One-off T20 international: South Africa beat Australia in truncated match

Annette Crawford
November 19, 2018

Morris bowled fast and with particular control of both the yorker and the short ball, an example being the guided missile that removed the Aussies' most unsafe batsman, Chris Lynn.

The fragility of Australia's batting had been exposed by South Africa's bowlers in the recent one-day series, which the Proteas won 2-1, and it was quickly evident again when the hosts went out to bat.

First to go was the captain, Aaron Finch, who looked like he was going to enjoy a happy 32nd birthday when he was dropped on five by Andile Phehlukwayo, but two balls later was clean bowled by Lungi Ngidi.

"We'll turn it around real quick against India".

Having started by scoring 13 runs off Kagiso Rabada in the first over of their innings, the Aussies managed to keep tabs on the run rate until the fourth over (Glenn Maxwell top scored with 38 off 23 balls), but they persisted with the poor shot selection that has been their undoing and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Virat Kohli & Co had a horrific time when they toured South Africa and England this year.

"From our perspective, T20 cricket for us over the last two or three years has been a case of bringing in the young guys, giving them an opportunity, so we never really play our strongest XI, which isn't great for the worldwide game", he said. In the end the difference was the execution of the powerplays.

The South Africans raced to 42 inside the opening three overs before Coulter-Nile claimed the wicket of Reeza Hendricks for 19 caught in the deep by Ben McDermott.

Earlier he impressed in the field with 1-14 and two catches, including a brilliant juggling effort on the boundary rope to dismiss dangerman, captain Faf du Plessis (27). The Proteas got away to a flyer with opener Quinton de Kock clubbing 22 off 16 balls with two sixes and du Plessis hitting 27 from 15 balls.

Heinrich Klaasen chipped in with 12 and David Miller hit 11, before he was the first of Tye's wicket double. The match was reduced to 10 overs a side after heavy rain prevented a scheduled start.

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