South Africa End Australia on a High with T20I Win

South Africa End Australia on a High with T20I Win

South Africa beat Australia by 21 runs in their one-off T20I in Hobart to add to their triumph in the recent one day international series.

With heavy rain delaying the start of play, the match was reduced to 10 overs a wise. Australia won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first, with Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks giving them a fast start, hitting 42 off the first 17 balls before Hendricks was caught off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile for 19. De Kok then added 19 with his captain Faf du Plessis, until he was stumped by Alex Carey off a delivery by Glenn Maxwell for 22, including 2 sixes.

Faf du Plessis and Heinrich Klaasen added a further 23 for the third wicket until du Plessis fell, top scoring with 27, whilst Klaasen made 12 before he was caught off Coulter-Nile for 12. There was time for a brief cameo of 10 from David Miller before the South African innings closed on 108 – 6. Andrew Tye with 2 for 19, and Coulter-Nile with 2 for 18 returned the best figures by the Australian bowlers.

In their reply, Australia were soon in trouble, finding themselves 27 for 3 at the end of the third over, with only Chris Lynn of their top order batsmen making a decent contribution with 14, whilst one of their big hopes, D’Arcy Short, was caught first ball off the bowling of Chris Morris.

Maxwell came in and played a typically belligerent innings of 38, which came off just 23 balls, and featured 2 sixes and 2 fours. But none of his colleagues could support him, and he ended up playing a lone hand as the Australian innings petered out limply, as the home side reached 87/7 at the end of their allotted 10 overs. Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Morris all claimed 2 wickets apiece for the dominant South African bowlers.

With India their next visitors, Australia will have been disappointed by their form, and need to improve their performance levels in all formats of the game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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