In the ongoing ODI World Cup, Australia suffered their second consecutive defeat as they were convincingly defeated by South Africa by 134 runs at the Ekana Sports City in Lucknow on Thursday. Australia faced a daunting task in chasing down South Africa’s total of 311 runs, but the South African bowlers proved to be relentless, restricting Australia to a mere 177 runs.
Australia’s top batting order faced consistent challenges, with Mitchell Marsh (7), David Warner (13), and Steve Smith (19) losing their wickets at regular intervals. Despite Marnus Labuschagne’s efforts, scoring 46 runs, it was not enough to turn the tide in Australia’s favor. Kagiso Rabada led the South African bowling attack, claiming three crucial wickets, while Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, and Tabraiz Shamsi contributed with two wickets each.
In the earlier innings, South Africa, after being put into bat, posted a competitive total of 311 runs. Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram played pivotal roles, with de Kock scoring a century and Markram reaching a half-century, setting the stage for South Africa’s impressive victory.