South Africa beat Australia in T20I: Here're records broken
South Africa ended their Australia tour on a high after beating the hosts in the one-off T20I to win the trophy. This was South Africa's third ever T20I series win against Australia. The match at Gold Coast was reduced to 10 overs a side due to rain. Batting first, SA posted a stiff 108/6. In reply, the Aussies managed 87/7. Here're the records broken.
Aussies got off to a poor start as they lost three wickets for just 27 runs. The likes of Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and D'Arcy Short failed to find any momentum. It was only Glenn Maxwell (38) who showed some fight. The rest of the batsmen were no match to the pace battery of SA. Lungi Ngidi and Chris Morris delivered for SA.
South Africa got off to a flier in this 10-over affair. Openers Quinton de Kock (22) and Reeza Hendricks (19) added 42 runs inside 18 deliveries. Skipper Faf du Plessis (27) struck four fours in his 15-ball stay at the crease. Klaasen (12 off 6) added some fireworks to guide South Africa to a strong finish.
Since their Trans-Tasman tri-series victory in February 2018, the Aussies have gone on to lose against Pakistan (0-3), tri-series involving Zimbabwe and Pakistan and one-off matches against England and South Africa. This was Australia's 4th successive T20I loss.
Since the Ashes victory, Australia have been woeful on the field. They lost 1-4 against England in ODIs. Australia lost 1-3 against SA in Tests. They lost 6 consecutive matches against England next (5 ODIs and 1 T20I). A tri-series loss in Zimbabwe was next. They suffered losses against Pakistan in Tests and T20Is. And then defeat came against SA in in ODIs.
Australia pacer Andrew Tye, who picked two wickets in the match is now the highest wicket-taker in T20Is in 2018 (29). His team-mate Billy Stanlake is third on the list (24). Batsman Aaron Finch (475) is 25 runs away from crossing 500-run mark in 2018.