SA vs AUS: David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne centuries help Australia hammer South Africa by 123 runs in 2nd ODI

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Twin centuries from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series vs South Africa on Saturday, 9 September. Playing at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, Australia dominated SA throughout the match on Saturday.

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Sent to bat first by Temba Bavuma, Australia were off to a flyer, courtesy of Travis Head, who notched up a 25-ball fifty. Head and David Warner brought up a century partnership inside the 12th over of the match and the visiting side kept piling up runs from there on. Despite a double strike from Tabraiz Shamsi in the 12th over of the match that saw Head (64 off 36) and captain Mitchell Marsh (0 off 1) go back in the hut, Australia were able to dominate the hosts. A true pitch at Bloemfontein meant that Marnus Labuschagne batted with vengeance to hit his second ODI century, alongside David Warner, who became the first Australia opener to score 20 centuries in ODI cricket.

Australia were looking good for a 400+ run total at a stage, but a strong comeback with the ball in the last 10 overs, help SA limit the damage. Australia were able to put up 392 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Marnus Labuschagne (124 off 99) played his best ODI innings till date in response to his snubbing from the ODI World Cup 2023 squad. This came on the back off his 80* that helped Australia win the first ODI match of the series.

South Africa started off well with the bat as well with Quinton de Kock and captain Temba Bavuma adding 50 runs in no time. Nathan Ellis brought the first breakthrough for AUS with a superb caught and bowled of Quinton de Kock (45 off 30). From there Adam Zampa helped Aussies control the game, where he bowled economically and picked crucial wickets throughout the batting order. Zampa, at the end of his spell registered the figures of 9-1-48-4.

South Africa batters got starts, but they had too big a scoreboard pressure to handle. Heinrich Klaasen (49 off 36) was easily the best batter on the day for the hosts, besides de Kock and Temba Bavuma (46 off 40). Coming back from 119/4 inside the first 20 overs was always going to be difficult for Australia and that proved to be true as the side failed to survive the full 50 overs. Pacers Sean Abbot, Nathan Ellis and Aaron Hardie took 2 wickets each and helped Australia restrict South Africa to just 269 runs in 41.5 overs.

With the win, Australia doubled their lead in the series and will be playing to clinch the series victory on September 12.

Edited By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

Sep 10, 2023

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