Australia vs. South Africa: Triangular Series Highlights, Scorecard and Report

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Australia vs. South Africa: Triangular Series Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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Australia set up a meeting with South Africa in the final of Saturday's Triangular Series tournament in Zimbabwe with a 62-run victory over the same opponents.

After being put into bat by the Proteas, Australia made 282-7 in their 50 overs at the Harare Sports Club.

They then dismissed SA for 220 in 42 overs in their reply despite 126 from Faf du Plessis.

South Africa: 220 all out (44 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Amla c Haddin b M Marsh 17 38 28
de Kock c Smith b Maxwell 1 4 5
du Plessis hit wicket b Richardson 126 177 109
de Villiers c Bailey b Lyon 6 23 19
Duminy c Sub b M Marsh 16 25 32
Miller b Johnson 3 8 5
McLaren c Smith b Richardson 24 52 41
Steyn run out (Smith) 5 17 10
Phangiso not out 3 18 9
M Morkel b Johnson 0 5 2
Tahir c M Marsh b Maxwell 2 4 4
Extras 0nb 10w 0b 7lb 17
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Johnson 9 1 30 2
Maxwell 4 0 22 2
Richardson 8 0 38 2
Starc 8 1 47 0
M Marsh 5 0 23 2
Lyon 10 0 53 1


Phillip Hughes made 85 at the top of the Australian order before a late flurry by Mitchell Marsh, who smashed seven sixes in an unbeaten 86 off just 51 balls.

After Sunday's embarrassing three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe, the Baggy Greens started steadily and reached 43-0 at the end of the powerplay.

Ryan McLaren then removed Aaron Finch (16), but Hughes and the recalled Steve Smith put on 87 for the second wicket.

Australia: 282 for 7 (50 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Finch c Duminy b McLaren 16 45 36
Hughes c Miller b Phangiso 85 145 92
Smith c de Kock b Tahir 36 70 62
Maxwell c de Kock b Steyn 2 8 6
Bailey st de Kock b Phangiso 32 44 35
M Marsh not out 86 64 51
Haddin c Phangiso b M Morkel 11 31 17
Johnson run out (Phangiso) 2 7 2
Starc not out 1 1
Extras 2nb 3w 0b 6lb 11
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Steyn 9 0 64 1
Duminy 4 0 24 0
M Morkel 9 1 51 1
McLaren 8 0 56 1
Tahir 10 0 42 1
Phangiso 10 0 39 2


Imran Tahir had Smith (36) caught behind, and Glenn Maxwell went cheaply before Hughes fell 15 runs short of a third one-day international century when he picked out long-on off the bowling of Aaron Phangiso.

Slow left-armer Phangiso had George Baileyleading the Australia side instead of Michael Clarke, who has returned home due to injurystumped for 32, but the Aussies still scored 101 in the final 10 overs.

Marsh smashed Dale Steyn for three consecutive sixes in his blitz, which culminated in him dispatching McLaren for consecutive maximums in the final over.

The Aussies were well on top, and the Proteas lost steady wickets in their reply. SA were reduced to 102-5 at the halfway stage, and Marsh continued his fine day by picking up two wickets.

However, Du Plessis brought up his half-century off 57 balls, and a 50 partnership for the sixth wicket with McLaren came up off 48 balls.

Kane Richardson ended a 73-run stand at the end of the 36th over by removing McLaren (24), but Du Plessis brought up his second ODI hundred in the next over and then hit Mitchell Starc for back-to-back sixes to leave 78 runs needed off the final 10 overs.

However, Steyn was run out before Du Plessis hit his own wicket with his right foot after smashing eight boundaries and six maximums in a 109-ball innings.

Mitchell Johnson then bowled Morne Morkel for a duck before Tahir was caught at deep cover off Maxwell to complete a bonus-point victory.


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