Cricket: Oz nab win with daylight to spare

Australian captain Steve Smith. Photo / AFP
Australian captain Steve Smith. Photo / AFP

Australia have completed a seven-wicket win over South Africa on day four of the day-night cricket test at Adelaide Oval.

Steve Smith's side rolled the Proteas for 250 in yesterday's opening session then comfortably hauled in a target of 127 runs before the meal break.

The result snapped Australia's five-test losing streak but the visitors won the series 2-1.

Smith fell with just two runs required for victory, caught behind off the bowling of Kyle Abbott, but his teammates got the job done.

He scored 40 before Peter Handscomb replaced him at the crease and whipped Tabraiz Shamsi through mid-wicket for the winning runs off the penultimate delivery before the dinner break.

Matt Renshaw showed great fight to be there at the end, not out on 34 off 137 balls.

David Warner fell three runs short of a half-century when he was run out after a mix-up with Renshaw.

Warner miscued a swat to the leg side off spinner Shamsi and called his partner through for a quick single. Renshaw was slow off the mark, took a couple of steps, then hesitated and sent Warner back.

The left-hander never had any hope of making it back safely and was out by half the length of the pitch.

Had Renshaw responded straight away, he may have made it to the other end, although Shane Warne didn't think there was ever a run in it, saying "there definitely wasn't a run there" in his commentary.

Renshaw was a tad late to send the Australian vice-captain back and the hosts lost their first wicket.

Earlier, after a whopping 234 balls at the crease, Stephen Cook brought up his century with a pull shot towards square leg.

Cook has easily been the pick of the South African batsmen after surviving Saturday night's onslaught and pushing through two new balls.

- news.com.au

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf05 at 22 Jan 2017 09:32:58 Processing Time: 307ms