South Africa tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Jan 11, 2009
Australia won by 52 runs
11 January 2009 - night match (20-over match)

Gibbs and Kallis (does he open in Tweny20?) are South Africa's openers. Bracken will bowl the first over.

0.1

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off stump with some movement away from the right-hander, Gibbs lets the ball pass through to Ronchi

0.2

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, tight line and length on off stump, Gibbs stays in his crease and defends towards point

0.3

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 wide, Bracken pitches outside leg stump, Gibbs gets down on one knee and tries to paddle past fine leg, he doesn't make contact

0.3

Bracken to Gibbs, OUT, lbw!! Bracken bowls a full ball, Gibbs tries to flick off the front foot but misses and gets hit on the pad. The impact was outside leg stump, Gibbs is unlucky

HH Gibbs lbw b Bracken 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

AB de Villiers is the new batsman.

0.4

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the front foot

0.5

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, Bracken pitches a good length ball around off stump and gets it to move into the right-hander, de Villiers defends

0.6

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, wide outside off stump and de Villiers chases it but doesn't make contact, Bracken finishes an outstanding over

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/1 (182 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 9.57)

    • AB de Villiers 0 (3b)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-1-1

Tait will bowl the second over.

1.1

Tait to Kallis, no run, that was 152 kmh! Kallis barely has time to duck under the bouncer, the ball was extremely close to the glove, it lobbed up to slip, it may have been off the glove!

1.2

Tait to Kallis, 1 leg bye, 155 kmh!! Kallis manages to work it off his pads behind square

1.3

Tait to de Villiers, OUT, de Villiers is in pain! And he's out! Tait bowls a short of a length ball at 155.6 kmh, de Villiers tries to pull but is beaten by the pace of the ball, it crashes into his hip off the bottom edge and he winces in pain, he loses balance as he moves back and the bat hits the stumps, he's in a lot of pain and he hobbles back to the dug out, I hope he isn't badly injured

AB de Villiers hit wicket b Tait 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.4

Tait to Duminy, 1 leg bye, 151kmh, Duminy plays the ball off his pads behind square

1.5

Tait to Kallis, FOUR, Tait fires in a straight ball, it isn't that short but Kallis swivels and manages to pull the ball powerfully through square leg

1.6

Tait to Kallis, no run, 153.2 kmh, Kallis hits the full ball into the ground and it goes towards slip. Tait finishes a seriously fast over

End of over 2 (6 runs) South Africa 7/2 (176 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 9.77)

    • JH Kallis 4 (4b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 0 (1b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-1
    • NW Bracken 1-0-1-1

Hilfenhaus replaces Bracken.

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Duminy lets it go

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, FOUR, 145 kmh on middle and off, Duminy stands in his crease and hits through the line, he lofts the ball over mid-on for four

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy nudges the ball off his pads behind square

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, good length outside off stump from Hilfenhaus, Kallis stays on the back foot and pushes towards cover point

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, OUT, bowled him! Kallis charges and makes room to hit down the ground, he misses and Hilfenhaus hits the top of off stump, that ball moved off the pitch a touch, Hilfenhaus does look a bit like Harmison, South Africa are in loads of trouble

JH Kallis b Hilfenhaus 4 (13m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Vaughn van Jaarsveld is the new batsman.

2.6

Hilfenhaus to van Jaarsveld, no run, van Jaarsveld pokes at a good length delivery outside off and gets beaten

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 12/3 (171 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 10.05)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 0 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 5 (4b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-5-1
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-1

The Wild Thing strides in again ... ready to unleash.

