South Africa tour of Australia, 2nd T20I: Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Jan 13, 2009
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
13 January 2009 - night match (20-over match)

Hello and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball commentary of the second and final Twenty20 international fixture between Australia and South Africa. The venue for today's game is Brisbane, and the ground is sold out. That means about 40,000 people. Excellent!

South Africa have made three changes to their squad after Sunday night's 52-run belting by Australia. The Under-19 star Wayne Parnell, Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel come into the side at the expense of Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

The Gabba pitch is in excellent shape, offering true bounce and excellent carry.

The other big news is that Matthew Hayden has called it quits after a 17-year first-class career and 103 Test matches. Hayden, 37, had been dropped last week from Australia's Twenty20 and limited-overs squads, but selectors said they would consider the country's most successful opening batsman for the trips to South Africa and England.

South Africa have won the toss and will bat. AB de Villiers, who copped a nasty blow to the midriff from Shaun Tait on Sunday, has been replaced by Neil McKenzie, the Twenty20 specialist. Amla and Parnell also enter. This is Parnell's debut. Kallis misses out. Australia have made no changes.

Here are the XIs: South Africa 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Vaughn van Jaarsveld, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha (capt), 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Wayne Parnell.

Australia1 Shaun Marsh, 2 David Warner, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 James Hopes, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Cameron White, 9 Nathan Bracken, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Shaun Tait.

It will be Jamie Alter and Binoy George taking you through the evening's action.

There are a few minutes to kill before the start. We've got some wallpapers of Australian and South African players for you to download.

Out come the Australians, to massive cheer. Unbelievable noise. Gibbs and Amla follow. The boundaries have been brought in by a distance, so expect fireworks. Tait has the new ball. Two slips in place. This is Amla's first Twenty20 international. He's on strike.


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


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


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


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


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


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

A very miserly first over from Tait. And quick!

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • HM Amla 4 (6b)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (0b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-0

Nathan Bracken shares the new ball from over the stumps.


Bracken to Gibbs, 1 wide, starts off with a wide, full and swinging down leg stump


Bracken to Gibbs, no run, thats a great length, pitching just outside off stump and then straightening, and Gibbs leaves it be like this is day one of a Test match at the Wanderers


Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches fuller and he drives it on the rise to the man at cover

Four men on the off side.


Bracken to Gibbs, no run, dragged in fractionally short and Gibbs tries to pull from outside off stump, but only succeeds in dragging it down in front of midwicket, hit off the toe end of the bat


Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, turns a straighter delivery to midwicket and pinches a single

This has been very accurate stuff from Australia.


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

A man saves one on the leg side for the last ball.


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

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • HM Amla 5 (8b)
    • HH Gibbs 1 (4b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-3-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-0

Well, this has been a sedate start from South Africa. Just won't do in Twenty20 cricket.


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


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

Warner has gone off the field to have a look at an injured finger.


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


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


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


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

End of over 3 (14 runs) South Africa 21/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • HM Amla 14 (12b 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 2 (6b)
    • SW Tait 2-0-14-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-3-0

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches down leg with some good late swing, Gibbs clips to midwicket


Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, slower ball, Gibbs inches forward and then adjusts to dab towards gully


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


Bracken to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, gets across to swing a straight delivery over square leg, makes a bit of contact on the inside edge and Hopes does very well with a dive at short fine leg to save four


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


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

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 6.25)

    • HM Amla 16 (15b 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 3 (9b)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-6-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-14-0

Ben Hilfenhaus into the attack. Just three men on the leg side.


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


Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 3 runs, makes room, dances down, and carves it on the up just over cover, David Hussey gives chase and cuts it down to three near the ropes


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

Amla is such a good batsman to watch.


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


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


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

End of over 5 (9 runs) South Africa 34/0 (RR: 6.80)

    • HM Amla 22 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 6 (10b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-9-0
    • NW Bracken 2-0-6-0

James Hopes replaces Bracken from over the stumps.


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


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


Hopes to Gibbs, no run, comes forward and drives but straight to the man


Hopes to Gibbs, OUT, and Hopes gets Gibbs! He kneels across and goes for that booming swipe only to send the ball down to Michael Hussey, running in from deep midwicket, who takes it on his knees

HH Gibbs c MEK Hussey b Hopes 6 (22m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


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

Here's JP Duminy, who played a superb hand on Sunday.


Hopes to Duminy, no run, comes forward and streakily steers the ball towards backward point

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 36/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • JP Duminy 0 (1b)
    • HM Amla 24 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-2-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-9-0

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


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, 142.3ks, bouncer over the stumps, and Duminy ducks low

Another crucial dot ball.


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, defends the ball with soft hands, it trickles towards the off side, Duminy is hesitant but Amla is adamant they can get a single off that and he succeeds too, well run


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


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, pitches full on around off stump and he works it uppishly to midwicket


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

Two wickets for Australia in successive overs. David Hussey comes on.

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 40/2 (RR: 5.71)

    • JP Duminy 2 (4b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-13-1
    • JR Hopes 1-0-2-1

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, flighted up outside leg stump, Duminy flicks into the midwicket region

Hussey changes the angle to Vaughn van Jaarsveld.


DJ Hussey to van Jaarsveld, OUT, and it works! Hussey floats that up full on the stumps, van Jaarsveld doesn't get far enough across as he goes for the sweep, and cops it flush on the pad in front of middle and leg

VB van Jaarsveld lbw b DJ Hussey 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A first-ball duck for van Jaarsveld. In comes Mark Boucher. Hussey changes the angle again.


DJ Hussey to Boucher, no run, fired in flat on the stumps and Boucher digs it back out to Hussey


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, now he gets a single, working it from off stump toward midwicket


DJ Hussey to Duminy, FOUR, safest place to score your runs! Hussey jumps up in agony as the ball sits up and draws and edge that Ronchi can't hold onto and the ball flies down to the ropes, it didn't even hit the gloves, so can't say its a drop


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward and drives the ball to mid-on for one

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 47/3 (RR: 5.87)

    • JP Duminy 8 (7b 1x4)
    • MV Boucher 1 (2b)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-7-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-13-1

Micheal Hussey into the attack. Brothers from both ends.


MEK Hussey to Duminy, 1 leg bye, slides down the stumps and he plays it away toward square leg


MEK Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, uses his feet and drives the ball towards midwicket for one


MEK Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, cute shot, opens the face and dabs it fine to raise South Africa's 50


MEK Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, shuffles across the stumps and flicks the ball wide of square leg


MEK Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, pitches on a length and Duminy drives on the rise into the covers for one


MEK Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, tossed up on a length, Boucher comes forward and steers it to point

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 53/3 (RR: 5.88)

    • MV Boucher 4 (5b)
    • JP Duminy 10 (10b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-5-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-7-1

The brothers Hussey continue.


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, gets some room, waits, and forces the ball behind backward point


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward and pushes the ball towards extra cover


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, short ball and he flashes an thick edge safely wide of short third man


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward and uses the wrists, clipping wide of midwicket


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, fired in flat, he comes across and turns the ball to midwikcet


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up and he comes out to push the ball into the covers

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 59/3 (RR: 5.90)

    • JP Duminy 13 (13b 1x4)
    • MV Boucher 7 (8b)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-13-1
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-5-0

Hopes comes back. Have you checked out Cricinfo's Facebook page?


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, pitched up outside off stump, Duminy drives down to long-off


Hopes to Boucher, 1 run, how did that miss! David Hussey intercepts a firm cut shot from Boucher to his right at point, takes no time to release the ball but he misses the nonstrikers stumps with Boucher not even in the frame


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, pitches a bit wider and he steers it down to third man for one


Hopes to Boucher, 1 run, uses his feet to collect on the full, driving down to Bracken at long-off


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, another nervous single dabbed through the off side, Tait runs in and fields

Where are the boundaries?


