Match Over - South Africa won by 12 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 23 Feb 2020, 14:30 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: Q de Kock


  • Umpire1: A Paleker
  • Umpire2: BP Jele
  • Third Umpire: AT Holdstock



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

South Africa



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


6.12pm: That'll be it from us for today. Firdose Moonda is busy putting the finishing touches to her report, which will be available here shortly, and we'll be back with you for Wednesday's decider at Newlands. Until then, from Alan, Venkat and myself, it's thank you and goodnight!

Time for the presentation:

Player of the match is Quinton de Kock. It's a batsman's game! "We've played here a number of times and I've realised that the new ball is key, so I was trying to capitalise on the powerplay. We thought 160 was par. We understand this wicket, especially late afternoon, for the team batting second it's always going to be difficult. [Adjustment] It's very difficult, but at this level of cricket you should be good enough to understand what needs to be done. [Death] Our death bowling had struggled a little bit. They came here and bowled really well, stuck to their plans. [Fielding] The guys know how good they are at fielding. They understood that they needed to come out here and show some fight. It's going to be a good game, expecting a good wicket at Newlands."

Here's Aaron Finch: "The way our bowlers brought it back was outstanding. Anytime you've got a player like Quinton, who goes hard in the powerplay and gets away, it's so hard to stop, I thought we did a great job to drag it back. And I thought we were in the hunt for most of the chase. We just didn't get that kick at the end that we needed. It was a good contest and its a nice, well it's not nice, but one-all going to Cape Town. [Running] In the powerplay, when teams are sitting right back on the circle, it's just about adapting. Just a bit short in the end. [Lack of RH at the death] David didn't get quite as much of the strike as he would have liked at the end. Both teams bowled well at the end, not ideal but a great game still. Our middle order trying to get a bit more time there... it would have been nice for them to get that winning feeling."

Interested to see how Finch explains that defeat. Easy to say the middle order didn't finish the job, but Warner completely lost his rhythm in the final ten overs.

"Carey has been absolute garbage after World Cup," declares Aaron [not Finch!]. "Wade doesn't deserve a spot after such a soft dismissal. Mitch Marsh is a temporary for Glenn [Maxwell]"

5.55pm: What a choke by Australia! Warner couldn't get on strike in the second half of the innings, and didn't hit a boundary after the 13th over... that said, the middle order had the game set up for them, and couldn't turn a strong position into that all important W. South Africa were so good at the death... Rabada's 19th over in particular was absolutely vital, with Ngidi and Nortje crucial too. Australia only managed 19 off the last four overs, would you believe!

Ramble: "Think the women's team did a great job inspiring the men's team in how to win a close one!"

This is the first time David Warner has finished not out in a run chase and his team has lost, across all T20 cricket, according to Gaurav Sundararaman! Unbelievable...

19.6A Nortje to MA Starc, 1 run, low full toss on leg stump, dug out towards point, and SA go wild! South Africa win by 12 runs, and square the series 1-1... we're going into a decider, folks!.
19.5A Nortje to DA Warner, LEG BYES, 1 run, slower ball, low full toss on the pads, thuds into the front leg and dribbles out to short midwicket.
19.4A Nortje to DA Warner, No run, full outside off, Warner flays it straight to short extra cover on the edge of the ring and they don't take the run!.
19.3A Nortje to MA Starc, 1 run, slower bounce, bottom edged into his boot and it dribbles back down the ground. Nortje does the fielding, and they race through for a single.

Nortje's maiden T20I wicket, would you believe!

19.2A Nortje to AC Agar, OUT, No run, bowled 'im! Off stump is pegged back, Nortje roars in celebrations and the crowd are raucous! Not a clever shot, just trying to swing as hard as he could into the leg side but couldn't get bat on it. Offcutter from Nortje, on the money, and it pinged into the top of off stump!.
19.1A Nortje to DA Warner, 1 run, gives himself room outside the leg stump, cracks it out to the sweeper at deep cover but it's only one!.
End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 142/5 after 113 balls.
AC Agar 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 4-0-27-1
DA Warner 66 (53b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Superb death bowling from Kagiso Rabada. Just brilliant.

