Stoinis helps Australia snap losing streak
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis took three wickets to fire Australia to a seven-run win over South Africa at the Adelaide Oval yesterday, ending the hosts’ record seven-match 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.
Yesterday, 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.
South Africa’s David Miller (left) avoids a delivery from Australia’s Marcus Stoinis during the second ODI in Adelaide yesterday.