T20 WC: Australia defeats South Africa in biting thriller
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis played 24 points as his side beat South Africa by five wickets in a thrilling thriller here at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday. The two teams played the first Super 12 match of the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Continuing 119, Australia started at a slow pace with skipper Aaron Finch sacked by Anrich Nortje without scoring a single point. After Finch, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh also lost their wickets and by the end of the 7.5 overs, Australia was 38/3. Steve Smith played 35 innings on 34 balls and kept his team’s hopes alive. But at the end of the 15.2 overs, Smith and Glenn Maxwell were also sacked, leaving the team’s total at 81/5. It was Stoinis, who, in partnership with wicket keeper Matthew Wade, ended the game with a limit and brought Australia home.
Earlier in the match, South Africa lost the opening wickets, with Australia’s Josh Hazelwood and Adma Zampa each scalping two wickets. South African skipper Temba Bavuma was the first wicket, followed by Van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock. Hitter Aiden Markram then crushed 40 points on 36 balls and brought his team to a decent total of 118/9. Brief Notes: South Africa 118/9 (Aiden Markram 40, Kagiso Rabada, 19; Anrich Nortje 4-21); Australia 121/5 (Steve Smith 35, Marcus Stoinis 24; Josh Hazelwood 2-19)
Australia will now face Sri Lanka in their next clash at the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup on October 28 in Dubai, while South Africa face the West Indies on October 26. (ANI)
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