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Australia grabbed the 2nd T20 vs. South Africa

Zia Rana March 12, 2014

Australia 5-82 (David Warner 40, Brad Hodge 21*, Jean-Paul Duminy 2-5) beat South Africa 1-80 (Quinton de Kock 41*, Faf du Plessis 27*, Nathan Coulter-Nile 1-17) by five wickets.

The Kangaroos exhibited their strength in the shortest version of the game against the Proteas who surrendered a seven overs rain restricted game at Kingsmead.

The hosts scored 80 for the loss of just one wicket in the revised quota of seven overs and the tourists hammered 82 with five wickets in hand and two balls still available.

Brad Hodge (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his sizzling knock of 21 off 8 deliveries.

The second T20 of the three match series was played on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Kingsmead, Durban.

Brad Hodge - Player of the match

Brad Hodge – Player of the match

Earlier, George Bailey won the toss for the visitors and opted to field under  cloudy conditions. Hashim Amla was caught and bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile at six as his skipper, Faf du Plessis got together with Quinton de Kock. The score reached at 25 after four overs and the duo smashed 34 runs in the coming two overs with three sixes and even fours. Quinton de Kock dispatched another two sixes in the final over and remained unbeaten for 41 off 20 deliveries with 4 towering sixes and 2 fours. Faf du Plessis was at the other end at 27 from 13 with 2 sixes and even fours as the hosts managed 1-80.

Aaron Finch along with David Warner started off briskly by scoring 21 runs in the first over with 1 six and 3 fours. The first was gone for five in the next over while his partner took over and was sending the ball out of the fence regularly. Warner was declared leg before wicket off Jean-Paul Duminy for 40 off 16 mere balls comprising 2 lofty sixes and 5 fours. The Aussies were struggling at 5-60 in 5.1 overs and required another 21 runs to win the game from 11 balls. Brad Hodge made things easier for the visitors by powering 21 off just eight balls with 2 towering sixes and 1 four. Brad Haddin was at the other end at four as the Kangaroos fired 82 in 6.4 overs.

Jean-Paul Duminy was the highest wicket taker with two whereas Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell shared one wicket each.

Australia clinched the interesting little battle with a margin of five wickets and leads the series at 1-0.

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