Aussies clinch a last ball win over South Africa to level the series

The second match of the T20 series was played at The Wanderers,Johannesburg between South Africa and Australia.The hosts had taken a one nil lead over Aussies in the first game played at Kingsmead,Durban.

The Australian Skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to field to chase down the score set by the South African batting line-up.

South Africa lost their premier batsman AB De Villiers early after he was dismissed by John Hastings.Quinton DeKock and Faf Du Plessis formed a crucial partnership to set the tone for the innings and were going at the rate of knots when DeKock had his stumps clattered by a delivery from left arm pacer James Faulkner.

JP Duminy came in and went back without making any notable contribution.David Miller arrived and made an emphatic start to his innings and scored a quickfire 33 runs off 18 balls to provide necessary momentum for the team to go beyond 200 runs.

Faf Du Plessis,Skipper of SouthAfrica in T20 led from the front and played a sublime innings of 79 runs off 41 balls that included five fours and five sixes.

The innings ended with momentum titled towards South Africa as Australia John Hastings conceded 26 runs in last over to take hosts to reach a score of 204 runs after 20 overs.

Australia chase started on a bad note with openers Aaron Finch and Shane Watson being dismissed quite early in the innings.

Dale Steyn comeback in a emphatic fashion to dismiss Watson and Smith  after a long time which kept on the sidelines for the most of England Tour.He bowled with potency and incisiveness to trouble even the best on a placid batting track.

David Warner and Glenn Maxwell arrived on the scene with Australia in deep trouble at 32 for 3.The two batsmen put on together 161 run partnership that provided exhilarating strokes and outrageous shots to gain momentum in the match.

Glenn Maxwell was particularly ruthless in his batting as he tonked all the bowlers off the park when slightly erred on the line and length.

David Warner dominated and targeted premier South African leggie Imran Tahir in the game.He dispatched him for  three sixes and three fours to put pressure back on the hosts.Glenn Maxwell was dismissed for 75 runs and he showed why he is considered such a important player for Australia in the T20 setup.

David Warner was bowled by Kagiso Rabada to provide tense moments in the Australian Camp but James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh did pull off a victory off the last ball for their side to level the series.

The teams will now meet in a decider at Newlands,Cape Town on Wednesday to see who comes out on top in the T20 series.



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