Harare - Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn provided the individual highlights as the Proteas scored a conclusive six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of
the triangular ODI series at Harare on Saturday.
finished on 96 (99 balls, 8 fours and a six) and would almost certainly have
achieved a world record four centuries in an ODI series had he not thrown his
wicket away attempting to hit a boundary off Mitchell Johnson when the scores
nevertheless emulated the performance of Hashim Amla in the West Indies in 2010
of scoring more than 400 runs in a five-match series.
the back of Australia’s attempt to set a challenging total when he exploited
reverse swing for the first time in the series to claim the key wickets of
Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell (off successive deliveries) and Brad Haddin to
reduce Australia to 137/6.
with figures of 4/34 in his 10 overs to be named man of the match.
It was a
happy day for both Steyn and Du Plessis with the latter being named man of the series for scoring three centuries and a 96 in his five innings.
did manage to counter-attack with a ninth-wicket stand of 71 between James
Faulkner and Mitchell Starc but their total of 217/9 never looked like being
enough to challenge the Proteas.
chance was to make rapid inroads but successive partnerships of 98 for the
second wicket between Du Plessis and Hashim Amla (51 off 75 balls, 2 fours) and
91 for the fourth between Du Plessis and AB de Villiers (57 not out, 41 balls,
7 fours and 2 sixes) ruled that out of the question.
It was a
significant win for the Proteas as it came in an official final and showed that
the squad is growing in confidence in getting across the line when it counts.
It was a clinical performance in all three disciplines with the fielding being
the best it has been for some time.
the Australian innings from gaining momentum as the Proteas sent down more than
150 dot balls in the 50 overs.
Proteas attack performed perfectly as a unit with no need being necessary from
their sixth bowler. With JP Duminy playing through a injury this was not
Australia by six wickets with 55 balls to spare is no mean achievement.The Proteas’
next assignment will be the away series in New Zealand (ODIs) and Australia
(ODIs and T20s) in October and November.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel
Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (captain), Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon