Australia’s Brad Hodge stuns South Africa with late Twenty20 onslaught

• South Africa 80-1; Australia 82-5
• Australia lead 1-0; first match abandoned

Brad Hodge struck successive sixes in the final over as Australia snatched a dramatic five-wicket victory over South Africa in the rain-affected second Twenty20 international in Durban.

In a match reduced to seven overs a side due to the weather, Australia looked set to fall short in their pursuit of a testing victory target of 81 despite David Warner clubbing 40 off 16 balls at the top of the order. However, with 13 needed off the last four balls of the match, Hodge swung Wayne Parnell for two huge sixes and then off the next delivery Australia clinched the win with a wide.

The victory puts them 1-0 up in the three-match series, with the first game abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Port Elizabeth. This match also looked set to fall foul of the weather before it was finally given the go-ahead, albeit in a truncated format.

South Africa struggled initially after being sent in to bat, with Hashim Amla managing to only score four off nine balls. His dismissal though, caught and bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, proved to be a huge blessing in disguise as it brought Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis together – and they joined forces in devastating fashion.

Together they put on an unbroken 74-run stand in 5.1 overs with De Kock smashing 41 off 20 with four sixes and two fours, while the captain, Du Plessis, struck two sixes and two fours in his 13-ball 27 not out.

That helped South Africa to a total of 80 for one, but it still proved to be not enough thanks to first Warner and then Hodge. Warner looked to be winning the match on his own as he smashed five fours and two sixes in his 40, but his dismissal put South Africa back in the box seat – only for the 39-year-old Hodge (21 not out) to snatch victory right at the death. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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