That ends a game which was supposed to be played for 40 overs but ended up being played for 13.5 overs. Australia will feel lucky on winning this match but both sides played well. We now move to Centurion for the third and final T20I on Friday, 14th March, 2014 at 1600 GMT (2130 IST). Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
BRAD HODGE HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Smiles and says that the old guys did okay tonight. Had some fun. On the approach, he says that fielding first helped the Aussies get some clarity on how to go about stuff. Is surprised how his career has shaped up but is grateful to the ones who believed in him. Adds that training for this game was fun.
Victorious Australian captain George Bailey says that there were plenty of positives from this game, two being the oldies Hodge and Hogg. Is amazed at Warner's form. Praises his bowlers for the way they started. Thanks the crowd for waiting patiently for the rain to stop.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis says that a 7-over game is not the most ideal, and the fielding side ends up hoping that they find the ball. He admits that he might have started with Abbott but maintains that Parnell would have always bowled that final over. Praises Hodge for his assault. Is all praise for the young de Kock and is amazed with his power.
This Australian batting line-up promises a lot but South Africa will feel that they had the match in their control. Faf du Plessis might wonder what might have happened had Abbott been preferred the last over...
A tale of two innings. David Warner started the innings by taking Tsotsobe to the cleaners. He held the innings at his end while the others kept finding the fielders. Then, just when South Africa made a brilliant comeback through JP Duminy's double-wicket burst, along came a young 39-year old Brad Hodge who sealed the game with a stunning cameo.
Wayne Parnell to Brad Hodge
WIDE! AUSTRALIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Parnell drops it short down the leg side, 140 kph, Hodge goes for the pull but misses. de Kock leaps to collect but never mind, a wide has already been signalled. de Kock fumbles and the batsmen take the single but that obviously will not count. End of the game.
SIX! And another! Oh dear... Hodge has nailed this for his side. This is a low full toss, on middle, 138.4 kph, Hodge dispatches it cleanly over mid-wicket again! Australia just a run away from victory!
SIX! Thrash! A length ball outside off, 146.5 kph, Hodge swings it cleanly over mid-wicket and it sails over the ropes! 7 needed from 3 balls now!
Wayne Parnell to Brad Haddin
Gets across and misses a full delivery, swings hard and misses, getting hit on the pads. Parnell appeals for LBW but the impact was just outside off.
Full outside off, 142.7 kph, slapped down to long on for just a single. 14 needed from 5 balls now.
WAYNE PARNELL (1-0-3-1) to bowl the final over, replacing Duminy. Australia need 15.
to Brad Hodge
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Great comeback from Hendricks, going for just 6 runs in 6 balls after going for 6 without bowling a legal delivery.
to Brad Haddin
Pushes it to long on for just a single again.
Full outside off, 135.7 kph, Haddin backs away to the leg side and slices this over extra cover for a couple.
Bunts it towards mid on for one. 19 needed from 9 balls now.
Full and straight, Haddin can only push it to cover for a run.
BRAD HADDIN walks in at number 7, replacing Bailey.
OUT! Bailey has been run out! A full ball on middle, Hodge works it wide of long on. He is content with the single but Bailey wants the second and charges down. He is stranded and has to return. David Miller fires a rocket throw to the keeper and Bailey cannot make it even with a dive. Bailey departs for 2, AUSTRALIA 60/5 IN 5.1 OVERS, NEED 21 FROM 11 BALLS!
WIDE! Full and wide outside off, Hodge cannot reach it and misses.