Warner’s 16-ball 40 took the match away from South Africa © Getty Images (File Photo)
Mar 12, 2014
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(After a washout at Port Elizabeth, the two teams meet once again under rain threat and overcast conditions)
With that, this is Abhishek signing off. Do tune in on Friday.
Fact of the day: Hodge is 39 years 73 days old.
Brad Hodge is the Man of the Match for an 8-ball 21 not out. Surprisingly, Warner’s 16-ball 40 has been overlooked. He who smiles last, smiles best, I suppose.
du Plessis will probably rue the decision to give the sixth over to Hendricks with Abbott still having an over left. The decision may have cost South Africa the match.
Tsotsobe 1-0-21-0 Abbott 1-0-5-1 Hendricks 2-0-31-0 Parnell 1.4-0-17-1 Duminy 1-0-5-2
Easy-peasy, in the end. Those two strokes from Hodge sealed the match for Australia in the end. Some good bowling from South Africa was undone by some power-hitting by Warner and Hodge.
… and Parnell bowls a wide…
One run from two balls now. Australia’s match unless Hodge has a brain-freeze.
SIX! Another heave, and another six! Almost an encore. Terrible bowling from Parnell.
SIX! HUGE! Parnell overpitches, and Hodge gives it his all! The ball flies over deep mid-wicket! Can Australia score 7 from 3?
13 required from 4. LBW appeal turned down, that seemed to be missing off…
It was ugly bowling to begin with, but Bailey’s wicket changed things a bit.
The usual send-your-captain-back thing that’s in vogue these days. Hodge calls and sends Bailey back.
OUT! Bailey run out (Miller) 2(2)
SIX! With Abbott, Parnell, and Duminy all having overs left Faf brings on Hendricks; the first ball is outside off, above waist, and Hodge gives it everything!
Duminy finishes with 1-0-5-2 including the big wicket. This over may change the match.
Stepped out and tried to clear cover-point, but hey, you do not do such things with a prowling du Plessis!
OUT! Maxwell c b Duminy 1(3)!
du Plessis surprises everyone by bringing Duminy on, and he strikes! Warner tries to reverse-sweep and misses the line completely!
OUT! Warner lbw b Duminy 40(16)!
Fast, accurate bowling from Parnell. South Africa back in the match.
Watson pulls hard, but cannot keep the ball down; the ball flies straight to Abbott.
OUT! Watson c Abbott b Parnell 2(3)!
Drama! Warner slammed it over extra-cover, Parnell caught it on the fence but lost his balance; when he came back he could not hold on to it. Two runs in the end.
FOUR! Reduced the pace, but Warner doesn’t mind, he simply places it past fine-leg.
FOUR! What would the South Africans do to see this man’s back? Warner slashes, the ball takes the edge — and runs past third-man
SIX! How do you keep this man down, South Africans? Warner has taken off straight from the Test series…
Abbott has pulled things brilliantly here. Just five runs off the over, one of them a leg-bye
FOUR! You cannot keep that man down! A brute of a stroke through mid-off!
Two dot balls on the trot, and Finch’s patience gave in. He tried to clear mid-wicket and holed out to Amla. That was the simplest of catches.
OUT! Finch c Amla b Abbott 5(5)!
Someone needs to pull things off for the Proteas. Here’s Abbott…
FOUR! Makes room, inside out, and the power of the stroke carries it to the fence despite the wet outfield. Warner may pull off things on his own here…
SIX! Fetch it! You cannot bowl short to Warner! Pulled, and there was only one destination for that ball.
FOUR! Terrible bowling from Lonwabo, splays down leg, and Warner merely heaves it over fine-leg.
The patches of sawdust make the ground look like a world map.
FOUR! Tsotsobe starts with an overpitched delivery, and Finch hits it over the sawdust at mid-off. Hit extremely hard, that one.
Starc 2-0-24-0 Coulter-Nile 2-0-17-1 Hogg 1-0-5-0 Watson 1-0-14-0 Christian 1-0-18-0
11 runs from the first three overs, then 69 off the last four. Some brutal hitting from the skipper and the ‘keeper: can Australia chase down 81?
Five wides. Starc would want the old ball back.
Okay, they are changing the ball with ONE ball left. I wonder why.
SIX! Did I speak too soon? Starc overpitches, and straight goes de Kock! He can bat, this boy!
Starc is bowling yorkers at a furious pace. At that angle he seems impossible to hit out against.
50-run partnership. In a 7-over match. I kid you not.
SIX! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? You cannot bowl full-tosses to this kid! Bang goes the shot, somewhere…
FOUR! You may call it the Chinese cut, French cut, lemon cut, whatever cut, it has worked for Faf here!
FOUR! de Kock slogs Coulter-Nile through mid-wicket!
A brace to round off the over. South Africa are climbing up the run rates. They should try to get 75 or so.
SIX! Whoa! Length ball again from Christian, and the ball vanishes over deep mid-wicket! Is this the same Faf who saves Tests?
SIX! Where did that come from? A length delivery from Christian, and Faf stepped out and absolutely smoked it over extra-cover!
FOUR! du Plessis comes to his elements! Gone are those dogged fourth-innings performances as the captain clobbers a tennis forehand straight over Christian’s head!
Finally some runs. South Africa need more of these…
SIX! de Kock at it again! Watson pitches up, and wham! The ball soars over the straight boundary! Jeez, this kid can bat!
FOUR! de Kock hits Watson over cover!
Hogg’s over went for five. Something has to give in here. Over to Watson now.
Here’s Hogg, a month after his 43rd birthday. It’s an young man’s game, they say…
It seems we will have a low-scoring match here, guys: the ball is doing things and the outfield is slow…
Amla tries to hit out frantically; after missing two on the trot he hits one back to NMCN.
OUT! Amla c & b Coulter-Nile 4(9)!
Eventless over from Starc barring a cover-driven boundary from Amla and an appeal off the last ball. Starc managed to get some swing that over.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Beauran Hendricks, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Australia: George Bailey (c), Brad Haddin (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Aaron Finch, Brad Hodge, Mitchell Starc.
Toss: Australia have won the toss and they have elected to bowl. It’s seven overs a side match.
And some good news for the fans…
Cricket Australia’s social media team is giving real time updates of the rain as well. T20 is never short of excitement but rain is washing all the excitement away.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second T20 of the South Africa vs Australia match at Durban. After a washout at Port Elizabeth, even this match seems to be under the cloud after heavy rains lashed Durban on Wednesday.
Both teams are battling injury concerns and are likely to play safe before fielding their playing XI. Australia were keen on giving their oldest member Brad Hogg a check but a tight hamstring injury will force him to sit out. For the Proteas their inform pacer Morne Morkel and limited overs specialist Lonwabo Tsotsobe are fully fit. Dale Steyn misses out.
For Australia, it starts from the top with David Warner and Aaron Finch, an explosive opening pair. Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell can be a huge threat. South Africa have five aggressive players in the middle starting from Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller and comeback man Albie Morkel.