South Africa’s six-wicket win over Australia:
In the 2nd ODI match against Australia, Opener Janneman Malan smacked a fantastic unbeaten century to lead South Africa to a six-wicket victory in Bloemfontein, which confirmed win in the series.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. But because of the South Africa bowler Lungi Ngidi’s carrier-best figures of 6-58, Australia was able to score only 271 runs.
At the post-match conference, South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock said that Janneman read the circumstances carefully and managed it really well, which help the team to win the match. It felt great to see the bowling of Lungi like this. He is pushing up his hand fantastically and heading the bowling attack. It is not the end; they owe themselves to win another match.
Although Australia made a good start, completed 50 runs in the seventh over, after some time David Warner (35) became the first target of Lungi Ngidi. Further, he dismissed Steve Smith (13) as well as Marnus Labuschagne in the succeeding balls.
In the starting part of the tournament, Aaron Finch (69) looked confident but when South Africa crushed his areas of scoring, he approached Anrich Nortje to Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper) trying for an extravagant drive.
For the fifth wicket, D’Arcy Short scored 69 in 66 deliveries with Mitchell Marsh (36). When their wickets fell, Lungi Ngidi returned to scatter the lower order as Australia team put in only 49 runs with six-wicket loss in the last 10 overs.
South Africa Side:
In their reply, South Africa missed their major batsman De Kock for zero in the third ball, but Malan and JJ Smuts managed the situation and scored 91 till 20.1 overs.
Heinrich Klaasen put in a run-a-ball 51 that given energy when it was required, and David Miller joined Malan to end the record chase in ODIs. They scored 274 runs with the loss of four wickets in 48.3 overs.
Now, South Africa is leading the series 2-0 and defeated Australia in 10 out of their 11 ODI matches. On Saturday, the final match is scheduled to be held in Potchefstroom.