After winning the one-day international series 2-1 against Australia early in the month, the Proteas continue to get the better of the Aussie side. Faf du Plessis ended the series with a Twenty20 limited-over win on Saturday in front of a packed stadium at Gold Coast.
The day began with thunderstorms which threatened to postpone the match but there was no way of stopping the Proteas who claimed a comprehensive 21 run victory over the Aussies. Because of the rain delay the match was reduced to 10 overs a side. Thanks to Quinton de Kock who struck a six off only the first third ball of the match to set the bar for his teammates, he played well, scoring 15 runs in the first over and almost reaching half-a-century partnership with Reeza Hendricks. They scored 42 runs in total, before the first wicket fell. It was then Kimberley born Reeza Hendricks who fell victim to Nathan Coulter-Nile for 19 runs.
Captain Faf du Plessis continued the onslaught with De Kock, coming in and scoring 27 runs from 15 balls. De Kock was the second to hit the shower room with 22 runs. South Africa scored 108-6 before dismantling the home-side for 87-7 in the match with Lungi Ngidi and Chris Morris dismissing the top four order of the Australia team. The danger-man Glen Maxwell couldn’t get his side over the set target despite putting in a brave performance. Australia’s woes continue as the loss marked their sixth loss in eight T20 international games and four consecutively.
The bowlers once again stepped up and produced the goods. “Picking up wickets in this format is always important because T20 is all about slogging,” commented Skipper, Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis became the only international captain to beat Australia at home in all three formats of the game.