South Africa beat Australia by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match one-day international series at Perth Stadium on Sunday.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to field. Fast bowlers Andile Phehlukwayo (3-33), Dale Steyn (2-18) and Lungi Ngidi (2-26) ran through Australia’s batting after
Steyn did the early damage when he had Travis Head and D’Arcy Short dismissed in his second over while Phehlukwayo and Ngidi struck with regular intervals.
In reply, South Africa openers Quinton de Kock (47) and Reeza Hendricks (44) both missed out on half centuries. Marcus Stoinis could get 3-16, but South Africa managed 153-run target with more than 20 overs and 6 wickets to spare.
This was the first ODI at home since the notorious ball altering episode amid a test match in Cape Town in March that brought about the skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner being restricted from international cricket for a year.
Australia were desperate for a spirit boosting win following a hopeless nine months for the game Down Under since the ball-altering outrage in the test series in South Africa.
Australia who will defend the 50-overs World Cup Title in England one year from now observed its hopeless situation in ODI cricket. Low on certainty, tired of concealed conditions, Australia have made a horrendous start to their campaign.