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Ashton Agar Stars With A Fifer In Australia’s Comprehensive Win

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Australia got off to a poor start as they lost the key wicket of their opening batsman David Warner quite early in just the first over of the match. The pair of captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith then came together to steady the things for the visitors. The duo stitched an important and excellent partnership of 80 runs at a quick pace before Finch was dismissed for a 27-ball 42.

Matthew Wade managed to score just 18 runs in his comeback T20I match and Smith also got out pretty soon after contributing with 45 runs off 32 balls. Towards the end, the troika of Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey and Ashton Agar smashed crucial cameos to power Australia to 196 for 6 in 20 overs. For South Africa, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn picked two wickets each.

While chasing a huge target of 197 runs, South Africa got off to a disappointing start losing four key wickets in the form of captain Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts and David Miller with just 40 runs on the board. Australia’s left-arm spinner Ashton Agar then pummelled South Africa further down the line with a stunning hat-trick as he dismissed Faf du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn off consecutive deliveries and also became the second Australian after Brett Lee to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is.

Agar bowled a magnificent spell in which he claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as South Africa bundled out for a paltry total of 89 runs in 14.3 overs as Faf du Plessis finished as the highest-scorer with 24 runs off 22 balls. For Australia, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa finished with two wickets each.

Brief Scores

Australia: 196/6 in 20 overs (Steve Smith-45, Aaron Finch-42; Dale Steyn 2/31, Tabraiz Shamsi 2/31)

South Africa: 89/10 in 14.3 overs (Faf du Plessis-24, Kagiso Rabada-22; Ashton Agar 5/24, Adam Zampa 2/9)

Result: Australia won the match by 107 runs.