SA vs AUS, 3rd T20I, South Africa v Australia Twenty20 Series 2020, 26 Feb 2020
Australia won by 97 runs
BALL BY BALL
R V D Dussen
There it is, Starc snares his third victim of the night and the tourists win by a huge margin. Australia have thrashed South Africa by 97 runs in Cape Town to seal the T20I series 2-1. The Aussies got off to the perfect start thanks to an opening blitz from Aaron Finch (55) and David Warner (57), leaving the Proteas always fighting to drag the match back their way. They did an okay job with cutters and slower balls working well but a late flourish from Steven Smith meant the target was set at an imposing 194. The hopes of the hosts would have been resting on skipper Quinton de Kock, however he was castled by Mitchell Starc in the first over of the response. From there, wickets tumbled regularly and the spinners worked their magic to secure the series trophy for the visitors. It's been a big learning curve for South Africa over the last few weeks, not managing to win when the pressure was on although they will be stronger for the experience no doubt. Australia confirm their position as hot favourites heading into the World Cup at the end of the year, especially as it is on home turf down under.
15.3 - M Starc to K Rabada
Length ball, off stump on the front foot working, hit pad to.
Starc misses his line fractionally and Rabada uses the pace to tickle it fine.
15.2 - M Starc to K Rabada
Half volley, to leg on the front foot glancing, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.
15.1 - M Starc to T Shamsi
Back of a length, down leg side no foot movement working, inside edge to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Zampa.
Ov 15: 0 W W 0 0 1 ( 1 Run, 2 Wkts )
14.6 - A Agar to T Shamsi
Stock ball half volley, down leg side on the front foot flick, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Richardson.
14.5 - A Agar to T Shamsi
Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Starc.
14.4 - A Agar to T Shamsi
Quicker ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Agar.
Timber, that's a good old fashioned swipe by Ngidi and he gets nowhere near the ball. Agar has two in two and now fancies bagging himself his second hat-trick of the series. What a performance this has been by Australia.
14.3 - A Agar to L Ngidi
Arm length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to.
Nortje has delusions of grandeur and attempts a reverse sweep, I'm not sure if he's ever practiced that before because he makes an awful mess of it. Agar fired it in quick and full leaving the umpire with no choice but to raise the finger of doom.
14.2 - A Agar to A Nortje
Arm length ball, outside off stump on the front foot reverse sweeping, hit pad to.
14.1 - A Agar to A Nortje
Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Wade.
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