2nd T20I, Johannesburg, Oct 16 2011, Australia tour of South Africa
(19.1/20 ov, target 148)
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Parnell and Theron script stunning win

Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron rescued South Africa from a seemingly hopeless position to snatch victory in the second Twenty20 and draw the series 1-1

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
Australia147/8(20 overs)
South Africa148/7(19.1 overs)

A tremendous game of Twenty20 cricket. It was all Australia when Kuhn went, but South Africa kept believing. There were doubts as to whether they had the depth in the batting, but Theron and Parnell showed otherwise with a stunning partnership. Australia inexperienced counted against them at the end, but South Africa's matchwinners aren't exactly senior figures.

"It's a little like the 438 game," says Firdose, "crazy scenes here." Not quite sure the chase is quite on a par with that, but locals will certainly enjoy it.

Wayne Parnell "We needed a lot, but I thought if could take it to the last over we'd have a chance. Rusty kept me calm."

"Get Liam out of the closet boys," writes Vikram. "Parny shows who's boss!" Eh?

Stay with us for the presentations. Plenty for Australia to take from these two matches, however, especially Cummins' and Pattinson's bowling and Mitchell Marsh's debut innings. Cameron White will rue getting his sums wrong a little with his bowlers, but they missed Shane Watson because the spinners weren't very effective.

Rusty Theron has been named Man of the Match. "It's not quite sunk in yet. It's one of the rare occasions where I'm quite speechless. My main objective was to bounce back after Cape Town the other day. I've had some time in the nets, and thanks to the coaching staff, and it's great to stand here now but Wayne was fantastic as well. I even felt a little teary-eyed towards the end but tried to keep it in." Hmm, yes, indeed.

Cameron White. "We didn't execute our skills at the end." Yes, sorry, he really did say that. "We were very confident we could win when Nos 8 and 9 came in but we didn't. It's a hard ground to come and win at. It's been two more games for us and there have been some encouraging performances from the youngsters who got to feel the heat and pressure of Twenty20 cricket."

Hashim Amla "Wayne and Rusty hit really well but they were very sensible too. It's about reading the game and those two showed how it can be done. It's a tribute to their skills. Games like this are exciting, I was biting a few nails here and there. The team enjoyed it and the atmosphere was fantastic. We have great games here."

That just about wraps things up for today as Cameron White and Hashim Amla each hold the trophy. Brydon will have his report ready shortly which will sum up all the action. It's been a good start to this tour and we now head towards the one-day series which starts on Wednesday. We'll be back to bring you all the action and also join us tomorrow for the second ODI between India and England. But, for now, it's goodbye from Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill.

Hussey to Theron, SIX runs
that's the game! Wins it with a six. What a comeback from South Africa. Down on one knee and Theron launches it over midwicket to spark the celebrations

So it's six to win off the final over. As we said two days ago, games between these teams are rarely dull. South Africa looked gone in this one five overs ago. White has used up his main bowlers, so it's David Hussey with the last over

end of over 1913 runs
SA: 142/7CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 6 from 6b
Rusty Theron24 (15)
Wayne Parnell29 (11)
Pat Cummins4-1-26-2
Steve O'Keefe4-0-35-1
Cummins to Theron, 1 run
full outside off, clubbed down the ground to long on

Australia desperate for a dot ball to end the over. A lot of field adjustments going on. Tension builds

Cummins to Theron, no run
banged in short, that had some heat on it as it flew past an attempted pull shot

Brilliant recovery from South Africa

Cummins to Theron, FOUR runs
what a blow, that looks like the match, Theron picks up a length delivery over midwicket and it lands just short of the rope

"C'mon Parnell, do it for Liam," writes Karn Mamgain. "He's the one who called you an allrounder."

Cummins to Parnell, 1 run
comes round the wicket, pitched full on off stump and Parnell calmly pushes towards cover
Cummins to Parnell, 1 wide
fire down the leg side...momentum all with South Africa now. How quickly a game can change
Cummins to Parnell, FOUR runs
and that will make it even better, short of a length and Parnell picks it up beautifully over midwicket with a pull off one leg over midwicket

Great atmosphere in the Bullring. It's buzzing

Cummins to Theron, 1 leg bye
moves across his stumps, shapes to swing it over the leg side but it comes off the pads
Cummins to Theron, 1 wide
not a great start, short and down the leg side...this is pressure for an 18-year-old

Cummins back. Can he win it for Australia?

end of over 1818 runs
SA: 129/7CRR: 7.16 • RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 from 12b
Wayne Parnell24 (9)
Rusty Theron19 (11)
Steve O'Keefe4-0-35-1
Doug Bollinger4-0-36-1

South Africa needed to match Marsh's late onslaught. These two might just do it

O'Keefe to Parnell, SIX runs
oh boy, what a blow. What an surge from South Africa. Swung high over midwicket by Parnell
O'Keefe to Theron, 1 run
opens the face and steers it to backward point. South Africa have what they need off this over

How does Rusty play this?

O'Keefe to Parnell, 1 run
pushed square on the off side between short third man and point

This is still on for South Africa

O'Keefe to Parnell, SIX runs
that's big! Down the pitch and flicked over deep square leg, not a huge amount of power but it flew
O'Keefe to Parnell, FOUR runs
this one comes out of the middle as it is crunched straight back over the bowler's head...almost took out the umpire, too
O'Keefe to Parnell, no run
round the wicket, goes for a slog sweep and doesn't connect

O'Keefe back. Bit of a gamble?

end of over 1712 runs
SA: 111/7CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 12.33 • Need 37 from 18b
Wayne Parnell7 (4)
Rusty Theron18 (10)
Doug Bollinger4-0-36-1
Pat Cummins3-1-14-2

Good over for South Africa. They need three more just like it

Bollinger to Parnell, 1 run
touch fuller to Parnell who gets in inside edge into his pads and the ball rolls towards point
Bollinger to Theron, 1 run
lofted down the ground to long off
Bollinger to Theron, no run
responds with a dot ball, but perhaps a little fortunate because it was short of a length again and Theron misses his pull

Bollinger under pressure

Best performances - batsmen
CL White
39 runs (26)
4 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
MR Marsh
36 runs (21)
0 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
LL Tsotsobe
JL Pattinson
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Rusty Theron
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 212
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.45, Interval 15.45-16.00, Second Session 16.00-17.15
Match days16 October 2011 (20-over match)
T20I debut
Mitchell Marsh
Johan Cloete
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath