South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

South Africa in Australia T20I Series - 2nd T20I

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

0.1

Tait to Amla, 2 runs, and he's away first ball, shuffling across the stumps and turning a short ball nicely into the gap near the square leg umpire, running hard for a couple

0.2

Tait to Amla, no run, beaten! Fast and full and the movement beats Amla as he pushes on the forward shuffle, feet not to the pitch, a loose shot indeed

0.3

Tait to Amla, no run, much straighter delivery, 149ks, and Amla pats it back

0.4

Tait to Amla, no run, 150ks, short and rising and Amla hops up to try and plays the ball down, he does so with an angled bat and the ball rolls to the off side, thats three dots in a row

0.5

Tait to Amla, 2 runs, full and wide and he drives hard on the up to cover, where Warner dives forward to try and take the catch but the ball just falls short, he did well to take pace off the shot, but thats two more to Amla anyway

0.6

Tait to Amla, no run, slides down leg stump and brushes the pads en route to Ronchi

South Africa 4/0   HM Amla 4* (6b)

1.5

Bracken to Amla, no run, pitches on middle and off, straightens, and Amla clips to midwicket

1.6

Bracken to Amla, 1 run, pitches on a length and draws a thick edge to a diving Hussey at backward point

South Africa 7/0   HM Amla 5* (8b)

2.1

Tait to Amla, no run, gets a wee bit of room and punches it off the back foot, the ball goes to the left of David Hussey again, who dives and stops the ball, the batsmen are confused and don't run

2.2

Tait to Amla, SIX, there's half a dozen, and the first six of the innings! Short and wide, very quick and steeping, and all Amla has to do is throw the bat and gets six over third man

2.3

Tait to Amla, 3 runs, good shot, Amla gets on top of a short ball and punches through the covers

2.6

Tait to Amla, 4 leg byes, 149.5ks says the speedometer, but methinks its a bit quicker than that! A nasty short ball dug in to get Amla hopping to take evasive action, he does very well to get his head out the way of that ripper and the ball beats Ronchi as well

South Africa 21/0   HM Amla 14* (12b 1x6)

3.3

Bracken to Amla, 1 run, good ball, hitting a good length and nipping back in off the seam, Amla pushes the ball to extra cover and sets off, the direct throw comes in but Ama is safe

3.5

Bracken to Amla, no run, lovely angle beats him as he opens the face to steer it, doesn't carry to Ronchi

3.6

Bracken to Amla, 1 run, tickles a shorter ball down towards fine leg for one

South Africa 25/0   HM Amla 16* (15b 1x6)

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, pitches it outside off stump and thats slashed down to third man

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, great shot, on the pads and delectably flicked away through square leg

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, quicker ball, short of a length, sits up and beats the back-foot shot

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, bouncer, 142.6ks, and Amla ducks under it with ease

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, holds back the length to press Amla on the back foot, he makes room and steers the ball down towards the left of backward point and gets a single to keep strike

South Africa 34/0   HM Amla 22* (20b 1x4 1x6)

5.1

Hopes to Amla, no run, overpitched and Amla flashes the drive to cover, where Warner stops well

5.2

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, now a leading edge! The ball pitches straight on a good length and Amla shuffles back to flick the ball toward midwicket, except he ends up playing it just safe between three fielders on the off side

5.5

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, hops up and dabs a short of a length ball wide of backward point

South Africa 36/1   HM Amla 24* (23b 1x4 1x6)

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, lovely flick, all wrists, clipping from middle stump out to deep square leg

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump and Amla drives into the covers for one

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, OUT, pulled straight to White at short midwicket! The short ball works for Hilfenhaus, Amla tries to collect from outside off stump but plays it high off the bat to the fielder

HM Amla c White b Hilfenhaus 26 (28m 26b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

South Africa 40/2   HM Amla 26 (26b 1x4 1x6)
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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