The hosts South Africa have levelled the three-match T20I series against the visitors Australia after winning the second game at Port Elizabeth on Sunday (23rd February).
After winning the toss, the hosts scored 158/4 (20 overs) in the first innings. Though Australia were moving fine towards the target, the Proteas cricketers bowled smartly in the death overs and snatched an incredible victory. The hosts restricted Australia to 146/6 (20 overs).
South African innings: Player of the Match Quinton de Kock scored 70 runs
The skipper Quinton de Kock controlled the team’s innings right from the beginning of that innings. While he and the other opener Reeza Hendricks set the firing 60 runs partnership for the first wicket, Hendricks scored only 14 runs.
Soon Faf du Plessis lost his wicket on 15 runs, while Quinton de Kock completed his half-century in 31 balls. Along with Rassie van der Dussen, de Kock stretched that innings to the good first innings total.
While the Proteas skipper scored 70 runs off 47 balls (5 fours and 4 sixes), Rassie van der Dussen scored 37 runs off 26 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes).
Among the Aussie bowlers, Kane Richardson (2/21) took two wickets while Pat Cummins (1/31) and Adam Zampa (1/37) picked up a wicket each.
Australian reply: David Warner’s unbeaten knock wasn’t enough
In reply, after the 48 runs opening partnership between David Warner and the Aussie captain Aaron Finch (14), Warner put another 50 runs partnership for the second wicket with Steven Smith. Though Smith lost his wicket on 29 runs, Warner carried his batting after completing his 50 runs in 38 balls.
While Warner failed to play much effective role after his half-century, there was no further solid support for him from the other end.
In the last four overs, Australia needed to score 32 runs, and they had seven wickets in hands. But due to the tight bowling efforts from the South African bowlers in those death overs, Australian batsmen failed to hit at least one boundary in those last four overs. Finally, Warner remained not out on 67 runs off 56 balls, but it wasn’t enough as South Africa won by 12 runs.
While Lungi Ngidi (3/41) took three wickets, all other Proteas bowlers got one wicket each in that innings, except the cheapest bowler of the match Tabraiz Shamsi (0/17).
Australia won the first game of this series by 107 runs. While this T20I series is currently standing in 1-1, they will play the series-decider third and final match of this series on this Wednesday (26th February) at Cape Town.