Potchefstroom. South Africa cricket team has registered its first win in the 5-match series by defeating Australia cricket team by 111 runs in the third ODI match. In the match held at Senwes Park Stadium, South Africa, batting first, scored 338 runs at the loss of 6 wickets thanks to Aiden Markram’s century (102*). In reply, the Australian team collapsed after scoring 227 runs in 34.3 overs.
Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma from South Africa scored half-centuries and made a partnership of 146 runs for the first wicket. Markram, who came to bat at number 4, scored a brilliant century and took the team to a big score. Chasing the challenging target, Australia’s David Warner and Travis Head made a partnership of 79 runs. Despite a good start, the Kangaroo team faltered.
De Kock achieved the rhythm by hitting a six and a four on the balls of Josh Hazlewood, who was bowling the 7th over of the match. In the next over, he hit a brilliant six off the bowling of Sean Abbott. Batting at a good run rate, he completed his half-century in 48 balls. He could not complete his 18th century and was out after scoring 82 runs in 77 balls. He hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his innings.
South African captain Bavuma played an innings of 57 runs in 62 balls with the help of 6 fours. During this period his strike rate was 91.94. He was caught by Mitchell Marsh on the ball of Tanveer Sangha. This is the fourth half-century of Bavuma’s ODI career.
Batting first, when South Africa lost its second wicket at the score of 150 runs in the 24th over, Markram came to bat. He batted with some caution in the beginning and completed his fifty in 49 balls. After his half-century, he batted fast and converted his innings into a century in 74 balls. He returned unbeaten after scoring 102 runs with the help of 9 fours and 4 sixes.
While chasing the target, Warner played an innings of 78 runs in 56 balls. He hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his half-century innings. This was the 28th half-century of his ODI career.