South Africa suffered one of their pitiable defeats in the ongoing series versus the Aussies, which led to the latter leveling up the 3-match ODI series. A total of 231 never seemed like an impossible chase for the Proteas, until the likes of Starc, Stonis, and Hazlewood made it seem one with their extraordinary bowling prowess. Here are the 3 potential reasons behind the Proteas’ defeat in the much-hyped South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI at Adelaide Oval.
South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI: 3 reasons why Proteas lost the duel
Australian pace attack squandered an in-form Proteas lineup
The Aussie attack rubbed a jaw-breaking defeat at the faces of the Proteas unit. Today’s contest witnessed one of Australia’s mightiest pace attack raging in at fuming speeds and affecting dismissals on their skipper’s behest to clinch a victory, in the process equal the series.
The duo of Starc and Hazlewood picked a couple wickets each, Cummins sufficed with a solitary and Stoinis bagging the majority, with a total of three wickets whilst conceding mere 35 in his deliveries.
Proteas top-order collapse could be a potential reason for their defeat
The defeat suffered by the visitors was only by a margin of 7 runs and had these be scored by the top-order during their stay in the middle, probably the outcome we know would have been quite different. Instead of 1-1 in the 3-match series, an outcome of 2-0 would have been put to a witness.
The trio of Quinton de Kock (9), Hendricks (16) and Markram (19), failed to accumulate the tiny run total, which eventually proved fatal for their unit.
Aussie batsmen got the edge onto the Proteas spearheads
Credits to the trio of Finch (43), Chris Lynn (44) and Carey (47) for laying the crucial innings, without which the home unit would have suffered a horrendous defeat at the hands of Du Plessis and Co. Adam Zampa’s last moment heroics comprising of 22 in 24 deliveries helped the Aussies hop to a total of 231 which ultimately led to their team clinching a conquest.