Rabada sparks collapse in South Africa victory
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
South Africa's bowlers silenced Australia on the back of a dogged half century from Farhaan Behardien to engineer a 47-run victory in the third one-day international (ODI) of the Tri-Nations Series at the National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada led an impressive attack with three wickets to bowl out the Australians for 142 in 34.2 overs. This followed Behardien's fifth ODI half century, which rekindled South Africa's innings, allowing them to post a decent 189 for nine in 50 overs.
Opener Aaron Finch single-handedly carried Aussie's hopes in difficult batting conditions by batting throughout most of the innings with a defiant 72. But wickets tumbled around him as Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso supported Rabada by capturing two scalps each.
Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who undermined the top half of the South African innings, and Glen Maxwell, were the main destroyers, taking two wickets each after AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to bat first.
Opener Hashim Amla, who added 40 with de Villiers, was run out for 35 as the top five batsmen departed by the 25th over before the arrival of Behardien, who led their comeback from 97 for four and 116 for six.
Behardien picked up four boundaries and hit a six while accumulating a top score of 62 from 82 balls and while also teaming up with Phangiso and Rabada to put on 37 and 39 for the seventh and eighth wicket, respectively.
Australia, in their run chase, stumbled in their response to a collective bowling effort by South Africa.
Only Finch's top score of 72 and Nathan Lyon (30) at the bottom of the innings offered any resistance, as the other teammates only post single-digit scores.
Finch, the ninth wicket to fall and who did not find significant support, counted six fours and three sixes in his gutsy 103-ball occupation of the crease.
At one stage, Australia were reduced to 72 for five as 21-year-old Rabada finished with three for 13 to continue his growing reputation.
South Africa's bonus-point win takes them to five points alongside Australia, at the top of the Tri-Series ladder, while the West Indies are on four points, with all teams having won and lost once from two matches each.
HM Amla run out (Smith/Finch) 35
Q de Kock+ lbw b Hazlewood 18
RR Rossouw lbw b Lyon 7
AB de Villiers* b Coulter-Nile 22
JP Duminy b Coulter-Nile 13
F Behardien b Maxwell 62
WD Parnell b Hazlewood 2
AM Phangiso c Hazlewood b Zampa 9
K Rabada not out 15
Imran Tahir c Coulter-Nile b Maxwell 0
T Shamsi not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 189
Fall of wickets 1-29 (de Kock, 6.3 ov), 2-41 (Rossouw, 9.5 ov), 3-81 (Amla, 18.1 ov), 4-97 (de Villiers, 22.1 ov), 5-104 (Duminy, 24.6 ov), 6-112 (Parnell, 28.2 ov), 7-149 (Phangiso, 41.3 ov), 8-188 (Behardien, 49.4 ov), 9-188 (Imran Tahir, 49.5 ov)
Bowling: Hazlewood 10-3-20-2 (1w), Coulter-Nile 10-2-28-2 (2w), Lyon 10-0-40-1, Zampa 10-0-46-1 (2w), Marsh 4-0-18-0, Finch 3-0-11-1, Maxwell 3-0-15-2.
DA Warner lbw b Parnell 1
AJ Finch not out 72
UT Khawaja b Rabada 2
SPD Smith* lbw b Parnell 8
GJ Maxwell lbw b Shamsi 3
MR Marsh c +de Kock b Imran Tahir 8
MS Wade+ c+de Kock b Rabada 2
NM Coulter-Nile b Rabada 0
A Zampa lbw b Imran Tahir 0
NM Lyon lbw b Phangiso 30
JR Hazlewood not out 11
Extras (lb 5) 5
Total (all out; 34.2 overs) 142
Fall of wickets 1-1 (Warner, 1.4 ov), 2-10 (Khawaja, 4.3 ov), 3-21 (Smith, 7.5 ov), 4-47 (Maxwell, 11.5 ov), 5-72 (Marsh, 16.3 ov), 6-83 (Wade, 19.4 ov), 7-85 (Coulter-Nile, 21.6 ov), 8-90 (Zampa, 22.5 ov), 9-113 (Finch, 30.3 ov), 10-142 (Lyon, 34.2 ov)
Bowling: Rabada 7-1-13-3,Parnell 6-1-23-2,Tahir 8-0-39-2,Phangisco 5.2-0-26-2,Shamsi 8-1-36-1
Result: South Africa won by 47 runs
Points South Africa 5, Australia 0
Man-of-the match: Farhaan Behardien .
Toss: South Africa.
UMPIRES: Ray Illingworth, Joel Wilson; TV-Nigel Llong.