Australia level series with narrow victory over South Africa in second ODI in Adelaide
- Australia secured a narrow seven-run victory over South Africa in second ODI
- Three wickets from Marcus Stoinis helped avoid an eighth straight ODI defeat
- The deciding match of the three-game series takes place in Hobart on Sunday
Fighting to avoid what would have been an eighth straight ODI defeat, Australia looked to be staring down the barrel after being bowled out for 231 inside 49 overs.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey top-scored with a patient 47 to steer the hosts towards a respectable total, with Chris Lynn contributing 44 before becoming one of Kagiso Rabada’s four victims.
Marcus Stoinis (centre) celebrates after taking the wicket of South Africa’s David Miller
Stoinis reacts after dismissing Dale Steyn during the second one-day international
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis then picked up the runchase with 47 after his side were 68 for four and less than 15 overs down.
They looked to be heading towards a narrow victory with du Plessis and David Miller at the crease in a partnership of 74 for the fifth wicket, but Pat Cummins’ dismissal of the skipper changed the game.
Having already removed Heinrich Klaasen, Stoinis (three for 35) then bowled Dale Steyn and crucially had Miller adjudged LBW for 51 before Mitchell Starc ousted Rabada.
The win would have been more convincing had it not been for a lively last-wicket partnership of 22 that threatened to take the Proteas close, only for Australia to triumph by seven runs.
Earlier, Rabada returned four for 54 off 9.3 overs, with Dwaine Pretorius also claiming two dismissals. The deciding match of the three-game series takes place in Hobart on Sunday.
Alex Carey plays a shot on his way to a patient 47 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday
Chris Lynn (L), Adam Zampa (C) and Carey celebrate following the victory against South Africa