International Cricket: Australia v South Africa 1st One-Day International Match: 1st Innings Write Up at Perth Stadium

South Africa have won the toss, and their Captain Faf Du Plessis chose to bowl first.

On the other hand, Australia will bat on South Africa’s orders as it’s a sunny day at Optus Stadium in Perth.

1st Innings Part 1

Dale Steyn pulled off to a great start with a full & half-volley delivery.

With minimal foot movement, Travis Head knicked straight to Quinton De Kock for the catch.

Steyn quickly picked up his 2nd wicket with D’Arcy Short as his victim.

Despite trying to whack into the rope, Short’s movement looked much similar to Travis Head’s.

When he knicked straight to Faf Du Plessis at 2nd slip, Short had to leave for a duck.

Aaron Finch may have gone off the mark a bit.

But Lungi Ngidi bowled a straight-ish line that trapped the left knee-roll of Aaron Finch.

Having not taken the review, Finch had to leave for five.

If he referred to the umpire, then he would’ve stayed where the ball hits high & misses the stumps.

Chris Lynn may have displayed two decent shots into the rope which went off well.

By the 16th over after the drinks break, Andile Phehlukwayo suspected a knick from Chris Lynn’s bat.

That’s where the ball went straight to Quinton De Kock’s gloves as the Umpire gave NOT OUT the first time.

Thanks to the successful referral from Faf Du Plessis, the ball touched the bat which removed Chris Lynn on 15.

Glenn Maxwell immediately started his run chase with a couple of decent runs.

But Andile Phehlukwayo added Maxwell at No.2 into his wicket list having left on 11.

Maxwell misjudged the drive where the ball only chipped to the hands of Heinrich Klaasen at Mid-On.

In 18 overs, Australia reached the 50 run mark having lost five wickets.

And it didn’t take too long for Lungi Ngidi to remove Marcus Stoinis.

It’s a full-ish & straight delivery as Stoinis couldn’t find the rope with Klaasen again takes the catch.

Ist Innings Part 2

Alex Carey stayed on and steered some much-needed runs into the rope.

Carey tried to make up a quick single as he survived.

But thanks to the direct hit into the stumps from David Miller, Pat Cummins left on 12.

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up a couple of runs especially with a classic cover drive off Imran Tahir through four.

Plus a pull shot off Kagiso Rabada into the deep for six.

On the other hand, Alex Carey tried to paddle sweep in looking to find the rope.

But the ball scooped up high to Quinton De Kock’s gloves as Carey leaves on 33.

It provided Imran Tahir takes his 1st wicket as South Africa picked up eight wickets.

Not long later, Tahir trapped the right knee roll of Mitchell Starc’s where the ball hits the stumps.

Starc looked to appeal the decision, but it was unsuccessful having left the crease on 12.

Nathan Coulter-Nile goes with the pull again before it scooped straight to Klaasen’s hands.

FINAL 1st Innings Score: Australia 152

South Africa will need 153 runs to win the 1st ODI match and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

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