Australia got much needed respite as the ended their home series against South Africa on a winning note with a comprehensive seven wicket over the visitors at the Adelaide Oval. The hosts showed excellence and stuck to their plans throughout the game and never allowed South Africa to make a comeback into the game. Mitchell Starc led the attack superbly as he bagged four wickets in the second innings to see Australia needing just 127 runs to win the game. The hosts made five changes in this game and it really paid off as Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Jackson Bird all chipped in with contributions in the game. It was even more befitting that new players in Renshaw and Handscomb were at the end to knock off the winning runs for Australia.
Australia lost their openers Usman Khuwaja and David early but Captain Steve Smith came to the crease and steadied the ship to put on a good partnership with Renshaw to take his side an inch closer to victory. Earlier in the day, South Africa innings was all about Stephen Cook who managed show resolve to notch up his second ton of his career but the rest of batting order failed as the side was bundled out for 250 runs.
Australia win was setup by bowlers on the first day of test as they reduced the visitors to 259 for 9 and then pile runs to see them put 383 runs on the board. Khuwaja hit 145 runs off 308 balls and was superb in his whole innings to keep South African pace contingent at bay for most of the innings as he played sensibly to see the side end up with 124 run lead. Tabraiz Shamsi made his debut in this game for South Africa replacing Keshav Maharaj.
It was decent test match after the “lollygate scandal” that made headlines for the last past week as ICC found South African skipper Faf du Plessis guilty of using foul means to tamper the cricket ball after evidence provided through video. Australia will be pleased as they ended the tour on a good note as they will geared to do much better against Pakistan in a three match series.