South Africa crumble under pressure as Australia win the game by 36 runs

The 4th game in the West indies tri-nation series saw Australia compete against South Africa at Warner Parker, Basseterre, St. Kitts. Australian Skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting deck prepared for the game.

Australia once again came out on top in a close game as South Africa crumbled under pressure to lose the game by 36 runs. David Warner provided the ideal start for his side as he went on to score his sixth hundred in one day internationals. He went on to score 109 runs off 120 balls before falling prey to a delivery from left arm pacer Wayne Parnell. He struck eleven fours and two sixes in his innings. Usman Khuwaja also proved to be an able partner at the other end as he put on a 136 run partnership with David Warner to provide platform for Steven Smith and co. to go for big runs in last ten overs. Usman Khuwaja scored 59 runs while Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 52 runs off 49 balls to take Australia to post a total of 288 runs in 50 overs.

In reply, South Africa lost an early wicket of opener Quinton de Kock as Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood provided the breakthrough for his side. But Faf du Plessis came to the crease with Hashim Amla as they put 105 run partnership to stable the innings and keep the Proteas in the hunt to chase a mammoth score on the board put up Australians. Hashim Amla played well for his 60 runs off 64 balls but could not go on to score a big one as he was dismissed by Hazlewood to see South Africans placed at 140 for 2 after 25 overs. Faf du Plessis also departed as he was dismissed by left arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc for 63 runs to see Australia come right back into the game.Ab de Villiers and JP Duminy looked well set to achieve the score but the dismissal of de Villiers started the slide as the rest of the side crumbled to lose the game by 36 runs. Australian bowlers took last six wickets for 42 runs to dismiss South Africa for 252 runs in 48 overs.

Australia are comfortably placed at the top in the points table with this win.South Africa will have to win their next game against West indies to stay alive in the competition and qualify for the finals to be played on 26th June.


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