The South Africa tour of Australia is a very short affair with 3 ODIs and a one-off T20I match in it. The ODI series got completed on Sunday (Nov 11) and with the T20I scheduled on Saturday (Nov 17), everyone had 7 long days to get back to action. However, on the T20I day, everyone was greeted with rain forcing a long delay which curtailed the match to a 10-overs affair making it a ‘T10’ match!
After being put into bowl first, South Africa are off to a flier scoring 42 runs losing just a wicket in the first three overs. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock played their shots helping them get to 61 for 1 in the first five overs. Aussie bowlers then made a comeback restricting South Africa to 108 for 6 in 10 overs.
The 3 spin overs costed just 26 overs or else the South African total would’ve been even more massive! Chasing a big total in such a short game, Australia needed big hits during the power play but Proteas did not let them off the hook! Except Glenn Maxwell, none of the Aussies got going and fell short of the target of by a margin of 21 runs.
Tabraiz Shamsi bowled brilliantly to stop the run flow when the home team looked to go freely. He also picked up the wicket of Alex Carey that completely ruined Australia’s chances of chasing down the target. He was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ for containing runs in the middle overs. Were we to present this award, we would give it to Chris Morris. He got the wickets of D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn in the space of just three deliveries.
South Africa earlier won the 3-match ODI series in this tour against Australia by a margin of 2-1 and this T20I victory helped them clean sweep the tour. Australia will now prepare for the three match T20I series against India which starts this Wednesday (Nov 21) while South Africa’s next international assignment is against Pakistan that starts on Boxing day at home.
South Africa – 108/6 in 10 overs (Faf du Plessis – 27, Quinton de Kock – 22, Andrew Tye – 2/18, Nathan Coulter-Nile – 2/19) beat Australia – 87/7 in 10 overs (Glenn Maxwell – 38, Chris Lynn – 14, Chris Morris – 2/12, Lungi Ngidi – 2/16) by a margin of 21 runs (DLS method)
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