The first match of the five-match ODI series between South Africa and Australia will be played at the Mangung Oval in Bloemfontein. South Africa batted first and scored 222 runs in 49 overs. For Africa, captain Temba Bavuma played a brilliant century and led the team to a respectable result. Bavuma scored 114* in 142 balls with the help of 14 fours and 1 six.
He had completed the century in 136 balls. Bavuma scored a century for the team at a time when wickets were falling steadily at the other side. Bavuma looked after the team while playing the captaincy innings. Temba Bavuma, who came in to open, returned unbeaten. Except for Bavuma, almost all batsmen seemed unsuccessful.
On the one hand South Africa’s wickets kept falling and on the other hand Bavuma stood like a wall for the team. South Africa lost the first wicket as Quinton de Kock (11) by a score of 19 runs. The team got the first hit on the second ball of the 9th over. After that, on the last ball of the 12th over, the team’s star batsman Rasi van der Dussen (8) returned to the pavilion.
On the second ball of the 19th over, Aiden Markram was dismissed after scoring 19 runs. Cameron Green made him his victim. Then Heinrich Klaasen (14th) was dismissed in the second ball of the 25th over. The team then lost the fifth wicket in the form of David Miller on the fourth ball of the 26th over after 100 runs. In this way, half of the African team returned to the pavilion, but Bavuma remained offside.
Then Marco Jason (32) returned to the pavilion on the last ball of the 36th over. After that, Gerald Coetzee (2) lost his wicket on the last ball of the 40th over. And on the first ball of the 43rd over, Keshav Maharaj (2) was the victim of Sean Abbott. On the second ball of the 44th over, Kagiso Rabada (1) returned to the pavilion and Africa ended up losing the tenth and final wicket in the form of Lungi Ngidi (0).