Putting the brakes on a cruising Australia side required a miracle or two, and Proteas duo Faf du Plessis and David Miller did just that with one of the best catches you will ever see.
En route to a remarkable 12-run victory, the pair teamed up for a brilliant relay catch to remove big-hitting all-rounder Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi, who finished with figures of 3-41.
Proteas pair team up for incredible catch
It was in the speedster’s final over, in a spell which was perhaps the catalyst of a brave comeback for the hosts, where the former skipper found himself dangerously close to treading on the boundary ropes at long-on before releasing the ball.
Running in from long-off was Miller, who was still some distance away from where the ball would have landed before diving forward to effect a brilliant catch, which further put the brakes on Australia, leaving them with 21 to get in the remaining 13 balls.
Watch: Faf du Plessis and David Miller pull off relay catch in video below
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How the Proteas staged a comeback
South Africa had won the toss for the second match running, electing to bat this time around after the contrary proved disastrous in the previous match.
Captain Quinton de Kock got them off to a flyer, playing main aggressor in a 60-run stand with Reeza Hendricks for the first wicket, and top scored with 70 as they post what was an admittedly below-par total of 158-4 in their 20 overs.
The Aussies looked well in control in their chase, despite losing their skipper Aaron Finch cheaply.
The infamous pair of David Warner and Steve Smith put on 50 on the dot for the second wicket and, with a cameo from Alex Carey, the visitors looked well on their way to a series victory heading into the final five overs.
Ngidi removed the wicketkeeper-batsman in his penultimate over, bringing in Marsh, who would be undone by the Du Plessis-Miller tag team in the speedster’s final over.
The 18th over saw Kagiso Rabada account for the wicket of Matthew Wade, as he restricted the Aussies to just four runs in his final six deliveries.
With the dangerous Warner still there, Anrich Nortje bowled Ashton Agar to claim his first wicket in the shortest format (can you believe it?), before he too conceded just four runs to secure a 12-run victory, which puts the hosts in good stead heading into the final match in Cape Town on Wednesday.