New Delhi: David Miller’s 79-ball-118, his third ODI century, helped South Africa pull off the second highest run chase in the history of One Day Internationals. The Proteas chased down 372 with four wickets remaining, thereby taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series.
The record for the highest ODI chase also belongs to South Africa. It was in 2006 when the Graeme Smith-led team chased down a near impossible 434 in a historic Johannesburg ODI.
Miller’s match winning effort, most likely to go down in golden letters in cricketing history, completely overshadowed centuries by David Warner (117) and captain Steve Smith (108). At one point South Africa were 217 for 5, needing 155 runs for victory. Australia knew they had the match in control. Miller, however, had other plans. With all the batting specialists back in the hut, the centurion found an ally in local lad Andile Phehlukwayo who held the other end with a valiant 42 and guide team over the line with four balls to spare.
Australia had posted the mammoth score owing to a huge opening stand of 110 in 13 overs. Another 71 were scored off the final five to put up the score, which on any other day and against any other opposition would have proved to be a match winning one.
South Africa’s 371/6 chase eclipsed India’s chase of 362/1 against Australia in 2013.
The series will continue in Port Elizabeth on Sunday where the 4th ODI will be played.