AUSSIES BEAT PROTEAS IN T20 MATCH
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in the T20 match that was reduced to 7 overs per side on Wednesday at the Sahara Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.
The Aussies won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Proteas displayed good batting in the first innings. The impressive partnership between Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis produced an outstanding 74 from just 31 balls.
The innings ended with de Kock on a score of 41 from 20 balls, hitting 4 sixes and 2 fours. Du Plessis also scored quick runs; he finished with a score of 27 from just 13 balls, hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes. The Proteas finished their 7 overs with the total score of 80/1.
In reply, the Australians didn’t waste time chasing their chase. The Proteas bowler, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, was a victim to the deadly batting by Aaron Flinch and David Warner.
The opening batsmen produced 21 runs from just one over bowled by Tsotsobe. JP Duminy showed fighting spirit when he took 2 wickets for 5 runs in his single over. David Warner left the crease with an excellently quick score of 40 from just 16 runs, hitting 5 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Brad Hodge finished off the game when he hit two consecutive sixes and secured the victory for the Australians. Hodge was not out at the end of the match with a score of 21 from 8 balls and his impressively quick runs earned him the man of the match prize. Australia finished with 82/5 and won the match by 5 wickets.
Proteas batsman, Faf du Plessis, said in the press interview he was impressed with the way the Australians batted. “You can’t look too much into a seven over game. For them to get 20 in the first over was a big boost for them,” he said.
The final T20 match is set for Friday at Centurion in Johannesburg.