Outstanding bowlers help Australia snap losing streak

Faf du Plessis

While names like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins headline Australia's bowling line-up, Stoinis' name was the one up in lights as he produced a team-high three wickets with a 3.50 economy, including the game-changing scalp of Proteas batsman David Miller (51).

The duo of Starc and Hazlewood picked a couple wickets each, Cummins sufficed with a solitary and Stoinis bagging the majority, with a total of three wickets whilst conceding mere 35 in his deliveries.

The win helped Australia end its 7-match losing streak, which was their longest in one-day global cricket. In fact, their last win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

The South Africans slipped to 68 for 4 inside 15 overs before Miller and du Plessis fought back.

The skipper's departure started a slide of 60-5 as Australia ended a seven-game ODI losing stretch.

"I thought we defended our total well, and it keeps the series alive", man-of-the-match Finch said.

The equation came down to South Africa needing 20 off the final over with Glenn Maxwell handed the ball as Finch bowled all his frontline bowlers out.

Du Plessis said Australia put continuous pressure on his side. The win set up a series-deciding third match in Hobart on Sunday. But the same attacking instincts lead to his dismissal for a run-a-ball 44 when he greeted Rabada's return to the attack in the 27th over with 18 off the first four balls, and then gloved a bouncer off the fifth.

The Australians were all out in 48.3 overs - the seventh time in their past eight one-day internationals they have failed to bat their allotted overs.

Credits to the trio of Finch (43), Chris Lynn (44) and Carey (47) for laying the crucial innings, without which the home unit would have suffered a horrendous defeat at the hands of Du Plessis and Co.

Kagiso Rabada took 4-54 and Dwaine Pretorius 3-32. Dale Steyn grabbed two wickets and Lungi Ngidi managed one. A slew of Cricket Australia executives have resigned or been axed since the report was released last week, shining a spotlight on cultural problems in the game's administration.South Africa have their own problems in this format but the team management will be pleased with the way things panned out in the first match.

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