Australia lost to South Africa by a score of 134–0 in the 10th game of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 on Thursday at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The Proteas’ pacers had the upper hand over the five-time winners as they tried to chase down a score of 312. One of the best bowlers, Kagiso Rabada, ended with 3/33. Marco Jansen and the spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi each took two wickets. Even though Marnus Labuschagne (46), Mitchell Starc (27), and Pat Cummins (22) put up a fight, the five-time World Champions were knocked out for 177.
World Cup 2023: South Africa beats Australia in Lucknow
Earlier, Quinton de Kock scored his second century in a row, which helped South Africa score 311 runs against a lackluster Australia team that dropped five catches. The 30-year-old De Kock will stop playing ODI cricket at the end of the event. In 90 balls, he hit eight fours and five sixes for his 19th ODI century. He had scored a hundred before in South Africa’s first win over Sri Lanka. He was finally out for 109 when off-spinner Glenn Maxwell got him out while he was trying a reverse sweep in the 35th over.
Markram immediately hit 56 after Australia’s captain Pat Cummins dropped a catch when he only had a single. He had already scored the fastest World Cup century in just 49 balls in the win over Sri Lanka. South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, was also dropped twice, when he was on 19 and 32. It was a terrible day for Australia on the field. Mitchell Marsh dropped Indian star Virat Kohli when he was 12 in their first game. Kohli then went on to score an 85 that won the game.
With a score of 35, Bavuma’s luck ran out when David Warner got him at midwicket off Maxwell. The captain and De Kock worked together to score 108 runs for the first wicket. After Cummins got rid of Markram, the Proteas kept going with Marco Jansen (26) and David Miller (17), who helped them get over 300 runs. In the last over, Mitchell Starc bowled a double-wicket single and got rid of both Miller and Jansen. In the next-to-last over, they should have been out when Starc dropped Miller and Marcus Stoinis gave Jansen another chance, both off of Cummins.