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South Africa vs Australia: Temba Bavuma Shines as South Africa Battles to 222 in World Cup Warm-up ODI Against Australia

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In the opening ODI of the eagerly anticipated five-match series, South Africa found themselves in a precarious situation, placed at 100-5 by a relentless Australian bowling attack on a challenging pitch. However, skipper Temba Bavuma displayed remarkable resilience and skill, leading from the front with a stellar century. His unbeaten 114 not only saved his team from a precarious situation but also made him the 13th batsman in ODI history to carry his bat through an inning.

Bavuma’s extraordinary form in ODIs this year continued, with this being his third century in just seven innings in 2023. His impressive average of 106.8 and a strike rate of 105.1 in ODIs this year make him a standout performer, ranking highest in average and fourth in strike rate among batsmen with over 500 runs this year. Although his teammates struggled, Bavuma’s remarkable partnership with Marco Jansen, who contributed 32 runs, propelled South Africa to a total of 222. Bavuma’s career average now stands at an impressive 57.45, marking him as one of the top ODI performers worldwide. This thrilling encounter is a significant preparation ground for both teams as they gear up for the upcoming World Cup.