In a remarkable turnaround, South Africa’s stunning 164-run victory over Australia at Centurion’s Supersport Park saw Heinrich Klaasen’s explosive 174 and David Miller’s fiery 82* anchor a memorable comeback.
In a spectacular turn of events, South Africa demolished Australia at Supersport Park in Centurion by a whopping 164 runs, making a stunning comeback into the series and leveling it 2-2. This thrilling victory came after South Africa had trailed 0-2 in the series following the first two matches.
The hero of the day was Heinrich Klaasen, who played a scintillating innings of 174 runs. He was well-supported by David Miller, who smashed an equally fiery unbeaten 82. The duo put on a remarkable double-century partnership, taking just 87 balls to do so. Their explosive batting essentially batted Australia out of the game, setting them a formidable target of 417 runs.
Australia’s chase got off to a rocky start as David Warner departed early, caught by David Miller off Lungi Ngidi. Mitchell Marsh followed soon after, falling victim to Ngidi’s brilliance, although a review couldn’t save him. Travis Head, after suffering a painful blow on his hand, retired hurt.
Alex Carey, undeterred by the situation, played aggressively, scoring crucial boundaries. However, Australia continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Stoinis both fell to the South African bowlers, leaving the chase in tatters.
Tim David and Alex Carey provided a glimmer of hope with a partnership of 72 runs off 49 balls. David’s consecutive sixes injected some excitement into the contest. Still, Markram’s stunning catch sent David back to the pavilion, and the Australian tail was exposed.
South Africa’s pace duo, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, then ran through the Australian tail, sharing seven wickets between them. Rabada dismissed Carey just one run short of a century, sealing the victory for South Africa. Travis Head’s injury prevented him from batting again.
Earlier, South Africa was asked to bat first and initially struggled. Nathan Ellis dismissed Reeza Hendricks for 28, and Quinton de Kock fell while trying to accelerate the innings. However, a fifty from Rassie van der Dussen and a historic double-hundred partnership between Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller propelled South Africa to an imposing total of 416-5 in 50 overs.
With this remarkable win, South Africa leveled the series at 2-2, setting the stage for a thrilling finale at the Wanderers, the very venue where these two teams contested another tie-breaker more than 17 years ago.
South Africa 416-5 in 50 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 174, David Miller 82, Josh Hazlewood 2-79) beat Australia 252 all-out in 34.5 overs (Alex Carey 99, Lungi Ngidi 4-51, Kagiso Rabada 3-41) by 164 runs.*