In a fitting conclusion to the five-match ODI series, South Africa convincingly defeated Australia in the fifth and final game, sealing their victory with a resounding margin of 122 runs. The hosts’ victory in this match also meant they won the series 3-2.
South Africa’s Innings
Opting to bat after winning the toss, South Africa set a challenging target of 316 for Australia. The Proteas displayed a solid batting performance, with significant contributions from their top and middle order.
Aiden Markram was the standout performer for South Africa, smashing a blistering 93 runs off 87 deliveries, featuring 9 fours and 3 sixes. He anchored the innings after the early departure of wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock, who managed 27 runs.
David Miller played a pivotal role, scoring 63 runs off 65 balls, supported by a fiery 47 off 23 balls from Marco Jansen and a quickfire 39 off 19 balls from Andile Phehlukwayo. The South African innings concluded at 315 for 9 after 50 overs.
Among the Australian bowlers, Adam Zampa was the most successful, claiming 3 wickets for 71 runs in his 10-over spell. Sean Abbott also chipped in with 2 wickets.
In response, Australia found themselves in a dire situation as they struggled to keep up with the required run rate. Mitchell Marsh fought valiantly, scoring 71 runs off 56 balls, including 6 fours and 6 sixes. However, he received little support from his teammates.
Jansen, the hero with the ball for South Africa, also made an impact with the bat, picking up 5 wickets for 39 runs. Keshav Maharaj was instrumental in dismantling the Australian batting order, securing 4 wickets for 33 runs.
As wickets fell at regular intervals, Australia was bowled out for just 193 runs in 34.1 overs, handing South Africa a convincing victory.
Player of the Match
Marco Jansen’s outstanding performance with both bat and ball earned him the ‘Player of the Match award’. His all-round prowess was a significant factor in South Africa’s dominant display.
With this victory, South Africa clinched the series 3-2 and marked their dominance in this hard-fought contest against Australia.
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- 1st ODI: Australia won by 3 wickets
- 2nd ODI: Australia won by 123 runs
- 3rd ODI: South Africa won by 111 runs
- 4th ODI: South Africa won by 164 runs
- 5th ODI: South Africa won by 122 runs
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Inspired by a flurry of wickets from Marco Jansen, the Proteas continue their hot streak and win a third-straight match.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 17, 2023
And that it that!! The Proteas come from behind to clinch the series 3-2
— Werner (@Werries_) September 17, 2023
Five wicket haul by Marco Jansen in the ODI series decider against Australia. pic.twitter.com/U4nuJsQV0h
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 17, 2023
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) September 17, 2023
Marco Jansen removed Australia’s entire top 5 😯👏🏽
— Chad Kelly-Klate (@CKlatey) September 17, 2023
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) September 17, 2023
— SunRisers OrangeArmy Official (@srhfansofficial) September 17, 2023
Marco Jansen 5 wickets pic.twitter.com/8XWiBKHtaQ
— ORANGE ARMY (@SUNRISERSU) September 17, 2023
🇿🇦 PROTEAS COMEBACK TO WIN THE SERIES
The Proteas have made an excellent comeback to win the #Betway ODI series 3-2 against Australia 🇿🇦🇳🇿
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) September 17, 2023
Marco Jansen guided South Africa to victory!
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 17, 2023
SOUTH AFRICA WON THE ODI SERIES….!!!
— Usman Sidhu Official (@usmansidhuoffic) September 17, 2023
Marco Jansen’s having a cracking game for SA!
Career best ODI score and now picked his first ODI fiver!!
— Lawrence Bailey ⚪ 🇿🇦 (@LawrenceBailey0) September 17, 2023
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 17, 2023
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