Proteas castled in Canberra

2014-11-19 13:08

Canberra - Australia cruised to a 73-run victory over South Africa in their third one-day international on Wednesday on the back of big-hitting innings by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.

As it happened: Australia v SA

Opener Finch cracked 109 off 127 balls and Smith hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 73 off 55 balls as Australia amassed a formidable 329 for five off their 50 overs in Canberra.

The Proteas were always up against it and were dismissed for 256 in the 45th over, with last man Imran Tahir unable to bat because of a knee he injured while fielding.

The Australians now lead the five-match series 2-1 ahead of the final games in Melbourne on Friday and Sydney on Sunday.

Left-armer Mitchell Starc troubled the South Africans with his late swing and finished with four for 32 off eight overs, while fellow opening bowler Josh Hazlewood claimed three for 51.

Hashim Amla hit 102 off 115 balls and skipper AB de Villiers cracked a belligerent 52 off 34 balls to briefly threaten Australia's bowlers.

Smith was named man-of-the-match for his innings which was full of improvised shots, including one boundary cheekily hit through his legs.

"It was a free hit, so I had pretty free rein to do what I wanted. I was lucky enough it came off and went to the boundary," Smith said.

"Aaron was able to lay the foundation and I was able to close it out.

"The boys hit their lengths well and bowled really well, we got the ball quite soft and it started reversing.

"Josh Hazlewood is bowling outstanding and it's great to see Mitchell Starc back here as well and getting some wickets."

Finch was in blistering form as the Australians made full use of the slow Manuka Oval pitch after winning the toss.

Finch hit nine fours and three sixes to spearhead the Australian run plunder before he was dismissed by part-time bowler de Villiers in the 41st over.

Fellow opener David Warner pounded 53 off 50 balls, with six fours and two sixes, in a first-wicket stand of 118 in 20 overs.

Warner looked set for a big score before he found de Villiers, who took a leaping catch at mid-wicket.

Smith crashed eight fours in a majestic knock, while Shane Watson took a more controlled 40 off 38 balls before he miscued and was caught in the deep by David Miller off the medium pacers of Farhaan Behardien.

Watson holds the highest ODI score at Manuka Oval with 122 against the West Indies in 2013.

Morne Morkel was the best of the Proteas bowlers with two for 84, while Vernon Philander, de Villiers and Behardien took a wicket each.

South Africa's hopes were pinned on the fourth-wicket stand of 76 between Amla and de Villiers, but once the skipper fell leg before wicket to Kane Richardson in the 38th over, the tourists were unable to keep pace with the Australian total.

Amla followed five balls later when he was bowled as he tried to slog Hazlewood through the leg-side.

David Miller looked unlucky to be given out leg before wicket to Starc on three when replays showed the ball was sliding down leg. But the team had no more reviews left to challenge the decision.


  • Arche van Rensburg - 2014-11-19 13:13

    i knew it!! too much pressure on AB,Amla,Faf and Dekock!!! Behardien useless!!! proven AGAIN!! Rossouw to inconsistent and inexperienced!! Miller out of form and no faith or hope can be placed upon him when SA is in trouble!! Abbott should have been picked in Behardiens place!! Where is Van wyk? and we really missed Duminy today!

      Moos Liem - 2014-11-19 14:28

      Morkel best bowler with 2 for 84???? He gave away eight runs an over. Behardien bowled 8 for 39. Morkel gave away 40 more runs in an extra two overs. Look like he had his one good match for the season in the previous match now his back to his useless self again.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-11-19 14:29

      We didn't wake up at the last minute. Quinny and Hash started like a house on fire and got to 100 before Aus did in their innings. But when you lose wickets, the pace will always start to slow. The new batsman trying to hit boundaries from ball one will only compound the problem.

  • Clinton Prins - 2014-11-19 13:25

    Behardien can't score even when the team is busy losing ai tog but some of u are probably gonna say he deserves to be in the team coz of his " bowling " and his domestic form . . .

  • sige.gorabeb - 2014-11-19 13:25

    One for you, one for me, one for you, one for ..............can one really say who's boss?

