Cricket-Australia defeats South Africa in low-scoring World Cup thriller

Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade combined in a crucial 40-point stand to help Australia beat South Africa by five wickets in a low-scoring thriller in their first Super 12 clash at the World Cup Twenty20 Saturday.

Stoinis and Wade superbly kept their cool on an unbroken sixth wicket stand to take Australia past their 119-point goal with the two-ball victory remaining. Responding to a total of 118 for nine in South Africa, Australia lost three quick wickets at the top and found themselves under pressure against precise bowling.

Steve Smith, who made 35, and Glenn Maxwell added 42 for the fourth wicket to keep Australia on track, but South Africa came back strong in the seesaw contest by brushing them all aside. two in the space of four deliveries to reduce their opponents to 81-5. . But Stoinis then scored 24 of 16 points while Wade contributed 15 points to eliminate South Africa’s chances.

“It was pretty stressful. Obviously anytime you go for a total and it boils down to the wire you’re always going to be nervous,” said Australia captain Aaron Finch. “But Marcus Stoinis showed a really cool head there, Matty Wade also did it to get us over the line. I think that’s what a little experience can do at the end of the round.”

With Group 1 loaded with six test nations, Australia and South Africa – who have never won the tournament before – were desperate for a winning start in the opener of the Super 12 stage. Australian bowlers responded beautifully to Finch’s call to play first after winning the draw at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Australia made a bold call by leaving out left-arm spinner Ashton Agar – their top T20 international pitcher – but Finch had enough firepower at his disposal to put South Africa on its back from the start . After Maxwell’s part-time off-spin managed to get past South African captain Temba Bavuma’s defense, crimper Josh Hazlewood extracted some extra bounce to pick up two wickets to reduce their opponents to 32-for-three.

South Africa didn’t recover from a rough start and with Australia picking up wickets at regular intervals they never threatened to post a big total. Aiden Markram’s 36 40 balls and Kagiso Rabada’s 19 useful unbeaten lower in batting order helped the Proteas cross the 100-point mark.

South Africa face the defending West Indies champions on Tuesday, two days before Australia face Sri Lanka.

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