Rampant SA crush Australia

2011-10-23 22:22

Port Elizabeth - Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel stood out as South Africa scored a convincing 80-run win in the second one-day international against Australia at St George's Park on Sunday.

The win levelled the three-match series at one-all.

Kallis hit 76 in a South African total of 303 for six and Morkel bowled with pace and accuracy to take four for 22 as Australia were bowled out for 223 in reply.

Kallis became the third batsman, after India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting, to reach fifty on 100 occasions in one-day internationals.

He has turned 17 of those efforts into centuries.

South Africa made a bad start when captain Hashim Amla was out off the first ball of the match, pushing a simple catch back to opening bowler Doug Bollinger.

But Kallis and Graeme Smith (57) put their side on top with a second wicket stand of 142.

With Kallis in fluent touch from the start of his innings, Smith was able to play his way back into form after a poor start to the season.

Smith and Kallis were out in quick succession but left-handers JP Duminy (56) and David Miller (59) regained the initiative for South Africa with a fifth wicket partnership of 107.

Australia suffered a blow when all-rounder Shane Watson had to leave the field after bowling the fifth ball of his fourth over with what was described as a lower back spasm.

Because of the time he was off the field he could not open the batting - and under new regulations he was not allowed a runner when he eventually batted at number six.

Australia's run chase got off to a bad start when Ponting and Michael Clarke were out cheaply but David Warner and Michael Hussey gave the tourists some hope with a third wicket stand of 71.

Opener Warner made a career-best 74, surviving a straightforward chance to Amla at mid-on when he was on 26, but after a rapid start he was pegged back by the South African bowlers and needed 97 balls to make his runs.

Hussey survived two stumping chances to Mark Boucher off Johan Botha before he was run out for 37 off 62 balls.

By the time Watson came in the required rate had climbed to nine an over.

The batting powerplay was taken soon after his arrival and he hit Kallis for six and four in an over which yielded 14 runs.

But he scored only 15 before holing out to midwicket off Lonwabo Tsotsobe, effectively ending Australia's challenge.

"We were outplayed," admitted Clarke. "They showed us how to bat on a slow wicket and they executed well with the ball."

Amla said: "Our batting set us up. We showed what we are capable of."

The third and final match of the series will be played in Durban on Friday.


  • Mark - 2011-10-23 23:10

    How much did Majola and other ANC appointed administrators make on this game for their own pockets?

      Bernard - 2011-10-24 12:18


  • Pieter - 2011-10-23 23:14

    Proteas, that was better! Now, tell me why did you wait until now? You should never have lost to the kids from way down under in previous matches! If you do it to me again, I'll stop watching your games until you have shown to me that you are serious about cricket.

      Grant - 2011-10-24 11:30

      You know when England's rugby team (mid season) plays the Boks (beginning of season), and England win? Same reason. Players get rusty after a break - always takes a few games to find form again... Aus already played their "first games"...

      Jacques - 2011-10-24 14:12

      Pieter, I wonder why in the hell you even watch games. You are so goddamn pessimistic it's sickening. FFS. Blackmailing a team?! As if ANY ONE of the Proteas give a rat's ass what you think of them. Either you support them, or you don't- I suggest you watch rugby. ''Those kids from down under'' are ranked no1 in the world!

  • Shalin - 2011-10-24 01:01

    The first ODI wasn't really a proper ODI so I wouldn't read too much into it. I hope they learnt a lesson today - win the toss and bat first. I don't know what's the fetish with batting second cos that's when they usually mess up or D/L comes back to bite them.

  • SnakesnAdders - 2011-10-24 01:18

    This game means very little. It does nothing to hide the fact that the Proteas are an extremely fragile and inconsitent side. That X factor or 'killer instinct' that every one of the Aussie players have, is nowhere to be seen but for Dale Steyn and to a lesser degree at this point, David Miller. Not even Gary Kirsten will be able to get a more aggresive approach out of this bunch.

      Grant - 2011-10-24 11:36

      Morne Morkel left out of your equation WHY?? Nothing lacking in our bowling department. Batting looks a bit frahile, but will be bolstered by AB's return...and if Miller keeps putting his hand up now, and with Rudolf in the wings, the team could go places. As for inconsistent, please suggest another team that is any MORE consistent. India (who got a hiding second-to-none by England)? England (currently having the favour returned by India)? Australia (who won the first game by 100 runs, and lost the next one by the same margin)?? Its more difficult to criticise when others are doing no better...

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-24 07:32

    Overall a much better performance from the Proteas. Well done to Kallis, Graeme looking better, JP and David M. Good bowling from Morne Morkel!!! Concerns are Hashim not getting runs and Dale Steyn's bowling especially at the start of the match. Looking forward to the 3rd ODI and the tests! Go PROTEAS!!!!!!

  • Dhirshan - 2011-10-24 07:57

    where are all the ignorant smith comments?

  • Staalbal - 2011-10-24 08:17

    Well done Proteas, and props for an excellent crowd in PE, you guys are the best in the country.

  • Michael - 2011-10-24 10:01

    Strange that there are no comments about the resurgence of Biff... He looked pretty good out there and some of those cover drives were awesome.

  • Thopa - 2011-10-24 11:40

    The system and coaching staff are totally unfair to other deserving players scoring runs. There's no solid reasons why Smith should be afforded more chances than other members in the team. Is every player going to be given 2 years to regain form then claim they are back to their best form when they score a mere 50 in a do or die game? How come other players like Prince,Bosman Van Der Walt were quickly dropped and never recalled but Fat Smith has been at the helm for how long? Shame on u Kirsten, glad to see Boucher repaid your trust in him by missing two stuppings. Well done!

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