Du Plessis century underpins abrasive South Africa win

South Africa 361 for 6 (du Plessis 111, Duminy 82, Rossouw 75) kick Australia 219 (Head 51, Warner 50, Parnell 3-40) by 142 runs
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By The Numbers: Du Plessis ton sets adult large win

A decade after a many high-scoring ODI in history, a Wanderers witnessed something distant reduction competitive. South Africa’s batsmen impressed Australia for a second time in as many matches, notwithstanding a visiting captain winning a toss and selecting to follow on a Wanderers representation voluminous of runs. The final domain of 142 runs was South Africa’s second-biggest over Australia.

Where during Centurion it had been Quinton de Kock handing out a punishment, here it was a captain Faf du Plessis who prospered, helped possibly side of his innings by clever contributions by Rilee Rossouw and JP Duminy. Their innings ensured a formidable day for a Australian gait debutants Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain, who were taken for 160 runs between them in 20 overs.

In respond to a high aim of 362, a tourists were never means to mountain a decent plea from a impulse Aaron Finch skied an try to lift Kagiso Rabada in a second over. From there, unchanging wickets stymied swell to make it a some-more or reduction stress-free afternoon for a Proteas, who always had copiousness of runs in haven even as Travis Head posted his tip ODI score.

On a primitive day for batting and a accessible pitch, Australia’s bowlers struggled again in a deficiency of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Du Plessis’ 111 was a excellent instance of high dash and good placement, not requiring a singular 6 notwithstanding distinguished during scarcely 120 runs per 100 balls. Duminy’s was a bigger-hitting innings, after Rossouw had constructed a flurry of bounds opposite a new round to set South Africa on a highway to a large total.

After de Kock broken Australia’s bowling conflict in creation 178 in a opening compare during Centurion, a visitors forsaken Scott Boland and Daniel Worrall, replacing them with Mennie and Tremain. South Africa did not make any changes to a group that won a initial compare of a series. The captain du Plessis indicated that Hashim Amla was fit to lapse and had simply been left out, withdrawal Rossouw during a tip of a order.

It was Rossouw who duly got a Proteas going in a early overs, regularly trenchant a off-side margin with well-timed strokes that flew opposite a discerning – if rather disproportionate – Wanderers outfield.

Both Mennie and Tremain were means to kick a bat countless times with a jot of early join movement, though in between whiles, a high array of bounds meant there was small scoreboard vigour imposed. It wasn’t until John Hastings entered a conflict that a wicket fell, de Kock unwell to get reason of a lofted expostulate and charity a locate to Tremain.

Du Plessis’ early mins during a double were eventful and painful, as a bashful during a stumps struck him on a glove as he ran by for a single. The blow compulsory treatment, and he was to be struck there again shortly after by another round that popped adult towards a splice of a bat.


Faf du Plessis notched his sixth ODI ton © AFP

However a pain subsided adequate for du Plessis to get into his stride, as Rossouw confirmed his form. Together they took South Africa to 146 after 24 overs, distant usually when Rossouw skied Hastings usually when a century beckoned.

Duminy’s attainment brought a serve duration of acceleration, with du Plessis also lifting his scoring rate with nifty chain and a occasional detonate of power. Australia’s captain Steven Smith was tough pulpy to find bowlers means of gripping things quiet, and when Duminy began overhanging – distinguished a initial 3 sixes of a innings – a total in a segment of 400 looked momentarily possible.

The Australians regrouped rather in a after overs, dismissing Duminy and du Plessis in discerning period to lift a run-rate behind slightly, and it was a satisfactory magnitude of a conditions that a hosts were left feeling they could have done even some-more than they did. That being said, usually a clever partnership or dual from a potentially bomb Australian tip sequence was going to be means to spin a competition their way,

However these sorts of stands have been blank from Smith’s group of late, with victories in Sri Lanka gathered in lower-scoring circumstances. Finch’s early wicket set a tone, with a vicious impulse to follow when Smith was good claimed down a leg side by de Kock from a bowling of Dale Steyn usually as he looked means of dominating.

The vice-captain David Warner seemed likewise staid after relocating to 50, though afterwards threw divided his innings by clouting a Duminy prolonged bound true to midwicket. That exclusion left Head and a wicketkeeper Matthew Wade perplexing to revive a innings, though their mount of 69 in 61 balls served usually to check a inevitable.

Having entered this debate during reduction than full strength in bowling, a Australians indispensable to recompense in batting. A finish disaster to do so in games one and dual has left a array usually one compare divided from being motionless already.

Daniel Brettig is an partner editor during ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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