Aus­tralia in seven-run ODI win

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Telford Vice

The Proteas be­came only the sec­ond team to be beaten by Aus­tralia in their dozen one­day in­ter­na­tion­als this year in Ade­laide on Fri­day.

With Kag­iso Rabada tak­ing 4/54 and Dwaine Pre­to­rius claim­ing 3/32‚ Aus­tralia were dis­missed for a mid­dling 231.

SA sput­tered to 224/9 in re­ply with Faf du Plessis’s 47 and David Miller’s 51 their only scores of more than 19.

That earned the home side vic­tory by seven runs and set up a se­ries de­cider in Ho­bart on Sun­day.

But the vis­i­tors might have to try to win the rub­ber with­out spear­head Rabada‚ who could be in trou­ble with match ref­eree Jeff Crowe for his ver­bal send-off of Chris Lynn.

Hav­ing been hit for a six and three fours off the first four balls of the 27th over‚ Rabada had a hook­ing Lynn caught be­hind off his gloves.

In the throes of his cel­e­bra­tion‚ Rabada could be seen shout­ing‚ ap­par­ently at Lynn‚ as he came close to the de­part­ing bats­man.

Rabada has seven de­merit points hang­ing over his head.

One more and he will be banned for four white-ball in­ter­na­tion­als or two Tests‚ which­ever come first.

The fast bowler needed the in­ter­ven­tion of top lawyer Dali Mpofu to es­cape‚ on ap­peal‚ a ban for a shoul­der charge on Steve Smith dur­ing the St Ge­orge’s Park Test in March.

Crowe was also the match ref­eree in Port El­iz­a­beth and he slapped Rabada with three de­merit points‚ which trans­lated into a sus­pen­sion.

The ap­peal saw Rabada’s pun­ish­ment re­duced to one point – which kept him on the field.

Rabada may not be as for­tu­nate this time‚ not least be­cause there won’t be enough time be­fore Sun­day’s game to chal­lenge a guilty ver­dict.

For his part‚ Lynn couldn’t see what the fuss was about‚ telling a tele­vi­sion in­ter­viewer: “Bit of a send-off at the end; I don’t mind at all.”

That SA failed to get past the Aus­tralians’ bits-and-pieces bat­ting ef­fort‚ in which Aaron Finch’s 41‚ Lynn’s 44 and Alex Carey’s 47 were the high­lights‚ both­ered Du Plessis.

“We let our­selves down with the bat‚ [I’m] very dis­ap­pointed‚” he told a tele­vi­sion in­ter­viewer. “We only needed fourand-a-half an over.”

Pho­to­graph: DAVID MARIUZ/AAP

EX­U­BER­ANT SEND-OFF: Aus­tralian bats­man Aaron Finch looks on as Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi cel­e­brates dis­miss­ing Travis Head dur­ing the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional at the Ade­laide Oval in Ade­laide on Fri­day

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