The Australian cricketers hardly dropped a sweat in their side’s 7 wicket win over South Africa in the second T20 at Melbourne. With this win, Australia levelled the three match T20 series 1-1 with the final match to be played in Sydney on Sunday. Skipper Aaron Finch‘s unbeaten 44 led Australia to victory in the second T20 after Australia lost the first one by 6 wickets courtesy some brilliant batting from Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw. Finch received some good support from Watson scored 30 off 23 and Ben Dunk pitched in with a 20 ball 23 as the host chased down the target of 102 with more than 7 overs to spare. Wayne Parnell was the pick of the South African bowlers with figures of 2-17 in his 3.4 overs.
Earlier put into bat, South Africa crumbled to the Aussie bowling as they finished their innings for 102-7 in their 20 overs. They lost their in-form opener Quinton de Kock in the second ball of the match. Hero from the last match hit some expensive shorts before getting undone by James Faulkner’s slower one in the second over. Reeza Hendricks and skipper Duminy steadied the ship but took their time in the crease in doing so. It was when Finch introduced his leggie Cameron Boyce, who troubled the South Africans with his leg spinners and the wrong’uns.
He straightaway reaped with some positive results as he dismissed Hendricks stumped by keeper Ben Dunk. The wickets kept on tumbling as none among Farhaan Behardian and David Miller could rescue the proteas from disaster. Skipper JP Duminy was the top scorer with 49 runs. Faulkner and Boyce took three wickets and two wickets respectively to keep the South African batsmen at bay. Boyce was named as the Man of the Match for his figures of 2-15 in his four overs.
Brief Scores: South Africa 101/7 in 20 overs (Duminy 49, Boyce 2-15, Faulkner 3-25) lost to Australia 102/3 in 12.4 overs (Finch 44, Watson 30, Parnell 2-17) by 7 wickets.