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Australia suffered their biggest defeat in the ODI World Cup. In Lucknow, South Africa defeated the team by a huge margin of 134 runs. Earlier in 1983, India defeated Australia by 118 runs.
The South African team batted first after losing the toss at Ekana Stadium and scored 311 runs for 7 wickets in 50 overs. In reply, Australia were all out for 177 runs in 40.5 overs. For South Africa, opener Quinton de Kock scored a century, while Kagiso Rabada took 3 wickets.
Stoinis fell victim to a wrong decision
Marcus Stoinis was dismissed as Australia’s sixth wicket. Kagiso Rabada’s ball (3rd ball of the 18th over) was going off the leg stump. Stoinis tries to bat on it. A little noise was heard as the ball passed near the bat. The South African players appealed but the umpire declared it not out.
After this a review was conducted. On review, the third umpire gave Stoinis out due to noise in the snico meter. However, later replays revealed that the ball had hit Stoinis’ gloves and not the bat. And at the time the ball hit the glove, the glove was not on his hand.
South Africa’s innings…
Batting first, South Africa scored 311 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs. The team’s opener Quinton de Kock scored a century (109 runs). While Aidan Markram played a half-century (56 runs) innings.
From Australia, spin all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc got 2 wickets each. While Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood had 1-1 success.
Quinton de Kock’s century
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock scored a century in the first innings. De Kock played an innings of 109 runs off 106 balls. This is de Kock’s second consecutive century in this World Cup. He also scored a century in the first match against Sri Lanka.
Bavuma-de Kock century partnership for the first wicket
Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock shared a century partnership for the first wicket. He scored 108 runs off 118 balls. The partnership was broken by Glenn Maxwell dismissing Bavuma.
An average start for South Africa in the Powerplay
Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa an average start in the first 10 overs. The team scored 53 runs for no loss in 10 overs.
Both the teams made changes to the playing-11
Both the teams have changed their playing-11. South Africa replace Gerald Coetzee with Tabrez Shamsi. While Australia has made two changes. He has replaced Cameron Green and Alex Carey with Marcus Stoinis and Josh English.
Both teams playing-11
Australia: Pat Cummins (captain), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Rasi van der Dusen, Eden Markram, Henrik Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jensen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Engidi, Kagiso Rabada and Tabrez Shamsi
Australia won the toss and bowled first.
Read the pre-match reports…
This is the second match between the two teams in this World Cup. Australia lost their first match against India by 6 wickets. While South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 102 runs. Before the World Cup, the Australian team had to face a series defeat against South Africa.
Head-to-head and recent records
So far 6 matches have been played between the two teams in the ODI World Cup. Australia won three times and South Africa twice. One match was tied. Talking about the overall head to head, a total of 108 ODIs have been played between the two teams so far. Australia won 50 matches and South Africa won 55 matches. Three matches were tied and one was inconclusive.
The most memorable match
- The two teams met in the 1999 World Cup Super-6. South Africa scored 271 runs. Australia lost 3 wickets for 152 runs in 30.5 overs. Captain Steve Waugh came to the crease and Herschel Gibbs dropped an easy catch off Alan Donald. Then Steve Gibson said – You missed the World Cup, not the catch. Steve Waugh scored 120 and Australia won the match by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
- The two teams met again in the 1999 semi-finals. Australia were bowled out for 213 runs, in reply South Africa could only score 213 runs. The match was a tie, but a good run rate in the Super-6 stage saw Australia enter the final despite the tie. Australia also became champions in 1999.
Aidan Markram is the team’s top scorer this year
South Africa have won the last four of the last 5 matches in a row. One had to face defeat. If the team wins today, it will be their fifth in a row. Talking about batting, Aden Markram has been the top scorer for South Africa in 2023 so far. In terms of bowling, Marco Jensen is the topper in the team.
Labuschagne is Australia’s top scorer and Zampa is the top wicket taker
Australia have won only one of their last five matches and lost the rest. Marnus Labusche has scored the most runs for Australia so far this year. He also scored a century. In bowling, Adam Zampa has bowled well.
The spinners are getting help on the wicket of Ekana Stadium. So far 4 ODI matches have been played here. The team batting first has won 2 matches and the team bowling first has also won 2 matches. The average first innings total is 220 runs. It gets foggy here in the evening and can make it difficult to catch the ball.