Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets in T20 World Cup

By: AFP      Published: 07:11 PM, 23 Oct, 2021
T20 world cup
Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Australia and South Africa

An unbeaten stand of 40 by Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade saw Australia to a five wicket win over South Africa in the opening match of the Super 12s of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.

Chasing 119 for victory, Australia were in trouble at 81-5 but Stoinis (24) and Wade (15) steered them home with two balls to spare in Abu Dhabi.

Earlier pace bowler Josh Hazlewood returned figures of 2-19 to help limit South Africa to 118-9 after the Aussies elected to bowl first.

Stoinis, Wade help Australia survive South Africa scare

Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade stood unbeaten to help Australia prevail in a tense finish against South Africa and win by five wickets in the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.

Chasing a modest 119 for victory, Australia were in trouble at 81-5 after Steve Smith, who scored 35, and Glenn Maxwell, who made 18, departed in Abu Dhabi.

Stoinis, who made 24, stood firm and put on an unbeaten stand of 40 with the left-handed Wade, who made 15. Stoinis hit the winning boundary to take Australia over the line with two balls to spare.

Anrich Nortje took two wickets including skipper Aaron Finch, for nought, and Smith to return figures of 2-21 and make Australia work for their runs.

Tabraiz Shamsi dismissed Maxwell as the batsman's attempted reverse hit ended with the ball crashing into the stumps.

Earlier, pace bowler Josh Hazlewood took 2-19 to help limit South Africa to 118-9 after the Aussies elected to bowl first.

Number four Aiden Markram played a lone hand with his 40 off 36 deliveries before falling to Mitchell Starc.

Markram kept losing partners with Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller departing for 13 and 16.

Leg spinner Adam Zampa struck twice in one over and a big mid-pitch mix up led to Keshav Maharaj being run out for nought.

Kagiso Rabada hit a an unbeaten cameo of 20 off 23 balls to take the Proteas past 100 .

Australia v South Africa Twenty20 World Cup scoreboard

South Africa

T. Bavuma b Maxwell                       12

Q. de Kock b Hazlewood                     7

R. van der Dussen c Wade b Hazlewood       2

A. Markram c Maxwell b Starc              40

H. Klaasen c Smith b Cummins              13

D. Miller lbw b Zampa                    16 

D. Pretorius c Wade b Zampa                1

K. Maharaj run out (Maxwell/Wade)          0

K. Rabada not out                         19

A. Nortje  c Finch b Starc                 2

T. Shamsi not out                          0

Extras (b2, lb3, w1)                       6

TOTAL (9 wickets, 20 overs)              118

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Bavuma), 2-16 (Van der Dussen), 3-23 (De Kock), 4-46 (Klaasen), 5-80 (Miller), 6-82 (Pretorius), 7-83 (Maharaj), 8-98 (Markram), 9-115 (Nortje)

Bowling: Starc 4-0-32-2, Maxwell 4-0-24-1, Hazlewood 4-1-19-2 (w1), Cummins 4-0-17-1, Zampa 4-0-21-2

Australia (target 119)

D. Warner c Klaasen b Rabada              14

A. Finch c Rabada b Nortje                 0

M. Marsh c van der Dussen b Maharaj       11

S. Smith c Markram b Nortje               35

G. Maxwell b Shamsi                       18

M Stoinis not out                         24

M. Wade not out                           15

Extras (b1, w3)                            4

Total (5 wickets, 19.4 overs)            121

Did not bat bat: P. Cummins, M. Starc, A. Zampa, J. Hazlewood 

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Finch), 2-20 (Warner), 3-38 (Marsh), 4-80 (Smith), 5-81 (Maxwell)

Bowling: Rabada 4-0-28-1 (w1), Nortje 4-0-21-2 (w1), Maharaj 4-0-23-1, 4-0-22-1, Pretorius 3.4-0-26-0 (w1)

Toss: Australia

Result: Australia won by 5 wickets