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   SW Tait 1-0-4-0

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

2.4

Tait to Gibbs, no run, 151ks, pitches on leg stump and slides down, Gibbs hops and tries to nudge it off the pads but cannot make good contact

2.5

Tait to Gibbs, 1 run, no footwork as he drives loosely, gets an inside edge on the pad, the ball trickles into the off side and Amla is quick to urge him on for the single, well run there

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   SW Tait 2-0-14-0

12.1

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, ah, fielded! Boucher cuts again to backward point, David Hussey flings himself to his left and stops the ball, then fires a throw that again misses the stumps

12.2

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, welcome boundary! Tait bowls full down leg stump and Duminy uses the pace to flick down to fine leg, the first four for 27 deliveries, mind you

12.3

Tait to Duminy, 1 wide, poor stuff, full and down the pads again, this time its called wide

12.3

Tait to Duminy, 1 run, angling away and Duminy opens the face to steer a single to third man

12.4

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, full on the stumps and he miscues the drive down to mid-on, scampering

12.5

Tait to Duminy, 1 run, another dabbed single wide of backward point for a single

12.6

Tait to Boucher, FOUR, slower delivery, 120ks, which Boucher clubs back over Tait's over

South Africa 83/3   SW Tait 3-0-27-0

14.1

Tait to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward and pushes the ball towards the off side

14.2

Tait to JA Morkel, no run, 149.5sks, banged in short down leg stump, Morkel ducks low

14.3

Tait to JA Morkel, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, Morkel hops back and pushes the ball to the off side, just a tip and run, and Duminy responds brilliantly too

14.4

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, nice meaty blow from Duminy, backing away to the sixth stump and clubbing the ball across the line, just picking it over the man at mid-on for a needed boundary

14.5

Tait to Duminy, no run, backs away and drills a full ball straight to deep mid-off, doesn't run

14.6

Tait to Duminy, FOUR, top shot! Duminy is striking them well, this time he backs away and connects superbly, driving hard and past extra cover before the fielder can respond

South Africa 103/4   SW Tait 4-0-37-0
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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