Ongoing triangular series in West Indies has taken a major twist with South Africa thumping the marauding Aussies into submission. Put into bat first, the Saffers could only muster 189 runs of the allotted 50 over. It was a shade better performance than the first match which they lost to West Indies. Kangaroos chasing a modest target were bundled out for 147 runs with Proteas pacers and spinners coming into the party.
While batting on a challenging the South African cookies crumbled one by one except the indomitable farhaan Behardien who scored a gritty half century as the team tottering at 112/6 piled up a score of 189. It proved to be a mountain to climb for the Aussie team because of the Saffer bowlers comprising of 3 specialist spinners playing after a long hiatus of 5 years since the Bangladesh tour.
The surprise package of the match was Tabraiz Shamsi, the china man bowler who on his debut tormented the kangaroo batsmen. Incisive spin and the wrong one viciously turning on the pitch made life difficult for the batsmen. He appealed vociferously for LBW against Finch and Mathew however they were turned down by the umpires in spite of the replay showing that the ball would have crashed into the stumps.
Not to speak lightly of the pace attack, the opening bowlers in the South African line up snared 3 wickets what with Wayne Parnell returning after a long time and firing on all cylinders. In the very first over, he caught David Warner napping on the crease resulting in LBW decision. Rabada, the new sensation of South African death bowling cleaned up USMAN Khwaja with his fanatic pace.
Steve smith with bradmansque average couldn’t survive the tornado of Parnell and was adjudge ILB for a partly score of 8. Although Finch scored 30 runs he failed to find a willing partner at the other end as the wicket procession continued unabated. Bad form of Glen Maxwell continued as he spectacularly failed against the guile of Tabraiz and became his first international victim. Mitchell Marsh too perished to a delivery from Imran Tahir while cutting him across the stumps leaving Australia at 72/5. Kangaroos were staring down the barrel with the only silver lining being Aaron Finch sweeping Imran Tahir for four on his way to a well deserved half century. AB de Villiers decided to seize the initiative right away by deploying Rabada into the attack and the bowler didn’t disappoint as he got Mathew Wade caught by the wicket keeper and rattled the stumps of Nathan Coulture Nile with a sensational in swinging Yorker.
South Africa were having a ball in the field until Rilee Rossouw while chasing the ball hit the ground and dislocated his shoulder. It might prove to be a huge loss to the batting like up of Proteas in the upcoming games of the triangular series. Only respite is that he might be replaced by Faf Du plesis returning after the finger injury into the squad. All said and done, an impeccable performance by the South Africans saw them home with a bonus point.