Australia posted a very competitive 282/6 in their must-win Triangular Series match against South Africa in Harare on Tuesday. AB De Villiers won the toss and sent the Australians in to bat. A 46-run opening partnership was broken by Ryan McLaren (1/56) when Aaron Finch was caught by JP Duminy for 16.
Steven Smith and Phillip Hughes then added 85 for the second wicket before Smith was caught behind by Quinton De Kock off Imran Tahir (1/42) for 36. Five runs later Glenn Maxwell was also back in the hut, caught by De Kock off Dale Steyn for just 2. It was 152/4 when Aaron Phangiso had Hughes caught by David Miller for 85. Hughes hit seven fours and a six in his 92-ball innings.
New man Mitchell Marsh and George Bailey put on 35 before Bailey was the next man out. Phangiso (2/39) had the Australian stumped by De Kock for 32 from 35 balls as Australia were looking to accelerate. Marsh then let loose and took a particular liking to Steyn (1/64). The 22-year old carted the Phalaborwa Express for three sixes in the 47th over at the Harare Sports Club.
Amidst the madness Brad Haddin would lose his wicket when he was caught on 11 by Phangiso off Morne Morkel (1/51) with the score on 258/6. But it was the Marsh mayhem that aided Australia in posting a competitive score in the Zimbabwean capital. Marsh hammered five fours and seven sixes on his way to 86 not out off only 51 balls. Mitchell Johnson was run out for 2 off the penultimate ball by Phangiso’s throw from deep mid off.
Mitchell Starc added one run off the last ball as the Baggy Greens posted 282/6 in their fifty overs.