3.1

Tait to Duminy, no run, 149.3 kmh, that's his slowest ball so far, Duminy moves back and pushes towards mid-off

3.2

Tait to Duminy, no run, 150.7 kmh, that's a sharp bouncer and Duminy just manages to duck under it

3.3

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, full and wide outside off stump, Duminy leans forward and plays a lovely cover drive for four, superb timing and placement

3.4

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, that's quick, 150kmh, Duminy gets into position quickly and pulls the ball through backward square leg for four, he didn't move his feet too much, he didn't have time to

3.5

Tait to Duminy, 1 wide, that's too wide down leg side, Ronchi moves to his right to collect

3.5

Tait to Duminy, 1 wide, another one down leg side, Tait will have to rebowl that

Tait goes round the wicket ...

3.5

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Duminy stands tall on the back foot, gets on top of the bounce, and lofts the ball over cover, he can play!

3.6

Tait to Duminy, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 4 (14 runs) South Africa 26/3 (157 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.81)

    • JP Duminy 17 (10b 4x4)
    • VB van Jaarsveld 0 (1b)
    • SW Tait 2-0-18-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-5-1
4.1

Hilfenhaus to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, van Jaarsveld gets off the mark by pushing off the front foot towards third man

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy moves forward to a length ball and drives dead straight, Hilfenhaus can't get down quickly enough and that's four

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, full ball outside off, Duminy gets beaten

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, FOUR, low full toss outside off stump, Duminy jams his bat down and hits the ball hard into the ground behind him, it bounces over the keeper and goes for four!

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, played to midwicket

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, Hilfenhaus bowls a full ball on off stump, Duminy stays in his crease and drives to cover

End of over 5 (9 runs) South Africa 35/3 (148 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.86)

    • JP Duminy 25 (15b 6x4)
    • VB van Jaarsveld 1 (2b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-14-1
    • SW Tait 2-0-18-1

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Bracken replaces Tait ...

5.1

Bracken to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, played off the hips behind square

5.2

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, Duminy waits for it and dabs to short third man

5.3

Bracken to van Jaarsveld, 3 runs, lovely placement from van Jaarsveld, he goes on to the back foot and drives a good length ball between point and cover

5.4

Bracken to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy leans across and flicks a full ball off his pads behind square

5.5

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, David Hussey leaps to his right at point and stops a hard cut from Duminy, that would have been four had it got past

5.6

Bracken to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, another slower ball, van Jaarsveld pushes off the front foot towards mid-on

End of over 6 (9 runs) South Africa 44/3 (139 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 9.92)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 6 (5b)
    • JP Duminy 29 (18b 6x4)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-10-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-14-1

It's time for James Hopes, bowling from over the wicket.

6.1

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, good length outside off stump, van Jaarsveld moves forward and pushes towards mid-off

6.2

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy moves forward and taps a short of a length ball towards midwicket

6.3

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, van Jaarsveld moves back and nudges the ball towards mid-on for one more

6.4

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy makes room and drives a length ball on the up through cover

6.5

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, van Jaarsveld knocks the ball into the gap at extra cover and runs a single, South Africa need more boundaries

6.6

Hopes to Duminy, FOUR, and Duminy gives them one by pulling a short ball to the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 7 (9 runs) South Africa 53/3 (130 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 10.00)

    • JP Duminy 35 (21b 7x4)
    • VB van Jaarsveld 9 (8b)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-9-0
    • NW Bracken 2-0-10-1

David Hussey prepares to bowl his offspin.

7.1

DJ Hussey to van Jaarsveld, no run, he goes round the wicket and bowls a quick ball outside off, van Jaarsveld lets it go

7.2

DJ Hussey to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, nudged on the front foot towards the off side for one, Ronchi runs over to field

7.3

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 2 wides, he strays down leg side this time, that's wide

7.3

DJ Hussey to van Jaarsveld, 1 leg bye, van Jaarsveld tries to sweep but misses, he gets hit on the pad outside off

7.4

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, bowled full on middle and leg, Duminy taps it towards mid-on for one

7.5

DJ Hussey to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, van Jaarsveld knocks the ball towards midwicket for one more

7.6

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 3 runs, Duminy moves back to a flat and fast ball outside off and cuts towards the third-man boundary, the ball doesn't make it but Duminy will get three

