AUS vs SA Live Score: Pat Cummins celebrates a wicket on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.© Twitter
Aiming to post a strong target, South Africa got res in the first match of the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Australia captain Aaron Finch initially won the toss and opted to field. South African skipper Temba Bavuma lost his wicket in the second over against Glenn Maxwell, giving Australia a great start. Bavuma’s replacement Rassie van der Dussen, who came in at No. 3, got dismissed by Josh Hazlewood after registering only two runs off three balls. Hazlewood added another wicket to his tally, sending opener Quinton de Kock back to the pavilion after a bizarre dismissal. Pat Cummins got on the act, dismissing Heinrich Klaasen. Adam Zampa dismissed both David Miller and Dwayne Pretorious. Keshav Maharaj couldn’t even open his account as he was run out by the duo Glen Maxwell and Matthew Wade, following a terrible mix-up. Aiden Markram fought a lone battle before he was dismissed on 40 by Mitchell Starc. Both teams have been placed in Group 1 and are seeking their maiden T20 title. (LIVE SCORECARD)
GONE! NORTJE DEPARTS!
STARC GETS HIS SECOND WICKET.ANRICE NORTJE 2 (3)
SA: 115/9 (19.4)
SIX! THAT’S MASSIVE!
STARC MISSES HIS LENGTH AND RABADA MAKES THE MOST OF IT. MUCH NEEDED RUNS FOR THE PROTEAS.
SA: 114/8 (19.2)
5 RUNS FROM THAT 19TH OVER FROM CUMMINS!
Mitchell Starc will bowl the last over. SA: 106/8 (19)
OUT! MARKRAM IS GONE!
Markram tries to take the aerial route, only to find Mawell on the boundary. Big wicket for Mitchell Starc.
Aiden Markram c Glen Maxwell b Mitchell Starc 40 (36)
OUT! TERRIBLE MIX-UP!
Terrible mix-up between Markram and Keshav Maharaj. Maxwell makes the most of it. Wade gathers his throw and lodges the bail.
Keshav Maharaj run out Glen Maxwell/Wade
SA: 83/7 (14.3)
OUT! ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!
Zampa gets Miller. Lbw looks plum and its given. The batsmen reviews it but gets his marching orders eventually.
David Miller b Adam Zampa 16(18)
FOUR! MARKRAM CUTS THROUGH THE OFF SIDE! FINDS THE BOUNDARY!
Markram gets some room and he makes the most of it. Much needed boundary for the proteas.
SA: 71/4 (11)
DROPPED! ZAMPA DROPS MILLER! MASSIVE LET-OFF FOR THE PROTEAS!
South Africa dodge a massive bullet. Zampa give Miller a lifeline.
1 RUN! MILLER PUSHES FOR A SINGLE AND GETS IT!
South Africa are in deep-deep trouble, halfway through their innings.
SA: 59/4 (10 ov)
OUT! KLAASEN IS GONE! CUMMINS GETS HIS MAN!
Steve Smith takes a smart catch at backward point. Klaasen tries to aim at the leg side, but takes a leading edge.
Heinrich Klaasen c Steve Smith b Pat Cummins 13(13)
Back of a length delivery by Cummins, outside off. Markram drives it wide of mid-off.
A wicket maiden by Josh Hazlewood!
A shorter delivery by Hazlewood and Klaasen defends it to the leg side. No run and a wicket maiden by Hazlewood.
South Africa are 23 for three in five overs.
OUT! ANOTHER ONE FOR AUSTRALIA! SUCH A BIZARRE DISMISSAL!
A back-of-a-length delivery by Hazlewood and its directed towards the thigh pad. it bounces into the crease and hits the stumps. The backspin defeated De Kock.
Quinton de Kock b Josh Hazlewood 7(12)
In comes, Heinrich Klassen.
A short delivery by Maxwell and De Kock pulls it over wide mid-on for a boundary!
No run, SA: 17/2 (3)
A full delivery by Hazlewood, outside off. De Kock slices it to point. No run.
South Africa are 17 for two after three overs.
OUT!!! ANOTHER ONE GONEEEE!
An excellent delivery by Hazlewood, outside off. Van der Dussen tries to go off the back foot but edges it to Wade behind.
Rassie van der Dussen c Matthew Wade b Josh Hazlewood 2 (3)
In walks, Aiden Markram.
OUT!!!!!!! TEMBA BAVUMA DEPARTS EARLY!
A quicker delivery by Maxwell but its straight. Bavuma misjudges it and loses his wicket.
Temba Bavuma b Glenn Maxwell 12 (7)
In comes, Rassie van der Dussen.
Maxwell tosses it full and straight. Bavuma directs it to deep midwicket for a single.
A full delivery by Starc, wide outside off. Bavuma drives it square through point for another four!
A full delivery by Starc, outside off. Bavuma goes to attack and drives it wide of mid-off for a four!
A full delivery by Starc on the stumps. Bavuma drives it through the covers for a double.
The action begins!
Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to open for South Africa. Mitchell Starc to bowl the first over for Australia.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
We have confidence in our team: Temba Bavuma
“It’s been a privilege to lead the team in the tournament, big responsibility and looking forward to it. Two spinners, KG, Nortje, an all-rounder and an extra batsman in Klassen at 6. Our preparations have been good, have played a lot together. We are coming off with some real momentum – we have confidence in our team and we’ll look to do well.”, said Temba Bavuma.
Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson miss out: Aaron Finch
Speaking after winning the toss, Finch said, “We would like to bowl first. Looks like a good wicket, can’t see things changing a lot during the course of the game. We have a lot of experience in the side, we haven’t played as a group, but we’re looking forward to this tournament. Tough selection choices, but Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson miss out”.
Australia win toss, opt to field
Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to field against South Africa.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back for South Africa!
Tabraiz Shamsi got injured during Wednesday’s warm-up match against Pakistan with a tight groin after only four deliveries. Temba Bavuma on Friday revealed that the spinner has passed a fitness test.
Head-to-head in T20Is
In terms of head-to-head in T20Is, Australia have sealed 13 wins against South Africa and the latter has won on eight occasions. Also in T20 World Cups, they have met each other once with Australia emerging victorious.
South Africa look to maintain winning run!
South Africa won both their warm-up games and also sealed wins in three consecutive series against defending champions West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka. The Proteas will be aiming to maintain their run.
Australia in poor form!
The Aussies are currently in poor form. Other than David Warner’s batting issues, Aaron Finch is also short of match practice and recent recovered from a knee surgery. Meanwhile, vice-captain Pat Cummins hasn’t played any cricket since IPL’s first leg in April.
Hello and good afternoon everyone!
Hello and good afternoon everyone! Welcome to our live coverage of the Match 13 of the ongoing T20 World Cup as Australia and South Africa kick-off the Super 12 stage. Both teams are slotted in Group 1 and face each other in Abu Dhabi. Stay tuned for some exciting cricket folks!
The Super 12 stage is here
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