The fourth game of the bilateral series between host South Africa and Australia was played at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth. The game saw hosts put up yet another emphatic performance setup by upfront by bowler Kyle Abbott and Tabraiz Shamsi to see them win the game by six wickets to go 4-0 up in the series with final game to be played at Newlands, Cape Town on Wednesday.
Faf Du Plessis was again led his troops well as he top scored with 69 runs off 87 balls to see his side win the game in the 35th over.du Plessis has been in great form as he put in string of good performances for South Africa in this series. Kyle Abbott bowled a terrific spell upfront as Australia skipper Steven Smith won the toss and batted first on the wicket. Abbott bowled some unplayable deliveries to dismiss David Warner and Aaron Finch. Dwaine Pretorius also bowled well in his opening spell and also got wicket of George Bailey to see Australia in a spot of bother at 12 for 3 after 5 overs.Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade did play well but it was not enough as the Aussies were bundled out for 167 runs in 36th over. Tabraiz Shami picked up three wickets while best of the bowler was pacer Kyle Abbott who picked up four wickets.
South Africa lost Hashim Amla early in the chase as he was trapped right in front by fast bowler Chris Tremain.Quinton de Kock was his usual self playing his strokes until he pulled a short ball into hands of square leg fielder Adam Zampa to give his Tremain his second wicket of the innings. South African captain Faf du Plessis added 56 runs with JP Duminy to led the way for the side to steady the innings. Duminy played for his 28 runs before he chipped to mid-off the bowling of leg spinner Adam Zampa.Du Plessis notched up yet another half century and was gone for 69 runs off 88 balls as he pull a ball straight into the hands of Travis Head off medium pacer Mitchell Marsh. He struck eight boundaries in his innings. Rilee Rossouw also played and remained unbeaten for his 33 runs off 45 balls.He hit five boundaries and was at the end with Farhan Behardien to knock off the winning runs to see his side go 4-0 up in the series with the final game to be played at Cape Town on Wednesday.
Kyle Abbott from South Africa was named man of the match for his four wickets in the game while Australia will be desperately looking to win the final game at Newlands to end the tour on a better note.