Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets

  |  Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 |  5:44 pm

Chasing what appeared to be a modest victory target of 119, Australia brings up the winning runs with just two balls to spare against the Proteas in Abu Dhabi.

Stoinis is much improved player in that finisher role and it showed at the vital moments, hitting three boundaries in the 19th and 20th overs to get the Australians to the finish line.

A game where ball dominated bat in both innings, the work of Josh Hazlewood at the very start the most important contribution on the day for the winners. South Africa did so much right with the ball in the field but weren’t given enough to play with.

Chasing a target of 119, the Aaron Finch led side won the game with two balls to spare. Steve Smith top-scored for Australia with a 34-ball 35 while Marcus Stoinis chipped in with a 16-ball 24. Earlier, South Africa had posted a total of 118/9 from their share of 20 overs. Aiden Markram had top-scored for the Proteas with a fine 40 off just 26 balls.