Australia vs South Africa

Live Summary, Super 12 - Match 13, ICC World Twenty20, 2021, October 23, 2021
AUS 121/5 (19.4)
Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets
SA 118/9 (20)
Match over
CRR: 5.9
Commentary :
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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
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.
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 were positives in this game from them.
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.
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!
19.3 : Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, Dot ball. Full ball, on off. Hit straight to mid off.
19.24 : 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.
19.1 : 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.
18.6 : 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.
18.54 : 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.
18.4 : Anrich Nortje to Matthew Wade, Just a single now. Full and wide outside off. Wade slices it to deep backward point for one.
18.3 : Anrich Nortje to Marcus Stoinis, A low and wide full toss. Marcus Stoinis hits it to sweeper cover for one.
18.2 : 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.
18.1 : Anrich Nortje to Matthew Wade, A full toss, outside off. Wade slices it to third man for one.
17.6 : 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!
Kagiso Rabada to Matthew Wade, FOUR! Amazing, amazing shot by Wade! The Australian dugout is looking a bit more relieved now. On a length, wide outside off. Wade shuffles across and paddles it over short fine leg. The ball runs to the fence. 25 needed in the last 3 overs now.
17.5 : Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, Back of a length, outside off. Marcus Stoinis falt-bats it to long on and collects a single.
17.4 : Dwaine Pretorius to Matthew Wade, Slower ball, fuller in length and way outside off. Matthew Wade squeezes it to backward point for a run.
17.3 : Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, Good-length ball, outside off. Marcus Stoinis hangs back and punches it to long off for a run.
17.2 : Dwaine Pretorius to Matthew Wade, Another full ball, well outside off. Matthew Wade slices it to deep point for one.
Dwaine Pretorius to Matthew Wade, Wide! Too wide, outside off. Matthew Wade lets it be. Wide called by the umpire.
17.1 : Dwaine Pretorius to Marcus Stoinis, Full ball, outside off. Marcus Stoinis drags it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
16.6 : Dwaine Pretorius (2-0-9-0) is back on.
16.5 : Kagiso Rabada to Matthew Wade, A perfect yorker, on off. Wade blocks it out. 
16.44 : Kagiso Rabada to Matthew Wade, FOUR! Just short of Markram and it goes for a boundary! Length ball, on off. Wade hits it in the air towards mid off. Markram runs in and dives for the catch but the ball drops just short of him. It then runs to the fence.
16.3 : Kagiso Rabada to Marcus Stoinis, Full one, on the pads. Stoinis whips it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
16.2 : Kagiso Rabada to Matthew Wade, Full and wide one. Wade runs it to third man for a single.
0.0 : Kagiso Rabada (3-0-17-1) comes back into the attack.
16.1 : Kagiso Rabada to Marcus Stoinis, A high full toss, on off. Stoinis hits it to long on for one.
15.6 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Marcus Stoinis, Flatter ball, around middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis flicks it to deep mid-wicket and takes one. Australia need 36 runs from 24 balls!
15.5 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Marcus Stoinis, A bit quicker through the air, around off, turning in sharply. Marcus Stoinis gets an inside edge onto his pads.
15.4 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Marcus Stoinis, Floated, around middle. Marcus Stoinis reverse-paddles it to short third man.
15.3 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Matthew Wade, Tossed up, on middle. Matthew Wade tucks it to the leg side to get off the mark with a run.
15.2 : Matthew Wade is the new batter. A slip in place to welcome him.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, OUT! BOWLED! The Big Show departs and the Proteas are right back in this game! Tossed up, on middle. Glenn Maxwell looks to play another switch hit but he misses it completely this time and the ball crashes onto his stumps. Shamsi is ecstatic and so are his teammates! South Africa BELIEVE!
15.1 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, Tossed up, around off. Glenn Maxwell hits it hard back to the bowler. Tabraiz Shamsi puts his boot in to stop the ball.
14.6 : Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Short ball, around off. Glenn Maxwell mistimes his pull shot. The ball goes behind square on the leg side for one.
