That is it from this game. Australia endure another forgetful series, losing the ODI series 1-2 and not able to win the one-off T20I either. Their next opponent is an even fiercer one, with India confidently set to test themselves, rather than the Kangaroos. Do join us for that series which begins from Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the 'Gabba, at 5.50 pm local (0750 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
TABRAIZ SHAMSI HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He praises the new-ball bowlers for setting up the win. Adds that their work made the job easier for him, as with the required run-rate mounting, the batsmen were always going to go after him and on a large ground, it helped him. Is very happy with the win, citing that South Africa had planned a lot for this tour of Australia and it has worked out well.
Victorious South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, is now up for a chat. He starts by crediting the bowlers for the way they bowled in this game. Mentions they assessed the conditions during their batting and had a plan which they executed well. Further adds Australia was always going to be a tough challenge and he is pleased they have won both the white-ball formats. Ends by saying, they will head to South Africa with their heads held high.
Australian captain Aaron Finch says that South Africa got off to a good start but praises his team for coming back well towards the end. Laments the top order not getting starts as the key to the loss. Says that in a 10-over game, everything needs to be right and in the end, he feels that South Africa's Powerplay with the bat was the instrumental rod in their win. Is not too fussed with this loss and says that the team is still positive and is geared up for the series against India. Requests all the Aussie fans not to give up hope and there is plenty of talent in this team, stressing further that even though the results are not going their way, the change of fortunes is not far.
South Africa were clinical once again. Apart from Rabada, every bowler got a wicket, with Ngidi, Morris and Phehlukwayo taking 2 each. The Proteas will be happy with the latter 2, filling out the fifth bowler options heading into the 2019 World Cup. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Glenn Maxwell says they were left with a lot to do after they lost a few wickets in the Powerplay. Admits they started poorly and then could not recover. Mentions that there are not many positives that can be taken out of this game and hopes to improve against India. On the catch he took to dismiss Faf du Plessis, he says he does practice it a lot of times and he is happy to have pulled it off. Further adds that they are prepared for India and despite this loss they are looking forward for that game. Ends by saying the conditions did not change a lot, the wicket got a little slow in the second half but it was still a good surface.
Glenn Maxwell was the only Aussie to fight it out in the middle. He swung and missed a lot but ended up playing till the last ball. He was one of only two batsmen who could muster double digits in this Aussie side. Here he is, for a chat.
To chase down a total of 109, Australia needed their top order to fire but it got doused out inside the Powerplay itself. The choice of shots was extremely poor and though one might argue that a 10-over shootout does not vouch for techniques, better choice might have given them some gain. The loss is just by 21 runs, in spite of batting poorly. So if the top order had played just a bit sensibly, might have even won this.
A comfortable win for South Africa. Their second victory over the Aussies in T20Is Down Under. Thoroughly deserved.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl the final over.
Huh? What happened there? Rabada has delivered the ball but it has gone to the man at point! Kagiso complains, saying that it should not be a no ball because it barely reached the batsman! The umpires confer and then agree. Dead ball signalled.
Kagiso Rabada to bowl the 9th over.
Is that a run out? Coulter-Nile is the man in question... Maxwell wanted the single while Nathan was caught napping. He has put in the dive... but South Africa rarely miss run outs. Is this wicket number 7?
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia's highest scorer during their T20I series against Pakistan in the Middle East, comes out to the middle. Do Australia still have a sniff? Chris Morris returns as well.
Alex Carey walks in at number 7, replacing McDermott.
Spin time. Tabraiz Shamsi introduced. Australian spinners exerted control. The Saffa would be hoping to emulate them.
Ben McDermott walks in at number 6, replacing Stoinis. He has been dismissed 3 times in T20Is so far, been run out every time.
Marcus Stoinis walks in at number 5, replacing Lynn. Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl as well.
Glenn Maxwell is the new man in at number 4, replacing Short.
D'Arcy Short walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper. Meanwhile, Chris Morris to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! The Australian openers Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn make their way out to the middle. BOOM BOOM is what their approach will be, one would believe. For South Africa Kagiso Rabada will open the bowling. Here we go...