Saturday, April 4, 2009

Australia Defeated South Africa by 142 runs in the 1st ODI

In the first of the five-match ODI series, Australia thrashed South Africa by 141 runs at Kingsmead, Durban yesterday. Australia showed all out dominance in all three departments in the match. Winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first and scored 286 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. In reply, South Africa got all out only for 145 runs.

England did not have a very good start to their innings as they lost the wicket of opener Michael Clarke in the second over. Then Captain Ricky Ponting and opener Brad Haddin added 77 runs at a striker rate of 5.84 runs per over. Haddin scored 53 runs off just 60 balls hitting 6 boundaries and an over-boundary. Ponting became the first victim of Morne Morkel on 37. Highest 83 runs came from Michael Hussey who hit 6 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries.

Along with Ferguson Hussey added 53 runs for the fifth wicket which came to an end when Ferguson got out on 25. Hussey then shared a 67-run partnership with James Hopes for the sixth wicket. Hopes got out on 38, becoming the second victim of Morne Morkel another effective partnership with James Hopes. In the end, Hauritz chipped in with an 11-ball 20 that pushed Australia towards a challenging total of 286 losing 7 wickets.

Chasing a challenging target of 287, South Africa did not have start which they were looking for as they lost opener Hamish Amla only for 7. However, opener Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs shared 74 runs for the 2nd wicket with a striker rate of 6.16. Smith got out on 52, while Gibbs was dismissed for 33.

Following their dismissals, no South African batsmen could show enough resistance against Australian bowlers. Specially, off spinner Nathan Hauritz appeared with his top form and picked up 4 South African wickets. Mitchell Johnson and James Hopes got 2 wickets each, while Bracken and debutant pacer Ben Laughlin took one wicket each. For excellent batting performance of Michael Hussey, he was awarded the man of the match award.


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