Australia have crushed South Africa by seven wickets in Melbourne to square the three-match T20 series on Friday. The South Africans won the toss and batted but it took just two balls before Quinton De Kock was caught behind by Ben Dunk off Doug Bollinger (1/23). Rilee Rossouw was next to go for 12 when he was caught and bowled by James Faulkner.
Reeza Hendricks and JP Duminy added 32 but it was soon 46/3 when Hendricks was stumped by Dunk off Cameron Boyce (2/15). The same combination saw the demise of Farhaan Behardien for 5 and the Proteas were staring down the barrel at 60/5. Duminy and David Miller accrued an additional 30 runs before Faulkner had Miller caught by Pat Cummins for 11.
Two runs later the same duo combined to dismiss Ryan McLaren, although this time it was Cummins (1/11) doing the bowling. It was 97/7 when the skipper was caught by his opposite number Aaron Finch on the long off boundary to hand Faulkner his third wicket for 25 runs as the tourists could post just 101/7. Dunk and Finch put on 43 for the first wicket from only 28 deliveries before the wicketkeeper/batsman departed for 23.
Wayne Parnell had Dunk caught by Kyle Abbott for 23. Finch and Shane Watson took Australia to the brink of victory before Parnell struck again to have Watson caught by Abbott for 30.
Finch (44*) and Glenn Maxwell were supposed to take the Aussies home but Kagiso Rabada sent Maxwell back to the pavilion without scoring, caught by Rossouw. Ultimately the hosts cantered home with 44 balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The third and deciding T20 clash takes place in Sydney on Sunday.