End of over 8 (9 runs) South Africa 62/3 (121 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 10.08)

    • JP Duminy 39 (23b 7x4)
    • VB van Jaarsveld 11 (12b)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-8-0
    • JR Hopes 1-0-9-0
8.1

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, a low full toss and Duminy drives towards long off for a single

8.2

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, no run, short of a length on middle stump, van Jaarsveld drives the ball into the ground and back at Hopes who gets a hand on to it, he knocks it on to Duminy

8.3

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

8.4

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, another full toss and Duminy drives the ball straight past the bowler, lovely timing but he won't get four for it

8.5

Hopes to van Jaarsveld, OUT, caught! Hopes bowls a length ball angled into the left-handers pads, van Jaarsveld hits the ball in the air towards midwicket but he's placed it straight to White who takes a comfortable catch at head height

VB van Jaarsveld c White b Hopes 12 (22m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Boucher is the new batsman ...

8.6

Hopes to Boucher, no run, Hopes ends the over with a bouncer, it's only 128 kmh compared to Tait's fearsome offerings, Boucher ducks under it

End of over 9 (3 runs) South Africa 65/4 (118 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.22, RRR: 10.72)

    • MV Boucher 0 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 41 (25b 7x4)
    • JR Hopes 2-0-12-1
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-8-0
9.1

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy moves back and cuts towards backward point for a single, there's an overthrow at the bowler's end but Boucher has run too far past the stumps at the batsman's end to take advantage

9.2

DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

9.3

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy tries to drive through cover but gets a thick edge through point

9.4

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, that's a bit short but it's quick, 104 kmh from the offspinner, Duminy mis-hits towards cover

9.5

DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves back and makes room to dab the ball towards short third man

9.6

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 2 runs, short and wide outside off stump, Duminy moves back and cuts toward deep cover

"If Hopes' knock-on to Duminy at the non-striker's end had then rebounded onto the stumps and Duminy was out of his ground, would he have been out?" asks Steven. Yes he would.

End of over 10 (8 runs) South Africa 73/4 (110 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.30, RRR: 11.00)

    • JP Duminy 47 (29b 7x4)
    • MV Boucher 2 (3b)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-16-0
    • JR Hopes 2-0-12-1
10.1

Hopes to Boucher, 1 leg bye, Boucher moves back to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh, they steal the single

10.2

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, the slower ball on off stump, Duminy nudges towards extra cover and sets off, there's a direct hit at the bowler's end but Duminy is already past the stumps

10.3

Hopes to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher cuts off the back foot behind point

10.4

Hopes to Duminy, 2 runs, full ball on leg and middle, Duminy leans across and flicks the ball through square leg, that's his 50, off only 31 balls, well played!

10.5

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy flicks another full ball through midwicket

10.6

Hopes to Boucher, 2 runs, shot! Boucher moves forward and drives a full ball straight past the bowler, Warner runs to his left from long-on and dives to cut off the boundary

End of over 11 (8 runs) South Africa 81/4 (102 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 11.33)

    • MV Boucher 5 (6b)
    • JP Duminy 51 (32b 7x4)
    • JR Hopes 3-0-19-1
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-16-0
11.1

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, played off the back foot towards point

11.2

DJ Hussey to Boucher, OUT, that is some catch! Boucher charges down the track and lofts David Hussey towards deep midwicket, his brother Michael is in the deep and he pedals backwards and never takes his eyes off the ball, the ball is virtually past him when he reaches up and holds it while moving backwards, superb catch

MV Boucher c MEK Hussey b DJ Hussey 5 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Albie Morkel is the new batsman, he can hit a long ball.

