South Africa stuns Australia with 5-0 whitewash
South Africa pulled off a stunning 31 run victory at Cape Town despite an absolutely heroic 173 from David Warner inflicting an improbable and unprecedented whitewash in the five ODIs.
The home team suffered early losses and were tottering at 52/3 after losing Quinton de Kock Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis. JP Duminy joined Rilee Rossouw and instead of crawling into a shell, they effectively counter attacked blasting 178 in 27 overs. Duminy smashed eight fours in a 75 ball 73 before he was caught by George Bailey of Joe Mennie in the 39th over. David Miller and Rossouw continued the assault plundering 51 in seven overs. When Rossouw was caught by Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Chris Tremain for a swashbuckling 122 decorated with 14 boundaries and two sixes the recovery was all but complete at 281/5. The tail added another 46 valuable runs enabling SA to reach a challenging 327/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
David Warner cut loose from the beginning. When AJ Finch fell victim to Imran Tahir for 19 in the 14th over the score was 72. Both Mitchell Marsh and Tim Head added contributions worth 35 runs and at 229/ 5 in the 41st over things were looking bleak for the visitors but Warner was still there dominating the bowling all by himself with power placement and timing. It would take a superb fielding effort from Tahir, who is not known for his fielding prowess, but was aware of the situation that caused Warner to need boundaries or twos farming the strike to keep the innings alive. In the 48th over with 40 needed for victory Tahir rifled in a perfect throw from the deep catching the pugnacious left hander well short of his ground.
Warner’s epic contained 24 boundaries scoring 173 from only 136 balls. Seven balls and eight runs later it was all over and the improbable was accomplished.