SA beat Australia in first T20


March 05, 2016
South Africa's Kyle Abbott, celebrates after scoring winning runs during the first T20 cricket match between South Africa and Australia at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa yesterday.

DURBAN, South Africa (AP):

South Africa beat Australia by three wickets in their first Twenty20 yesterday as David Miller hit a maiden half-century at the end to send the Proteas home in the last over.

Miller hit three sixes and three fours in his 53 not out and tailender Kyle Abbott collected the winning runs with a four over the bowler's head with four deliveries to spare.

That took South Africa to 158-7 and past Australia's 157-9. Two of Miller's sixes called for a new ball as one went onto the roof of the stands, and another out of the ground itself.

Aaron Finch earlier made a blistering 40 from 18 balls for Australia and Mitchell Marsh contributed 35, but it wasn't enough.

The victory continued South Africa's upbeat preparations for the World Twenty20 starting this month in India. South Africa have now won five straight T20 games following recent series wins over India and then England.

Australia lost their fifth straight Twenty20 game after holding and then losing the upper hand twice against the South Africans at Kingsmead.

Finch's knock at the top of the innings included three successive sixes over midwicket in a 24-run over from spinner JP Duminy. He gave Australia a rapid start, but David Warner (20) and Finch fell in the space of an over and Australia's innings fizzled out, with six batsmen falling for just 45 runs.

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