Melbourne: Steven Smith played a gem of an innings for the Aussies where he slammed a century in a closely fought contest and guided his team to a three-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth ODI.
Over 49 || Score 268/7 (James Faulkner 34*, Pat Cummins 1*)
After reaching his half-century off 55 balls, Wade lost a little bit of concentration and pulled a short ball from Parnell towards McLaren at long leg. Meanwhile, the highly-rated Smith took a single off Steyn's delivery in the 47th over of the innings which brought his superb century off 109 balls. Smith fell in the penultimate over where he attempted a slog sweep, missed the line and the stumps were rattled. Just one run was needed when Smith departed which were scored by Cummins after some drama. Cummins hit the ball towards mid-on where Miller claimed for a catch, the replays suggested it had bounced and Australia won the match by 3 wickets!
SPD Smith b Peterson 104 (112b)
MS Wade c McLaren b Parnell 52 (59b)
Over 40 || Score 182/5 (Steve Smith 78*, Mathew Wade 43*)
Without taking too many risks, Smith and Wade have added crucial 84 runs for the sixth-wicket partnership. None of these two batsmen have looked in any sort of hurry and with plenmty of overs to go, they looked to bat through atleast ten overs which they have successfully done. At one stage, the Proteas were in total command but they would be extremely tense at the moment.
Over 30 || Score 119/5 (Steve Smith 43*, Mathew Wade 9*)
Australia are wobbling in their chase having lost three more wickets in the last ten overs. Steyn removed George Bailey who was taken aback by some bounce, and without any footwork, he edged it to de Kock. It proved to be another forgettable match for Glenn Maxwell, who was dismissed for just 2 runs by Steyn. Since the fall of the fifth wicket, Steve Smith and Mathew Wade have steadied the sinking ship. Smith had played a gem of an innings in the previous match and his team needs a similar kind of effort from him today as well.
GJ Bailey c de Kock b Steyn 16 (29b)
GJ Maxwell c Amla b Steyn 2 (5b)
Over 20 || Score 78/3 (Steve Smith 20*, George Bailey 11*)
Shane Watson threw away his wicket off a poor ball from McLaren which was wide and full and the right-hander edged it to the keeper. Aaron Finch was the next batsman to be dismissed where after scoring 22 runs, he pulled a short ball straight into the hands of the fielder at deep square leg. The third wicket fell at the score of 48 and Steven Smith and George Bailey have an uphill task ahead of them.
AJ Finch c du Plessis b Parnell 22 (37b)
SR Watson c de Kock b McLaren 19 (25b)
Over 10 || Score 39/1 (Aaron Finch 18*, Shane Watson 17*)
Kyle Abbott got South Africa their first breakthrough when he dismissed David Warner in the fourth over of the innings. The left-hander missed the line as the ball straightened after pitching and hit him right in front of the stumps. After an early loss, Aaron Finch and Shane Watson are rebuilding the innings having added 31 runs for the second wicket so far.
DA Warner lbw b Abbott 4 (8b)
South African innings:
Over 50 || Score 267/4 (AB de Villiers 91, James Faulkner 45/2)
After playing a magnificent knock, AB fell nine runs short of a ton when he hit a slower ball from Cummins straight towards deep midwicket. Australia lost three more wickets in no time and ended up posting a total where they would think they are 20 runs short. But they do have a formidable bowling line up and it's not going to be easy for the Aussies.
F Behardien run out 22 (23b)
RJ Peterson b Faulkner 11 (12b)
R McLaren c Wade b Starc 13 (14b)
AB de Villiers c Smith b Cummins 91 (88b)
Over 40 || Score 216/4 (AB de Villiers 85*, Farhaan Behardien 8*)
David Miller was the next batsman to be dismissed as after doing all the hard work, he was scalped by Faulkner who bowled him a delivery outside the off-stump and he hit it straight to Steve Smith at covers. The wicket also ended the 122-run stand for the fourth wicket. Farhaan Behardien is the new man in and he needs to support AB, who is 15 runs short of a century.
DA Miller c Smith b Faulkner 45 (61b)
Over 30 || Score 145/3 (AB de Villiers 42*, David Miller 26*)
AB and Miller are in the process of stitching a huge partnership. Since the fall of the third wicket, these two have taken calculated risks. AB, in particular has looked keen to keep the scoreboard moving. The partnership is now worth 68 runs and South Africa would want them to continue going for the next five to ten overs.
Over 20 || Score (AB de Villiers 5*, David Miller 8*)
Glenn Maxwell struck off the first ball of his fifth over where de Kock attempted a stroke towards mid-on but ended up giving a return catch to the bowler. In the next over bowled by Pat Cummins Faf du Plessis became the victim off a great delivery which pitched slightly outside the off-stump and bounced enough to produce an edge which went straight into the hands of Mathew Wade. The onus is now on AB and Miller to stitch a partnership here. AB is the key wicket and South Africa's total will depend a lot on how he shapes his innings.
Q de Kock c & b Maxwell 17 (38b)
F du Plessis c Wade b Cummins 28 (37b)
Over 10 || Score 42/1 (Faf du Plessis 7*, Quinton de Kock 11*)
Proteas openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started the proceedings carefully and after playing some good strokes, Hashim Amla, the centurion in the last ODI hit a ball straight to Cummins at midwicket off Coulter-Nile. Faf du Plessis is the new man in and South Africa need him to get his momentum going.
HM Amla c Cummins b Coulter-Nile 18 (20b)