Port Elizabeth: Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century futile as Australia blew what gave off an impression of being an agreeable pursue and South Africa guaranteed a 12-run triumph in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.
South Africa posted a less than impressive 158 for four in their 20 overs as Australia choked their brilliant beginning, however had the option to protect the aggregate as the wicket eased back up and the visiting side discovered scoring progressively troublesome.
Warner was unbeaten on 67 from 56 balls and having arrived at 98 for one in the thirteenth over, Australia looked chances on for the triumph until South Africa figured out how to remove the limits and they completed short on 146 for six.
The arrangement is level at 1-1 with the decider to be played in Cape Town on Wednesday, after which the sides will challenge three one-day internationals.
“We’ve played here various occasions and I’ve understood that the new ball is vital,” South Africa chief Quinton de Kock said at the post-coordinate introduction.
“We comprehend that this wicket, particularly late evening, for the group batting second it’s continually going to be troublesome.”
De Kock was again the backbone of the South African innings, his spotless striking bringing five fours and four sixes in a fine 70 from 47 balls before he holed out to mid-off.
Rassie van der Dussen (37 from 26 balls) gave a crucial commitment, however South Africa were 20 or so runs low on where they ought to have been, having scored just 36 runs in the last five overs with wickets close by.
Seamer Kane Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowling assault with 2-21 of every four overs.
Australia seemed, by all accounts, to be cruising in their answer and when Steve Smith (29 from 26 balls) was out with the score on 98, they required 61 from 45 balls with eight wickets remaining.
In any case, South Africa utilized the moderate wicket expertly as leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi returned figures of 0-17 in his four overs to press the guests.
Australia required 20 from the last 12 balls and when Kagiso Rabada’s penultimate over went for just three, they were solidly on the back foot and never recouped energy.
“I thought we were in the chase for the vast majority of the pursuit. We simply didn’t get that kick toward the end that we required,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said.
“The two groups bowled well toward the end, it’s not perfect but rather an extraordinary game.”