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Hodge inspires Australia win

Brad Hodge helps Australia prevail in thrilling fashion as his two last-over sixes helped them overhaul South Africa's 80 for one in Durban

Brad Hodge struck successive sixes in the final over as Australia snatched a dramatic five-wicket victory over South Africa at Durban in the rain-affected second Twenty20 international.

In a match reduced to seven overs a side due to the weather, the tourists looked set to fall short in their pursuit of a testing victory target of 81 despite David Warner clubbing 40 off just 16 balls at the top of the order.

However, with 13 needed off the last four deliveries, Hodge swung Wayne Parnell for two huge maximums and then off the next ball Australia clinched the win via a wide.

The victory puts George Bailey’s side 1-0 up in the three-match series, with the first game abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Port Elizabeth and the last due to be played on Friday at Centurion.

Today's clash also looked set to fall foul of the weather before finally being given the go-ahead, albeit in a truncated format.

South Africa struggled initially after being sent in to bat, with Hashim Amla managing to score only four off nine balls.

His dismissal though, caught and bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, proved to be a huge blessing in disguise for the Proteas as it brought Quinton de Kock and Francois du Plessis together - and they joined forces in devastating fashion.

They put on an unbroken 74-run stand in just 5.1 overs, de Kock smashing 41 off 20 with four sixes and two fours, while captain du Plessis struck two maximums and two fours in his 13-ball 27 not out.

That helped South Africa to a total of 80 for one, but it still proved to be not enough thanks to first Warner and then Hodge.

Warner looked to be the winning the match single-handedly as he smashed five fours and two sixes, but his dismissal put South Africa back in the box seat - only for 39-year-old Hodge to snatch victory away right at the death with an unbeaten 21 from 12.

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