Proteas must quickly get rid of those ‘rusty’ scars

Henry

After the first two T20 matches against Australia in Durban, it does not look like the Proteas have the batsmen or the bowlers to chat with the visitors.

Mitchell Marsh’s team once again ran amok at Kingsmead on Friday evening when they beat the South Africans by eight wickets.

The Aussies scored 11.32 runs per over and they passed the winning target of 165 runs in less than 15 overs.

Marsh (79* from 39 balls) was once again a thorn in the Protea flesh, while Matthew Short (66 from 30 balls) also underlined his value as a T20 player.

The two batsmen shared a partnership of 100 runs for the second wicket and the home team’s bowling attack at times looked powerless to stop the boundary shots.

In particular, Lungi Ngidi (0/41 after 2.5 overs) and Gerald Coetzee (0/32 after 2 overs) had a hard time, while Tabraiz Shamsi (1/40 after 4 overs) could not close the run taps either.

Earlier, Temba Bavuma (35 from 17 deliveries) ensured a good run-up to the Protea innings, but apart from Aiden Markram (49 from 38 balls) and Tristan Stubbs (27 from 20 balls) none of the other top and middle-order batsmen could not score more than ten runs.

Dewald Brevis was caught behind the wickets with the first ball he faced, while Reeza Hendriks (3 runs) and Rassie van der Dussen (6 runs) also came and went.

Aiden Markram said after the first defeat that his team looked rusty. Well, the Proteas need to get rid of their rusty scars soon.

The third and final game in the series starts on Sunday at 14:00.

  • Scorecard Summary:

South Africa 164/8 in 20 overs: Aiden Markram 49, Sean Abbott 3/22 and Nathan Ellis 3/25.

Australia 168/2 in 14.5 overs: Mitchell Marsh 79*, Matthew Short 66 and Lizaad Williams 1/17.