Warner, Smith pound Proteas bowling

2016-10-05 17:04
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Cape Town - A brilliant 117 off 107 balls (13x4 and 2x6) by opener David Warner laid the foundations for the visiting Australian cricket team to post an imposing 371 for 6 in the third one-day international at Kingsmead in Durban.

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After Australian captain Steve Smith had won the toss and elected to bat, Warner and Aaron Finch (34) immediately put both Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada to the sword in scoring 113 for the first wicket in just 13 overs. 

Finch in particular looked to attack at every opportunity, but chanced his arm once to often to be caught by Rabada off Protea leg spinner, Imran Tahir. 

Smith joined Warner at the wicket and the two Australian batsmen kept the rate well above a run-a-ball, putting on 124 for the second wicket before Warner fell with Tahir again claiming the wicket. 

Australia continued to press towards a massive total with Smith bringing up his ton in the 46th over off just 104 balls.

The Australian captain was eventually bowled by Steyn for 108 (107 balls, 9x4, 1x6).

Tahir was the pick of the home side's bowlers, picking up 2/54 in his 10 overs. Steyn also managed two wickets but conceded 96 runs in his 10 over spell, the most expensive spell ever recorded by a South African bowler in an one-day international. 

In order for the Proteas to win this match, and the series with it, they will have to post the highest ever score chasing at Kingsmead. 


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