Hopes to Boucher, 1 run, fails to cash in on a full toss, instead chipping in the air past midwicket

Ponting has shuffled his bowlers well.

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 65/3 (RR: 5.90)

    • MV Boucher 10 (11b)
    • JP Duminy 16 (16b 1x4)
    • JR Hopes 2-0-8-1
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-13-1

DJ Hussey to Boucher, no run, tossed up gently on off stump and Boucher pushes it back to Hussey


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, flicks across the line, and a good stop keeps them to a single


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, a touch shorter and Duminy pulls out to deep midwicket for one more


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, pulls across the line, not timed well, and another single past midwicket


DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up and Duminy drives to mid-off, who is a bit deep


DJ Hussey to Boucher, 1 run, tossed up a bit wider and Boucher come out to drives past cover

This is smart, accurate Twenty20 bowling from Hussey. "More singles than The Beatles," says Richard.

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 70/3 (RR: 5.83)

    • MV Boucher 13 (15b)
    • JP Duminy 18 (18b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-18-1
    • JR Hopes 2-0-8-1

Tait makes an appearance.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Two boundaries in the over. They're running away with it.

End of over 13 (13 runs) South Africa 83/3 (RR: 6.38)

    • MV Boucher 19 (18b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 24 (21b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-27-0
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-18-1

Hopes to Duminy, SIX, shot, Duminy! Hopes strays on the stumps and Duminy just helps it on its way over deep square leg for six with the most amazing pick up paddle shot, all wrists


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, more orthodox approach now, steering a single down to deep point


Hopes to Boucher, OUT, swipes across the line and sends a top edge to Tait at backward point

MV Boucher c Tait b Hopes 19 (19m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, full on the stumps and played to deep mid-off for a single


Hopes to JA Morkel, no run, stands his ground and steers the ball to Tait at deep point


Hopes to JA Morkel, 2 runs, drills a length ball straight back past mid-off, Warner runs across and dives superbly, flicking the ball to the other fielder, man he's some rock star in these parts, just listen to the cheer

End of over 14 (10 runs) South Africa 93/4 (RR: 6.64)

    • JA Morkel 2 (2b)
    • JP Duminy 32 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • JR Hopes 3-0-18-2
    • SW Tait 3-0-27-0

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


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


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


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


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


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

End of over 15 (10 runs) South Africa 103/4 (RR: 6.86)

    • JP Duminy 41 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 3 (4b)
    • SW Tait 4-0-37-0
    • JR Hopes 3-0-18-2

Hopes to JA Morkel, no run, chases a very full and wide ball and falls down, wide not signalled?


Hopes to JA Morkel, FOUR, fetch that! Morkel clubs the ball dead straight back past Hopes, who sways out of the way to save his block being knocked off, and neither long-off nor long-on get there


Hopes to JA Morkel, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, pushed into the covers for one


Hopes to Duminy, FOUR, swings across the line and inside edges smack past square leg


Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, fetches it from well outside off stump, doesn't connect well at all but the ball drops safely in front of David Hussey down at long-on


Hopes to JA Morkel, 1 run, low full toss on leg stump, driven wide of mid-on this time

Duminy has picked up the pace excellently. Albie needs to do the same.

End of over 16 (11 runs) South Africa 114/4 (RR: 7.12)

    • JA Morkel 9 (8b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 46 (30b 5x4 1x6)
    • JR Hopes 4-0-29-2
    • SW Tait 4-0-37-0

Ponting calls back Hilfenhaus.


