Monday, 23 October 2017 05:13 GMT
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Hodge embraces pressure in thrilling T20 win

(MENAFN - Kora)

The veteran hit two sixes off the final over, making 21 off eight balls, to see Australia chase down their target of 81 from seven overs in the rain-affected second Twenty20 international in Durban



Hodge, 39, said he knew sixes would be required off the final Wayne Parnell over and was delighted to produce under pressure



"I had to get the ball over the fence a couple of times to win the game," he told a news conference



"Anytime when you get to put yourself under pressure it's good.



Rain almost washed out the second T20 after the first finished without a ball being bowled, also due to the weather



South Africa were sent in and made a competitive 80-1 thanks to Quinton de Kock (41 not out) and captain Faf du Plessis (27 not out)



But David Warner's 40 and Hodge's cameo saw Australia take a 1-0 series lead with a match remaining



Hodge, who batted at number six, hopes to continue supporting the top order as his side looked ahead to the upcoming World Twenty20



"That's my role. I'm just here to complement those guys up the top, use my experience and it all worked out in my favour today," he said



"Hopefully I can keep doing it.



South Africa coach Russell Domingo said his side were wary of Hodge and the Victorian's finishing ability



"We know he's an outstanding finisher and very calm under pressure. That's why he's back in the Australian side," he said



"We knew he was the guy that we probably needed to stop in the last few overs.










Hodge embraces pressure in thrilling T20 win