Faf du Plessis’s ton helps South Africa clinch a commanding win over Australia by 142 runs

The second one day of the bilateral series between Australia and South Africa  was played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Australian Skipper Steve Smith won the toss and fielded first on placid pitch under sunny skies. South Africa once again put in a great performance with bat to win the game by 142 runs.

South African Faf du Plessis led from the front and went on to notch up his sixth ton of his career. Openers Quinton De Kock and Rilee Rossouw provided yet another great start up front as they put 70 runs in the first ten overs.De Kock could not repeat his heroics of the first game as he was dismissed by medium pacer John Hastings. Rossouw continued to press on the accelerator in terms of scoring rate as he added 76 runs with Du Plessis before Hastings dismissed him in 24th over of the innings.JP Duminy came to the crease and put on massive 150 run partnership with Du Plessis to put South Africa in the box seat in the match. Du Plessis scored 111 runs off 93 balls.He struck thirteen fours in his innings. Duminy also looked in great touch as he scored 82 runs off 58 balls to keep the rate of scoring at 7 runs an over in the innings. Australian inexperienced attack was assaulted as the hosts put on 361 runs from their 50 overs. John Hastings bowled well for his three wickets while others went for plenty of runs in the innings.

Australia reply was far from ideal as lost opener Aaron Finch dismissed by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in the second over of the innings. Steve Smith also fell to a great set piece created by Dale Steyn to see march back to the pavilion after scoring 14 runs. Left arm pacer Wayne Parnell came into the attack and dismissed George Bailey for 9 to see visitors in a spot of bother at 55 for 3 after 11 overs. David Warner looked the only guy well set while there was a flurry at the other end. Mitchell Marsh also could not score big on the day as he was dismissed for 19 runs to see Australia lose their fourth wicket in the 16th over. David Warner and Travis Head did score half centuries but the rest of batting order fell for low scores to see the side get bundled out for 219 runs after 37 overs.

South African bowling unit led by Dale Steyn bowled well in the game as hosts now have taken 2-0 lead in the five match series with third game to be played at Kingsmead, Durban on 5th October.

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