South Africa vs Australia Group 1 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup October 23 Abu Dhabi Match Report 2021

Marcus Stoinis scored an unbeaten 24 as Australia defeated South Africa by five wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Australia vs South Africa Mens T20 World Cup Line Ups 2021 (1)

After being asked to bat first by Australia skipper Aaron Finch, South Africa started confidently as Temba Bavuma smashed Mitchell Starc for 2 boundaries in the very first over.

However Glenn Maxwell broke the partnership by dismissing skipper Bavuma bowled by a quicker delivery for 12.

Rassie van der Dussen (2) fell cheaply as he edged a Hazlewood delivery to Matthew Wade behind the stumps.

Quinton de Kock fell in bizarre fashion as he attempted to scoop a back of length delivery and was bowled by Hazlewood to give his second wicket.

Pat Cummins then got into the act by dismissing Heinrich Klaasen (13) caught at backward point by Steve Smith as South Africa were reduced to 46/4.

David Miller and Aiden Markram brought the innings back on track with a valuable 34 run stand for the fifth wicket before the former was dismissed leg before wicket by Adam Zampa for 16.

Dwaine Pretorius and Keshav Maharaj departed soon leaving Proteas reeling at 83/7.

Markram after scoring a fine 40 clipped a Starc delivery to Maxwell at deep mid wicket.

Kagiso Rabada struck a few lusty blows towards the end to take Proteas to 118/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

For Australia Starc, Hazlewood and Zampa claimed 2 wickets each.

Chasing 119, Anrich Nortje struck early as Australian skipper Aaron Finch sliced at a short and wide delivery straight to Kagiso Rabada at third man.

David Warner’s poor run with the bat continued as he sliced at a Rabada delivery to Heinrich Klaasen at backward point.

Keshav Maharaj kept South Africa in the hunt by dismissing Mitchell Marsh caught at deep midwicket leaving Australia in a spot of bother at 38/3.

The pair of Steve Smith along with Maxwell resurrected the innings with a solid 42 run stand for the fourth wicket before the former fell to a spectacular catch by Aiden Markram off Nortje.

In the very next over, Tabraiz Shamsi cleaned up the dangerous Maxwell for 18.

However Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade held their nerves with an unbeaten 40 run stand for the sixth wicket as the Aussies overhauled the target of 119 with 2 balls to spare.

Josh Hazlewood was declared the Man of the Match.

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