South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20, Durban March 12, 2014

Hodge blows take Australia home


Australia 81 for 5 (Warner 40, Hodge 21*, Duminy 2-5) beat South Africa 80 for 1 (De Kock 41*, du Plessis 27*) by five wickets
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Brad Hodge clubbed the third and fourth deliveries of the last over over deep midwicket to haul Australia home in a seven-over shootout against South Africa in Durban. Steady rain had threatened successive washouts in the series but relented to allow a sizeable crowd some action.

Australia needed 15 going into the final over and Wayne Parnell conceded only a run each off the first two deliveries, but Hodge was to seal it with two balls to spare, the couple of sixes followed by one called wide for height.

David Warner was South Africa's tormentor again at the start of the chase, as he and Aaron Finch took 21 off Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over. Warner then hit debutant Beuran Hendricks for three successive boundaries in the third over as Australia surged to 44 for 1 in three overs.

South Africa hit back with four strikes in the next three, including Warner, caught in front for 40 off 16 missing a switch-hit against JP Duminy, whose only over went for five and produced two wickets. Momentum had changed sides numerous times in the game, and South Africa seemed to have achieved the final swing in their favour, but Hodge wasn't done yet.

South Africa had plodded to 11 for 1 in three overs after being asked to bat, but Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis took 69 off the final four, swinging and connecting six sixes between them, including successive ones off Dan Christian and Mitchell Starc.

The third and final game is scheduled for Friday at Centurion.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Graham on March 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    to many people reading so much into so little. Several teams can win the T20 world cup because in the end if one batsman absolutely goes off whether its a Chris Gayle, AB Devilliers, Hales, Mccullum, Watson, Kohli they could win it. I suggest they play for the 6 most likely teams to win the world cup. So many predictions made on an unpredictable game.

  • Prasanna on March 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Given the tremendous success of 7-overs-a-side, why can't we scrap test cricket, ODIs and all that stuff and play 10-overs-a-side games !! ( I am @Cpt.Meanster in disguise )

  • richard on March 14, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (March 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT) Just out of curiosity I looked up Australia's record against Bangladesh, as far as I can find, 4 tests for 4 victories 3 x an innings, ODI's played 19 for 18 victories the only loss was in Cardiff, T20's Australia are 2 for 2.

  • Prasanna on March 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Jagger, you are right - just a miss, that.

  • Richard on March 13, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    PrasPunter on (March 13, 2014, 7:05 GMT) - you mean fearsome, I think. Not dreadful, that's the opposite.

  • happy on March 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    no probs FAF... next time u would be right on your money... no matter if you loose the next match even but please... put a show and give us our first major title... the colts have done it ... now its your turn... please do not play farhan behredein...

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Definately its poor captiancy from doubt about class of amla.but miller & decock should have the right choice.aboot should ball 6th over instead of was a major mistake.

  • Blaen on March 13, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    That was just bad/inexperienced captaincy by Faf. It felt more like Faf was playing to a plan rather than the situation.

    Amla should not have opened. Sure, Amla is destructive but Amla is not innovative enough to force a situation where he can manufacture shots from nothing. Miller or Faf would have been a better option to open.

    Lopsy was bad! But then again, Warner is in the form of his life so I'm not going to be too critical this time around. Hendricks should not have gotten a second over. The man is on debut...he was not the man for the job. That job should have been given to Abbott. I would have even considered letting JP bowl a second overs as all the boundary shots were being generated off pace bowling.

    I think I will reserve final judgement on this Protea's team until the conclusion of the second T20.

  • Dummy on March 13, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    It was just bad captaincy from south Africa. They could wun the game easy. They shouldn't put amla in t20.

  • Channan on March 13, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    No consideration is given to the paying public. That said, there should be no such thing as a 5-over match, 7-over match,etc. When I pay my money to see a short form of the game, namely, a 20/20 game, I want to see a 20/ 20 game. The game is played in the night, so what is the excuse. Do they reimburse everyone 13/20 of the fees when a game is reduced to 7 overs? A 7-over game is a travesty.

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