The first match of the Super 12s stage of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is taking place between Australia and South Africa at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Asked to bat first, the Temba Bavuma-led side displayed a poor batting display and on account, Aiden Markram’s 40-run knock posted a total of 118 runs on the board.
Defending the low target of 119 runs, South Africa came out all guns blazing and took early wickets with the ball to put pressure on Australia. The Aaron finch-led side was tumbling 38/3 until Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell joined hands to bail them out of the trouble.
Just when it looked like the duo of Smith and Maxwell will take them home, Aiden Markram’s brilliance in the field saw the former back in the dressing room for 35 runs.
It was during the 15th over when Anrich Nortje bowled a short ball and that batter stood up to pull and got a slight top-edge on it as it balloons into an empty mid-wicket, where Markram spots it early as he runs across from long-on, dives horizontally and takes an absolute stunner.
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After the wicket of Steve Smith, the Proteas removed Glenn Maxwell as well in the next over to put ‘Men in Yellow’ under tremendous pressure.
However, the arrival of Marcus Stoinis changed the game for Australia. He along with Mathew Wade made sure they don’t lose further wickets and take their team home. With 18 runs needed in 12 balls, Stoinis scored 10 runs in the penultimate over and then sealed the match for his team with two balls to spare.