David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne scored centuries which helped the Aussies to register a convincing 123-run victory in the South Africa vs Australia second one-day international at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday. Warner made 106 and Labuschagne 124 in an Australian total of 392 for eight after the visitors were sent to bat first. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa took four for 48 as South Africa were bowled out for 269 in the 42nd over. Australia now have a 2-0 lead over the hosts in the five-match ODI series.
Quinton de Kock (45) and skipper Temba Bavuma (46) scored 81 in the first nine overs to get South Africa off to a quick start. De Kock then lost his wicket to Nathan Ellis. Zampa struck twice in successive overs to dismiss Bavuma and Aiden Markram and South Africa could not stand from there. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller both made 49 but it wasn't enough.
Warner and Travis Head dominated South Africa's fast bowlers during the powerplay by hitting 109 off 72 balls. Head played a terrific knock of 64 in just 36 balls with nine fours and three sixes. Labuschagne brought his match-winning 80 not out from the first match. It looked like he started from right there. Warner and Labuschagne put on 151 for the third wicket off 124 balls. Warner reached his 20th one-day international century in just 85 deliveries. Labuschagne made it even quicker, reaching his second one-day international century off 80 balls.
"The boys at the top got us off to a lightning start and put pressure on the bowlers," said Labuschagne. "Our intent and execution tonight was as good as it gets," said Mitchell Marsh. It was Australia's third-highest total in the 50-overs format and the fourth-highest conceded by South Africa.