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South Africa cruises to comfortable win

Behardien, Rabada do star turn as Australia tumbles to 47-run defeat and concedes bonus point

South Africa cruises to comfortable win - Cricket News
Kagiso Rabada returned 3 for 13 in seven overs.
Kagiso Rabada, the young paceman, led a ruthless assault as South Africa blew Australia away by 47 runs on Tuesday (June 7) evening in match three of the tri-series played at the Providence Stadium.

Australia folded in its chase of 190 for victory, being bowled out for 142 all out from 34.2 overs as Rabada led with figures of 3 for 13, while Wayne Parnell, the left-arm quick, bowled well for 2 for 26. Aaron Finch played well for 72 which was decorated with six fours and three sixes, but it was the wizardry from spinners Aaron Phangiso (2 for 26), debutant Tabraiz Shamsi (1 for 36) and Imran Tahir (2 for 39) which stifled the Australians and helped South Africa pick up the bonus point.

Josh Hazlewood (2 for 30) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2 for 38), the two quicks, were pivotal as South Africa was restricted to 189 for 9 in its 50 overs, failing to cope with the sluggish conditions after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Farhaan Behardien, the 32-year-old batsman, resisted with 62 inclusive of four fours and a six to earn the man of the match award but it was the support and the pack-like approach from the three spinners, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell (2 for 15), which helped strangle the South Africans to another low score.

David Warner was the first to go during the chase, ensnared leg before by Parnell off a delivery which jagged back significantly into the pads of the left-hand opening batsman. Finch then registered the first boundary for his team, pulling Rabada violently through mid-wicket.

Rabada made amends a few balls later by bowling Usman Khawaja for two to leave the Aussies floundering at 10 for 2. Steve Smith succumbed to Parnell, who pinned him leg before. The Aussie skipper used the review, only to have the initial decision upheld by the television umpire.

Maxwell’s rut with the bat continued as he became Shamsi’s first victim in international cricket, trapped leg before wicket for 3, while Mitchell Marsh edged Tahir into the waiting gloves of Quinton de Kock for 8. Finch continued to play some lovely strokes and seemed unbothered by the collapse occurring around him.

Rabada would then pick up two more wickets when Matthew Wade (2), the wicketkeeper, pushed at a lively delivery only to get a thin edge which carried to de Kock, and Coulter-Nile was bowled by an in-swinging yorker for a duck.

Zampa was outfoxed by Tahir, struck plumb in front for another duck, and the big blow arrived when Finch rocked back and smashed Phangiso straight to AB de Villiers at extra cover. Following a short break due to some passing showers, South Africa inserted the final nail in the coffin by removing Lyon, bowled by Phangiso.

During South Africa’s innings, de Kock (18) spanked Coulter-Nile for a pair of fours and a six before sinking to a good piece of bowling from Hazlewood, who had him out lbw. Rilee Rossouw (7) squandered his team’s review when he was given out lbw by umpire Richard Illingworth after being struck on the pads by Lyon, only to have the umpire’s original decision stand.

De Villiers (22) and Hashim Amla (35) added 40 before the latter was run out, compliments of some keen work in the field involving Smith and Finch. Coulter-Nile, who was a bit expensive during his first spell while 
leaking 25 runs from three overs, returned to bag the big wicket of de Villiers, the South African captain who was bowled for another boundary-less score.

The 100 came up soon after but things would go south for the Proteas when Coulter-Nile struck again, this time with a delivery which straightened slightly, sneaking between the bat and pad and uprooting the off-stump of JP Duminy for 12.

Parnell, another left-hand batsman, had his off-stump sent cart-wheeling by a delivery from Hazlewood similar to the one which removed Duminy. Smith was then forced to use his review without success after Zampa struck Phangiso on the pads and Richard Illingworth made another good call -- replays showed the ball pitched outside and was also missing the leg-stump.

Behardien remained firm and took his score into the 30s but Phangiso, who was playing the anchor role well, attempted a slog-sweep off Zampa only to get a top edge which sailed down the throat of Hazlewood at long-on, ending his 41-ball stay in the middle as well as the 37-run partnership.

Hazlewood missed an opportunity to pick up his third wicket when he spilled a return catch from Behardien on 41, but the right-hand batsman shrugged off his error to reach fifty with a pull over mid-wicket for six off Zampa. Maxwell wrapped up the last over by bowling Behardien through his legs before Tahir was caught by Coulter-Nile in the deep, leaving Rabada on 14 not out.

After the match, Finch hailed his team's bowling, singling out Lyon who he said has been making a good return to one-day cricket. Behardien hoped the pitches in St Kitts and Barbados, the two remaining venues in the competition, would be helpful to the pacers and rated his knock as one of his best considering the difficult batting conditions.

South Africa and Australia both have five points while the West Indies has four. South Africa and Australia will meet again on Saturday in match four to be played in Basseterre, St Kitts.

For full scorecard of the match, click here.

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