David Warner has crunched a quickfire half-century and Mitchell Starc took two early wickets to pilot Australia to a 97-run win in the T20 series decider against South Africa.
Warner (57 off 37 balls) and Steve Smith (30 off 15 balls) each made key contributions for a retooled Australia after they were sent into bat by Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock. They amassed 5-193 before dismissing the home team for just 96, the lowest international T20 score at Newlands. Starc finished with 3-22, and Ashton Agar 3-16.
The reason why South Africa surrendered to the Aussies was that their skipper, Quinton de Kock could not provide them with a solid start at the top. Given that the other batsmen are relatively new to the international arena, De Kock has the onus of giving fiery starts to the Proteas. Unfortunately, that could not happen in Cape Town last night.
The left-handed batsman face four deliveries of Mitchell Starc and took five runs off them including a boundary. He was looking for another boundary however, on the 4th ball of the 1st over, his stumps were rattled by Starc who bowled an absolute jaffa. This can be billed as the dream delivery of every left-arm fast bowler as De Kock, who is hailed as one of the best T20 batsmen of the world, looked absolutely clueless against that delivery from Starc.
Having been put in to bat, Australia got off to a good start in Cape Town. At the end of the Powerplay AUS- 75/0 after which opener Warner and Finch went on to put a century stand. However, quick breakthroughs in the middle-overs helped the hosts bounce back in the contest. But some sensational hitting from Steve Smith in the final over helped Australia post a stiff 193/5 on the board, the highest at the venue in this format.
In response, South Africa lost their skipper Quniton de Kock and experienced Faf du Plessis early in the innings. Adam Zampa then went on to inflict some further damage in the Proteas camp as they were bundled out for 96 in 15.3 overs. This incidentally was also the lowest total at this venue in T20Is.