Kobus Pretorius reflects on the players and moments that shaped the second T20I between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers on Sunday.
BATSMAN OF THE DAY
Shared between David Warner (77 off 40) and Glenn Maxwell (75 off 43), who demolished the South African bowling attack after a slow start to their chase. David Wiese and Imran Tahir got the worst of it as Warner and Maxwell hit all around the ground.
SHOT OF THE DAY
Too many to choose from, but I’ll go with Maxwell’s hit out of the ground to bring up his fifty from 26 balls. He also played some breathtaking reverse sweeps and has the same range of shots so often associated with AB de Villiers.
BOWLER OF THE DAY
James Faulkner for taking 3-28 in his four overs, including the crucial wicket of Quinton de Kock at the top of the order.
DELIVERY OF THE DAY
Kagiso Rabada’s yorker which bowled Aaron Finch in the the fourth delivery of Australia’s innings. Perfectly executed and the batsman didn’t have a clue.
CATCH OF THE DAY
Rabada took a spectacular one-handed diving catch to get rid of Steve Smith on the third-man boundary. Smith slashed at a wide one and the ball looked like it was going to sail over the boundary for six, but Rabada lifted himself off the ground and stretched out his hand to take a splendid catch.
South Africa’s bowlers were too ill-disciplined in defending 204. They conceded 14 extras and bowled far too many full toss deliveries, which were easy pickings for the Australian batsmen.