'Ye kaun si Australia hai bhai' - Fans react as South Africa thrash Australia by 134 runs in ODI World Cup 2023

With this win the South African team have now raced to the first spot on the points table. On the other hand, the Australian team found themselves in the ninth spot.

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Match number 10 of the ODI World Cup 2023 saw the five-time World Champions, Australia taking on the South African team in Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. The match was expected to be a thrilling contest but in the end, it turned out to be a pretty one-sided affair. The game saw South Africa registering a thumping win against Australia by 134 runs. With this win, the South African team now have raced to the first spot on the points table. On the other hand, the Australian team found themselves in the ninth spot.

 After winning the toss, the Australian skipper Pat Cummins opted to bowl first on a pitch which provided great support to both bat as well as bowl. The South African opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma (35) started cautiously as the pitch had assistance for the bowlers. The duo went on to stitch a partnership off 108 runs which proved to be crucial for the Proteas. Once skipper Bavuma was dismissed, Rassie van der Dussen combined well with de Kock to stitch a fifty-run partnership for the second wicket. But it was Glenn Maxwell who stole the show for the double strike.

But the star of the show for the South African team was the wicketkeeper batter de Kock who scored back-to-back centuries. The prolific batter scored 109 runs off just 106 deliveries including eight boundaries and five maximums. Aiden Markram was another star with the bat and went onto score 56 runs off just 44 deliveries, including seven boundaries and one six. The highlight of that inning was Australian fielding. In the game, they dropped six catches which eventually caught them.

Kagiso Rabada was the star of the show for South Africa

In quest of 312 runs to win, the Australian batting lineup never looked in pursuit of the chase as they lost three wickets in the first powerplay. The left-arm speedster Marco Jansen started the carnage when he dismissed Mitchell Marsh (7) in the sixth over of the match. After that dismissal, David Warner (13) followed his opening partner off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi. But the major twist came when Kagiso Rabada was introduced into the attack.

The 28-year-old speedster in his spell of eight overs ripped apart the Australian middle order. Rabada picked up three essential wickets including the wicket of Steven Smith (19) who was looking good in the middle. He then went on to dismiss Josh Inglish (5) and Marcus Stoinis (5) in his spell. Eventually, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc tried to put up a fight with a 69-run stand. However, in the 34th over, Jansen was brought back into the attack and he dismissed Starc. Labuschagne did not survive much past the wicket of Starc and was caught at extra cover by Bavuma off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj. The star of the show for South Africa with the ball was Kagiso Rabada who picked by 3/33 followed by Jansen, Maharaj, and Tabraiz Shamsi who shared two wickets each. This is also the highest run margin loss for Australia in the history of World Cups.

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