In an entertaining showdown at SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa, the home team secured a convincing win over Australia in the 4th ODI of the five-match series. South Africa’s batting prowess took centre stage as they posted an imposing total of 416/5 in their innings, thanks to a spectacular century by Heinrich Klaasen. Australia, chasing a daunting target, fell short, managing only 252 runs before being bowled out.
South Africa’s Dominant Batting Display
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat, setting the stage for a batting extravaganza. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks laid the foundation with 45 and 28 runs, respectively. Rassie van der Dussen contributed 62 runs, while stand-in captain Aiden Markram scored 8. However, the highlight of South Africa’s innings was Klaasen’s explosive 174 off just 83 balls. Klaasen’s brilliant knock included 13 fours and an astonishing 13 sixes. David Miller complemented Klaasen’s brilliance with his aggressive 82 off 45 balls. The team reached an astounding total of 416/5 in 50 overs.
Australia’s Challenging Chase
Australia faced a daunting task as they began their chase of 417 runs. David Warner (12) and Travis Head (17) failed to give them a decent start, and the middle-order too struggled to make an impact. Alex Carey was the standout performer for Australia, amassing 99 runs off 77 balls, narrowly missing out on a century. However, the rest of the batting lineup couldn’t offer significant support. Australia was eventually bowled out for 252 runs in 34.5 overs.
South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi was the star with the ball, claiming four wickets for 51 runs. Kagiso Rabada also impressed, securing three wickets for 41 runs. Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj contributed with a wicket each.
For Australia, the bowlers had a tough day in the field. Adam Zampa went wicketless, conceding 113 runs in his 10 overs. Josh Hazlewood picked up two wickets, while Michael Neser, Nathan Ellis and Marcus Stoinis claimed one scalp apiece.
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Player of the Match
Heinrich Klaasen’s explosive century earned him the Player of the Match award for his game-changing performance.
With this convincing victory, South Africa have levelled the series, which now stands at 2-2. The cricketing action continues with the fifth and deciding ODI scheduled for Sunday, September 17 at The Wanderers Stadium.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the 4th ODI between South Africa vs Australia:
What an innings, Heinrich Klaasen , first 25 balls 24 runs, next 58 balls 150.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 15, 2023
A knock to remember for the ages…
— ICC (@ICC) September 15, 2023
Brother of destruction – Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller.
The duo scored 222* (94) – the fastest ever double century partnership in ODIs. pic.twitter.com/YCsK3R5O6U
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 15, 2023
Everything Everywhere All at Once 💫
Heinrich Klaasen with a memorable knock at his home ground against Australia!!! 🇿🇦 🆚 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/SmdRXX2p5x
— Major League Cricket (@MLCricket) September 15, 2023
Heinrich Klaasen 👏
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 15, 2023
Fastest double century partnership in ODI history 🔥
— Lawrence Bailey ⚪ 🇿🇦 (@LawrenceBailey0) September 15, 2023
We have a tied series.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 15, 2023
THE PROTEAS LEVEL THE SERIES
A Terrific day in Centurion for 🇿🇦 to tie the #Betway ODI Series at 2-2 after a massive 174 runs from Heinrich Klaasen 🏏
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) September 15, 2023
Highest ODI score at 200+ strike rate:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 15, 2023
South Africa beat Australia by 164 runs in 4th ODI match and series leveled with 2-2.
Heinrich Klaasen – The Hero for South Africa…!!! pic.twitter.com/ZuAPN712bQ
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 15, 2023
— SA Cricket magazine (@SACricketmag) September 15, 2023
— SunRisers OrangeArmy Official (@srhfansofficial) September 15, 2023