Bowlers restrict South Africa to 101 for 7 before Finch and Watson complete easy chase
Legspinner Cameron Boyce took 2 for 15 in four overs, in what was only his third T20I match, to help restrict South Africa to 101 for 7 in 20 overs. In reply, Australia cruised to victory with 44 deliveries to spare, reaching 102 for 3 in 12.4 overs.
South Africa was on the back foot early after opting to bat. Both openers - Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks - were dismissed within the first two overs. Bollinger struck in the first over after de Kock edged one to Ben Dunk, the wicketkeeper, and James Faulkner grasped a return catch off a leading edge from Rossouw for 12.
JP Duminy, South Africa’s stand-in T20I captain, top-scored with 49 off 51 balls with three fours and a six before being caught in the deep by Finch. No other South Africa batsman crossed the 20-run mark.
All-rounder Faulkner took 3 for 25 off his four overs, picking up the three crucial wickets of Rossouw, Duminy and David Miller. Pat Cummins finished with 1 for 11 from his quota of overs, which included a maiden.
Australia’s bowlers never allowed the batsmen to get away, bowling as many as 58 dot balls in the innings.
The batsmen ensured the good work done by the bowlers was built on, with Dunk, who was promoted to open the innings, providing a brisk start.
Dunk put on 43 runs in 4.4 overs with captain Aaron Finch for the first wicket, before handing his wicket to Wayne Parnell for 23. Shane Watson, who came in at No.3 to join Finch, took Ryan McLaren for four boundaries in an overs to race to a 23-ball 30 before becoming Parnell’s second victim.
Glenn Maxwell, who was included in the Australia XI after having just returned from the UAE as part of the Test squad, made a two-ball duck before Cameron White joined Finch, who guided the team to victory. Australia chased down the total with 44 balls to spare, Finch finishing unbeaten on 44 off 30 balls with eight fours.
Boyce's match figures earned him the Man of the Match award.
The series stands at 1-1 with the third and final match in Sydney on Sunday.
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