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Australia Win Second T20 International to Level Series against South Africa

Australia Win Second T20 International to Level Series against South Africa

March 07
13:29 2016

maxwellNew Delhi, Monday, March 7 – When Australia cricket team landed on South African soil lately, objective was to take home winner’s trophy of the shortest format. However, they bore the brunt when the host thrashed them by three wickets in the T20 opener at Kingsmead in Durban played on March 4, chasing down the total of 157 runs in 19.2 overs.

The Aussies were sent into do or die situation by the Proteas. 2nd T20 International at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg a day ago was crucial for them to win and they bounced back in style, which was likely keeping in mind the potential of Australian Playing XI, which had Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Ashton Agar, Peter Nevill, John Hastings, Steven Smith as the captain and Josh Hazlewood. Usman Khawaja, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye were in extras.

On the other hand, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir were led by Faf du Plessis, while those who sat on bench were Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott and Hashim Amla. Australia squad bowled first post winning the toss. They, however, couldn’t make best use of it as the opponents piled up grand total of 204 runs in 20 overs, losing seven wickets. Regardless of an early dismissal of AB de Villiers at a score of 13 (4 x 1), South African were able to be a safe side thanks to Quinton de Kock’s innings of 44 runs in 28 balls, together with 8 boundaries and a six, and Faf du Plessis’ knock of 79 runs in 41 deliveries that comprised five 4s and same number of sixes. Faulkner broke their partnership which was getting dangerous with each passing over.

Jean-Paul Duminy succumbed to Mitchell Marsh when Smith was quick in taking the catch. Duminy scored 14 runs in 12 balls that comprised a six and four. David Miller’s 33 runs in 18 balls (4 x 2 and 6 x 2) brought great difference as he helped to keep the momentum up. Maxwell took his catch in Ashton Agar’s delivery. The new batsman Farhaan Behardien did not succeed to remain there on the crease for long and was dismissed by Faulkner in 16.4 over. Three runs off 5 balls were his contribution. Chris Morris scored same runs alike Behardien and was out by the same man as well. David Wiese’s not out knock of 10 runs in three balls, along with a biggie was of huge significance in the last part. Kagiso Rabada was not out at a zero, on the other hand. Steyn and Tahir did not bat. Faulkner took three wickets, Hastings earned two whereas Marsh and Agar one wicket each. Score on the board was significant enough to build pressure on the opponents and things happened as expected.

The opening duo Aaron Finch and Shane Watson lost their wickets at the scores of 2 and 9, respectively. Steven Smith hit a six and two 4s but before he would have made his knock go big, Steyn dismissed him when playing at an individual total of 19 runs. but then someone arrived on the crease who was determined to level series. David Warner, who batted on a bit lower order this time was outstanding with his knock of 77 runs in 40 balls (4 x 6 and 6 x 5). Glenn Maxwell gave desired support by playing 75-run inning in 43 deliveries that comprised seven 4s and three sixes. Morris broke that robust partnership, bringing South Africa in game. When Warner was out by Rabada, match swung to and fro. Mitchell Marsh (2 runs off 1 ball) and James Faulkner (7 runs off 4 balls) were on the 22 yards pitch. Responsibilities were huge but the batmen did not disappoint Australian fans.

The two helped travelers attain target on the final ball of the game, chasing the mammoth target of 205. Australia were on cloud nine post this victory as such wins are always morale boosting. Australia won the match by 5 wickets. Warner was given Man of the Match award for being the highest scorer. Now, the last game that is to be held at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday, March 9 has turned decisive. The team that wins it will be able to seal series 2-1. South Africa will certainly not going to leave any stone unturned to mark a comeback and close doors for Aussies to stay a step ahead. Australian side will also come up with the motto to win and that is to make fight between bat and ball interesting. Since T20 season is here, focus of all participating teams is to come on winning side as early as possible and retain good form.  Audience is keen to see who proves itself better than the other in the final match that is to take place after a couple of days.

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