Finch, Mitchell Starc seal big win


Opener Aaron Finch scored 109 and Steve Smith added an unbeaten 73 off 55 balls as Australia beat South Africa by 73 runs on Wednesday to lead 2-1 in their five-match one-day international series.

South Africa made a strong start to its run chase when Amla and Quinton de Kock (47) put on 108 for the opening wicket.But de Kock departed after skying a Hazlewood (3-51) delivery to Mitchell Marsh in the 19th over, and Faf du Plessis (17) and Rilee Rossouw (2) fell to Marsh and Mitchell Starc (4-32) in the 27th and 28th overs.

Smith was named Man-of-the-Match for his innings which was full of improvised shots, including one boundary cheekily hit through his legs. “It was a free hit, so I had pretty free rein to do what I wanted. I was lucky enough it came off and went to the boundary,” Smith said.

Australia was playing without captain Michael Clarke, who has a hamstring injury which could keep him out of the upcoming test series against India, and Mitchell Johnson, who is being rested for the final three one-day matches to prepare him for India.

Brief scores: Australia (329/5) beat South Africa (256/9)  by 73 runs.


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