11.3

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point for a single

11.4

DJ Hussey to Morkel, 1 run, Albie stays on the back foot and cuts through point

11.5

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, bowled flat and fast outside off, Duminy cuts through point again

11.6

DJ Hussey to Morkel, 1 wide, that's too far down leg side, Morkel misses the sweep

11.6

DJ Hussey to Morkel, no run, pushed off the front foot towards extra cover. Hussey is zipping through his overs

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 86/5 (97 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.16, RRR: 12.12)

    • JA Morkel 1 (2b)
    • JP Duminy 54 (35b 7x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-21-1
    • JR Hopes 3-0-19-1
12.1

Hopes to Duminy, no run, Hopes bowls a yorker and Duminy doesn't know where the ball has gone after he manages to dig it out

12.2

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, Duminy makes room and drives through cover

12.3

Hopes to Morkel, 1 wide, Hopes sends down a bouncer at 129 kmh but the length is too short and the ball sails over the batsman's head

12.3

Hopes to Morkel, 1 run, Hope bowls a good length ball on middle and off stump, Morkel stays in his crease and dabs the ball from his stumps towards third man

12.4

Hopes to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy picks a full ball off his pads and lofts towards the deep midwicket boundary, rapid bat speed

12.5

Hopes to Duminy, FOUR, White's lost it in the lights! Duminy hit the ball in the air down to long-on, White ran to his left and got to the ball but then stopped after losing sight of it, the ball bounced hear him and went for four

12.6

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, nudged off the pads for a single

End of over 13 (12 runs) South Africa 98/5 (85 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 12.14)

    • JP Duminy 64 (40b 9x4)
    • JA Morkel 2 (3b)
    • JR Hopes 4-0-31-1
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-21-1

Ponting's given the ball to Tait, the Wild Thing. Can he hit the 150 kmh range again.

13.1

Tait to Duminy, SIX, oh my goodness! That is the most bizarre shot I've seen in a while! Tait bowled a quick ball at 150 kmh on middle stump, Duminy moved across his stumps, got under the bounce and scooped it over the wicketkeeper's head for six!

13.2

Tait to Duminy, no run, Tait didn't like the previous shot and he replies with a fierce bouncer, Duminy ducks

13.3

Tait to Duminy, 2 runs, full and straight, Duminy drives the ball past mid-off, Hilfenhaus gives chase

13.4

Tait to Duminy, 2 runs, slower ball from Tait, Duminy hits the ball through midwicket

13.5

Tait to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy smashes the ball flat towards long-on for a single, it reached Hilfenhaus on one bounce

13.6

Tait to Morkel, 5 runs, that will be five! Morkel nudges the ball towards David Hussey at point and sets off for the single, Hussey throws at the bowler's end and the ball deflects off Morkel's bat and goes to the long-on boundary

End of over 14 (16 runs) South Africa 114/5 (69 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.14, RRR: 11.50)

    • JA Morkel 7 (4b)
    • JP Duminy 75 (45b 9x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 3-0-34-1
    • JR Hopes 4-0-31-1

South Africa need 69 off six overs. Bracken's back.

14.1

Bracken to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel cuts the ball in the air but through the gap at backward point for four, third man is in the circle and it was wide of Tait at backward point

14.2

Bracken to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel slogs the ball in the air towards long-on and it falls short of David Hussey

14.3

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy lines up a length delivery and pulls it in the air, the ball falls short of the fielder at deep square leg, this time it's Michael Hussey

14.4

Bracken to Morkel, no run, Bracken bowls a cutter and gets it to bounce a bit more, Morkel tries to cut but gets beaten

14.5

Bracken to Morkel, OUT, caught! The lights are not in White's eyes this time! Morkel gets under a length ball and hits it hard, flat and straight to White at deep midwicket, he takes the catch comfortably

JA Morkel c White b Bracken 12 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Botha is the new batsman.

14.6

Bracken to Duminy, 2 runs, short ball, Duminy moves across and pulls the ball gently behind square

End of over 15 (8 runs) South Africa 122/6 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.13, RRR: 12.20)

    • JP Duminy 78 (47b 9x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 0 (0b)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-18-2
    • SW Tait 3-0-34-1

David Hussey will bowl his final over.

