Australia Drop Six Catches in AUS vs SA World Cup Match

Australia Drop Six Catches in AUS vs SA World Cup Match

Watch: Australia Drop Six Catches in AUS vs SA World Cup Match in Lucknow

The Australian team had a bit of a rough time in the field, letting six catches slip through their fingers during the AUS vs SA World Cup match in Lucknow.

Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Marcus Stoinis each missed a catch as South Africa accelerated to a total of 311/7 in their first innings.

In the ongoing World Cup match between Australia and South Africa, the Australian fielders had a tough day. South Africa batted first in Lucknow, managing to put up an impressive 311 runs on the board while losing seven wickets in the process. However, the Proteas were given a boost by some subpar fielding from the Australian side, who let six catches slip through their fingers.

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In the 13th over of the innings, during leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s initial over, Temba Bavuma faced a turning delivery that caught the outside edge of his bat. Wicketkeeper Inglis, who was brought in for Alex Carey, couldn’t secure the catch. At that moment, Bavuma was at 19.

Just over two overs later, Bavuma received another reprieve when substitute fielder Sean Abbott failed to hold on to a shot near the boundary. The South African opener had pulled a delivery towards square leg off Stoinis. Abbott leapt and attempted to relay the ball to Mitchell Starc, but lost his balance, and the throw ended up far from its mark.

Bavuma went on to score 35 off 55 balls after being dropped at 19 and 32.

In the 30th over, Cummins put down a chance from Aiden Markram. The pacer delivered a full toss and Markram chipped it straight back at him, but Cummins couldn’t grasp it. Markram had just arrived at the crease and was on one. He proceeded to score 56 off 44 balls, featuring seven boundaries and a six.

In the 48th over, also bowled by Cummins, Australia missed two catches. David Miller, then at 10, attempted a forceful swing and got a top edge. The ball headed towards backward square, where Starc had to rush in. He managed to get his hands on it while diving forward, but couldn’t maintain control upon hitting the ground. Miller added seven more runs after that.

Two deliveries later, Marco Jansen lofted one towards covers, where Stoinis was stationed. However, despite being in line with the ball, the all-rounder, who was standing in for Cameron Green, couldn’t hold on to it. Jansen, then at 25, tacked on one more run to his score.

SA Defeat Aus By 134 Runs

South Africa has convincingly defeated Australia, delivering a significant blow to their pride. The margin of victory could have been even more lopsided had it not been for Labuschagne and Starc, who managed a 69-run partnership. Unfortunately, this partnership was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal Australian batting performance.

While Australia’s batting left much to be desired, it’s essential to acknowledge South Africa’s impressive bowling, particularly when the ball was moving unpredictably. Jansen and Ngidi both struck early in the powerplay, and Rabada proceeded to dismantle Australia’s middle order, dismissing Smith, Inglis, and Stoinis—although a couple of those wickets were accompanied by some contentious decisions.

The spinners took over from there, keeping a tight leash on Australia’s run-scoring opportunities. Maharaj claimed a wicket, and Shamsi eventually sealed the game. South Africa has now notched up two wins out of two, and their cohesive performance is becoming increasingly evident.

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