End of over 18. 4 runs this over. 138/4 after 107 balls.
MR Marsh 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) L Ngidi 4-0-40-3
DA Warner 65 (52b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Another great comeback from Ngidi at the death, just the five runs off the over.

Warner's last boundary was in the 13th over

End of over 17. 7 runs this over. 134/3 after 102 balls.
DA Warner 63 (50b 5x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 3-0-24-0
MR Marsh 5 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 10 runs this over. 126/3 after 95 balls.
DA Warner 59 (46b 5x4 1x6 ) L Ngidi 3-0-35-2
MR Marsh 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

11 off the over, plus the wicket of Carey.

An opening for South Africa, perhaps? Mitchell Marsh is the new man at No. 5

End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 116/2 after 90 balls.
DA Warner 59 (45b 5x4 1x6 ) A Nortje 3-0-21-0
AT Carey 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 109/2 after 84 balls.
DA Warner 55 (42b 5x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 4-0-17-0
AT Carey 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

That's Shamsi done for the day: 4-0-17-0, a very useful set of figures.

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 104/2 after 78 balls.
AT Carey 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 4-0-29-1
DA Warner 52 (39b 5x4 1x6 ) more

1 for 29 from Pretorius' four overs. Not bad at all - but came on when they needed wickets.

End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 96/1 after 72 balls.
SPD Smith 28 (24b 1x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 3-0-12-0
DA Warner 47 (36b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Tight stuff from Shamsi.

End of over 11. 9 runs this over. 93/1 after 66 balls.
DA Warner 46 (34b 4x4 1x6 ) D Pretorius 3-0-22-0
SPD Smith 26 (20b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 84/1 after 60 balls.
DA Warner 40 (31b 3x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 2-0-9-0
SPD Smith 23 (17b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Tight over from Shamsi, but not much wicket-taking threat. Got to try a googly pretty soon, you'd think...

End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 81/1 after 54 balls.
SPD Smith 21 (14b 1x4 1x6 ) D Pretorius 2-0-13-0
DA Warner 39 (28b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 73/1 after 48 balls.
DA Warner 37 (26b 3x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 1-0-6-0
SPD Smith 15 (10b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 7. 12 runs this over. 66/1 after 42 balls.
SPD Smith 13 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) L Ngidi 2-0-25-1
DA Warner 33 (22b 3x4 1x6 ) more

12 off the over with minimal risk. Australia in cruise control, 6th gear at 80mph in the middle lane.

End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 54/1 after 36 balls.
SPD Smith 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 1-0-5-0
DA Warner 31 (20b 3x4 1x6 ) more

54 for 1 off the powerplay, with the required rate down at 7.5. South Africa need to keep hunting for wickets.

End of over 5. 13 runs this over. 49/1 after 29 balls.
SPD Smith 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) L Ngidi 1-0-13-1
DA Warner 28 (16b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Ngidi pulled things back brilliantly after a horror start, but it's still an expensive over. SA need plenty more wickets to be in with a chance.

End of over 4. 7 runs this over. 36/0 after 24 balls.
DA Warner 21 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 2-0-14-0
AJ Finch 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Easy pickings for these two, pushing the required rate down with minimal fuss. Great powerplay batting.

End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 29/0 after 18 balls.
DA Warner 16 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-0-17-0
AJ Finch 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

De Kock is in a spiky mood, glaring at Shamsi and offering a few words in his direction for the ease of that last run... Australia have picked up singles without difficulty even when finding the men in the ring

End of over 2. 12 runs this over. 20/0 after 12 balls.
DA Warner 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 1-0-8-0
AJ Finch 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 6 balls.
AJ Finch 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-8-0
DA Warner 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
DA Warnernot out 67945651119.64
AJ FinchB L Ngidi14191220116.67
SPD SmithC F du Plessis B D Pretorius29332611111.54
AT CareyB L Ngidi14141001140
MR MarshC DA Miller B L Ngidi61380075
MS WadeC K Rabada B K Rabada1320050
AC AgarB A Nortje1650020
MA Starcnot out 23200100
PJ Cummins -
A Zampa -
KW Richardson -
Total 146/6
K Rabada4.002716.75
A Nortje4.002416
L Ngidi4.0041310.25
D Pretorius4.002917.25
T Shamsi4.001704.25