15.1

DJ Hussey to Botha, 1 run, Botha tries to reverse sweep his first ball but can't get it past short third man

15.2

DJ Hussey to Duminy, OUT, lbw! Duminy' gone! He tried to reverse sweep a delivery angling into him from round the wicket, it was the quicker one from Hussey and Duminy missed it, the ball hit him on the pad right in front of the stumps, that's probably the end of South Africa's challenge tonight

JP Duminy lbw b DJ Hussey 78 (56m 48b 9x4 1x6) SR: 162.50

15.3

DJ Hussey to Steyn, 1 run, driven firmly off the front foot past the bowler

15.4

DJ Hussey to Botha, 1 run

15.5

DJ Hussey to Steyn, OUT, Steyn's gone too! He tries to hit on the on side but the leading edge falls into Bracken's hands at short third man

DW Steyn c Bracken b DJ Hussey 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

15.6

DJ Hussey to Botha, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 126/8 (57 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.87, RRR: 14.25)

    • J Botha 3 (3b)
    • M Ntini 0 (0b)
    • DJ Hussey 4-0-25-3
    • NW Bracken 3-0-18-2
16.1

Hilfenhaus to Botha, 1 run, Hilfenhaus bowls a superb yorker on middle stump and the batsman just manages to dig it out behind square

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Ntini, OUT, bowled him! Hilfenhaus sends down another yorker and gets it to swing into Ntini's boot, Ntini loses balance as the ball thuds into his shoe and goes on to hit the stumps

M Ntini b Hilfenhaus 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tsotsobe is the last batsman.

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, full toss on middle stump, the batsman just manages to play it to midwicket

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, Tsotsobe manages to keep out another yorker

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, Hilfenhaus follows up the yorkers with a bouncer, Tsotsobe ducks in a hurry

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, is that an edge? There's a half appeal from the Australians. Tsotsobe stuck his bat out and missed the ball, i don't think it hit anything

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 127/9 (56 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 18.66)

    • LL Tsotsobe 0 (4b)
    • J Botha 4 (4b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-15-2
    • DJ Hussey 4-0-25-3
17.1

Tait to Botha, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Botha swings his bat hard and hits the ball behind square

17.2

Tait to Tsotsobe, no run, Tait bowls a yorker outside off stump, Tsotsobe defends and then decides to run even though the ball is near his crease, he has to hurry back after Tait runs towards the ball

17.3

Tait to Tsotsobe, 1 run, Tait's aiming for the base of middle, the ball is on target until Tsotsobe brings his bat down and plays it to midwicket

17.4

Tait to Botha, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Botha lets it go

17.5

Tait to Botha, 1 leg bye, Tait bowls a full ball slanting into the pads and hits Botha, he appeals for lbw but that was missing leg, the ball goes towards short third man and they run a leg bye

17.6

Tait to Tsotsobe, OUT, bowled him! Tait sends down another yorker, this time the ball smacks Tsotsobe on the pads outside the line of leg stump and then bounces on to the stumps

LL Tsotsobe b Tait 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

10.42 pm: Australia have won the first Twenty20 by 52 runs. The victory was set up by bolter David Warner's audacious 89 off 43 balls. He hit seven fours, half a dozen sixes and led Australia to 182.

South Africa's chase was wrecked after Gibbs fell in Bracken's first over and Tait knocked the wind out of de Villiers. Duminy played a superb innings but he had little support from the other batsmen.

No prizes for guessing that David Warner is the Man of the Match. Remember he hasn't even played a first-class game. "It's unreal," he says. "It feels a lot different from Bondi (beach). I was a bit nervous."

The second Twenty20 game is on January 13 in Brisbane. Do join us for that one. Until then, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers!

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 130/10 (53 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 26.50)

    • J Botha 5 (7b)
    • SW Tait 4-0-36-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-15-2
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