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Malan guides SA to series win

  • Published at 02:15 am March 5th, 2020
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South Africa's Janneman Malan plays a shot during their second ODI against Australia in Bloemfontein Wednesday Reuters

Malan, who was out to the first ball of the match on debut Saturday, anchored the South African reply, taming his usual swashbuckling style to score 129 not out from 139 balls and lead the home side to victory with nine balls to spare

Opener Janneman Malan struck a sparkling unbeaten century to guide South Africa to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international in Bloemfontein Wednesday which sealed victory in the series.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat, posting 271 all out as South Africa seamer Lungi Ngidi completed career-best figure of 6/58 on a slow wicket to halt what had been an electric start from the visitor.

Malan, who was out to the first ball of the match on debut Saturday, anchored the South African reply, taming his usual swashbuckling style to score 129 not out from 139 balls and lead the home side to victory with nine balls to spare.

Australia made a fast start to their innings, racing to 50 in the seventh over before David Warner (35) became the first victim for Ngidi, who later dismissed Steve Smith (13) and Marnus Labuschagne in consecutive balls.

Aaron Finch (69) looked fluent in the early part of his innings, but when South Africa strangled his scoring areas, he edged Anrich Nortje to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock trying a flamboyant drive.

D'Arcy Short (69) put on 66 for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh (36), and when they fell, Ngidi returned to mop up the lower order as Australia added only 49 runs for the loss of six wickets in the final 10 overs.

South Africa lost key batsman De Kock for nought to the third ball of their reply, but Malan, who has not been selected for South Africa’s ODI tour of India later this month, and Jon-Jon Smuts (41) put on a patient 91 in 20.1 overs.

In-form Heinrich Klaasen added a run-a-ball 51 that provided momentum when it was needed, and David Miller (37 not out from 29 balls) joined Malan to finish off a record chase in ODIs at the Mangaung Oval as the host reached 274 for four in 48.3 overs.

South Africa lead the series 2-0 and have now beaten Australia in 10 of their last 11 ODI meetings. 

The third and final match is in Potchefstroom Saturday.

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