International Cricket: 2018 1st ODI Match Performances: Australia v South Africa

Australia’s batting continued to look a lot worse even on home soil.

Their top & middle order should’ve left that delivery or go for that shot.

If only, they gave a bit of room to execute it towards the rope they like.

Unfortunately, it’s just gone too early which gave South Africa the upper hand.

No footwork used conveyed how much liability it took a toll on the rest on the Australian batting order.

The same went to their bowlers.

Gone too short, full or straight doesn’t help out a great delivery indeed.

Although, Nathan Coulter-Nile only picked up a wicket.

But still, his opening spell looked expansive especially when there was one ball gone too wide into the rope.

The last few overs looked okay for Marcus Stoinis when he racked up three late wickets.

And the rest didn’t pick up a wicket at all who kept scratching their heads each time a batsman whacks over the rope.

It’s still unfinished business to get some rest before putting back their fresh legs.

Even though the squad is light with the bat, the bowlers still have to lift their game.

South Africa

On the other hand, South Africa did very well both bat and ball.

Dale Steyn may be 36 years old.

But he still brings the X-factor in the Proteas squad after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Steyn too is excellent with the new ball where his full-ish deliveries helped him pick up two early wickets.

The same went with fellow quicks of Lungi Ngidi & Andile Phehlukwayo.

Don’t forget some handy wickets with the spin in Imran Tahir.

On the batting, they can forget what happened with the Prime Minister’s XI the other day.

Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks may not have reached their half-tons.

But they both displayed hard-hitting batting.

The way they use their placement and rotation of the strike helped them put runs on the board.

When both De Kock & Hendricks leave, Aiden Markram did a great job steering the Proteas nearly on the homestretch.

Markram may be gutted not to finish off the innings for them.

But David Miller took control with care as South Africa win the 1st ODI by six wickets.


The visitors also lead the three-match Series 1-0 heading into Friday which is the 2nd meeting at Adelaide Oval.

Will Ottis Gibson’s crew keep a winning side like they did yesterday?

Or he will tweak the squad a bit and introduce two spinners with one would sit out.

Apart from that, South Africa is on a great start.

On the other hand, Australia needs to face the music.

Who’s the person disturbing that mess?

Should the Australian public target the Cricket Australia Board & Admin?

These are the questions that they’ll face to face the media in the next few days.

But for now, Head Coach Justin Langer will do everything he can to give his depleted team a chance to return in winning ways.

Even without the suspended pair of David Warner & Steve Smith, JL has a plan to end their losing streak finally.

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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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