Cape Town - South Africa 'A' lost their last six wickets for 22 runs in seven overs in a disastrous
collapse to plummet to a 108-run defeat against Australia 'A' in their third
match in the triangular limited overs series at Chennai on Wednesday.
In spite of
another bad start by the top order in which they lost four wickets inside the
first 20 overs they played themselves back into the match thanks to a 58-run
fifth wicket stand between the captain, Dean Elgar (64 off 85 balls, 6 fours)
and Khaya Zondo (47 off 50 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes).
got their side to a position where they needed a run a ball at the halfway
stage of the innings (150 off 150 balls) and 132 needed off 120 balls after 30
overs. With a big hitter in Dane Vilas still to come to the crease, victory looked
a distinct possibility. But the dismissal of Elgar sparked the lower order
collapse that left Zondo, the last man to be dismissed, without any support.
total of 272 was built around a superb century from Matthew Wade, one of six
members of this squad to be called up for the Australian senior side for the
limited overs series against England later this month. Wade mastered difficult
batting conditions better than any other player on either side to finish with
130 off 106 balls with 9 fours and 7 sixes. The other contribution of note came
from Peter Handscomb (52 off 62 balls, 3 fours).
completed a good all-round match by taking 2-45 in eight overs while the three
seamers - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Hardus Viljoen and Beuran Hendricks - shared seven wickets
between them, Tsotsobe’s figures of 3-50 in nine overs being the best.
the Australian bowlers called up for the senior squad - seamer Nathan Coulter
Nile and the two spinners, Ashton Agar and Cameron Boyce - shared eight of the nine
South African wickets to fall to the bowlers between them.
have now won all four their qualifying matches and are comfortably through to
the final on Friday. India 'A', with one win, and South Africa 'A', still to get
off the mark, play one another tomorrow. South Africa will have to win by a substantial margin to reach the final.
commented: “It's been tough, off the field. Cricketing-wise, lot of
things you can't control. It's been interrupted, with regards to preparation,
with the illnesses and so forth.”