Miller’s sixth ODI century, coming on an Eden Gardens surface assisting both seamers and spinners, helped South Africa recover from an alarming 24 for 4 to post 212 after opting to bat. The five-time World champions sent Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram back to the pavilion, and jJust when South Africa looked a bit steady after having added 44 runs between overs 21 and 30, Head struck gold in his very first over and returned two wickets off two balls to peg the Proteas back.
Gerald Coetzee provided able support to Miller who continued to be the lone hope for South Africa in the bid to attain a respectable score. The pitch had started to spin and grip a lot more than earlier, so South Africa might fancy their chances with a slightly below-par total even as Australia hold the aces. The conditions have been overcast in Kolkata and the weather forecast doesn’t look promising, but it isn’t raining at the moment. The brief interruption earlier didn’t result in any loss of overs either.
WHAT A CATCH RASSIE VAN DER DUSSEN! 😱
South Africa pick up a second wicket, Mitchell Marsh goes for a duck ❌ pic.twitter.com/B9aUQeJbwY
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