South Africa produced a fighting performance in the second T20I to edge Australia by 12 runs in a thrilling contest at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Defending a modest 158 runs, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and local hero Anrich Nortje produced some superb death bowling under huge pressure to clinch the win and square the series up at 1-1 as the Aussies finished on 146 for six.
The final match will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday (February 26).
Aussie opener David Warner carried his bat for 67 not out in a brave innings that was just not enough to get his side over the finish line.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock blitzed a half-century as South Africa scored 158 for four.
The Proteas captain led from the front as he battered 70 in only 47 deliveries to help set Australia the second-highest target in T20Is at St George’s Park.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
South Africa complete an incredible comeback to win by 12 runs! 🎉
— ICC (@ICC) February 23, 2020
— Valentine (@makalesley) February 23, 2020
Classic bottling by the Aussies… Proteas saved by the bowlers once again… Very disciplined bowling from Shamzi, Lungi Ngidi single handedly pulled that game away from Aus… Rabada's experience a key and great finish from Nortje #ProteaFire #SAvAUS
— Just Mfuh (@uMfuuh) February 23, 2020
— Shumani (@shumanie777) February 23, 2020
Australia choking from a winning position against South Africa. I have seen it all.#SAVAUS
— ` (@FourOverthrows) February 23, 2020
— Elie Gohar Durrani (@khaneliegohar) February 23, 2020
— Tsakane Ndubane (@T_Ndu) February 23, 2020
Comeback victory for South Africa in the 2nd T20I. Australia failed to score 31 runs in the last 4 overs with 7 wickets in hand including Warner! Series level 1-1 #SAvAUS
— Kumar Sourav (@AdamDhoni1) February 23, 2020
— La Chèvre🐐 (@__zamo) February 23, 2020
— Abhimanyu Meena (@Abhiman71820897) February 23, 2020
— Samay Turakhia (@samay_srt) February 23, 2020
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) February 23, 2020