Maxwell show faded as South Africa sealed an easy win
The only t20 match between South Africa and Australia may have been an inconsequential one-off T20, just another win of silverware, but some of the emotions, in the end, tell you how hard fought it was. It was a quick enough journey from rain to more rain to runs to more runs. Maxwell was exceptional but still faded, Australia lost the match.
This was fun. It ended up being a smash-everything encounter from a stage where even getting a game in looked unlikely. And in the end, the difference was how different the powerplays were for both sides.
South Africa smashed 42 runs, losing just the one wicket, whereas Australia could manage only 27, and lost their top three. Chris Lynn, with his leg-sided-slaps, looked in the mood, but he really couldn’t do much against the Morris bolt that crashed into the base of his middle-stump.
Glenn Maxwell, the only other guy to get into double-digits, did keep the Australian hopes alive with some decent strikes, but then with absolutely no support from the other end – not even to turn the strike back to him – it was asking for too much.
Phehlukwayo disguised his change-ups well, Rabada was quick enough to trouble and Ngidi too did well to keep his nerve in the end, all sharing two wickets apiece. Shamsi squeezed the run-flow in the middle-stages, not being afraid to toss the ball up and give it a rip even in such situations.
A 23-ball 38, a superb catch and two tight overs – it was as good a day as Glenn Maxwell could have asked for from the rain-shortened 10-over-a-side contest. However, his performance had little impact on Australia’s fortunes as they succumbed to another T20I defeat, losing the one-off encounter at Queensland’s Carrara Oval by 21 runs to South Africa.
South Africa won the match by 21 runs. (Match reduced to 10 overs each side)