Aus­tralia fall to South Africa’s back-up bowlers

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South Africa rested three of their front­line bowlers but con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate Aus­tralia as they won the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional by six wick­ets at St Ge­orge’s Park yes­ter­day.

Kyle Ab­bott led what was ef­fec­tively South Africa’s back-up bowl­ing at­tack as Aus­tralia were bowled out for 167, the low­est to­tal of the se­ries. South African cap­tain Faf du Plessis made 69 as South Africa se­cured their fourth suc­ces­sive win with 14.3 overs to spare.

It left Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith hav­ing to con­tem­plate the prospect of a 5-0 se­ries de­feat go­ing into the fi­nal match in Cape Town on Wed­nes­day. “We don’t want a white­wash so we?ll have to turn up and play,” he said.

Smith said he was dis­ap­pointed with the bat­ting per­for­mance.

“The wicket maybe wasn’t as good as the others but 250 was about par.” Hav­ing clinched the five-match se­ries by win­ning the first three games, South Africa rested fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kag­iso Rabada and lead­ing spin bowler Im­ran Tahir.

They were re­placed by Ab­bott and spin­ners Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso. Man of the match Ab­bott ad­mit­ted that he felt ner­vous be­fore the game, hav­ing not been part of the first three matches.

But he bowled both Aus­tralian open­ing bats­men in­side the first three overs and fin­ished with four for 40. Un­ortho­dox left-arm wrist spin­ner Tabraiz Shamsi took three for 36 and ortho­dox left-armer Phangiso picked up the last two wick­ets at a cost of 17 runs.

On a slow pitch, which of­fered some seam move­ment and un­even bounce, Ab­bott bowled a full length and made the ball de­vi­ate in both di­rec­tions. He bowled Aaron Finch with the third ball of the match and then bowled David

Warner with the first ball of his sec­ond over. He struck an­other cru­cial blow when he was brought back into the at­tack and had Mitchell Marsh caught be­hind for 50, end­ing a 62-run sixth wicket part­ner­ship with Matthew Wade. Ge­orge Bai­ley was leg be­fore wicket to Dwaine Pre­to­rius as Aus­tralia slumped to 12 for three.

It be­came 49 for five when Shamsi de­ceived Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith and Travis Head, trap­ping them both leg be­fore, in the space of three balls. Wade hit a defiant 52 off 58 de­liv­er­ies and found some sup­port from num­ber ten bats­man Chris Tre­main, who made 23 not out and helped Wade add 46 for the ninth wicket.

Tre­main, who took some heavy pun­ish­ment in his first two matches for Aus­tralia ear­lier in the se­ries, gave South Africa some early wor­ries by dis­miss­ing both open­ing bats­men, Hashim Amla and Quin­ton de Kock. With a strong wind blow­ing across the field, Du Plessis sur­vived a chance on 16 when Adam Zampa mis­judged a high catch off John Hast­ings at point. He shared half­cen­tury part­ner­ships with JP Du­miny and Rilee Ros­souw be­fore hol­ing out to deep square leg off Marsh’s bowl­ing. He hit eight fours in an 87ball in­nings. “4-0 sounds amaz­ing,” said Du Plessis.

“We said be­fore the game that if we put Aus­tralia un­der pres­sure we should re­ally ham­mer down. Abbo (Ab­bott) was out­stand­ing with the new ball and Shamsi spun a web around them.”

— AFP

POET ELIZABERTH: Aus­tralia’s bats­man Mitchell Marsh (R) plays a ball dur­ing the fourth One Day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) be­tween South Africa and Aus­tralia at the St. Ge­orge’s Park cricket sta­dium yes­ter­day in Port El­iz­a­beth.

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