      BANG - 2014-11-19 13:35

      stop it, we gonna win the next 2 ok

      BANG - 2014-11-19 14:15

      @Jaycee, I'm laughing so hard that I have a stitch, ow LOL ha ha ha ;)

  • Menzi Larry - 2014-11-19 13:29

    This team will never win the world cup... How on earth do you plan to chase down 329 batting like that. Even Hashim's run rate is not good enough when he had batted that long. It sets up a collapse as the rest of the batters are under pressure when 2 wickets fall it puts the chase beyond reach. Bladdy useless man.

      Deon Louw - 2014-11-19 13:55

      We were on target and needed just under 100 from the last 10 but AB or Hasim needed to stay in.

      Menzi Larry - 2014-11-19 14:21

      At Deon, that's my point exactly. AB had to commit suicide to get us into that position remember. And even then, that's not a nice position to be in if you don't have in batsmen on the crease. The problem is that if you leave anyone to chase down 100 of the last ten overs you have to pray and pray hard that if its going to happen. The in guys must just keep ahead of the required run-rate to so that if a wicket falls it does balloon the required run rate and make life tough for SA's fragile lower middle order. I am very critical of how SA approaches their chase.

      Sadeck Rahim - 2014-11-19 18:45

      Menzi are yoi for real.You sure dont know much about cricket.a 90 srike rate is low.Ab Got carried away smashing around dont blame Amla.Secondly the team is becoming to reliant on the top four making runs.Finch had a low strike rate but have a look at the rest of the aussies they batted right till seven and made a score.Rissouw 9 games and 4 ducks is that what u want Amla to do.

  • BANG - 2014-11-19 13:35

    Bloody dammit, We were cruising and suddenly started defending/blocking etc., Maybe Hersh needs to come out of retirement and smash these ozzies the way he knows how

  • Dylan Barnard - 2014-11-19 13:38

    As useless as Rossouw is why did he go in before AB.Tahir and Behardien,not international quality(proven again).

      Johan Brand - 2014-11-19 14:36

      Because AB said he must

  • Juan Hop Hop Quotastyle - 2014-11-19 13:39

    lekker behardien ...

  • Malcolm Lindsay-Payne - 2014-11-19 13:42

    I hate to think how many wickets Morne has not taken because of no balls.

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-11-19 13:48

    We can't to a world cup with Miller,Rossouw,Behardien and McLaren! Full stop! Ingram,Elgar and maybe Wiese must get a change against the Windies,that's it,these 4 guys just don't have the temperament to perform under pressure. I am convinced that if a guy like Ingram get at leat 5 chances at 4 he will score a ton in at least 1 of them and a good half century at any given time.

      Twakkie van Staden - 2014-11-19 13:59

      Mclaren not even in the team.......

      Stuart Murray - 2014-11-19 14:19

      I've got to agree with this...

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-11-19 14:27

      lol, Ingram was dropped from the SA team while Faf who had the worst record was allowed to play, Ingram had a couple of centuries and has an average of above 30, but if he is to return then he Should replace FAF because at no. 3 even 4 sometimes he is at his best, but he can't be asked to come in at 6/7 kodwa or we are setting him up to fail. I'm surprised you have mentioned McLaren in your list, isn't he ranked higher than Morkel and Philander in ODI bowling?

      Edward Pretorius - 2014-11-19 15:38

      Jah well McLaren is in the top 12 ODI bowlers in the world but so is Tsotsobe and he is not even in the sqaud! Yes he had a very good run against other teams but he is absolutely terrified every time his up against the Aussies! There is still time to bring in a guy like Ingram,I think he is the perfect fit for the no4 spot,with AB and JP at 5 and 6. Faf struggled early on in his ODI career yes,but since then he is our best no3 hands down. The reason I would pick AB at 5 is to make sure that he will be at the crease if Amla or Faf is not there at the back end of an innings,he can shift gears at will,and with a guy like JP they can take us home when the pressure is on. Its actually very simple,if someone could have score at least a 30 odd today batting at 4,we could have came much more closer with AB next in,unfortunately Rossouw failed AGAIN in that crucial position and really I don't think he is the man to bat at 4 in a wc tourney,maybe the next one yes but not now.

      Douglas Hollis - 2014-11-19 17:13

      And what ever happened to Chris Morris? He can even hold a bat in his hand. (Unlike useless Behardien) Let's not forget Kyle Abbot, the best death bowler in the country who is forced to sit on the sidelines match after match.