Hilfenhaus to JA Morkel, 2 runs, another very full ball outside off stump, which Morkel scoops towards Ponting in the covers, who attacks the ball but ends up fumbling the take, so they get two


Hilfenhaus to JA Morkel, 1 wide, slow bouncer, 113ks, and Paul Reifel calls it a wide


Hilfenhaus to JA Morkel, 1 run, swings down the pads, inside-edged to short fine leg


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 2 runs, reaches out and drives the ball into the covers


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, again he reaches out and thrashes the ball into the off side


Hilfenhaus to JA Morkel, SIX, sweet shot, Morkel! On the pads and swung over long-on for a flat six


Hilfenhaus to JA Morkel, 1 run, clever slower ball to end the over, Morkel exposes the stumps and swings it away, instead getting an inside edge onto the boots and Duminy calls him for the single

End of over 17 (14 runs) South Africa 128/4 (RR: 7.52)

    • JA Morkel 19 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 49 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-27-1
    • JR Hopes 4-0-29-2

Bracken back into the attack.


Bracken to JA Morkel, OUT, swung down to long -on! Bracken strikes first ball, pitching it just outside off stump, Morkel connects well with the big swipe but David Hussey runs across and from long-off and takes the ball to his right, very well held, even as the other fielder converged from the other side

JA Morkel c DJ Hussey b Bracken 19 (15m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 146.15


Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball pitches full outside off stump, Duminy comes across and clips the ball wide of midwicket to raise a very well played half-century

Neil McKenzie is the new batsman. Bracken changes the angle.


Bracken to McKenzie, 1 run, pitches full just around off stump and McKenzie dabs it into the covers


Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, Tait drops him at gully! Duminy backs away and carves the ball, the fielder dives forward to his left but spills the chance


Bracken to McKenzie, 1 run, yorker just outside off stump, dug out into the covers for one more


Bracken to Duminy, FOUR, very full and wide, he reaches out and edges wide of Ronchi for four

End of over 18 (8 runs) South Africa 136/5 (RR: 7.55)

    • JP Duminy 55 (35b 6x4 1x6)
    • ND McKenzie 2 (2b)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-14-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-27-1

Hilfenhaus to McKenzie, no run, full and wide, he goes for some sort of paddle and can't connect


Hilfenhaus to McKenzie, 2 runs, pulls a short ball from outside off stump, picks it over midwicket, White dives well on the ropes and saves two runs, well stopped there


Hilfenhaus to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, opts for another paddle shot but misses, the attempted yorker hits him on the full as he sweeps across the stumps, hit outside the line and Duminy calls him on


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 wide, too far from off stump and another single to the total


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump and he carves the ball wide of cover


Hilfenhaus to McKenzie, 1 run, gets up on the toes to uppercut a short ball but chops the ball to point


Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, clever full and slower ball which Duminy cannot get bat on

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 142/5 (RR: 7.47)

    • JP Duminy 56 (37b 6x4 1x6)
    • ND McKenzie 5 (6b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-0-32-1
    • NW Bracken 3-0-14-1

Bracken comes around the stumps.


Bracken to McKenzie, 1 run, slower ball, just 102ks, very full and squirted to cover for one


Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, 130ks, full and swinging down leg stump, Duminy moves back and swings the bat but only gets a thin inside edge onto his pads, then gets a single to the off


Bracken to McKenzie, 1 run, swings across a full ball and clips the ball to midwicket for one


Bracken to Duminy, SIX, there's a healthy shot! Bracken veers a bit too wide outside off stump and Duminy lofts him back over long-off's head for six, lovely strike and thats what South Africa need


Bracken to Duminy, FOUR, on the stumps, slower ball, and superbly lapped with fine leg up


Bracken to Duminy, 2 runs, full toss outside off stump, heaved over mid-on for a couple more

7.55pm So Duminy has helped South Africa to 5 for 157. A bit disappointing, you have to say. South Africa's bowlers will have to be sharp. Australia need to score at 7.90 runs an over to take the series 2-0. Stay with us, because we will be back very soon.

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End of over 20 (15 runs) South Africa 157/5

    • JP Duminy 69 (41b 7x4 2x6)
    • ND McKenzie 7 (8b)
    • NW Bracken 4-0-29-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-0-32-1





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