South Africa crush Australia by 6 wkts
Australias top order has again misfired in an ugly start to the international summer as South Africa dominated on lively Perth pitch to draw first blood in the best of three series
Perth: Australia’s top order has again misfired in an ugly start to the international summer as South Africa dominated on lively Perth pitch to draw first blood in the best-of-three series.
South Africa sealed the six wicket win with 124 balls remaining, having dominated from the opening overs - and outclassing Australia in all parts of the game.
Man of the match Dale Steyn set things in motion by snaring the scalps of Travis Head and D'Arcy Short - paving the way for his fellow fast bowlers to unleash on the hapless Australian batting.
Lungi Ngidi was also exceptional, finishing with 2-26 while Andile Phehlukwayo ripped the Australian middle order to pieces to finish with 3-33.
Australia's total of 152 was never going to be enough and despite a three-wicket effort from Marcus Stoinis, Australia were well and truly outplayed.
Quinton de Kock top-scored in South Africa's runchase, hitting 47 from 40, while Hendricks played a patient knock – scoring 44 from 74.
Aidan Markram also looked impressive adding 36 from 32.