Heinrich Klaasen demolishes Australia with no-holds-barred 174

South Africa subjected Australia to a leather hunt at Supersport Park in Centurion to lay the foundation of an emphatic 164-run victory that enabled a stunning comeback into the four-match series. The Proteas have drawn level 2-2 after conceding the first two matches. Heinrich Klaasen was the chief architect of the win, with his barbaric 174 catapulting South Africa to 417, a total which proved more than enough for Australia.

South Africa were inserted and started the innings sedately, before a fifty-run opening stand was cut short by Nathan Ellis who castled Reeza Hendricks for 28. Quinton de Kock fell trying to up the ante, and the wicket of Markram runs the alarm bells in the South African camp. However, a fifty from Rassie van der Dussen, managed to bail the hosts out. What ensued was scarcely believable, with a double-hundred partnership between Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller (82*), off just 87 deliveries, including a staggering 173 runs in the last 10 overs, knocking the wind out of Australia’s sails.

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