Australia Take The T20 Series In Centurion

Australia defeated South Africa by six wickets in the final T20 Internationl at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday to wrap up a 2-0 series win.  The tourists won the toss and chose to bowl.  The Australians opened with a maiden over from Mitchell Starc (2-16) .  Quinton De Kock got going the very next over hitting Nathan Coulter-Nile (0-33) for consecutive boundaries.  The home side lost quick wickets with Hashim Amla (2) and Faf Du Plessis (5) leaving the Proteas at 20/2.  JP Duminy was the next man in and together with De Kock steadied the ship taking the home side to 44/2 but soon lost Duminy (13).  In came AB De Villiers who brought up South Africa’s 50 with a massive six taking them to 54/3 before departing.

In came the big-hitting David Miller who went early only scoring two runs.  The home side lost established man De Kock (41) who edged one to the keeper leaving South Africa 81/6 as Wayne Parnell came to the wicket.  Albie Morkel (18) brought up South Africa’s hundred but was soon out, bowled by Starc, bringing in Beuran Hendricks with South Africa on 103/7.  Hendricks and Parnell saw the hosts to 128/ 7 in their allotted 20 overs.

An early chance at the beginning of the Australian innings dropped safely in no man’s land when Aaron Finch got a top edge off his first ball from JP Duminy (0-27).  Finch and his opening partner Cameron White got off to a good start taking Australia to 38/0 after 4 overs.   White (14) was soon caught on the boundary by Imran Tahir (2-21) leaving the visitors 43/1 bringing in Shane Watson.  The Proteas got the wicket of the danger man Finch (39) who was caught in the deep by Miller.

However the Australians never wobbled and from there Glen Maxwell (17) and Watson would see them close in on victory.  The visitors brought up their hundred with a boundary off the bowling of Albie Morkel and shortly after they lost two quick wickets losing Maxwell (17) and Watson leaving them on 107/4 and still the slightest of work to do but with plenty of balls still to be bowled.

The partnership of George Bailey and Brad Hodge took the Australians beyond the finish line winning by 6 wickets and taking the series 2-0.  The man of the match was awarded to Mitchell Starc for his performance with the ball.  The man of the series was awarded to Quinton De Kock.  The next assignment for both teams is the ICC T20 World Cup starting on Sunday with the preliminary rounds.