The parsimonious overs that Tabraiz Shamsi and Maharaj stitched together after Travis Head’s dismissal ultimately led to the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne, who missed an ill-advised reverse-sweep against the left-arm legspinner and was hit in front. Shamsi then went on to castle Glenn Maxwell, leaving Australia in a spot of bother at 137/5 in the 214-run chase.
Earlier, David Miller’s sixth ODI century, coming on an Eden Gardens surface assisting both seamers and spinners, helped South Africa recover from an alarming 24/4 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 cheaply, and just when South Africa looked a bit steady after having added 44 runs between overs 21 and 30, Travis Head struck gold in his very first over and returned two wickets off two balls to peg the Proteas back.
Gerald Coetzee then provided able support to Miller who continued to be the lone hope for South Africa in the bid to attain a respectable score.
MASSIVE MOMENT!! 👀
That celebration from Shamsi tells you how BIG that wicket is for South Africa 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Rxgezd7Xsx
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) November 16, 2023