About the Match
Australia scored an emphatic victory over South Australia by 7 wickets to level the ongoing T20 series 1-1 and the two sides will now face off for the title on 9th Nov at Sydney when they meet for the 3rd T20 match. The Aussie bowlers found rhythm and restricted the visitors to a meagre 101 runs, which the batsmen easily achieved with 6 overs to spare. South Africa, which had looked strong to continue dominating the hosts, will ensure to fight back hard to win the 3rd match and seal a series win but with the Australian players finding their momentum again, it’s surely going to be an uphill climb for them. It will be interesting to see which side can showcase their talents and emerge victorious on Sunday before the ODI series kick-starts.
James Faulkner and Cameron Boyce were on fire as they annihilated the South African batting line-up, removing 5 opponents between them while Bollinger and Cummins chipped in with a wicket each to restrict them to 101 runs. Finding a good combination of their pace and spin attack, the bowlers strangled the protean batsmen, giving them no room to explore any opportunities to get the big shots. With a low target to chase, the batsmen led by Finch’s unbeaten 44 off 30 completed the target with more than 6 overs to spare. Dunk and Watson too chipped in with the run-flow; Watson who had played a special innings in the last match looks promising to return to his good form while players like Cameron White and Maxwell need to pull up their socks and do well here. Overall, the team is looking strong and need to be determined to pull off another win to seal a series victory but they also should remain cautious against South Africa, which will surely make amends here.
The top order batsmen who had done well in the last game were routed out early and they were in dire straits at 3-46 when Duminy tried to rejuvenate the innings with his valiant efforts of scoring 49 off 51. However, with no solid partnerships, the protean batting line-up succumbed to pressure and they could muster only 101 runs. In the earlier match, they had done well in chasing a target of 145 runs after their bowlers’ success with the wickets; however, batsmen like Quinton and Rossouw couldn’t repeat the same performance when put to bat first. Kyle Abbott who had taken 3 wickets previously failed to make any dent on the hosts while Parnell and young Rabada claimed 3 wickets between them. The rest of the bowlers gave away too may runs and would need to be more tight in their bowling going forward; the team needs to put this defeat behind them and come up with better solutions to fight the Aussie challenge.
While the match would definitely go down to the wire and both sides will step up their games to take the title for themselves, we feel that the hosts with a renewed vigour and determination will emerge victorious in the end.
Australia, 1.53 @ TitanBet