The second One Day International (ODI) between Australia and South Africa at Perth, turned out be a real low-scoring thriller. Australia batted first and managed to put only 154 runs on the board. Although, South Africa won the match with 134 balls remaining, they lost 7 wickets and made the match very interesting.
Let’s take a look at some of the key performances and rate them according to their contribution in the game.
South Africa’s fast bowler Morne Morkel was the star performer of the day. Morkel picked 5 wickets for just 21 runs in 8 overs. Morkel bowled very fast upfront and dismissed David Warner in the first over of the match. Morne Morkel also got the man of the match award for his match-winning performance.
Australia’s young fast bowler Josh Hazlewood also bowled brilliantly and took 5 wickets for 43 runs in 9.4 overs. Hazlewood bowled with aggression and gave a real tough time to South Africa’s batsmen, especially the top order batsmen. This performance has surely boost Hazlewood’s chances as far as a spot in Australia’s World Cup 2015 squad is concerned.
On a wicket where batsmen found it difficult to score runs, South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers batted very patiently and guided South Africa to a much needed win. de Villiers scored 48 runs off just 41 balls.
Australia’s young all-rounder Mitchell Marsh showed great resilience and scored 67 runs off 88 balls. Marsh scored almost 40% of Australia’s runs. Marsh smashed 3 fours and 2 sixes in his innings.
South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw gets a Grade B for his 30 runs off 25 balls. Rossouw played some brilliant shots in his small innings and smashed 6 fours.
Three batsmen score ZERO in this match and they all in the Grade C category.
– ZERO: Australia’s opener David Warner, who was dismissed in the first over of the match by Morne Morkel
– ZERO: Glenn Maxwell who was also dismissed by Morne Morkel
– ZERO: South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien also scored a duck.In fact, Behardien scored a golden duck, as he was dismissed on the first ball by Josh Hazlewood.
By The Cricket Lounge