Parnell And Theron Fightback Stuns Australia

Parnell And Theron Fightback Stuns Australia
Parnell And Theron Fightback Stuns Australia
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South Africa 148-7 (Botha 34) beat
Australia 147-8 (White 39) by 3 wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Johannesburg

Juan Theron and Wayne Parnell's unbroken stand of 64 in just 27 balls helped South Africa snatch a three-wicket win over Australia in the second and final Twenty20 International in Johannesburg.

The pair came together with their side in trouble on 84 for seven having been set 148 to win but they both played fine innings to blast their side home with five balls to spare - Theron winning the game with a six.

Johan Botha (34 in 28 balls) and Graeme Smith (24 in 22 balls) had made handy contributions but two wickets apiece from young quicks James Pattinson and Patrick Cummins, as well as one apiece for Doug Bollinger, David Hussey and Steve O'Keefe, looked to have the game in the bag for the tourists.

However, Parnell made 29 in 11 balls with three fours and two sixes while Theron thumped 31 in 16 deliveries including the winning maximum and three boundaries to ensure the series was tied 1-1.

Earlier, captain Cameron White was the mainstay of Australia's innings with 39 in 26 balls while Mitchell Marsh (36 in 21) and Shaun Marsh (26 in 23) also played key roles in handing Australia a competitive score.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne Morkel and the irrepressible Theron all took two wickets, Tsotsobe bowling  an outstanding spell which leaked just 11 runs from four overs while Theron conceded just 28.

The two sides now begin a three-match One-Day International series at Centurion Park on 19th October.

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