14.2 : Anrich Nortje to Steven Smith, Good-length ball, outside off. Steven Smith stays back and plays the square drive but finds the backward point fielder.
14.5 : Marcus Stoinis walks out to bat.
Anrich Nortje to Steven Smith, OUT! CAUGHT! WOW! That is a stunning catch by Aiden Markram at wide long on. South Africa are delighted as they get to see the back of Steven Smith! Short of a length, outside off. Steven Smith looks to pull yet again but it goes off the toe end as he turns the face of the bat too early. The ball goes to the right of the long on fielder. Aiden Markram runs there, dives full stretch to his right and takes a screamer! Will this bring South Africa back in th
14.44 : Anrich Nortje to Steven Smith, FOUR! Top shot! Short of a length, outside off. Smith swivels and pulls in front of square to collect a boundary.
14.3 : Anrich Nortje to Steven Smith, An appeal for LBW but the umpire says no. Back of a length, around off. Steven Smith looks to flick but misses and gets hit high on his pad.
14.1 : Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Leg bye! Good-length ball, darted on the pads. Glenn Maxwell misses his whip and gets hit on the pad. The ball rolls away behind square on the leg side and the batters sneak in a leg bye.
13.6 : Change. Anrich Nortje (2-0-6-1) is back on.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, A dot to end the over! Quicker ball, around off. Steven Smith stays back and guides it to short third man. 44 runs needed off 36 balls!
13.5 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, Flatter ball, around middle. Glenn Maxwell miscues his switch hit and the ball goes towards sweeper cover. A single taken.
13.4 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Floated, outside off. Steven Smith smashes it straight down the ground. Aiden Markram runs across from long off and keeps it to two.
13.3 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Shorter ball, on the pads. Smith tucks it to square leg.
13.2 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, Tossed up, around off, turning in late. Glenn Maxwell drills it to long on for a single.
13.14 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! There comes the switch hit! Tossed up, around off. Glenn Maxwell brings out the switch hit and collects a boundary as the ball goes over short third man.
12.6 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Another quicker ball, around leg. Glenn Maxwell flicks it to deep mid-wicket to collect a run.
12.5 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Quicker ball, darted on the pads. Steven Smith tucks it to the leg side for one.
12.44 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, FOUR! Lovely shot! Flatter ball, around leg. Steven Smith backs away and goes inside out over cover and collects a boundary.
12.3 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Just a tad short, around middle. Glenn Maxwell pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
12.2 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Tossed up, on leg. Steven Smith drills it to long on for a single.
12.1 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Tossed up, on middle. Steven Smith turns it to mid-wicket.
11.6 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Outside off, Smith carves it through point for one more. South Africa contiune to keep it tidy.
11.5 : Dwaine Pretorius to Glenn Maxwell, Just the one again! Dealing in singles are Australia at the moment! Outside off, this is hit through point for one.
11.4 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, A slight misfield but just the one! Outside off, this is dirven towards point, the fielder does not stop it cleanly. A single taken.
11.3 : Dwaine Pretorius to Glenn Maxwell, Maxwell makes use of his wrists this time and plays it through mid-wicket for one.
11.2 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Angled into the pads, Smith works it through square leg for one.
11.1 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Just wide! Slightly fuller and on off, Smith looks to drive but does so uppishly, it goes just wide of the outstretched hand of the bowler and to mid off.
10.6 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, A huge appeal but turned down! On the pads, Maxwell looks to flick, it hits the pad and de Kock takes it. End of another good over. 64 needed in 54.
10.5 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Really nicely bowled! Slows it up and lands it on off, Maxwell plays it back to the bowler.
10.4 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Flatter this time and on the pads, it is pushed down to long on for one.
10.3 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Just the one again! Angled into the pads, Maxwell flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
10.2 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Slower but shorter, this is pushed down to long on for one.
10.1 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Angled into the pads, this is worked around the corner for one.
9.6 : Drinks break! Folks, this game is headed to a thrilling finish. A lot will depend on these two if the Aussies are to win this but a couple of quick wickets here could put South Africa in control of the game. Smith holds the key for Australia as he is looking in good form and these are the kinds of situations that he excels in.
