Rilee Rossouw(left) could only make 12  © Getty Images
Rilee Rossouw(left) could only make 12 © Getty Images

Nov 7, 2014

South Africa have huffed and puffed their way to 101 for 7 against Australia in the second T20 match at Melbourne on Friday. The Aussie bowlers put in a stellar performance. They never allowed the South Africans to dominate. From the moment Quinton de Kock got out for duck in the first over the Aussie bowlers never looked back.

Rilee Rossouw was caught and bowled by James Faulkner for 12. He briefly threatened to hit out but could only manage 12 this time. For the South Africans it was their skipper JP Duminy who put up some resistance as he made 49 off 50 balls. Cameron Boyce bowled brilliantly for the Aussies as he conceded only 15 runs in four overs.

He took two wickets as well. The manner in which he lured and then had Reeza Hendricks and Farhan Behardien stumped was nothing short of special. The Aussies always had the Proteas on the mat. At no stage did they let the South Afrucan batsmen get away. Even a destructive player like David Miller found the going tough as he could only manage five.

The Aussie pacers were also nothing short of fantastic. Bollinger started off proceedings by removing de Kock in the first over. Even Pat Cummins bowled with a lot of fire and generated a lot of bounce. If South Africa have to win the game they will have to do something special. Their bowlers will have to hit the straps right  from the start.

Brief scores:

South Africa 101 for 7 ( JP Duminy 49; Cameron Boyce 2 for 15)

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