Australia won the first ODI in a series of five against the Proteas on Friday at WACA, Perth. Star of the show was a young pacemen from Perth, who delivered a special bowling performance on his home ground.
It was South Africa who won the toss and put Australia in to bat. Australia made a solid start and cruised past 50 under nine overs and looked all settled for a score of over 300.
However, South Africa managed to pick five for 50 that reduced the hosts from 94 for no loss in the 15th over to 144 for five in 30 overs. It was then the turn of George Bailey, who was dropped twice in two overs, first by David Miller and then by Imran Tahir on his own bowling, to overcome the crisis situation and he just did that.
Bailey took Australia to 300/8 after 50 overs with the help of well-crafted 70 of 75 balls that included three fours and three mighty sixes.
Chasing 301 to win, South Africa made a poor start and were restricted to 76 for four in 16 overs. It was then captain AB de Villiers and David Miller, who formed a partnership, that put the visitors on track again.
Needing less than 100 runs in 14 overs and with six wickets in hand, the visitors looked in total command before young Nathan Coulter-Nile produced a magic spell, where he took Miller and McLaren in the same over before picking up Steyn a few overs later, that virtually set up the victory for the Kangaroos.
South Africa were bowled out for 268 in the 49th over, giving the hosts 1 – 0 lead in the five match series. Coulter-Nile was selected Man of the Match for his impressive bowling performance.