CAPE TOWN – Dale Steyn needed just one word to describe South Africa’s bowling performance in the crushing win over Australia – “relentless”.
Back in Perth for the first time since walking off the Waca with his shoulder in a sling that kept the veteran fast bowler out of the game for eight months in 2016, Steyn delivered a Man of the Match performance at the impressive new Optus Stadium in the first ODI on Sunday.
The 36-year-old turned back the clock, and built up an impressive head of steam to finish with 2/18 from seven overs.
It set the tone for youngsters Lungi Ngidi (2/26) and Andile Phehlukwayo (3/33) to follow on a surface tailor-made for the pace men. These performances rocked an inexperienced Australian batting line-up as the hosts were reduced 8/3, and then 66/6, before being shot out for 152 in just 38.1 overs.
“I think we out-bowled them,” said Steyn. ”They didn’t bowl as well as they could have. We were relentless. It was really tough to score, and when they tried to push on, they lost a wicket. I am going to put it down to our bowlers.”