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Australia beat South Africa on last ball

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Australia’s batsman James Faulkner reacts after winning the second T20 cricket match against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.

JOHANNESBURG (AP):

Australia chased down 204 in a thrilling last-ball victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international yesterday to level the three-game series at 1-1.

Australia's chase was powered by a brilliant partnership of 161 between David Warner, who made 77 off 40 balls, and Glenn Maxwell, who got 75 off 43. The pair took Australia from 32-3 to 193-4.

Maxwell fell in the penultimate over and Warner was out first ball of the last over, leaving new batsmen Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to get 11 off the final five balls to win.

Helped by two wides in that last over from Kagiso Rabada, the Australians scrambled home to 205-5, running two off the last delivery to clinch a victory that appeared way out of their reach at 32-3 in the sixth over.