Lungi Ngidi splendid bowling performance followed by Janneman Malan’s maiden ton was enough to see South Africa clinch ODI series over Australia in the second game played at Bloemfontein on Wednesday. With this result, South Africa have taken 2-0 lead in three-match ODI series.
The day started with Australian Captain Aaron Finch win the toss and opted to bat first. Opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner added 50-run partnership to help Australia get off to a decent start.
Pacer Lungi Ngidi got rid of David Warner, who perished in the sixth over after scoring 35 runs off 23 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six. Steven Smith also failed to make an impression with the bat. Ngidi dismissed Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the space of few deliveries to reduce Australia to 81 for 3 after 12.5 overs.
Despite losing wickets at the other end, Aaron Finch continued to play his shots and brought his half-century. Finch stitched 77-run partnership with D’Arcy Short to lead the recovery for Australia.
Pacer Anrich Nortje dismissed Finch to see Australia lose their fourth wicket with 159 runs on the board. D’Arcy Short and Mitchell Marsh came together and put on a 66-run partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking for Australia.
D’Arcy Short played well and notched up his maiden half-century for Australia in limited-over cricket. He scored 69 runs off 83 balls with the help of five boundaries. He was well supported by Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey, who produced scores of 36 and 21 respectively.
Due to key contributions from Short, Carey and Marsh, Australia managed to post 271 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
For South Africa, Pacer Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers and claimed six wickets to his name. Besides Ngidi, Anrich Nortje claimed two wickets, whereas Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shami picked one wicket each.
Chasing 272 runs for series win, Mitchell Starc dismissed Quinton de Kock for a duck to see South Africa get off to worse possible start. Rookie opener Janneman Malan and JJ Smuts led the fightback for the side and added 91-run partnership for the second wicket.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa dismissed JJ Smuts, who produced a crucial innings for the side. Smuts scored 41 runs off 64 balls with the help of three boundaries. Pat Cummins dismissed Kyle Verreynne for a low score to see South Africa reduced to 103 for 3 after 23.5 overs.
Janneman Malan anchored the whole innings for South Africa and kept the scoreboard ticking at a decent pace. He put on a 81-run partnership with Heinrich Klaasen to see South Africa take the game down to the wire.
Heinrich Klaasen continued his rich vein of form in this game and smashed another half-century for South Africa. He scored 51 runs off 52 balls with the help of three boundaries and one six.
Janneman Malan notched up his maiden ton for South Africa in limited-overs cricket. The 23-year old put in a splendid performance and remained unbeaten till the end. He smashed unbeaten 129 runs off 139 balls with the help of seven boundaries and four sixes. He produced unbeaten 90-run partnership with David Miller to see South Africa complete the chase in the penultimate over of the innings.
David Miller also chipped in with useful innings of 37 not out off 29 balls with the help of three boundaries.
For Australia, Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers and claimed two wickets. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins picked one wicket each.
For his six wickets, Lungi Ngidi was awarded player of the match.