Australians crushed by South Africa in second ODI

Bloemfontein: South African pace sensation Lungi Ngidi has ripped through Australia's one-day international batting order in Bloemfontein to hand the tourists a 2-0 series loss.

The Proteas chased their target of 272 with nine balls to spare, winning by six wickets and taking an unassailable lead in the three-match series.

Australia’s bowler Pat Cummins, right, reacts after dropping a catch off South Africa’s batsman Heinrich Klaasen during the second One Day International.Credit:AP

Ngidi snared career-best figures of 6-58, dismissing David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, who made a golden duck in front of family who had travelled several hours to watch him bat.

D'Arcy Short and Aaron Finch provided some resistance, equal top-scoring with 69, but the tourists lacked someone who could take the innings deeper.

Newcomer Janneman Malan played that role for the Proteas, scoring an emphatic 129 and partnering with big-hitting finisher David Miller (37 not out) to steer South Africa to their first series victory in any format in 12 months.

Australia will still take positives from the tour given they won the preceding T20 series in a year focused on October's T20 World Cup.

But Finch's men will be aware they have plenty of work to do in the 50-over format after being outmatched by an inexperienced Proteas outfit missing Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Kagiso Rabada.

The dead-rubber series finale will be played on Saturday in Potchefstroom.

For the third time in five matches, Mitchell Starc clean-bowled South African captain and talisman Quinton de Kock in the first over.

But it was otherwise a frustrating night in the field for the tourists with Pat Cummins, in particular, unable to catch a break.

Australia's marquee quick twice had wickets overturned – the first when Jon-Jon Smuts was caught behind off what turned out to be a front-foot no ball and the second when Heinrich Klaasen was given out while fending off a vicious bouncer.

Klaasen immediately reviewed the decision and replays revealed the ball had ricocheted off his helmet rather than his bat.

Adam Zampa (2-48) accounted for Smuts (41) and Klaasen (51) but Ashton Agar, picked ahead of Josh Hazlewood in a surprise decision, went wicketless.

Short earlier rewarded the selectors' faith with a maiden half-century after being picked ahead of Matthew Wade and promoted to No.5.

The left-hander was lucky to survive twice being dropped but otherwise did enough to suggest he could be part of the answer to Australia's middle-order dilemma.

Ngidi turned the match and found himself on a hat-trick after Labuschagne slashed at a short delivery and was caught at point.

The 23-year-old celebrated his 50th ODI wicket before cleaning up the tail.


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