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South Africa vs. Australia Highlights

Cricket  •  8 Sept, 2023  •  1,682 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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In an unforgettable encounter in Bloemfontein, the first ODI between South Africa and Australia saw a surprise hero rise from the ranks. Marnus Labuschagne, who wasn't initially a part of the Australian squad, delivered a match-winning performance as a concussion substitute.


Unexpected Hero: Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne admits mixed feelings over century as Australia battle  to regain Ashes | Evening Standard
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Marnus Labuschagne, stepping in as a concussion substitute for the injured Cam Green, proved pivotal in Australia's pursuit of 223 runs. Despite not being in the original line-up for the ODI World Cup 2023 or the South Africa series (he was called up as a backup for an injured Steve Smith), Labuschagne delivered an exceptional unbeaten 80, batting at No.8.

Critical Partnership

Marnus Labuschagne | Marnus Labuschagne could be the X factor for Australia  - Telegraph India
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Australia seemed in trouble at 113-7, thanks to the lethal South African pace attack. However, the tide turned when Labuschagne, along with Ashton Agar batting at No.10, stitched a game-changing 112-run partnership for the eighth wicket, navigating Australia to a three-wicket victory.



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A Shaky Start for Both Teams

Family have a ball following Marnus Labuschagne in South Africa | The  Australian
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While Labuschagne and Agar provided stability, the rest of the Australian lineup struggled. Travis Head was the only other player to surpass the 20-run mark, as the likes of Warner, Inglis, Carey, and Abbott fell cheaply. On the other hand, the South African innings was heavily reliant on Temba Bavuma's brilliant 114, with only Marco Jansen managing to contribute substantially. Josh Hazlewood's three-wicket haul, supported by Marcus Stoinis's dual strikes, restricted the hosts effectively.

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