By Joel Dubber
PERTH – Dale Steyn claimed two early wickets as South Africa’s pace attack combined superbly to heap more misery on Australia with a six-wicket thrashing to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match one-day international series on Sunday.
Sent in to bat, Australia succumbed to 152 all out in 38.1 overs and the victory target never looked like troubling the visitors who romped home with 20 overs to spare following a breezy 47 from opener Quinton de Kock.
“We were exceptional with the ball and in the field,” said South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis.
“It was a very good day in the office and brilliant to have Dale back. It’s good to have that X-factor in your bowling attack.”
Steyn, who suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury on his last visit to Perth two years ago, showed there was plenty of life yet in his 35-year-old body with a miserly early spell.
The paceman (2-18) found the outside edge of Travis Head and D’Arcy Short, while Lungi Ngidi (2-26) reduced the hosts to eight for three when he trapped Aaron Finch lbw for just five – a decision the Australia skipper should have reviewed.
Australia tried to steady the ship but progress was slow and they were subjected to some sarcastic applause from the by the sparse crowd of 24,342 at the end of the 12th over when Chris Lynn struck the first boundary of the innings. Reuters.