South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

South Africa in Australia T20I Series - 1st T20I

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 52 runs

5.1

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Ponting pushes forward and plays the ball towards third man

5.2

Steyn to Warner, SIX, what a shot! That was bowled at 149.8 kmh and Warner merely turned around and helped the ball over the fine-leg boundary with an audacious paddle shot, fine leg was in the circle, Steyn can't believe it

5.3

Steyn to Warner, SIX, 52 off 19 balls! Warner gets there by charging and pulling the short ball high and far over deep midwicket, this guy has awesome hand-eye co-ordination, and terrific bat speed

5.4

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single

5.5

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, dropped! Ponting smashes it right back at Steyn who can't hold on in his follow through

5.6

Steyn to Warner, no run, Warner backs away and has to wait for a short ball to reach him before swatting it towards cover

Australia 69/1   DW Steyn 1-0-15-0

7.1

Steyn to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting lofts down the ground and hits the ball high in the air, Botha sprints after it from mid-off and dives full length but still can't reach it

7.2

Steyn to Ponting, 1 wide, 145 kmh, Ponting slashes at a short of a length ball outside off but misses, that's too wide

7.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, Ponting tries to pull Steyn but doesn't make contact, it looked like he was late on the shot

7.3

Steyn to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting gets on to the front foot and flicks the ball off his hips over midwicket, Kallis dives in the deep

7.4

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, slower ball from Steyn at 114 kmh, Warner waits for it and taps towards cover for a quick single

7.5

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting moves forward to a good length ball and hits towards long-off, it was in the air but well short of the fielder

7.6

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, he can pull, can Warner! He lines up another short ball from Steyn and smashes it towards deep midwicket, the ball falls a few yards short of the boundary

Australia 86/1   DW Steyn 2-0-27-0

17.1

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, Hopes makes room and drives the ball through cover point

17.2

Steyn to Ronchi, FOUR, what a super shot! Ronchi makes room by moving towards leg and cuts a short of a length ball down to the third man boundary, similar to the one Tendulkar plays

17.3

Steyn to Ronchi, 2 runs, driven firmly off the front foot towards long off

17.4

Steyn to Ronchi, OUT, caught! Terrific effort from Ntini! Ronchi makes room again and slashes the ball high in the air towards third man, I think Ntini mis-judged it a bit and the ball looked like it was going to fall short off him. But he came in, dived forward and held the catch centimeters off the grass

L Ronchi c Ntini b Steyn 11 (8m 5b 2x4 0x6) SR: 220.00

17.5

Steyn to Hopes, 2 runs, Hopes makes room and drives the ball through point

17.6

Steyn to Hopes, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Hopes lets it go

Australia 170/7   DW Steyn 3-0-36-1

19.1

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, Hopes hits the first ball towards extra cover, he takes the single

19.2

Steyn to Bracken, 1 bye, slower ball outside off stump, Bracken swings but misses, Hopes has sprinted off for the bye and he makes it!

19.3

Steyn to Hopes, OUT, caught! Steyn bowls another slower one at 119 kmh, Hopes makes room to hit inside out over cover but gets beaten by the change of pace, he lobs a simple catch towards Botha

JR Hopes c Botha b Steyn 13 (15m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

19.4

Steyn to Hilfenhaus, 1 bye, another swing and a miss, Bracken sets off for another bye and Boucher misses the stumps again

19.5

Steyn to Bracken, OUT, bowled him! Bracken moves outside leg stump to make room, Steyn bowls the ball fast, full and dead straight, he beats Bracken for pace and hits middle stump

NW Bracken b Steyn 1 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

19.6

Steyn to Tait, 1 run, Tait digs the yorker out towards midwicket for a single to end the innings

Australia 182/9   DW Steyn 4-0-38-3
Series Results
Australia v South Africa at Brisbane - Jan 13, 2009
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Melbourne - Jan 11, 2009
Australia won by 52 runs
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Photos

Jan 11, 2009

David Warner launches a huge six over midwicket on his way to 89 on debut, Australia v South Africa, 1st Twenty20 international, Melbourne, January 11, 2009

David Warner launches a huge six over midwicket on his way to 89 on debut

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Jan 11, 2009

David Warner goes over the top on his way to 89 on debut, Australia v South Africa, 1st Twenty20 international, Melbourne, January 11, 2009

David Warner goes over the top on his way to 89 on debut

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