Proteas in em­phatic ODI win over Aussies

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Jo­han­nes­burg: Aus­tralia’s un­der-strength bowl­ing at­tack has been de­stroyed by South Africa’s Quin­ton de Kock in the open­ing match of the one-day series in South Africa.

Chas­ing 295 for vic­tory af­ter Aus­tralia made 9-294 at Su­perS­port Park on Satur­day (NZ time), de Kock blasted 178 off just 113 de­liv­er­ies to steer the Proteas to an em­phatic sixwicket win.

The left-han­der’s in­nings is the high­est score by a bats­man in ODIs be­tween the two na­tions, sur­pass­ing Her­schelle Gibbs’ 175 in the re­mark­able match at the Wan­der­ers in 2006.

De Kock belted 11 sixes and 16 fours in his in­nings as he flayed Aus­tralia’s bowlers all over Cen­tu­rion.

It’s the high­est ODI score in the 23-year-old’s ca­reer. De Kock laid the plat­form for the win along­side open­ing part­ner Rilee Rous­sow as the pair belted 145 off the open­ing 17 overs of the run chase.

With front­line quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood and James Faulkner all rest­ing at home, Aus­tralia’s re­main­ing fast bowlers had lit­tle an­swer to the on­slaught in the thin air of Cen­tu­rion. Rous­sow, play­ing in place of the sick Hashim Amla, raced to 65 off just 44 de­liv­er­ies be­fore he was trapped LBW off Adam Zampa’s first de­liv­ery of the match. But Zampa’s suc­cess just spurred de Kock on, bring­ing up his 11th ca­reer ODI cen­tury off just 74 de­liv­er­ies.

None of Aus­tralia’s bowlers es­caped the car­nage.

Scott Boland fin­ished with 3-67, in­clud­ing the wicket of de Kock, but went at just un­der 10 runs an over.

Daniel Wor­rall, in just his sec­ond ODI ap­pear­ance, went for 0-50 off 7.2 overs.

Mitchell Marsh (0-66) went at eight runs an over, John Hast­ings (0-52) at sev­ens while even leg-spin­ner Zampa (1-44) went at over eight runs an over.

De Kock’s ef­forts put Aus­tralia’s bat­ting to shame, half-cen­turies to Ge­orge Bai­ley (74) and Hast­ings (51) lift­ing them near 300 af­ter tum­bling to 6-192 at one stage of their in­nings. Young South African quick Adile Phehluk­wayo, in his sec­ond ODI ap­pear­ance, was the pick of the hosts’ bowlers with 4-44 off his 10 overs. Vet­eran quick Dale Steyn (2-65) marked his re­turn from al­most a year out of South Africa’s ODI team with two late scalps. The series con­tin­ues to­day with game two at the New Wan­der­ers Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg. - AAP

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