International Cricket: 2018 3rd One-Day Match: Australia v South Africa 1st Innings Write-Up at Blundstone Arena in Hobart

by Sports Benches

Australia Captain Aaron Finch went for Tails while South Africa’s skipper Faf Du Plessis gone for Heads.

Finch won the toss as he chose his side to bowl first at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia.

Both teams remained unchanged in their starting line-up from Friday as they chase for the series win.

1st Innings Part 1

Despite a nasty blow to the groin, Quinton De Kock fired off his spell in the middle.

But Mitchell Starc found a perfect straight-ish line and length.

De Kock looked disappointed when he knicked the outside edge to Alex Carey’s gloves on four.

Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks continued to score some handy runs.

South Africa suffered the second-wicket loss when Hendricks tried to flick through the leg side.

But he edged straight to Alex Carey’s gloves as Hendricks left on eight.

It delighted Marcus Stoinis’s 1st wicket of the day having found the short and wide ball.

Markram pulled off a few sixes into the leg side where he used the poor short ball.

In return, he used the pace as Markram’s excellent with the pull/hook shot.

But his time ended on 32 when Mitchell Starc’s ball may not be a straight-ish delivery.

It’s Markram who batted too deep hitting legside as Alex Carey tallies South Africa’s 3rd wicket fall.

David Miller came in and scored some handy runs alongside Faf Du Plessis.

South Africa 3-102 after 25 overs.

1st Innings Part 2

The third-wicket partnership between Miller-Du Plessis stayed on in the middle on 100.

Miller managed to make back to back half-tons in which is 4th v Australia.

He always has his patient approach with positive middle-order intent after having scored some big-hitting scores:

  • Four Fours
  • One Six

The same went with the Skipper in Faf Du Plessis on 50 off 75 balls:

  • Five Fours

Du Plessis continued to splash his big-hitting score having scored 50 with Miller in the last five overs.

They too reached the 150-run partnership themselves and the 200 run-mark for South Africa.

Not only that, they remained patient through a few things that stayed in the crease for a long time:

  • staying still & maintaining balance
  • giving themselves
  • soft hands & not reaching it for the ball
  • use of footwork
  • rotating the strike

1st Innings Part 3

Faf Du Plessis went on to reach his One-Day century in 104 balls for the 10th time in 124 caps and 4th v Australia.

As 250 comes up, David Miller too scored a 100 himself and the 200 run-stand with Du Plessis.

It’s his 2nd 100 v Australia and 5th overall in his One-Day International career.

Miller picked up the pieces where the top-order collapsed and pulled off to an innings he wanted.

Closing the 1st innings play, Australia continued to bowl plenty of loose deliveries.

Although, Du Plessis reached out the cut shot straight to the hands of Shaun Marsh at deep point.

He came off with a remarkable score of 125 before David Miller departs on 139.

Aaron Finch too took the catch at deep where he tossed the ball out of the rope.

FINAL 1st Innings Score: 5-320 South Africa

Australia will need 321 runs to respond if they want to win tonight’s game & the series.

On the other hand, South Africa only needs ten wickets to deny Australia another win.

For now, there will be a 40-minute dinner break before Australia’s run chase will resume shortly.

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