Cricket: Prime Minister’s XI v South Africa: 1st Innings Write-Up at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia

South Africa may have won the toss and bat first as it’s a sunny day here at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Though, Prime Minister’s XI got off to an immediate bang when Jason Behrendorff picked up two quick wickets.

First up, his bounce & variation saw Quinton De Kock chop onto the stumps the first ball.

Not long later, Reeza Hendricks edged too early through a fantastic dive from wicket-keeper Josh Phillipe.

Behrendorff’s in-line & short ball play became key to his 2nd wicket.

Faf Du Plessis got off the mark himself with a couple of runs in hand on 13.

But he misjudged the cut shot going into the hands of George Bailey at mid-off as South Africa 3-30.

Behrendoff’s short & unorthodox bounce saw Du Plessis reach out that shot which saw him pick up his 3rd victim.

Over the next few overs, David Miller joined Aiden Markram in the middle.

The Markram-Miller stand helped SA reach 70 in 15 overs.

Although, Markram misjudged the backlift shot towards the deep backward square.

Thanks to a short-ish length ball from Blake Edwards, the ball sailed straight to Sam Heazlett’s hands.

It gave him plenty of frustration as Markram leaves the field on 47.

The next ball, B.Edwards picked up his 2nd wicket as Fahaad Berhadien had to go for a duck.

He bowled a straight length ball where Farhaad Behardien had little time but edged outside to Josh Phillipe.

Dwayne Pretorius tried to go big with the cover drive looking to beat Usman Qadir with the rope.

But U. Qadir’s incredible spin with the wrong-un saw Pretorius knick the stumps as Pretorius leaves on 3.

David Miller continued with the job in steering the runs himself having made 45 by the 22nd over.

But unfortunately, Miller couldn’t find the rope despite his big-hitting shot.

Thanks to Jack Edwards’s watch at the deep which gifted Jason Sangha’s first wicket.

Part 2

As SA 7-121, only the bowlers had to complete the innings with Kagiso Rabada joining Dale Steyn in the middle.

Steyn and Rabada stayed on and blocked a few balls while Steyn scored a handful runs of 20.

But Ben Dhawarsis broke this stand where Steyn backed away before edged straight to Josh Phillipe.

Kagiso Rabada made a few runs & boundaries through his basics batting stance as South Africa reach 150 by the 35th over.

It frustrated the bowlers for a while as Rabada’s on 28 with Lungi Ngidi backing him up.

Although, Usman Qadir broke the Rabada-Ngidi stand when Ngidi went deep & left his foot up high as Phillipe stumped him on ten.

Not long later, Imran Tahir flicked back on the back foot at the wrong time.

When the ball hit his knee-roll, it gave the umpire the finger up as U.Qadir ended South Africa’s spell in the middle of 42 overs with three wickets in hand by himself.

FINAL 1st Innings SCORE: South Africa 173



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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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