Ashton Agar all-round heroics helps Australia crush South Africa in 1st T20I

Captain Aaron Finch, Steven Smith and Ashton Agar produced scintillating performances to see Australia register a comprehensive 107-run win over South Africa in the 1st T20I game played at The Wanderers on Friday.

The day started with South African captain Quinton de Kock winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The decision backfired completely as bowlers leaked a lot of runs and erred in their lengths. For Australia, David Warner perished in the opening game of the innings but Aaron Finch and Steve Smith put on a 80-run partnership to led the fightback for Australia.

Steven Smith was the standout performer for Australia with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 45 off 32 balls with the help of five fours and one six. He was well supported by Captain Aaron Finch, who scored 42 runs off 27 balls with the help of six fours and one six.

Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade also contributed with decent scores to keep the scoreboard ticking for Australia. Wicket-keeper Alex Carey produced a decent innings and scored 27 runs off 22 balls with the help of three fours.  Tail-ender Ashton Agar’s late blitz allowed Australia to post 196 runs for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs.

For South Africa, pacer Dale Steyn and left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi bowled well and claimed two wickets apiece.

In reply, openers Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen perished for low scores to see South Africa get off to worse possible start. JJ Smuts, David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo perished in quick succession to see the home side reeling at 44 for 7 after 8 overs. Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa ran through the lower-order to dismiss South Africa for just 89 runs in 14.3 overs.

For his excellent figures of 5 for 24 in his fours and 20 runs with the bat, Ashton Agar was named player of the match. The second game of the one-day series will be played at St.George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

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