      Edward Pretorius - 2014-11-19 20:03

      Doug, Abbot is not competing against Behardien for a spot in the team. I think the problem that we now have is that there is no player in the current group that can fill the all rounder s role in the team. Its a bit unfair to compare Behardien to Abbot,a bowler,he is actually a batsman. Ironically Behardien did the “5th“bowler job reasonably good today,the real problem were the fact that Steyn, Philander and Morkel didn't fire at all. Tahir too didn't really troubled the Aussie batsman. I think its time to concede that the Kallis factor will cost us for many years to come, McLaren had done a good job against any other team bar the Aussies,a bit like the Cullinan/ Warne issue.Yes Abbott is probably our best option as a “death” bowler,however who is going to miss out if he is selected? If we go for 6 batsman and 5 bowlers,our top 6 can't bat like they did today that's for sure.The balance of this team is not right,and I'm afraid is too late now,unless we see Duminy as an real all rounder,that's it!

  • Deon Louw - 2014-11-19 13:56

    Rossouw and Behardien needs to go, maybe Wiese and Elgar?

      Menzi Larry - 2014-11-19 14:22

      lol from bad to worse...

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-11-19 14:28

      How should a player be picked for South Africa?

      Deon Louw - 2014-11-19 14:36

      Rossouw have 4 ducks and a 2 in 9 games and 1 good T20, not good enough.

      Madimetja Dmax Mashao - 2014-11-19 14:38

      But those were the form batsmen domestically, so Richard Barnes is right,the best players for us are the ones not in the team

  • stu.stow - 2014-11-19 13:57

    Van Wyk, Abbott and Wiese have to play the next game

      Richard Barnes - 2014-11-19 14:22

      Behardien is averaging more than Van Wyk in the Momentum Cup. During the CLT20 when he came up against international class bowlers, Morne averaged 22. Last season, Miller averaged almost 100 in the Momentum Cup. We should stop equating provincial form with international form. There is a long list of players who light up the scoreboards in local cricket but fail at international level. Rilee Rossouw being just the latest among them. Justin Ontong is another who racks up great stats for the Cobras then under-performs at international level. So there is no reason to believe that Van Wyk, Abbott and Wiese will do any better than the incumbents. They might. But then, they might not.

  • Erich Oosthuizen - 2014-11-19 13:58

    nee wat manne, met miller, behardien gaan julle nerens kom nie. wat van ou delport of van wyk? te minste poer poer hulle nie soos daai twee nie. behardien hoort nie op internasionale vlak, en miller perform net in ipl wanneer amateur skool seuns na hom boul op dooi pitches.

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2014-11-19 14:06

    Our team will bounce back. We have England in December till February, so we will be ready before World Cup. A job well done by Amla and AB.

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-11-19 14:19

      December 2015_England December 2014_ West Indies

      Richard Barnes - 2014-11-19 14:24

      England? I think you mean the Windies.

  • Yaseen Bux - 2014-11-19 14:16

    I don't see us going far @the world cup with a tail this long! We need players that can finish the game !maybe albie morkel??this is a great opportunity to blood a few players from that u/19 world cup side before world cup and give them a run during the world cup if they show a lot of promise @this level.

  • Vernon Vice - 2014-11-19 14:16

    Not good enough!!

  • UnlimitedLFB - 2014-11-19 14:17

    AB is surely batting in the wrong number, we know how quickly he can pick the pace of the game then why not use him to do that, I mean even if he came in in the last 5 overs needing 15 runs per over he could still do it such is his ability The talk has been the no. 7 spot but I don’t think that’s the problem the main problem is we were so used to the no 8, 9 and 10 being able to contribute but now they don’t really they are still grat bowlers thou, i.e if Ryan came at 7, Vernon at 8, Robin P at 9 and Parnell at 10, with Dale at 11, then there is no tail to talk about. With Imran injured then we can see how Robin can bowl, I hope he does well. Anyways my teams for the remaining match: Team 1: 1. Qdk,2.HA,3 Faf,4.RR,5. FB,6. AB,7.DM 8. RM,9.VP,10. RP,11 DS. Team 2: 1. Qdk,2.HA,3 Faf,4. DM,5.FB,6. AB,7.RM, 8.VP,9. RP,10. WP,11 DS. I still have faith in the batting ability of both Rilee and Barhadein,

      Richard Barnes - 2014-11-19 14:35

      So AB bats too low in T20s and too high in ODIs?

