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Match Report: Australia A vs South Africa A .Match 5. August 12, 2015. MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk). Chennai, India
Australia A comfortably secured a place in the A team tri-series final after securing a clinical win over South Africa A in Chennai. Mathew Wade’s 130 off 106 set up the Aussies to a 108 run victory over the Proteas. This means that despite playing three matches, South Africa A are not out the ofyet. They need to score a bonus point win over India A in their next game to become the other finalists. With the win, Australia has maintained an unbeaten stand in the ongoing tri series.
Wade led the team after regular skipper Usman Khwaja was rested. And did he led from the front or what. He ‘tossed’ well choosing to bat and also batted like a champ coming in at number 3 in over number 1. Wade’s ton was the third in seven months for the 2015 calendar year. He opened his innings with a six (which happened to also be a free hit) followed by a four apiece on ball 2 and ball 3. That explosive start set the tone and pace of the inning to come. Wade scored 78 out of his 130 runs from fours and sixes. He hit 7 sixes and 9 fours. His innings left little value for the disciplined South Africa A bowling attack which had cleaned up the top five Australian batsmen. Chris Lynn (29) was the highest contributor among the top half. Because when Wade got his 50, Australia had 78 on the board.
Wade’s presence in the middle put Australia A firmly in charge; never allowing South Africa A to press in their advantage. The Proteas almost had him at 26 when he popped on to square leg but Beuran Hendricks could not hold on to it and that overstep changed their game. Australia A posted 272 at the end of their innings.
While Wade anchored the innings for the Aussies, South Africa could not find that partnership or that single set batsman who would see them through. Dean Elgar (64) and Khaya Zondo (47) gave them some stability while the others struggled against the consistent pace of the Australian bowling attack. South Africa A had 5 single digit scores on their scoreboard. Nathan Coulter-Nile came up with a brilliant spell of 7-1-8-2- he took wickets off back to back deliveries and gave away only singles in his spell. He was on a hat-trick after having sent Cameron Delport and Theunis de Bryun packing. Fortunately for South Africa A (and unfortunately for Australia) Dean Elgar’s edge fell short of the slip. After the new ball, South Africa A were reeling at 37/3. The spinners- Ashton Agar and Cameron Boyce- took charge as the ball got older. They picked up 3 wickets apiece which took South Africa A from 142 for 4 to 148 for 8. They wrapped up for 164.
The game ended up as batting practice for Wade as Australia A were already in the final. In South Africa’s defense, half their team is still recovering from the stomach bug that put them in a hospital a few days ago. The ones who took ill were their seasoned players and in their absence, the remaining folks were forced to pull through. They now play India A for a place in the final.
Score Card- Australia A 272 (Wade 130, Tsotsobe 3-50) beat South Africa A 164 (Elgar 64, Agar 3-41, Coulter-Nile 2-8) by 108 runs
Man of the Match – Matthew Wade (Australia A)
Points– Australia A- 5 South Africa A- 0