The Super-12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup has started off in style right with the first game. In a thrilling last over the finish, Australia has beaten South Africa in a low-scoring game. Both the teams have struggled to bat on the slow surface of Abu Dhabi but it was the Aussies who held their nerves well and ensured to win the game.
After winning the toss, Australia’s skipper Aaron Finch chose to bowl first. His decision worked well as Aussie bowlers got the wickets of South Africa’s top-order batsmen Bavuma, de Kock and van der Dussen inside the power play. Since then, South Africa never recovered and played tedious innings. Australia also never allowed the opponents to score any runs easily. With the help of Aiden Makram’s (40 off 36 balls) responsible knock, South Africa managed to score 118/9 in 20 overs.
Though it was a low score, Australia struggled to chase it and looked vulnerable on the slow track. Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch went back to the pavilion inside the powerplay. Soon, they have also lost the wicket of Mitchell Marsh. It was Steve Smith (35) and Glenn Maxwell (18), who tried to set things for Australia. When they were looking dangerous, South Africa removed the duo in consecutive overs. All of a sudden, the game became balanced. Finally, Marcus Stoinis (24* off 16 balls) played a crackling cameo and handed over a 5-wicket victory to his team. Australia scored 121/5 in 19.4 overs.
South Africa will next take on West Indies on October 26. On the flip side, Australia will next face Sri Lanka on October 28.