South Africa continued from where they had left in the ODI’s as they defeated Australia by 21 runs in the one off T-20 international at Carrara on Saturday.
With rain forcing the game to be reduced to ten overs, Australian skipper Aaron Finch opted to bowl first after winning the toss. South Africa’s opening pair of Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks got their team off to a blazing start as they added 42 runs for the opening wicket before Nathan Coulter-Nile broke the stand by getting rid of Hendricks.
De Kock looked good in his innings of 22 before he was stumped by Alex Carey off Glenn Maxwell.
Faf du Plessis, Henrich Klassen and David Miller continued to pile on the runs, but South Africa hit a bit of a roadblock in their last two overs, managing only ten runs off them. Nevertheless, they managed to finish with 108/6, a more than competitive score given the strength of their bowling lineup.
Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye claimed 2 wickets each for Australia.
Chasing a stiff target of 109, Australia lost skipper Finch early, bowled while attempting to go after Lungi Ngidi.
All rounder Chris Morris who did not feature in the ODI’s, then came to the party by claiming the wickets of Darcy Short (for a golden duck) and the dangerous looking Chris Lynn, who was clean bowled by a beautiful yorker, leaving the home side in big trouble at 27/3.
With Andile Phehlukwayo also accounting for Marcus Stoinis and Ben McDermott, Australia’s chase never quite took off as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Maxwell was the lone man standing. The Victorian tried his best, but did not get enough support from his team mates as they eventually fell short by 21 runs.
Morris, Lungi Ngidi and Phehlukwayo bagged 2 wickets each. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was declared the Man of the Match.