Melbourne - Australia bounced back from their opening heavy loss to hammer South
Africa by seven wickets and square their Twenty20 series in Melbourne on
As it happened: Australia v SA
The Australians, beaten by the same margin in Adelaide on Wednesday, were superior with bat and ball to cruise to victory.
home side restricted South Africa to 101 for seven off their 20 overs
and had few problems reaching 102 for three in 12.4 overs to wrap up
The series now goes to a decider in Sydney on Sunday.
was as good Twenty20 bowling as I've seen from our boys, we bowled to
the conditions really well," Australia skipper Aaron Finch said.
used our pace and (leg-spinner) Cameron Boyce was unbelievable on a
wicket that doesn't traditionally spin a lot and he deserved his wickets
and the man of the match."
The Proteas, who dominated the Australians in the Adelaide opener, were always under pressure after winning the toss.
JP Duminy played a lone hand topscoring with 49 off 51 balls with three
fours and a towering six over the fence at the vast MCG arena before he
was caught in the deep by Finch.
In the space of two overs, openers Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw were both back in the changerooms.
days earlier the pair formed a match-winning 129-run partnership that
powered the Proteas to a comfortable victory in Adelaide.
In the space of 13 overs, Australia had four wickets - more than what they managed in Adelaide.
Cameron Boyce flighted the ball well to snare the stumpings of Reeza
Hendricks (18) and Farhaan Behardien (5) in taking two for 15 off four
overs, while paceman James Faulkner claimed three for 25 off his
complement of four overs.
"We were outplayed in all forms of the game and there's a lot of learning we can take out of today's match," Duminy said.
"We know we need to come up with something drastic for us to come back on Sunday.
kind of things are good for youngsters, just to experience winning and
losing, today was a particularly convincing victory for Australia so we
need to take a lot of learning out of it."
The Australians rustled
up the runs with 7.2 overs to spare with Finch unbeaten on 44 off 30
balls with eight fours and Shane Watson hitting 30 off 23 balls with
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Ben Dunk (wicketkeeper), Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), JP Duminy (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir