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Proteas send Kangaroos hopping with 134-run win

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Opener Quinton de Kock stroked his second successive century, scoring 109 in 106 balls with 8 fours and 5 sixes as South Africa recorded an easy 134-run win against Australia in their Cricket World Cup fixture played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow yesterday.

Marnus Labuschagne was the standout performer for Australia, scoring 46 in 74 balls with 3 fours. Paceman Kagiso Rabada excelled with 3 wickets for 33. Marco Jansen, and the two spinners, Keshav Maharaj and Tabriz Shamzi, took two wickets apiece to bowl their opponents out for 177 in 40.5 overs.

De Kock was awarded the Man of the Match.

The left-handed Quinton de Kock showcased his experience, securing his second century of the World Cup, after his first against Sri Lanka in Delhi last Saturday. He displayed terrific form, hitting the ball over the ropes, while partnering with skipper Temba Bavuma to add 108 runs in their opening stand. Bavuma contributed 35 runs off 55 balls with 2 fours before being dismissed by Glenn Maxwell, who took the first breakthrough for Australia. During the first Power Play, South Africa scored 53 runs without losing a single wicket, providing a strong foundation for the innings. No. 3 batsman Rassie van der Dussen, who had scored a century against Sri Lanka, couldn’t hold his ground for long, scoring 26 in 30 balls with 2 fours. He was dismissed by Led-spinner Adam Zampa in the 29th over.

De Kock was the third batsman to be dismissed, clean bowled by Glen Maxwell in the 35th over while attempting a reverse pull shot.

This crucial wicket helped Australia to make a comeback. Aiden Markram, the Player of the Match in their previous game against Sri Lanka, once again performed well scoring 56 in 44 balls with 7 fours and a six.

However, he was dismissed by skipper Pat Cummins in the 44th over. South Africa surpassed the 300-run mark in the 48th over.

Australia used 7 bowlers, but Maxwell was the only successful bowler, taking 2 for 34 in his ten-over spell. Paceman Mitchell Starc managed to get 2 wickets in the last over, finishing his 9-over spell while conceding 53 runs.

The action continues as Bangladesh will face New Zealand today in Chennai.

Chief scores

South Africa. 311 for 7 wickets in 50 overs Quinton de Kock 109, Temba Bavuma 35, Rassie van der Dussen 26, Aiden Markram 56, Heinrich Kiaasen 29, David Miller 17, Marco Jansen 26, Glen Maxwell 2/34, Mitchell Starc 2/53

Australia: 177 in 40.5 overs (David Warner 13, Steven Smith 19, Marnus Labuschagne 46, Mitchell Starc 27, Pat Cummins 22, Adam Zampa 11*, Marco Jansen 2/54, Kagiso Rabada 3/33, Keshav Maharaj 2/30, Tabriz Shamzi 2/38)

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