The anticipated tournament, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is finally down and dusted with the first encounter as the most favorites, Australia met unpredictable South Africa.
One would have assumed SA vs Aus as a one-sided match seeking Aaron Finch and men’s potent but no one would have an idea how Temba Bavuma and co hold the potential to turn the tables upside down – Remember SA’s second warm-up match versus Pakistan? Both of the mentioned games consequently portray SA as a balanced and terrific line-up in all departs, bat and bowl.
Aus won the toss and elected to bowl first on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium’s pitch. At first, the decision turned out to be immensely fruitful for them as the yellow bowlers conceded a substandard target of 119 runs from 120 balls. It would have been less if Aiden Markram’s 46 off 36 balls was not the score’s fraction
Shout out to the Aussie bowlers – Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc let their pace work with both of them getting a two-wicket haul conceding 32 and 19 runs in 4 overs apiece respectively. Adam Zampa, using his spinning tricks, got a two-wicket-haul as well yielding 21 runs whereas, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins picked one wicket for each yielding 24 and 17 runs sequentially.
Aussies, stepping on the field to chase the below-average target, were with high hopes but must have no idea how the Temba’s bowlers can show them worrying nightmares.
SA vs Aus: First thriller of T20 World Cup
The smallest target became frightening for the Finch team with the earlier departure of the top-order. David Warner could add 14 off 15 whereas, the captain bid farewell on a duck. Mitchell Marsh did not stay for longer than 11 off 17 balls.
The leftover chase became a target for the rest of the batters to hunt for. Under pressure Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell were the next two to bat and added 35 off 34, 18 off 21 respectively. After they were gone, minimum or diminished hopes were once again raised with a last-over thriller. Although the game looked out of Aus’s hands but Marcus Stoinis and Mathew Wade took the strike on their turns to wind up after too much strive.
Anrich Nortje, the classy bowler known from IPL, bowled an over with all his heart but the game went out of SA’s hand when the slow ball, was hit for a four on off-side by Stoinis to win the game also saved Finch’s team two balls, five men as they accomplished by 5 wickets and 2 balls.
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