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Temba Bavuma, the skipper of South Africa, says that they were resilient in the game and credits the team for taking the game deep. Adds that the Australian bowlers bowled well and did not give the batters many freebies. Credits Aiden Markram for the way he batted and says that the other batters must step up. Finishes by saying that there were positives in this game for them.
Aaron Finch, the skipper of Australia, says that they were pretty nervous in the end but credits Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade for the way they batted at the end. Adds that the bowlers bowled well and says that Glenn Maxwell bowled beautifully. Tells that the guys need to be rested keeping in mind the workload of the players and they have got some world-class players in their lineup. Credits the South African team by saying that they are one of the best fielding sides going around and they bowled well throughout.
What a game of cricket! In the end, it is the Aussies who get the vital two points but credit to South Africa to make a match out of it as at the halfway mark, we felt it is going to be a one-sided contest. Credit to Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade who came in when the game was in balance and have done the job with a match-winning stand.
Josh Hazlewood, Player of the Match, says length was the key on that wicket. Adds that he was lucky to get the wicket of Quinton de Kock. Tells that the wicket is a bit slow and mentions that they bowled really well. Credits Glenn Maxwell by saying that he was brilliant with the ball in hand and played the role of an all-rounder.
Earlier in the day, after electing to bowl, the Australian bowlers restricted South Africa to a low total thanks to a combined bowling effort. Aiden Markram was the only one from South Africa who played well and it was because of him they got close to 120. Their bowlers really made a good fight of it but it was the crucial stand between Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade that gave the Aussies the win.
The South African bowlers bowled with all their heart! They were also exceptional in the field. Just hardly bowled any freebies. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were exceptional at the start. Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi kept the pressure going. Dwaine Pretorius also did a handy job but one just feels they just did not have enough runs on the board. Another 15 runs or so, it could well have been a different story.
Australia though always found run-scoring tough, they lost their top three quickly. Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell then steadied the ship with a good stand and just as it seemed like the two are going to take the Aussies home, Smith fell. Maxwell soon followed. They needed around 9 per over when Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade found themselves in the middle. The two batted really sensibly and took their side over the line.
Australia beat South Africa by five wickets
Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! THERE IT IS! A full toss, outside off. Marcus Stoinis hits it to the mid-wicket fence. Australia win by 5 wickets!
Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, Dot ball. Full ball, on off. Hit straight to mid off.
Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! That should seal the game for the Aussies! A full ball, on off. Marcus Stoinis hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. The man from long on and long off have no chance to stop it whatsoever.
Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, A low full toss, outside off. Marcus Stoinis whips it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
Anrich Nortje to Marcus Stoinis, Just a single and 8 needed from the last over. A full one, outside off. Marcus Stoinis drills it to long off for one.
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Anrich Nortje to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! A much-needed boundary for the Aussies! A slower ball, on a length, outside off. Marcus Stoinis hits it over mid-wicket. The man from long on gets to his right but the ball wins the race.
Anrich Nortje to Matthew Wade, Just a single now. Full and wide outside off. Wade slices it to deep backward point for one.
Anrich Nortje to Marcus Stoinis, A low and wide full toss. Marcus Stoinis hits it to sweeper cover for one.
Anrich Nortje to Marcus Stoinis, Dropped! A full one, on off. Marcus Stoinis hits it hard down the ground. Nortje puts his right hand out. The ball hits it and goes down the ground for a couple.
Anrich Nortje to Matthew Wade, A full toss, outside off. Wade slices it to third man for one.
Dwaine Pretorius to Matthew Wade, Slower ball, yorker-length, outside off. Matthew Wade carves it to long off. A single taken! 18 runs needed off 12 balls!