Proteas chase 223 for victory

2011-10-19 21:35

Centurion - Former captain Ricky Ponting anchored a rain-interrupted Australian innings to set South Africa a challenging target in the first one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

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Ponting made 63 in an Australian total of 183 for four in an innings reduced to 29 overs.

South Africa need 223 to win in the same number of overs according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.

The tourists built a solid platform, reaching 96 for one after 19 overs before lightning and rain drove the players off the field for four-and-a-half hours.

Australia went on an all-out assault when they returned with just ten overs remaining in their innings. Captain Michael Clarke was particularly aggressive, adding 15 runs off five balls, including two sixes off successive balls from Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

But Clarke was run out for 44 when a fierce drive by Ponting was deflected into the stumps at the bowlers end by Johan Botha.

Ponting stepped into the opening role when Shane Watson was ruled out with a hip injury.

Australia were also without Shaun Marsh because of a shoulder injury. Teenagers Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins earned their first caps. Ponting made his runs off 77 balls and hit nine fours.

All South Africa's bowlers took some heavy punishment in the closing overs. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took two wickets but conceded 48 runs in six overs.


  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-19 21:58

    Graeme Smith gone for 4 runs again.CSA selectors should really seriously consider dropping that guy permanently or until he proves his worth to Cricket South Africa again,as he is a waste of space at the minute.Daar is iets fout met sy brein en dit help hom niks nie om dit te probeer ontken. This is what a Skysport commentator said earlier today about Smith: On current form Graeme Smith doesn't deserve his place in the team but I guess his class and seniority buys him a little time in South Africa's starting XI.His last ODI half-century came in January this year and you have to go back to September 2009 for his last hundred.I think the problem is that the likes of Colin Ingram and David Miller haven't really grabbed their opportunity when given the chance.Who then are the new openers in South Africa's domestic cricket?There aren't really that many knocking at the door.Rilee Rossouw is a No3,and Jacques Rudolf isn't playing limited overs cricket at all!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-19 23:21

      According to the commentators they could choose J. Rudolph. It is his home ground as well. He should know the pitch very well.

  • Alfred - 2011-10-19 22:34

    SA need 223 to win from 29 overs but Australia made 183 from 29 overs? Huh?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-19 23:16

      That is that Duckmeat and Lewis Stores I

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