Australia defeated South Africa in the second ODI match©AFP
David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne scored centuries to secure a convincing 123-run win for Australia in the second one-day international against South Africa at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday. Warner made 106 and Labuschagne 124 in an Australian total of 392 for eight after the tourists were sent off. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa took four for 48 as South Africa were bowled out for 269 in the 42nd over. Quinton de Kock (45) and skipper Temba Bavuma (46) scored 81 in nine overs to get South Africa off to a quick start before De Kock was caught and bowled by Nathan Ellis. Zampa struck twice in successive overs to dismiss Bavuma and Aiden Markram and South Africa were unable to mount a serious challenge, although Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller both made 49.
“Our intention and execution tonight was as good as it gets,” Australian captain Mitchell Marsh said.
Warner and Travis Head dominated South Africa’s fast bowlers during an opening partnership of 109 off 72 balls, with Head hitting 64 off 36 balls with nine fours and three sixes.
There was a brief respite for South Africa when Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wrist spinner, dismissed Head and Marsh off successive deliveries.
But Labuschagne didn’t follow up his match-winning 80 in the first match at the same venue on Thursday – when he came into the team as a concussion replacement for Cameron Green – with another player performing the match.
Warner and Labuschagne scored 151 for the third wicket off 124 balls, with Warner taking 85 deliveries to his 20th one-day international century.
Labuschagne was even faster, reaching his second one-day international century off 80 balls.
Both of his hundreds were made in his native country. In March 2020 he hit 108 in Potchefstroom.
“The guys at the top got us off to a lightning start and put pressure on the bowlers,” said Labuschagne, who said not being selected for the World Cup was “not under my control – I’m concentrating on enjoy my cricket and play as best I can.”
It was Australia’s third highest total in the 50-overs format and the fourth highest total conceded by South Africa.
“They were on top of us from ball one,” Bavuma admitted.
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