'Outstanding' bowlers help Australia snap losing streak
ADELAIDE: Australia skipper Aaron Finch praised his "outstanding" bowlers Friday after they snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating South Africa, boosting their battered confidence while keeping the one-day series alive.
Set 232 to win, the Proteas could only manage 224-9 in their 50 overs, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the decider in Hobart on Sunday
The hosts, who were thrashed by six wickets with more than 20 overs to spare in the opening match, dug deep with their bowlers getting them over the line.
Marcus Stoinis was the pick with 3-35 off his 10 overs, including the crucial scalp of David Miller who hit a stubborn 51. "The way we defended was outstanding, The bowlers were relentless," said Finch.
"I'm not sure if it´s relief, but justification for some hard work.
"We held our chances and it went our way. We knew we had to bowl them out, or go close to it."
Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Australia.
In fact, their last one-day win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and disarray within Cricket Australia.
Their form slump had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231.