Australia steal win at the death

2014-03-12 22:28

Durban - Brad Hodge has hit two sixes in the last over as Australia clinched a five-wicket win in a helter-skelter second Twenty20 international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

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In a match reduced to seven overs a side after heavy rain, Australia needed 15 in the last over to chase down South Africa's 80 for one. Thanks to Hodge, they achieved it with two balls to spare.

Only two runs came off Wayne Parnell's first two balls but Hodge launched the third and fourth deliveries over midwicket for six before Parnell bowled a wide to gift Australia the winning runs. Hodge's innings of 21 not out off eight balls won him the man of the match award.

Hodge's last-gasp effort trumped hard-hitting innings of 41 not out by South Africa's Quinton de Kock and 40 by Australia's David Warner.

South Africa made a slow start after being sent in on an under-prepared pitch which offered enough seam movement to make batting tricky. Hashim Amla made only four off nine balls and the score limped to 11 for one after three overs.

But De Kock hit four sixes in a 20-ball innings as he and skipper Faf du Plessis enabled South Africa to reach 80 for one. Du Plessis hit two sixes in making 27 not out off 13 balls.

Warner carried on in the form which earned him man of the series honours in Australia's Test series win over South Africa as he lashed 40 off 16 balls with two sixes and five fours.

Australia seemed on course for an easy win as Warner and Aaron Finch hit 21 off the first over of the innings, bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

But five wickets fell in quick succession before Hodge took Australia to a win which was more about entertaining a large crowd than providing meaningful preparation for both teams before they head to the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next week.

"You can't look too much into a seven-over game," said Du Plessis. "We didn't expect to play."

Australian captain George Bailey praised veterans Brad Hogg, who conceded only five runs in his only over, and Hodge, whose domestic form earned him an international recall.

"We knew it was going to be a short game so it was good to see our guys switched on," said Bailey.

The win gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the opening encounter in Port Elizabeth was rained off.

The final match is in Centurion on Friday.


  • Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 22:35

    Best 7/7 match ever!! One could blame the loss of a few strategic bowling errors but I think Faf did a super job as captain. It was David Warner's batting that stole match. Needed his wicket earlier and I doubt the Aussies would've got close. However lots of positives, batting seems solid but more spin options needed.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 22:36

      Warner continues to impress almost on the same level as gayle. Be interesting to see how he does against better quality bowling.

      Gasant Miller - 2014-03-12 22:46

      "Super job as captain"? Opening the batting with Hash in a 7 over innings a side? Giving the last over to Parnell instead of Abbott? Besides the bowling of Tsotsobe tonight who had to bowl an over in any case, Faf's decisions cost us the game.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 22:55

      You lost the game with Warner's innings. Faf did a decent job there's no way of knowing what would've happened if he used alternative bowlers.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 22:58

      Parnell had a better economy rate than Abbott so based on that logic he used him in the last over. Hardly a poor decision. 16 runs off 6. The batting was just too good. Also it's a 7 over match you can't really assess a teams performance fairly.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 23:06

      Easy in faf he's our new JK.. Lol If we got Warner early none of the later bowling decisions would've mattered. 16 off 6 you would go to your bowler with the lowest runs and most wickets ie. Parnell.. How is that a bad captaincy decision.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 23:09

      I still think the proteas lack a quality spin attack. It's going to hurt the WC chances. I don't think their batting is strong enough to chase in excess of 180 in a t20. And they don't have spinners to restrict opposition to low totals ie. too much specialist seam,

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-12 23:11

      Okay I'll admit tommy, maybe some poor strategy lol But let's look at a complete 20/20 and see how it goes

      Siakha Bin Gxagxa - 2014-03-12 23:35

      You guys are realy that bad losers? Can't you just admit that you lost? Coz 7 over a side would always be a gamble and if you always gonna want to blame someone for a loss then I'm sorry. Coz Parnell bowled well. Only got 2 balls wrong and Hodge to advantage. T20 games can be won in a space of as few as 2 balls get used to that and stop the blaming game

  • Hill Billy - 2014-03-12 22:38

    Aus won't think twice to use Warner. They'll let him bat 1-11 if they could yet we keep Morkel & Miller on the side. Abbott should have bouled the last over, at the moment he's probably the most accurate bouler in the country. Well batted Quinton de Kock!

  • Mary Molatse - 2014-03-12 22:45

    In my opinion two selections let us down. Firstly Amla should never play T20. He is a brilliant classy test/one-day player period. Secondly Tsotsobe is not good enough to play for Proteas in any format.

  • Audrey Zellerhoff - 2014-03-12 22:45

    Why is Parnell still in the team, sell by date is 2011!

      Audrey Zellerhoff - 2014-03-12 23:16

      Two people disagree, good for me, he is expensive, has always been and NOT (I reiterate) NOT a final over bowler in all forms of the game-done!!

