South Africa’s bowlers strike hard to create more history

SOUTH AFRICA’s history making tour continues, this time downing Australia by 84 runs in a rain delayed second ODI to record its first ever format win over the Australians.

South Africa went on to make 6/229 from its 45 overs, but things were not looking that good early. The tourists lost Laura Wolvaardt on the third ball of the innings and for a while after took time to get their innings going.

However the likes of Anneke Bosch (44), Marizanne Kapp (75) and later Chloe Tryon (37 not out) eventually got things moving and the runs started flowing more easily.

Meanwhile the Australians certainly went through a large array of bowlers trying to slow the South Africans down, with only three players not given a spell with ball in hand, which is not common for the Australians.

The most successful of the bowlers were Megan Schutt and Ash Gardner, who picked up two wickets each.

In reply things were pretty disastrous early for the Australians. No partnerships really got off the ground and the stark nature of this was that the opening combination of 22 was the largest of any of the first to eighth-wicket partnerships.

The South African bowlers really put the constrictor on the Australians, that by the time Gardner and Kim Garth put together a 77-run ninth wicket partnership, it was a case of too little too late. Once Gardner fell it was a matter of when the South African win would come. Australia would eventually get bowled out an over later, which was the first time the Australians had been bowled out in fewer than 35 overs in one-day internationals.

Kapp was also the star with the ball for South Africa, picking up three wickets, while Ayanda Hlubi, Eliz-Mari Marx and Nadine de Klerk each picked up two wickets. Unsurprisingly it was Garth (42 not out) and Gardner (35) who top scored for Australia.

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