South Africa’s bowlers held their nerve because the hosts bounced again from a document defeat to win the second Twenty20 worldwide towards Australia at St George’s Park on Sunday.
Opening batsman David Warner hit an unbeaten 67 for Australia but it surely wasn’t sufficient as South Africa defended a modest complete of 158 for 4 to win by 12 runs and level the three-match series.
Australia misplaced three wickets for eight runs within the final 2.1 overs to end on 146 for six. It was their first T20 defeat in 9 matches going again to November 2018.
South Africa captain Quinton de Kock was named man of the match after he slammed 70 off 47 balls to get the house workforce off to a blazing begin as they set out to get better from a document 107-run defeat within the first match in Johannesburg on Friday.
He hit two sixes within the second over, bowled by Pat Cummins, and raced to 50 off 31 balls.
Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith bought Australia off to a equally quick begin however each groups discovered scoring more and more troublesome on a sluggish pitch with low bounce because the ball misplaced its shine and hardness.
“We realised the new ball is really key with the bat,” stated De Kock. “It will get harder in the direction of the top so we have been attempting to capitalise on the powerplay.
“We thought 160 was par as a result of we all know this wicket. It was all the time going to be harder in the direction of the top.”
South Africa scored 59 runs for no wicket within the six-over energy play and Australia responded with 54 for one.
Warner and Smith, each on their first tour of South Africa since serving a one-12 months ban for ball-tampering, stored Australia on course earlier than Smith was caught by a diving Faf du Plessis at mid-on for 29 with the full on 98 within the 13th over.
Fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje every took a wicket and bowled tight final overs in a tense end, with Warner unable to get sufficient of the strike to get his workforce throughout the road.
“I thought we were on track for most of the chase but we didn’t get that kick at the end which we needed,” stated Australian captain Finch.
“South Africa bowled beautifully and they executed brilliantly under pressure.”
The series decider takes place on Wednesday at Newlands in Cape Town, the scene of the ball-tampering scandal which led to bans for Smith and Warner.