Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century in vain as Australia blew what appeared to be a comfortable chase and South Africa claimed a 12-run victory in the second Twenty20 worldwide on Sunday.
Cape Town - South Africa, considering the chastening backdrop of events only two days earlier, had strong claims to boasting their gutsiest and most memorable performance of the home-soil global season at a delirious St George's Park on Sunday.
South Africa's bowlers held their nerve as the hosts recovered from a record defeat to win the second Twenty20 global versus Australia at St George's Park on Sunday.
Steve Smith has delivered a moment of magic in the field in Port Elizabeth, where Australia will chase 159 to claim the T20 series against South Africa.
There was a further blow for the team on Saturday when the International Cricket Council announced that the players had been fined 20 percent of their match fees for a slow over rate.
But Australia strangled the Proteas in the second half of their innings after a total of 180-plus seemed likely. He shared a 50-run partnership with Smith (29). "We'll be flexible between four, five and six and I don't think that'd be any different in Cape Town depending on the situation". Australia, with Warner controlling things, was seemingly set for victory.
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Medium-pacer Ayabonga Khaka was the pick of the bowlers, ending with figures of 3 wickets for 25 runs as her side took regular wickets.
As pressure was mounting due to the lack of boundaries, Mitchell Marsh fell victim to Lungi Ngidi's delivery in the 18th over.
But Ngidi bowled Carey three balls later, and then followed two outstanding overs from Kagiso Rabada. It has to be kept in mind that they scored 22 runs in just two of those five overs showing how brilliant a couple of Aussie bowlers were.
Australia needed 17 off the last over.
South African cricket enjoyed its best day of the summer as both the men's and women's teams won in the final over of their respective T20s to secure results of great significance. The extra run, from the no-ball call, stood though as Australia went in search of their second win in the series.
After that, Kagiso Rabada bowled an excellent penultimate over, conceding just 3 runs and Anrich Nortje defended the remaining 17 runs easily.