As Cricket Australia continue their blood-letting off the pitch, there’s also been very little solace on it of late.
on Friday Aaron Finch’s men hosted South Africa in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval after being blown away by Dale Steyn and Co in the opener, and the Proteas had hoped to wrap the three-game series up.
And despite only setting a target of 232, impressive captaincy from Aaron Finch and tight bowling from the seamers saw Australia capture a nail-biting and morale-boosting victory by just seven runs.
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Keaton Jennings played the unlikely hero for England on day three after picking up just his second Test century and first in two years – but it was all about the spinners on day four.
Sri Lanka had to either perform a rain dance or put in a batting display for the ages in order to thwart England. As it was, neither came to fruition and the left-right punch of spinners Jack Leach (3-60) and Moeen Ali (4-71) did the business for the tourists. Check out the full scorecard below:
New Zealand beat their hosts by 47 runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
The pace spearhead rattled Pakistan’s top-order as he dismissed Fakhar Zaman (one), Babar Azam (nought) and Mohammad Hafeez (nought) to reduce Pakistan to 8 for 3 by the end of the third over.
Pakistan recovered somewhat but managed to put just 219 runs on the board, and were bowled out in 47.2 overs.
Boult, who finished with 3-54, missed New Zealand’s 3-0 defeat in the Twenty20 series due to the birth of his child.
“It’s nice to be back out there and get the win for the boys,” said Boult.
“I think the new ball is a key part of the game and we know what early wickets can do to chasing totals.
“The hat-trick ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling.”
New Zealand had put together a modest 266-9, with veteran batsman Ross Taylor leading the charge by scoring 80 runs. Wicket-keeper Tom Latham was the second highest scorer with 68 off 64 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) saved Pakistan’s blushes as they took the score from 85-6 to 188-7, adding 103 runs for the seventh wicket.
Skipper Sarfraz then fell victim to Colin de Grandhomme, dragging a delivery onto his stumps.
Grandhomme (2 for 40) and Lockie Ferguson (3 for 36) sealed it for the Kiwis.