Australia beat South Africa Highlights: Clinical Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in low scoring thriller, kick start T20 World Cup camping on high

Australia beat South Africa Highlights: Clinical Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in low scoring thriller, kick start T20 World Cup camping on high
Australia beat South Africa Highlights: Clinical Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in low scoring thriller, kick start T20 World Cup camping on high

Australia beat South Africa Highlights – T20 World Cup LIVE: Riding on brilliant bowling performance by Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood followed by finishing touch by Marcus Stoinis helped Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in a low scoring thriller here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Steve Smith was the highest scorer for Australia with 35 runs under his belt in 34 runs.

Australia beat South Africa Highlights: Clinical Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in low scoring thriller, kick start T20 World Cup camping on high

AUS beat SA Highlights: Chasing a below-par total of 119, Australia got off to the worst possible start as their captain was sent back on a duck by Anrich Nortje followed by the wicket of David Warner by Kagiso Rabada in the 5th over. Mitchell Marsh tried to build the partnership with Steve Smith but was removed on 11 runs by Keshav Maharaj.

Steven Smith along with Glenn Maxwell took Australia’s innings forward with a partnership of 42. But just when it looked like Australia are cruising towards victory, Proteas bowlers fought back to remove both of them in quick succession. Smith was sent back by Nortje on 35 while Shamsi clean bowled Maxwell on 18. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade had the job of winning the match for Men in Yellow in their hands and they finished it in a convincing manner.

AUS beat SA Highlights: Australia’s bowlers scythed through South Africa’s top and middle-order batting lineup to restrict them to 118 for nine in their ICC T20 World Cup opener on Saturday. On a pitch where the ball came on to the bat late, Josh Hazlewood 2/19), Adam Zampa (2/21) and Michell Starc (2/33) did most of the damage, even as Aiden Markram battled his way to a 36-ball 40.

AUS beat SA Highlights: Had it not been for Kagiso Rabada’s 19, which included a one-handed six off Starc in the final over, South Africa would have got less. South Africa started well after skipper Temba Bavuma oversaw a productive first over with two lovely boundaries through the off-side.
However, Glenn Maxwell had other ideas as the star all-rounder offset Mitchell Starc’s expensive opening over with the dismissal of the in-form Bavuma (12), who was bowled by a delivery that turned very little after the batter had refused to play on the front foot, something that could have saved him.

AUS beat SA Highlights: Pacer Josh Hazlewood left Rassie van der Dussen (2) stunned first up with a peach of a delivery that landed in the channel just outside off before taking an edge for wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to complete a simple catch. One of South Africa’s seasoned stars, opener Quinton de Kock pulled Maxwell over mid-on for a boundary but in the first ball of
the next over, the wicketkeeper-batter played a Hazlewood delivery on to his stumps after seemed to play a paddle scoop. The dismissal looked quirky as de Kock saw the ball lob on to hit the stumps.

Australia beat South Africa Highlights – T20 World CUP LIVE: His tails up after two early wickets, Hazlewood did not concede a single run in the next five balls, leaving South Africa in a spot of bother at 23 for three. Thanks to an exquisite boundary through mid-off by Aiden Markram, the Proteas added seven runs in the sixth over to finish the power play at 29 for three.

Australia couldn’t have asked for more and after Heinrich Klaasen got himself two boundaries on either side of the wicket, they tasted one more success when Pat Cummins had the batter caught at the backward point after a leading edge.

Australia beat South Africa Highlights: Meanwhile, Maxwell came back to complete his quota of four overs, giving just 24 runs for the big wicket of Bavuma. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa struck twice in the 14th over, including taking the wicket of David Miller, to leave the South Africans tottering at 82 for six, which became worse after Keshav Maharaj was run out following a horrible mix-up. South Africa continued to slide thereafter.

Australia Innings 121/5 (19.4 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
David Warner c H Klaasen b K Rabada 14 15 3 0 93.33
Aaron Finch (C) c K Rabada b A Nortje 0 5 0 0 0.00
Mitchell Marsh c HE van der Dussen b KA Maharaj 11 17 1 0 64.71
Steven Smith c AK Markram b A Nortje 35 34 3 0 102.94
Glenn Maxwell b T Shamsi 18 21 1 0 85.71
Marcus Stoinis Not out 24 16 3 0 150.00
Matthew Wade (WK) Not out 15 10 2 0 150.00
Extra 4 (b 0, w 3, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 121/5 (19.4)
Yet To Bat Pat CumminsMitchell StarcJosh HazlewoodA Zampa
Kagiso Rabada 4 0 28 1 7.00
Anrich Nortje 4 0 21 2 5.25
Keshav Maharaj 4 0 23 1 5.75
Tabraiz Shamsi 4 0 22 1 5.50
Dwaine Pretorius 3.4 0 26 0 7.09
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
AJ Finch 1-4 1.5
David Warner 2-20 4.3
MR Marsh 3-38 7.5
Steven Smith 4-80 14.5
GJ Maxwell 5-81 15.2
South Africa Innings 118/9 (20 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Temba Bavuma (C) b GJ Maxwell 12 7 2 0 171.43
Quinton de Kock (WK) b Josh Hazlewood 7 12 1 0 58.33
Rassie van der Dussen c MS Wade b Josh Hazlewood 2 3 0 0 66.67
Aiden Markram c GJ Maxwell b Mitchell Starc 40 36 3 1 111.11
Heinrich Klaasen c Steven Smith b Pat Cummins 13 13 2 0 100.00
David Miller lbw b A Zampa 16 18 0 0 88.89
Dwaine Pretorius c MS Wade b A Zampa 1 2 0 0 50.00
Keshav Maharaj runout (MS Wade / GJ Maxwell) 0 2 0 0 0.00
Kagiso Rabada Not out 19 23 1 1 82.61
Anrich Nortje c AJ Finch b Mitchell Starc 2 3 0 0 66.67
Tabraiz Shamsi Not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extra 6 (b 2, w 1, nb 0, lb 3)
Total 118/9 (20)
Mitchell Starc 4 0 32 2 8.00
Glenn Maxwell 4 0 24 1 6.00
Josh Hazlewood 4 1 19 2 4.75
Pat Cummins 4 0 17 1 4.25
Adam Zampa 4 0 21 2 5.25
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
T Bavuma 1-13 1.3
HE van der Dussen 2-16 2.1
Q de Kock 3-23 4.1
H Klaasen 4-46 7.6
DA Miller 5-80 13.3
Dwaine Pretorius 6-82 13.6
KA Maharaj 7-83 14.3
AK Markram 8-98 17.1
A Nortje 9-115 19.4


Toss Report

Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to field first against Temba Bavuma’s South Africa side in the first Super 12 contest here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Playing XI of the teams 

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

AUS beat SA Highlights: Both team captains at the toss

Temba Bavuma – It’s been a privilege to lead the team in the tournament, big responsibility and looking forward to it. Two spinners, KG, Nortje, an all-rounder and an extra batsman in Klassen at 6. Our preparations have been good, have played a lot together. We are coming off with some real momentum, not worried about any favourites tag, but we have to stay true to expectations – we have confidence in our team and we’ll look to do well.

Aaron Finch – We would like to bowl first. Looks like a good wicket, can’t see things changing a lot during the course of the game. We have a lot of experience in the side, we haven’t played as a group, but we’re looking forward to this tournament. Tough selection choices, but Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Josh Inglis and Mitch Swepson miss out.