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South Africa vs Australia

Match info: South Africa v Australia Twenty20 Series 2014 at Kingsmead - 2nd Twenty20

Date: 12th Mar 2014 Umpires: S George and A T Holdstock

7-over match

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

80/1 (7.0 Overs)

Result

Australia

81/5 (6.4 Overs)

Australia win by 5 wickets

  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 20:53 GMT

Brad Hodge struck successive sixes in the final over as Australia snatched a dramatic five-wicket victory over South Africa in the rain-affected second Twenty20 international in Durban.

Daniel Christian bowls to Faf du Plessis
Daniel Christian bowls to Faf du Plessis

In a match reduced to seven overs a side due to the weather, Australia looked set to fall short in their pursuit of a testing victory target of 81 despite David Warner clubbing 40 off just 16 balls at the top of the order.

However, with 13 needed off the last four balls of the match, Hodge swung Wayne Parnell for two huge sixes and then off the next delivery Australia clinched the win with a wide.

The victory puts Australia 1-0 up in the three-match series, with the first game abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Port Elizabeth.

Wednesday's clash also looked set to fall foul of the weather before the match was finally given the go-ahead, albeit in a truncated format.

South Africa struggled initially after being sent in to bat, with Hashim Amla managing to only score four off nine balls.

His dismissal though, caught and bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, proved to be a huge blessing in disguise for the Proteas as it brought Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis together - and they joined forces in devastating fashion.

Together they put on an unbroken 74-run stand in just 5.1 overs with De Kock smashing 41 off 20 with four sixes and two fours, while captain Du Plessis struck two sixes and two fours in his 13-ball 27 not out.

That helped South Africa to a total of 80 for one, but it still proved to be not enough thanks to first Warner and then Hodge.

Warner looked to be the winning the match single-handed as he smashed five fours and two sixes in his 40, but his dismissal put South Africa back in the box seat - only for 39-year-old Hodge (21 not out) to snatch victory.


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