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-11-19 14:42

      I never said he is batting too low in T20s, I have seen that he is at his absolute best when he comes later in the t20s, I am not one of those people who have been asking for AB to come in at 3 in t20s... 4, 5 or even 6 is where he should bat even in the t20s depending on what is the run rate required, but that is only applicable if we are chasing, if we bat 1st then yes he should bat at 3 or 4

      Malcolm86 - 2014-11-19 15:12

      Why Behardien?? He's USELESS!!!

  • Pierre Neumeyer - 2014-11-19 14:31

    Morné best bowler for SA at 82 for 2? That does not include the wides and noballs that he bowled. We have the most ill-disciplined bowling attack in world cricket. The Aussies bowled one wide and one noball. They also have bowlers who can bowl yorkers at the end of an innings.World class bowlers should be able to adapt to any playing surface. Goodbye world cup.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-11-19 14:36

      The best bowler is generally classified as the one who takes the most wickets. I don't think anybody would claim that Morne's line & length were the best.

  • Fayzaan Mahmood - 2014-11-19 14:31

    Absolutely not world cup material. Why does Abbott not get a chance? bring in David Wiese in place of Philander and Abbott in place of Morkel and Van Wyk in place of Rossouw

      Johan Brand - 2014-11-19 14:38

      Agree with Abbot, and v Wyk

      Madimetja Dmax Mashao - 2014-11-19 14:42

      What makes you think that Van Wyk will do any better, most fans on this forum were routing for Rossouw to be in the team, now he's part of the team and we want him out, same with Chris Morris previously.

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-11-19 15:03

      Where was the new strike bowler Morkel. He was second to Amla for number of runs. I wish Amla could put victory first rather aiming for century. He lost the game

  • Dwain Trollip - 2014-11-19 14:38

    Love them or hate them,but if India had our platform they wouldve won the match.Whether they chase a big total or lose early wickets,their best batsman(Kohli and Raina)bat in their respective positions,no fiddling.The fact that AB came in at 5 is a clear indication that management don't trust the batting in the slightest and they want AB to play the cameo role in the end.

  • Johan Brand - 2014-11-19 14:39

    This just shows how we miss JP Duminy

      Raymond Randall - 2014-11-19 14:40

      Aussie didnt miss mitchel johnson at all

      Dylan Barnard - 2014-11-19 16:50

      or Clark or Maxwell

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-11-19 14:43

    You mean the were given Castle Larger to drink?

  • phumezon - 2014-11-19 14:58

    AB needs to bat at NO 4, plzzzzzzz

  • Kieran Harrop - 2014-11-19 15:08

    Behardien is useless only good at provincial level. Get rid of him.

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-11-19 15:25

    Behardien comes in and scores run-a-ball 12 while he watches his teammates fall like dominos on other end... He still gets blamed for the loss. Well played to the Aussies. They batted well and bowled well to Proteas' lower order... Kill the Tail!!! SA needs to learn that.

      Tian Nel - 2014-11-19 15:45

      behardien got a batting average of 19.84 and he is batting 5th for the national side.something is very wrong!

      Hansie Crook - 2014-11-19 15:51

      Did his average of 19 have any bearing in Proteas losing this match? Behardien's selection to the national side and him batting at 5 is justified by his domestic form (which by the way is the basis of selection). Its just unfortunate that his domestic form is not translating into international form. By the way Rossouw has an average of 11.

  • Tian Nel - 2014-11-19 15:43

    get rid of rossouw,miller and behardien.selectors do yours jobs!

  • Vaibhav Rahangdale - 2014-11-19 16:28

    SA can't win the WC 2015. Aus,Nz and Ind are favorites in this WC.

  • Sabelo Stamper - 2014-11-19 17:34

    This long tail is killing RSA. We actualy been playing with 4 batsman everyone else is chilling

  • Gunner ZN - 2014-11-19 19:53

    Bafana will make us proud tonight.

  • Laurent Riviere - 2014-11-20 10:13

    Why the surprise - They can only win one lose one, they cant win a few on the trot...fact.

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