  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-12 22:54

    South African supporters always want their teams to win EVERY game, which is just unrealistic. We lost, lets get over it, atleast we now know what to do and not do in the T20 WC.

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-12 23:04

      I agree with you but let's not crucify them. Its a learning curve. Atleast they now know, for example, Parnell should not bowl at the death...

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-12 23:00

    just the start of the downward spiral..whether its 20/20.odi or test match south africa is going down with mediocre players.most of them bowl and bat average.morkel,pieterson,parnell,mclaren,elgar not one of them stands out with the bat or the ball.

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-12 23:04

    and duminy another mediocre all rounder..then you get faf,alviro who is there for their batting and doesnt stand out as exceptional batsman.only amla and de villiers is top quality batsmen.

      Siakha Bin Gxagxa - 2014-03-13 03:12

      The guy picked u 2 for 5 what else do you want from him? Give this dude a break

  • Thomas Dlada - 2014-03-12 23:07

    Who the hell watches 7 overs a side cricket? What a joke. Why not just contest matches in 1 over and get it over and done with?

      Hill Billy - 2014-03-12 23:16

      True, but it was interesting to see who adapted & who didn't

  • Roger Harrison - 2014-03-12 23:29

    Wrong opening batsman and a bowler who gives away 21 runs in the first over ?? Pathetic. Tsotsobe must go...he cost us the match

  • masta.pilusa - 2014-03-12 23:34


  • sige.gorabeb - 2014-03-13 00:04

    Faf, if you nick the ball, walk, you might just turn the proteas fortunes around.

  • Jon Low - 2014-03-13 00:08

    Australia have got South Africa's number. As usual.

  • Mduduzi Themba Thwala - 2014-03-13 00:16

    Abbot was supposed to bowl the last over,he was the best bowler, faf did not notice that.

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-13 05:59

      Wrong province!

  • Ekfeugo - 2014-03-13 00:16

    When he lost the toss. we were on the back foot. Haddin stated the obvious after the game.

  • Oscar Chalupsky - 2014-03-13 00:51

    Should have bowled Abbott in the last over.

      Bradley Bricknell - 2014-03-13 06:39

      yeh absolutely brainless decision not to bowl Abbott in the last 2 overs. You have to wonder about Fafs decision making after such a blatant faux pas

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-13 03:56

    Never going to recover from conceding more than a quarter of the runs needed for victory in the first over. Too much to ask of the other bowlers. Inexplicable why Abbott didn't bowl one of the last two overs. Wrong batting order in this situation. Amla wasted a lot of balls

  • Terry Burne - 2014-03-13 06:01

    A 7 over international cricket match! Now I have heard everything - what a farce. Why don't they just spin a coin to decide a winner? How can anyone take this sort of game seriously - it's ridiculous!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-13 06:06

    again and again tsotobe seems to be the most expensive there's a quota player if I have ever seen one..!!

      Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-13 06:55

      So if Tstotsobe is a qouta player,what do you call an Aussie hit for 20 runs an over by De Kock and Du Plessis Theunsie?

  • Claude Felbert - 2014-03-13 06:42

    The Proteas used the wrong tactics. We lost this the Aussies did not win it! I hope we learn but we seem to be very slow learners. Wrong opening tactics for batsmen and bowlers.

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-13 07:12

      The Americans did not land on the moon. The moon shifted underneath their space shuttle. Whatever helps you sleep mate.

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-03-13 06:44

    man when will we ever beat these arrogant idiots ,so Australia will be the criptonite of SA

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-13 07:10


  • BrandonF - 2014-03-13 06:50

    Could someone please tell Lopsy that no Australian batsman is intimidated by a 128km/h bouncer. And CERTAINLY not David Warner.

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-13 07:07

    We lost a 7 over game,so what! I'm just glad that nobody got injured on that rubbish dump of an outfield!

  • Johnny Axe - 2014-03-13 07:16

    Not bad hitting for an old man. Hodge you ripper.

  • Trix Roux - 2014-03-13 09:12

    Thank goodness I had Undercover Boss Canada on PVR so that I had something worth while to watch during this freak show!!!!

  • Gerrie Malan - 2014-03-13 09:56

    Seven overs innings? The T20 is itself not cricket at all, but a circus played by 22 clowns. I don't have a name for this seven over rubbish.

      Trix Roux - 2014-03-13 09:58


      Frankie Harmse - 2014-03-13 10:32

      Still you the biggest clown watching it... an international by international players.... you know very litlle in fact rubbish by rubbish......

  • Shaun Naidoo - 2014-03-13 11:51

    We are on the verge of loosing another series. Pathetic to the proteas and their captain. Faf is an idiot and things will never change within the proteas squad. Chokers

  • Franklin Meiring - 2014-03-13 20:33

    you just good as your last game,bring in the young blood,where is the rookie world cup winners. at least they make us proud and will make a difference. if it was india or pakistan they will play some of their young players. proteas dont know how to build a team,even faf,amlah,and albie dont belong their.

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