Quinton De Kock’s splendid batting performance followed by excellent bowling performances from Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada was enough for South Africa to level the T20I series in the second game played at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The day started with South Africa winning the toss and opted to bat first. The decision proved to be correct one as openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks got the side off to a flying start and added 60 runs in the first six overs. Reeza Hendricks once again failed to get a big score and perished after scoring 14 runs.
Faf du Plessis also could not make an impression with the bat and was dismissed Pat Cummins to see South Africa lose their second wicket in the 10th over of the innings. Du Plessis scored 15 runs off 14 balls.
Quinton de Kock continued to play his shots and put on 40-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen to see South Africa in a strong position to post a competitive total on the board. Due to splendid performances from de Kock and van der Dussen, South Africa managed to post 158 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Captain Quinton de Kock put in exceptional performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 70 runs off 47 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Rassie van der Dussen, who chipped in with 37 runs off 26 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
David Miller and Pite van Biljon also added crucial runs at the end to see South Africa take the score beyond 150-run mark.
For Australia, pacer Kane Richardson was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 21 in his four overs. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa claimed one wicket.
In reply, Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch got the side off to an excellent start. The opening pair added 48-run partnership to set the tone for the innings. Captain Aaron Finch was the first to be dismissed as Lungi Ngidi picked his first wicket of the match.
Warner played well and continued to score his runs at a brisk rate. Steven Smith came to the crease and added 40 runs with Warner to see Australia placed in a comfortable position to win the game.
But the likes of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada delivered performances in the last five overs of the innings to see Australia score 22 runs and lose the game by 12 runs. David Warner was the standout player for the side and scored 67 not out off 56 balls with the help of five fours and one six. He was well supported by Steven Smith, who chipped in with 29 runs off 26 balls.
For South Africa, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius and Kagiso Rabada bowled well and claimed one wicket.
For splendid 70 runs with the bat, Skipper Quinton de Kock was named man of the match. The third and final game of the T20I series will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.