Bloemfontein: Opener Janneman Malan struck a sparkling unbeaten century to guide South Africa to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international in Bloemfontein on Wednesday which sealed victory in the series.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat, posting 271 all out as South Africa seamer Lungi Ngidi completed career-best figures of 6-58 on a slow wicket to halt what had been an electric start from the visitors.
Malan, who was out to the first ball of the match on debut on Saturday, anchored the South African reply, taming his usual swashbuckling style to score 129 not out from 139 balls and lead the home side to victory with nine balls to spare.
“Janneman read the situation really well and paced it beautifully to set up the win,” South Africa captain Quinton de Kock said at the post-match presentation.
“It’s also great having Lungi bowling like this, he is really sticking up his hand and leading the bowling attack. We mustn’t take out foot off the gas now, we owe ourselves another win.”
Australia made a fast start to their innings, racing to 50 in the seventh over before David Warner (35) became the first victim for Ngidi, who later dismissed Steve Smith (13) and Marnus Labuschagne in consecutive balls.
Aaron Finch (69) looked fluent in the early part of his innings, but when South Africa strangled his scoring areas, he edged Anrich Nortje to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock trying a flamboyant drive.
D’Arcy Short (69) put on 66 for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh (36), and when they fell, Ngidi returned to mop up the lower order as Australia added only 49 runs for the loss of six wickets in the final 10 overs. — AFP
D Warner c Malan b Ngidi35
A Finch c De Kock b Nortje69
S Smith c Smuts b Ngidi13
M Labuschagne c Malan b Ngidi0
D Short c Malan b Shamsi69
M Marsh b Phehlukwayo36
A Carey c De Kock b Ngidi21
A Agar c Maharaj b Ngidi9
P Cummins c Smuts b Ngidi6
M Starc lbw Nortje3
A Zampa (not out)3
Extras (LB-3, W-4)7
Total (50 overs)271
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-81, 3-81, 4-158, 5-224, 6-238, 7-257, 8-263, 9-266.
Bowling: Maharaj 10-0-53-0, Nortje 10-0-59-2, Ngidi 10-0-58-6, Phehlukwayo 10-0-44-1, Shamsi 10-0-54-1.
J Malan (not out)129
Q de Kock b Starc0
J Smuts c Cummins b Zampa41
K Verreynne c Marsh b Cummins3
H Klaasen c Finch b Zampa51
D Miller (not out)37
Extras (LB-4, NB-1, W-8)13
Total (4 wkts, 48.3 overs)274
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-92, 3-103, 4-184.
Bowling: Starc 9.3-0-53-1, Cummins 10-1-59-1, Marsh 9-0-51-0, Agar 9-0-48-0, Zampa 10-0-48-2, Labuschagne 1-0-11-0.