Australia vs South Africa 2018, Perth ODI
South Africa has beaten Australia by six wickets. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

South Africa has beaten Australia by six wickets in Perth and took a one-nil lead in the three-match series. Earlier in the day, Proteas skipper, Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first. Australia couldn’t put up a great show, as they lost their first wicket in the third over of the innings. Meanwhile, the top three batsmen only managed to add six runs to the board before surrendering their wickets.

Proteas takes an early lead in the series

Later, wicket-keeper batsman, Alex Carey tried to contribute in the middle adding 33 runs off 71 deliveries scoring only two boundaries. Meanwhile, the South Africa bowlers did a splendid job to rattle the batting line-up in quick times.

Andile Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers who scalped three wickets, whereas, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir bagged two wickets each. However, Australia cricketer, Nathan Coulter-Nile provided some vital 34 runs off 31 deliveries, smashing five boundaries and a six.

Australia vs South Africa 2018, Perth ODI
South Africa has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, Australia could only manage to score 152 runs losing all their ten wickets at the end of 38.1 overs. While chasing, South Africa gave a solid start scoring 94 runs for the first wicket. The hosts tried all of their bowlers to pick up some early wickets but failed in their attempt. Though Australia managed to make a breakthrough in the 17th over, as de Kock departed scoring 47, they seemed to have lost the game by then.

Just after some time, de Kock’s partner, Reeza Hendricks returned into the pavilion after giving a catch to Chris Lynn. Marcus Stonis was the bowler to pick the second wicket, and later he grabbed two more.  Meanwhile, South Africa batsman, Aiden Markram added some quality 36 runs off his bat before David Miller completed the proceedings.

As South Africa won the game by six wickets, here are the Twitter reactions –

Arijit Chatterjee

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