Australia finally successfully managed to win the Pink Ball Test Match at Adelaide against South Africa after dismissing them for 250 in second innings with 127 runs for target to chase down. With the loss of three wickets, Aussies won the match before dinner on day four. Australia’s sequence of five consecutive Test losses finally ended with two debutant batsmen at the crease.
When 63 runs were required, David Warner got run-out for 47 and immediately Usman Khawaja dismissed for a duck in the same over, South Africans found a ray of light and hoped that they could do anything to whitewash the Kangaroos, but it didn’t happen.
The batters at the crease remained patient and finally led their team to victory. The newcomers Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw were the men at the final moment when Handscomb flicked through midwicket and called Matt Renshaw through for a single.
It was Australia’s second pink ball victory after they beat New Zealand in the inaugural test in Adelaide last year but more importantly Australia’s five match losing streak finally came to an end. South Africans won first two matches of the test series, showed a lot of character and ensured the series in their name, being as the third successive series triumph in Australia.
In the post match briefing, Australian skipper said that he is happy the way his boys competed the best side in Adelaide test, yet it was obviously a disappointing way to initiate the series. South African Skipper Faf Du Plessis stated that losing the last test is pretty much disappointing but the fact cannot be ignored that they have played great cricket in the series.