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.
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, OUT! A wicket from the final ball! A high full toss, Maxwell tries to go big but does not get it off the middle. It lobs towards Behardien who comes running in from long on and takes it. Customary handshakes going on now as SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 21 RUNS!
L Ngidi to N Coulter-Nile, Full and on the pads, NCN flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. So Maxwell will face the last ball.
L Ngidi to N Coulter-Nile, Swing but the batsman connects with thin air.Slower ball outside off, Nathan is way too early into the shot and he misses.
L Ngidi to N Coulter-Nile, Dot ball. Unless Ngidi bowls a really poor over, consisting of no balls and wides, South Africa have won this. Follows the batsman down the leg side, Coulter-Nile desperately swings hard but misses.
L Ngidi to N Coulter-Nile, WIDE. A slower one but it is well outside off, Coulter-Nile is early into his pull and misses.
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, Excellently bowled. Full and just around off, Maxi can only get it towards mid off. Just a single.
L Ngidi to G Maxwell, SIX! Full and straight, Maxwell backs away and finally connects. Swings it down the ground and clears long on. 25 needed from 5 balls. Still a chance?
END OF OVER: 9 | 12 Runs 0 Wkt | AUS: 78/6
Lungi Ngidi to bowl the final over.
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Almost a yorker, Maxwell jams it out towards mid-wicket for a run. 31 from the last 6. 5 maximums and one single. Only sounds easy though.
K Rabada to G Maxwell, FOUR! TOP EDGE! Short and quick on the middle pole, Maxwell goes for the pull but gets a top edge over the keeper and into the fine leg fence.
K Rabada to G Maxwell, FOUR! Boundaries on every delivery also won't do. Maxwell once again walks right across and then helps the bouncer on its way to the fine leg fence.
K Rabada to G Maxwell, WIDE! A little too harsh on the bowler. It is a bumper on the body. Maxwell shuffles across and goes for the pull but misses. The umpire has signaled a wide. Rabada is not happy.
K Rabada to G Maxwell, Backs a long way down the leg side, Maxi swings hard, only to miss again.
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.
K Rabada to N Coulter-Nile, Follows the batsman again, outside leg, Coulter-Nile is cramped for room and jams his bat down. Gets it off the inner half towards square leg. A run taken.