In a day-night encounter at Senwes Park, South Africa managed to turn the tables on Australia, securing a convincing win in the 3rd ODI of the Australia tour of South Africa 2023. The match was marked by stellar performances from both sides, but ultimately it was South Africa’s day.Opting to bat first after winning the toss, South Africa put up an imposing total of 338/6 in their 50 overs. Aiden Markram was the star of the innings, notching up a scintillating century with 102 runs off just 74 deliveries, including 9 fours and 4 sixes. Quinton de Kock also played a crucial role, contributing 82 runs, while Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks chipped in with valuable contributions. Australia’s bowlers had a tough day, with part-time Travis Head being the most successful, picking up two wickets. Therefore, they struggled to contain the South African batters.
Chasing a target of 339 runs, Australia started strongly, thanks to a brilliant innings by David Warner. He scored 78 runs off 56 balls, striking 10 fours and three sixes. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh provided support with scores of 38 and 29, respectively. However, once the top-order batsmen were dismissed, Australia’s innings began to crumble.
South Africa’s bowlers, led by Gerald Coetzee, who claimed four crucial wickets, made life difficult for the Australian batsmen. Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj also played pivotal roles in restricting the Australian run chase.