Faf du Plessis and David Miller combined to pull off a sensational catch on Sunday during the second T20I between South Africa and Australia. The Proteas beat the visitors by 12 runs in the thrilling encounter to draw level in the three-match series after losing the series-opener by 107 runs.
With the loss, Australia’s nine-match winning run also came to an end. They had not lost a T20I since November 2018. Chasing 159, Australia needed 20 runs from the final two overs with a well-set David Warner in the middle. However, Australia managed to score just seven runs from the final twelve balls.
South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada bowled an excellent 19th over, conceding just 3 runs. In the final over, Anrich Nortje defended 17 runs with ease, conceding just four runs.
RESULT | AUS: 146-6
What a match!
Edge of the seat stuff!
SOUTH AFRICA win the match by 12 runs
They set a target of 159 runs and they defended it.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 23, 2020
Arguably the turning point of a dramatic run chase came on the penultimate ball of the 17th over when Faf du Plessis and David Miller combined for a brilliant boundary-line catch to remove Mitchell Marsh for six. It was the second wicket in a mini collapse of 4 for 19 at a crucial stage of the game that saw Australia lose the game from a promising position of 124 for 2.
When Marsh hit the ball straight over the bowler’s head, it looked like a certain six. However, Faf du Plessis caught the high ball and as his momentum took him over the boundary, he tossed the ball to the approaching David Miller, who dived forward to claim the catch.
Here is a clip of that catch:
— Trishan Naidoo (@trishannai) February 23, 2020
Meanwhile, earlier in the game, South Africa rode on yet another fifty from their in-form captain Quinton de Kock (70) to put up a challenging total of 158 for 4. Rassie van der Dussen also played a handy knock of 37 runs from 26 balls.