Stoi­nis fires up as Aus­tralia snap los­ing streak

Oman Daily Observer - - TENNIS / BASKETBALL -

ADE­LAIDE: 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 sev­en­match los­ing streak and lev­el­ling the three-match one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries.

Aaron Finch’s side will head to Sun­day’s de­cider in Ho­bart buoyed by Aus­tralia’s first win in the short for­mat since Jan­uary and hav­ing de­liv­ered some badly needed cheer for the strug­gling cricket na­tion.

Sent in to bat, Aus­tralia again laboured against a for­mi­da­ble South African at­tack and were dis­missed for 231 in the 49th over af­ter squan­der­ing a num­ber of starts.

But a li­on­hearted per­for­mance by Stoi­nis and the Aus­tralian pace­men over­whelmed Faf du Plessis’s men who were re­stricted to 224 for nine off their 50 overs.

“We can build on this,” said Stoi­nis, who took 3-35 and ran out Ai­den Markram for 19 with bril­liant field­ing.

“It’s been a tough six months so just re­ally happy that we can chill out now, at least for a day and then get into the next game.”

Thrashed by six wick­ets in the opener in Perth on Sun­day, the win came af­ter an­other gloomy week for cricket in Aus­tralia, where the fall-out from a cul­ture re­view into the Cape Town ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal caused ruc­tions off the field.

On Fri­day, Finch had said the turmoil was caus­ing “doubts” in his team, and the un­cer­tainty seemed on show as four of their top six bats­men threw away their wick­ets af­ter pos­i­tive starts.

Finch chopped onto his stumps when coast­ing on 41, while Chris Lynn was un­done on 44, glov­ing an at­tempted hook off Kag­iso Rabada to the keeper.

Shaun Marsh (22) and wick­et­keeper Alex Carey (47) also fell to loose shots off pace­man Rabada, who fin­ished with 4-54.

A de­fi­ant 22 by tail-ender Adam Zampa helped Aus­tralia to a de­fend­able to­tal, and pace­men Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood and Stoi­nis com­bined to re­duce South Africa to 68 for four.

Du Plessis and David Miller shared a 78-run stand be­fore the skip­per dragged Pat Cum­mins onto his stumps for 47.

Ha­zle­wood re­moved Pre­to­rius for 14 to give the home side the up­per hand but there was still hope for South Africa with Miller an­chor­ing the lower or­der.

Stoi­nis crushed those hopes with a fiery spell, bowl­ing Dale Steyn for three be­fore trap­ping Miller lbw for 51. The bar­rel-chested all-rounder roared in tri­umph as Miller trudged off, with the game bro­ken open.

“That’s a tough pill to swal­low,” Du Plessis said of the loss. “I thought the bowlers were bril­liant for most of the game.

“My­self and Dave (Miller) were han­dling things re­ally well out there just needed to take it a lit­tle bit deeper.” AUS­TRALIA A Finch b Pre­to­rius -------------------------------------------41 T Head lbw Ngidi -----------------------------------------------8 S Marsh c de Kock b Rabada ----------------------------22 C Lynn c de Kock b Rabada-------------------------------44 A Carey c de Kock b Rabada------------------------------47 G Maxwell c de Kock b Pre­to­rius ----------------------15 M Stoi­nis c Hen­dricks b Pre­to­rius ----------------------2 P Cum­mins b Steyn -------------------------------------------3 M Starc c&b Steyn ----------------------------------------------6 A Zampa c Miller b Rabada ------------------------------22 J Ha­zle­wood (not out)--------------------------------------10 Ex­tras: (LB-9, W-2) ------------------------------------------11 To­tal: (all out, 48.3 overs) -----------------------------231 Fall of wick­ets: 1-12, 2-66, 3-96, 4-133, 5-166, 6-170, 7-179, 8-187, 9-204. Bowl­ing: Steyn 10-1-31-2, Ngidi 9-0-67-1, Rabada 9.3-0-54-4, Pre­to­rius 10-0-32-3, I Tahir 10-1-38-0. SOUTH AFRICA Q de Kock c Zampa b Starc ---------------------------------9 R Hen­dricks c Carey b Ha­zle­wood --------------------16 A Markram (run out) ----------------------------------------19 F du Plessis b Cum­mins-----------------------------------47 H Klaasen c Lynn b Stoi­nis -------------------------------14 D Miller lbw Stoi­nis -----------------------------------------51 D Pre­to­rius c Lynn b Ha­zle­wood-----------------------14 D Steyn b Stoi­nis------------------------------------------------3 Krabad­ab­starc------------------------------------------------9 L Ngidi (not out)-----------------------------------------------19 I Tahir (not out)-------------------------------------------------11 Ex­tras: (B-1, W-11)------------------------------------------12 To­tal: (for 9 wkts, 50 overs)---------------------------224 Fall of wick­ets: 1-18, 2-46, 3-48, 4-68, 5-142, 6-174, 7-184, 8-187, 9-202. Bowl­ing: Ha­zle­wood 10-0-42-2, Starc 10-0-512, Cum­mins 10-0-27-1, Stoi­nis 10-0-35-3, Zampa 9-0-57-0, Maxwell 1-0-11-0.

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