lineup there doesn't seem to be a single batsman capable of playing 120ish kinda inning. My sense is even Shaun Marsh will get out soon and leave too much for Maxwell and others.
    It's about a 55/60m boundary on one square and 75m or so on the other., so 135m squares and 175m or so long. Small for Oz but as big or bigger than most NZ or SC grounds (even the "short" square boundaries are about 33% bigger than the longest boundaries at all in Eden Gardens for example).

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    South Africa looking in decent form in ODIs which is a worry for us. Amla will come back into the line up as well.

    Wouldn't underestimate SA for the WC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    It's about a 55/60m boundary on one square and 75m or so on the other., so 135m squares and 175m or so long. Small for Oz but as big or bigger than most NZ or SC grounds (even the "short" square boundaries are about 33% bigger than the longest boundaries at all in Eden Gardens for example).
    A few meters here and there is redundant when tracks are flat like this one. Most sixes end up in stand, and boundaries are too quick for fielders to intercept. Virat's seminal 130 odd against SL was on this very ground, was it not?

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    From CSA:

    Faf du Plessis and David Miller shared South Africa’s biggest ever ODI partnership against Australia to lay the foundation for the Standard Bank Proteas 40-run victory at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart today that enabled them to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

    Du Plessis and Man of the Match Miller shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 252 in 33 overs after the first three wickets had fallen for 55 as Australia tried to exploit winning the toss. It was also a South African record against all comers, beating the previous best of 232 by Daryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan at Nairobi 12 years ago. That latter stand represented a world best at the time.

    The Du Plessis-Miller partnership was the third highest of all time for the fourth wicket. It enabled the Proteas to post a total in excess of 300 in an ODI against Australia in Australia for the first time.

    The statistics of the partnership were remarkable. It enabled South Africa to score 174 runs in their last 15 overs, 130 in the last 10, 75 in the last 5 and 51 off the last 15 balls! Du Plessis’ century (125 off 114 balls, 14 fours and 2 sixes) was the 10th of his career and his fourth against Australia while Miller’s century (139 off 108 balls, 13 fours and 4 sixes) was his fifth, his second against Australia and his career best against these opponents.

    In spite of these batting fireworks the match was far from finished as a contest as Shaun Marsh responded with a century (106 off 102 balls, 7 fours and 4 sixes) of his own and Australia went into the last 10 overs needing 106 for victory with six wickets still intact.

    However, the Proteas world-class pace trio rose to the occasion and the Australians could managed only 65/5 in their last 10.

    Kagiso Rabada (3/40) and Dale Steyn (3/45) took three wickets apiece and, with Lungi Ngidi also displaying his skills as a death bowler (his one over only conceded one run), none of the three had an economy rate higher than Ngidi’s 5.60. This was outstanding by any standards.

    Steyn finished the series with 7 wickets and now needs just one more to complete 50 wickets against Australia.

    Miller was named Man of the Series in addition to Man of the Match for making 194 runs at an average of 92.

    The Proteas now turn their attention to the one-off T20 International match to be played on the Australian Gold Coast on Saturday (10h00 start, CAT)
    Last edited by MenInG; 12th November 2018 at 06:50.


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