Australia vs South Africa 2nd ODI: Stoinis helps Australia level series

Marcus Stoinis three wickets Australia South Africa 2nd ODI Adelaide cricket

Marcus Stoinis finished with figures of 3-35 off his 10 overs

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All-rounder Marcus Stoinis took three wickets as Australia skirted past South Africa by seven runs in the second ODI in Adelaide and leveled the series at 1-1.

Being put in to bat first, Australia lost opener Travis Head early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi for eight runs.

Australia captain Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh made up for the loss of Head with a 54-run partnership before Marsh was caught behind off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 22.

Finch went on to score 41 before he was clean bowled by Dwaine Pretorius.

Chris Lynn made a quickfire 44 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada, while Glenn Maxwell was caught behind off the bowling of Pretorius after scoring 15.

Stoinis, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc fell shortly after, but Alex Carey managed to make 47 before being caught behind off the bowling of Rabada.

With Adam Zampa scoring 22, Australia managed to reach 231 before they were bowled out.

Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Pretorius took three, Dale Steyn got two and Ngidi chipped in with one.

Chasing 232 to win, South Africa made a dismal start to their innings as opener Quinton de Kock was caught by Zampa at long leg off the bowling of Starc for nine runs.

Aiden Markram managed to make 19 before he was run out by Stoinis, while Reeza Hendricks was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for 16.

Heinrich Klaasen fared no better as he was caught by Lynn at midwicket off the bowling of Stoinis for 14.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and David Miller stabilised the innings with a 74-run partnership before Du Plessis was clean bowled by Cummins for 47.

Pretorius and Steyn followed soon after, while Miller went on to score a 71-ball 51, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Stoinis.

Rabada mustered nine runs before he was clean bowled by Starc.

Even though Ngidi and Imran Tahir scored an unbeaten 19 and 11 not out respectively, South Africa still fell short of their target as they finished on 224/9.

Stoinis was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Starc and Hazlewood took two wickets apiece. As for Cummins, he claimed one.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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