International Cricket: Lone Twenty20 Match of 2018: Australia v South Africa 1st Innings Write-Up at Metricon Stadium in the Gold Coast


After two hours of rain delay, the pitch cleared up after the ground staff removed the covers.

Although, this lone Twenty20 International has lost some overs as it’s a revised ten over game each by Australia & South Africa.

At the toss, Aaron Finch called for Heads while Faf Du Plessis went for Tails.

Fortunately, Finch won the battle and chose to bowl first for Australia.

1st Innings

Quinton De Kock & Reeza Hendricks fired off with the first 42 runs combined for South Africa.

In the first ball of the third over, Hendricks tried to hook before Ben McDermott caught him at deep square leg on 19.

For Australia, the short ball plan worked thanks to Marcus Stoinis which helped him sealed his first wicket.

Although, the first two overs looked expansive.

Jason Behrendorff & Billy Stanlake bowled full balls where it pitched either too short and straight.

Halfway in the 1st innings, Quinton De Kock went deep & tried to whack big.

But De Kock hits and misses as Alex Carey gifts Glenn Maxwell’s first scalp as he walks away on 22.

Not long later, Maxwell made another poor full toss with Faf Du Plessis clipped the bottom edge past 3rd man for four.

Du Plessis fired off for a while as he hooked that shot a bit unbalanced & reached his arms out.

And it proved evident when Maxwell juggled the ball away from the rope & took the catch at deep mid-wicket.

Heinrich Klaasen did some work with runs on the board as he couldn’t get it wide without the full face of the bat.

And that ended Klaasen’s cameo spell in the middle on 12 where Maxwell again caught the ball at mid-on.

David Miller reached the cut shot too full which proved easy for D’Arcy Short at the deep point on 11.

Andrew Tye may have produced a wide at one time before he found a full straight ball as Chris Morris knicked to Alex Carey for a duck.

Nevertheless, South Africa ended their ten-over run chase of 6-108.

And Australia will need 109 runs to win from ten overs with a required run rate of 10.90 an over.

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