We’ve created a nice momentum ahead of the World Cup, says Temba Bavuma after beating Australia

Written by Mohan Sharma

South African all-rounder Marco Jansen shined with bat and ball in the final match of the series against the Aussies as the Proteas won by 122 runs. Jansen scored a quick fire 47 runs off just 23 balls, helping South Africa recover from a sluggish start and set a challenging target of 316 for Australia.

Jansen also performed with the ball in hand, taking an impressive five wickets for 39 runs in his eight-over spell, to bowl out Australia for 193 runs, winning the match by 122 runs.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has said that they have created a nice momentum going into the 2023 ODI World Cup. South Africa beat Australia by 122 runs to clinch the five-match ODI series 3-2.

Speaking after their victory, Bavuma said Australia put them under pressure, while insisting that they’ve created a nice momentum going into the World Cup. South Africa made a comeback to win the final two matches and clinch the series 3-2.

“Australia really put us under pressure. We had conversation around character with the ball. We didn’t have a look at our skills but it was about looking at the overall personality of the team. Even if we have our backs on the wall, we have the team to bounce back. We’ve created a nice momentum with World Cup in a couple weeks,” said Bavuma.

He went on to say that they can’t lose the confidence that they’ve gained from this series, adding that this was the best preparation for their bowler in pressure situations. Marco Jansen and Aiden Markram were the star men for South Africa as they beat Australia by 122 runs at Wanderers stadium.

“I was having a conversation with Aiden, in the first game we had an opportunity to win the game but we didn’t. The confidence that we have gained from this series is something which we can’t lose. I was talking to the bowlers and they said it was the best kind of preparation that we can have, bowling in pressure situations,” Bavuma added.

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