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Australia Race To Series-Levelling Win

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch hit 44 not out in 30 balls to lead Australia to a handsome win
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Australia 102-3 (Finch 44no, Watson 30) beat
South Africa 101-7 (Faulkner 3-25) by 7 wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Melbourne

Australia levelled their Twenty20 International series with South Africa by racing to a seven-wicket victory in the second match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

They bounced back immediately from a seven-wicket defeat in Adelaide, chasing down a meagre target of 102 in just 12.4 overs.

James Faulkner took three for 25 and Cameron Boyce two for 15 as the South Africans could muster just 101 for seven batting first.

Captain JP Duminy led the way with 49 in 51 balls but no other player could surpass Reeza Hendricks' 18.

Doug Bollinger and Patrick Cummins also took a wicket.

Australia's top order then succeeded where South Africa's had failed with Ben Dunk (23 in 20 balls), Aaron Finch (44 in 30) and Shane Watson (30 in 23) putting them on course for victory.

Wayne Parnell dismissed Dunk and Watson while Kagiso Rabada removed Glenn Maxwell for a two-ball duck.

However, Australia romped home thanks to Finch and Cameron White, not out on one.

The decisive third match is at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday 9th November.

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