JOHANNESBURG – South Africa beat Australia by 142 runs in the second one-day international between at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Captain Faf du Plessis overcame a thumb injury to hit an aggressive century.
Du Plessis made 111 as South Africa piled up 361 for six wickets after being sent in to bat. Australia made a bad start and were bowled out for 219 in reply, leaving them 2-0 down in a five-match series.
Du Plessis praised his team for what he described as “almost a perfect batting and bowling performance. The batsmen laid the basics well and the bowlers were exceptional”.
He singled out opening bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada, who both claimed an early wicket and put Australia’s batting under immediate pressure.
Remaining matches will take place on 5 October in Durban, on 9 October in Port Elizabeth and the final match on 12 October in Cape Town,