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Australia Win 3rd Test to Take South Africa by Surprise

November 28
14:22 2016

austNew Delhi, Monday, November 28 – Australia and South Africa lately played final Test at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. The Test that began on November 24 was concluded a day ago thanks to amazing show by the hosts, who took the visitors by surprise, defeating them by seven wickets.

Australia squad was well led by Steven Smith. His side comprised David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird. At the same time, Chadd Sayers was the man to sit on bench.

South African Playing XI comprised Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Stephen Cook, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Tabraiz Shamsi and Kagiso Rabada. Those in extra were Keshav Maharaj, Rilee Rossouw, Dwaine Pretorius, Dane Vilas and Morne Morkel. South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat first. His decision to declare first innings at 259 runs for the loss of nine wickets surprised many as the total runs were not huge accumulation especially when contesting against Australia even though the hosts lost first two Tests by huge margin.

It is a different point to discuss that with what statistics a skipper goes with but certainly that did not work for South Africa after Aussies totaled 383 runs in 121.1 overs in their first innings. Usman Khawaja’s 145 runs made Australia go strong. Contribution of 59 runs from Smith, 54 from Handscomb and 53 from Starc helped the hosts get modest lead. Story changed for Proteas after they were all out at 250 runs in 2nd inningd. The opener Stephen Cook managed to stay on the crease till the last, getting 104 runs facing 240 balls. Starc earned his wicket finally, making South Africa defend an unimpressive target. Starc’s four wickets, Lyon’s three wickets, Hazlewood two wickets and Bird’s one wicket imparted big role in letting Australia think of ending the series on a winning note. And that happened!

Australia won the third Test by seven wickets after Australia scored 127 runs. Player of the Match award went into the pocket of Usman Khawaja, whereas Vernon Philander was given Player of the Series award. The victory certainly made Smith-led side forget humiliating defeats inflicted by South Africa in first and second Test matches. Even though South Africa won the 3-match Test series 2-1, du Plessis may regret decision of declaring first innings at a time when probably a few runs could have been added by the last pair. Experience gained at this point of time is probable to be utilized by both parties in the future matches.

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