Stoi­nis helps Aus­tralia snap los­ing streak

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

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.

(AFP)

South Africa’s David Miller (left) avoids a de­liv­ery from Aus­tralia’s Mar­cus Stoi­nis dur­ing the sec­ond ODI in Ade­laide yes­ter­day.

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