Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 205/5 | RR: 10.25

  • Mitchell Marsh2 (1b)
  • James Faulkner7 (4b)
  • Kagiso Rabada4-0-25-2
  • Chris Morris4-0-39-1

Phew, what a game. Australia win by five wickets, to end a run of five defeats. And it was a superb chase of a big total, even more so after that early problems when they were three down. Warner and Maxwell added 161 for the fourth wicket before their dismissals gave South Africa hope at the very end. Some of the home side's bowling, though, struggled today. Wiese and Tahir went for 105 in their eight overs, although credit to Australia for the way they were targeted. Steyn had an issue with full tosses on his return (but he wasn't the only one) and Rabada did not have quite enough to defend in the final over. It all means we have a deciding match in Cape Town on Wednesday before the teams head off to the World T20. Sorry I couldn't use much of your feedback towards the end, it all got a bit hectic. I'm afraid I won't hear the post-match interviews, so we'll have to leave it there. But we'll have all the reaction later. Meanwhile, if you want to continue your cricket fix the Asia Cup final is now underway as a 15-over affair in Mirpur so head over and join our colleagues for that. For now, though, from Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

Rabada to Marsh, 2 runs, he bunts it straight down the ground and Australia win! It was a good delivery, full and straight, but Marsh managed to hit it into the pitch, past Rababa and neither long off or long on could stop the second.

Two to win. One for a Super over. Fielders running everywhere. Would SA take a Super over?

Rabada to Faulkner, 1 run, swings to leg against a length ball, gets an inside edge into his pads and it runs into the off side
Rabada to Faulkner, 2 runs, it's a good ball, full at the stumps, but he gets it straight down the ground...bisects long on and long off, then the return from the deep has very little power on the throw. Marsh was struggling to make his ground, the ball took an age to get back from the deep. Goes to the third umpire but he's just safe. A costly weak throw

5 off 3

Rabada to Faulkner, 2 runs, gets this full and straight, driven through the covers to the sweeper and they can't cut off the second...wasn't a very good return from the deep
Rabada to Faulkner, 1 wide, swing and a miss! Called wide again! That seems a harsh call. Looked inside the white guideline to me. Actually, on the replay, that was over the white guideline, so fair call from the umpire

8 off 4 needed

Rare success


No. of times Aus had successfully chased a target of 160 or more in 17 attempts, before this chase today. The only one they chased was 192 v Pak in SF of WT20 2010.



No. of times 2 batsmen scored 75 or more for a team in a T20I, before Warner & Maxwell today - Bosman (94) & G Smith (88) for SA v Eng, Centurion, 2009-10.



Runs for David Warner in T20Is. He becomes the seventh player to aggregate 1500 or more runs in T20Is; first from Australia.

High total


No. of higher T20I totals for SA against Aus, than the 204 for 7 today. The next two totals were also in Johannesburg: 201 for 4 in Feb 2006 and 168 for 6 in Mar 2009.

Top captain


No. of scores of 50 or more for Faf du Plessis as captain - most by any player in T20Is. He goes past Sangakkara who had six fifties as captain.

Nervous 40s?


No. of times Quinton de Kock has got out in the 40s in T20Is. Only Guptill has got out more times in that range (8). Hafeez, Morgan and Amla also have six 40s.

Expensive start


Runs scored by South Africa in the Powerplays - most by them against Australia in T20Is. Previous highest was 59 in Durban in March 2014.

Most familiar opponents


Number of T20Is between South Africa and Australia - most between any two teams in T20Is.