Dwaine Pretorius to Glenn Maxwell, Fuller and on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
9.5 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Good shot but only for one! Fuller and on middle, this is driven down to long on for a single. Fifty up for the Aussies! 
9.4 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Yet another dot! Outside off, shorter, Smith guides it to point.
9.3 : Dwaine Pretorius to Glenn Maxwell, Good length and on off, Maxwell pushes it through covers for one.
9.2 : Dwaine Pretorius to Glenn Maxwell, BEATEN! Flirts at one which is shorter and outside off, Maxwell looks to push at it but misses.
9.1 : Dwaine Pretorius to Steven Smith, Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
8.6 : Dwaine Pretorius comes on now.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, That should have been another wicket! Big opportunity goes abegging! Shamsi tosses this up nicely well outside off. Smith goes after it with hard hands, he gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. Maxwell goes for a run. He is struggling. The fielder comes in and fires it to the keeper but the throw is not the best one. Maxwell was well short had it been a good throw. This could well cost South Africa big time. The desperation for a run there just shows th
8.5 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Flatter and on off, Smith goes back and blocks.
8.44 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, FOUR! Deft! Brilliant shot! He almost played that right before the keeper's gloves! Flatter and outside off, Smith plays it very late and past backward point for a boundary. Welcome one.
8.3 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, On the pads, it is worked with soft hands through square leg. They take the first one quickly but have to settle for a single.
8.2 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Tossed up on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
8.1 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Glenn Maxwell, Full and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
7.6 : Keshav Maharaj to Glenn Maxwell, Flatter ball, outside off. Maxwell taps it behind square on the off side. Anrich Nortje runs to his left from short third man and stops the ball. A single to end the over.
7.5 : Glenn Maxwell walks out to bat.
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, OUT! CAUGHT! Huge wicket this for the Proteas as the in-form Mitchell Marsh departs! Maharaj serves a full ball, on the pads. Marsh whips it aerially but the ball goes straight to Rassie van der Dussen at deep mid-wicket who takes a good catch.
7.4 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Fuller in length, on middle. Smith eases it down the ground for a run.
7.3 : Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Floated, on off. Mitchell Marsh drills it to long off for a run.
7.2 : Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Good running! Tossed up, om middle. Marsh drives it past long off and collects a couple of runs.
7.1 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Flatter ball, outside off. Steven Smith punches it to sweeper cover and takes a single.
6.6 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Marsh, A dot to end the over! Tossed up, on middle. Mitchell Marsh plays the reverse sweep but finds the short third man fielder yet again!
6.5 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Shamsi serves a shorter ball, down leg. Steven Smith tucks it to the leg side for a brace.
6.4 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Marsh, A half-tracker, around middle. Marsh rocks back and pulls it along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for one.
6.3 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Mitchell Marsh, Floated, outside off. Mitchell Marsh plays the reverse sweep but finds the short third man fielder.
6.2 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Flatter ball, on middle. Steven Smith tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
6.1 : Tabraiz Shamsi to Steven Smith, Tossed up, outside off. Steven Smith carves it through covers for a couple.
5.6 : Change. Tabraiz Shamsi comes on now.
Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Flatter ball, on middle. Marsh tucks it to mid-wicket. At the end of the Powerplay, Australia are 28/2.
5.5 : Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Just a tad short, on off. Mitchell Marsh lofts it over the bowler and takes a couple.
5.4 : Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Floated, around off. Mitchell Marsh pushes it back to the bowler.
4.6 : Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, FOUR! Nicely done! Short ball, around off. Steven Smith works it behind square on the leg side. Dwaine Pretorius runs across to his left and puts in a slide to stop the ball. The batters take three.
Change. Keshav Maharaj comes on now.
5.3 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Tossed up, outside off. Steven Smith drives it to long off and collects a run.
5.2 : Keshav Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, Shorter ball, on middle. Mitchell Marsh flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
5.1 : Keshav Maharaj to Steven Smith, Flatter ball, on middle. Steven Smith tucks it to the leg side for one.
4.3 : Who will bat at number 4? Steven Smith it is.
4.5 : Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, A bumper, around leg. Steven Smith sways away from the line of the ball.
4.4 : Kagiso Rabada to Steven Smith, Back of a length, on off. Smith gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it.
4.3w : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, OUT! TAKEN! Just what South Africa needed at this stage! Kagiso Rabada picks the big wicket of David Warner! Full ball, around off. Warner looks to drive but it goes off the outer half of the bat towards Heinrich Klaasen at backward point who takes a good low catch. Rabada looks pumped and Australia lose their second wicket!
4.2 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Short of a length, around off. David Warner hops in his crease to block this one out.
4.14 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Back of a length, outside off. David Warner stays back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
3.6 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, Dot to finish the over. So, just a boundary from it. Full ball, on off. Marsh hits it back to the bowler.
3.5 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, On a length, on off. Marsh blocks this one with ease.
3.4 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, Back of a length, on off. Marsh looks to pull it away but misses.
3.3 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, Fuller ball, on off. Marsh pushes it to mid off.
3.2 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, Length ball, on the pads. Marsh looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
3.14 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Nicely done! Full ball, on the pads. Marsh flicks it away for a boundary.
2.6 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, A high full toss, on off. Warner is taken by surprise and blocks it. It is not called a no ball though.
2.5 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Length ball, on the pads. Warner misses the flick and is hit on the stomach.
2.44 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, FOUR! Top shot! Full ball, outside off. Warner drives it past the diving cover fielder for a boundary.
2.3 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Short of a length, on off. Warner leaps up and taps it back on the deck.
2.2 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Length ball, on off. Punched to covers.
2.14 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, FOUR! Classic David Warner! Short ball, around off. The southpaw swivels and pulls it to the square leg fence.
1.6 : Anrich Nortje to Mitchell Marsh, Short of a length, outside off. Marsh looks to punch but misses. 2 runs and a wicket from that over.
1.5 : Mitchell Marsh is the new man in.
Anrich Nortje to Aaron Finch, OUT! TAKEN! There comes the first wicket and the pair of Rabada and Nortje does the magic! Short of a length, wide outside off. Finch throws the bat at it but gets the outside edge. The ball flies to third man. Rabada runs in to his left and slides to take a good catch.
1.4 : Anrich Nortje to David Warner, Tap and run. Length ball, around leg. Warner taps it towards short mid-wicket for a quick single.
Anrich Nortje to David Warner, Length ball, down the leg side. Warner misses the flick. De Kock dives to his right and collects the ball.
1.3 : Anrich Nortje to David Warner, Dot again. On a length, around off. Warner taps it to point.
1.2 : Anrich Nortje to David Warner, Full ball, on the pads. Warner flicks it. The man at short mid-wicket dives to his right and stops the ball.
0.6 : Who will bowl from the other end? Anrich Nortje it is.
1.1 : Anrich Nortje to David Warner, Play and a miss! Full ball, outside off. Warner is stuck to the crease while looking to drive and misses.
0.6 : Kagiso Rabada to Aaron Finch, Dot to finish the over. Fuller ball, on off. Finch looks to drive but gets the inside edge to mid-wicket. 2 from the first over.
0.5 : Kagiso Rabada to Aaron Finch, Dot again. On a length, just outside off. Finch stays in the crease and blocks it.
Kagiso Rabada to Aaron Finch, Length ball, way down the leg side. Left alone and called a wide.
0.4 : Kagiso Rabada to Aaron Finch, Short of a length, outside off. Finch goes for the punch but is beaten. Good bowling by Rabada.
0.3 : Kagiso Rabada to Aaron Finch, In the air...but safe! Length ball, outside off. Finch comes down the track to flick but gets the top edge. The ball goes to the right of Rabada. He tries to get there but does not.
0.2 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Tap and run. Length ball, on off. Warner taps it to short cover and sets off for a quick single.
0.1 : Kagiso Rabada to David Warner, Rabada serves a length ball, on off. Blocked out by Warner.
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