Proteas beat themselves after soft dismissals against Australia in Adelaide

India vs Australia 2018: AUS Drop Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh From T20I Squad

India vs Australia 2018: AUS Drop Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh From T20I Squad

In fact, their last one-day win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and disarray within Cricket Australia.

It is the area that concerns skipper Faf du Plessis most and when asked to chase what was a below-par total of 232 for victory, the batting unit succumbed in alarming fashion to end on 224/9 in their 50 overs.

Aiden Markram (19) then ran himself out after pushing for a third run and then not committing fully, before Heinrich Klaasen (14) pulled a Marcus Stoinis long-hop to midwicket.

They put the chase on pace with a game-high 74-run partnership before du Plessis (47 from 65 balls) hit his stumps from Cummins' bowling. Pacer Peter Siddle, who was named as cover for Starc in the recent overseas T20I series against Pakistan, has also been dropped while the other frontline quicks - Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins - continue to be left out too, despite being fit, according to an International Cricket Council (ICC) release.

While some may point to the lack of depth with the batting, the SA top-order need to play far more responsibly than they did on Friday.

But the Highveld Lions all-rounder didn't let the side down - with the ball - matching Phehlukwayo's haul of three wickets, thereby keeping a tight rein on the Australia scoring rate.

"We held our chances and it went our way".

Overall though, the Proteas attack once again proved hugely effective.

Nevertheless, despite building themselves a good platform after the early loss of Travis Head, Australia's innings never got going, the result mainly of their own looseness, which is probably down to the lack of confidence in the side.

Australia T20I Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery. But the same attacking instincts lead to his dismissal for a run-a-ball 44 when he greeted Rabada's return to the attack in the 27th over with 18 off the first four balls, and then gloved a bouncer off the fifth.

The hosts, who were thrashed by six wickets with more than 20 overs to spare in the opening match, dug deep with their bowlers getting them over the line. Dale Steyn grabbed two wickets and Lungi Ngidi managed one.