Australia take 1-0 lead in three match T20I series against hosts South Africa

Spinner Tanveer Sangha impressed against South Africa, guiding Australia to a 1-0 lead in their three-match T20I series in Durban. His finished with figures of 4/31, marking the best debut performance for an Australian player. With his spin prowess, Sangha efficiently dismantled the South African batting lineup, guiding Australia to a commanding 111-run victory.

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Australia set the hosts a daunting target of 227 runs, with skipper Mitchell Marsh playing a pivotal role after powering the visitors to the colossal total with an unbeaten 92 off 49 balls. Tim David’s knock of 68 off 24 deliveries also played a crucial role in boosting Australia’s score. In pursuit of the target, the hosts faced an early setback as Marcus Stoinis dismissed Temba Bavuma on the final ball of the opening over.

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Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks formed a 46-run partnership, revitalizing South Africa’s chances in the high-chase battle. However, Sean Abbott, the right-arm pacer, sent Dussen back to the pavilion, and Sangha, an unexpected inclusion in the squad, wreaked havoc. Sangha’s legbreak style of bowling dismantled South Africa’s backbone, with skipper Aiden Markram (7), Dewald Brevis (5), and Tristan Stubbs (0) struggling against the new challenge presented to them.

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Marco Jansen entered the scene and was South Africa’s third batter to reach double digits, but Sangha once again showcased his potential by claiming his wicket. Marcus Stoinis and Spencer Johnson returned to the attack and sealed the deal, bundling out South Africa for 115 runs. Reeza Hendricks stood as the sole player capable of dealing with the Australian bowling attack. He held on until the 16th over in an attempt to steer the hosts toward a respectable score, but Johnson thwarted his efforts.

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In the early stages of the innings, Australia, known for setting powerplay records, outperformed their previous achievements by amassing 70 runs in the first six overs. This dominant opening partnership forced the South African bowlers to put in extra effort. Marsh and David exhibited a modern batting style, combining aggression with finesse, causing the hosts to chase the ball all over the field.

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After a comprehensive 111-run defeat, the hosts are determined to bounce back and level the series. Meanwhile, Australia, will be eager to secure a series sweep and assert their dominance ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup.

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