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Mitchell Marsh, Tanveer Sangha, Tim David help Australia thump South Africa in 1st T20I

On August 30, 2023, Australia emerged victorious over South Africa in the first T20I match held at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban. The Australian team, led by captain Mitch Marsh, showcased a dynamic performance, defeating South Africa by a significant margin of 111 runs.

The match started with Australia batting first. Despite losing Travis Head early in the game, the team managed to maintain a strong momentum. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Short played crucial roles in setting a formidable score. Marsh remained unbeaten, scoring an impressive 92 off 49 balls.

Tim David also contributed significantly, scoring a quick 69 off just 28 balls. Debutant Aaron Hardie added a quick cameo of 23 off just 14 balls, pushing Australia’s total beyond the 200-run mark.

Australia’s bowling line-up, featuring Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, and debutant Spencer Johnson, along with leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha, successfully defended the high score.

Sangha went on to pick up four wickets for 31 runs on debut. Despite South Africa’s efforts, they fell short by 111 runs, marking a decisive victory for Australia. Reeza Hendricks scored 56 runs off 43 balls with five fours and two sixes, but his efforts went in vain.

The tour serves as a crucial preparation stage for both teams ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup. Australia’s win in the first T20I sets a positive tone for the rest of their tour.

The Australian team for this tour is a blend of experienced players and fresh faces. Notably, several key players like Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell are absent from the tour for various reasons. Despite these absences, the team demonstrated a strong performance in the first T20I, indicating a promising outlook for the remaining matches.

The second T20I match between Australia and South Africa is scheduled to take place on September 1, 2023, at the same venue in Durban.

Edited By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Aug 31, 2023

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