Miller, Du Plessis Tons Ensure South Africa Series Win in Australia

Tanya Simon
November 11, 2018

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis took three wickets to fire Australia to a seven-run win over South Africa at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, ending the hosts' record seven-match losing streak and levelling the three-match one-day worldwide series.

Shaun Marsh too followed his partner after reaching the triple-digit mark.

The victory handed South Africa their first ODI series win in Australia since 2009 and left Australia with plenty to ponder ahead of India's arrival this month for a three-format tour.

With Australia needing 65 off 30 balls with five overs remaining, it was up to Glenn Maxwell. "It was good to score the hundred, but disappointed with the result". "Disappointing that we couldn't get over the line at the end", Marsh said.

Pretorius came in for Phehlukwayo in that match and matched his three wickets from the first ODI so they may both start here and Ngidi could possibly make way for all-rounder Chris Miller who would give them some greater depth to the batting order which is much needed.

The pair were given lives in the field by an Australian side that sent the Proteas in and had them wobbling at 3-55 in the 16th over.

They weren't without their luck, though, in a partnership that bettered Marvin Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya's 237-run stand 15 years ago for Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Upon review the ball-tracker showed Maxwell's delivery was moving over the stumps, saving Miller and the blossoming partnership.

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Wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped du Plessis on 29 in the 27th over, a simple caught-behind off Maxwell's spin.

"It was one of those where you just hold your breath and hope for the best", Millar said, adding Faf made the signal to refer but the umpire didn't hear or see him. "Then obviously it went upstairs".

South Africa smashed 130 off the final 10 overs, including 75 off the last five.

The Aussies replied with 280/9, and posed a genuine threat of overhauling the 320-run target when Shaun Marsh (106) and Marcus Stoinis (63) were at the crease, but South Africa's pace-bowlers closed out the match by executing their game-plans to perfection in the final 10 overs.

"It was tough in the beginning. From a batting point of view we were, but from a death-bowling point of view we were excellent", Du Plessis said at the post-match presser.

South Africa take the series 2-1 in front of 5231 fans after Australia had levelled in Adelaide with a seven-run win in game two.

"And then we were just trying to have a bit of fun".

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