Twitter Reactions: Ashton Agar stars with a hattrick and a 5-wicket haul as Australia thump South Africa by 107 runs

This is the biggest defeat for South Africa in terms of runs and also their lowest total in T20I cricket.

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Ashton Agar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Nearly two years ago, the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner were in the news for all wrong reasons. The ball-tampering saga shook up Australian cricket. Now, as this duo has returned to South Africa to play a T20I series, all the discussions revolved around them once again. However, it was Ashton Agar who grabbed all the limelight picking a hat-trick. Five-wicket hauls are rare in T20I cricket but the southpaw managed to pull it off with ease as he helped Australia register a mammoth 107-run win.

Earlier in the day, Australia was asked to bat first by the hosts. David Warner started off by hitting a four off the first ball. However, Dale Steyn got him off the very next ball. Aaron Finch and Steve Smith were then involved in an 80-run partnership. The skipper was the aggressor with a 27-ball 42 while the latter got 45 from 32.

Towards the end, the Australian batsmen accelerated really well even though none of the batsmen managed to get an individual big score. Ashton Agar also did well with the bat and remained unbeaten on 20 from 9 balls as his team got 196/6 in 20 overs. Dale Steyn and Tabraiz Shamsi picked up two wickets each.

Ashton Agar registers the best bowling figures for Australia in T20Is

The application from South African batsmen in the chase was extremely poor. They kept queuing back to the pavilion one after another. The shot selection was questionable and just three batsmen managed to reach the double figures. Openers Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen were dismissed by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins for 2 and 6 runs respectively. The comeback man Faf du Plessis tried hard but didn’t have much support. He got 24 runs at almost run-a-ball.

Pite van Biljon scored 15 while Kagiso Rabada played some risky cricket to get to 22. South Africa was bowled out for only 89 runs which included 7 extras as well. Ashton Agar finished with figures of 4-0-24-5. He also picked a hat-trick grabbing the wickets of Du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins accounted for two wickets each. Twitterati was thrilled with this win and congratulated Australia for this brilliant performance. Also, they showered praises on Ashton Agar for his all-round abilities.

Here is how Twitterati reacted after the game:

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