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)

8.10pm Welcome back. Matthew Hayden did a lap of honour in an open-top blue sports car during the break and received a rousing cheer from the Gabba. His wife and kids were in tow. He spoke to Mark Nicholas and got a bit emotional. His wife Kellie also shared a few words. You can read tributes to Hayden here.

Back to the live cricket, even as Hayden signs autographs for fans along the boundary. Warner and Marsh are in the middle. The South Africans are in the field. They are defending 157. Boucher stands up to the stumps. Botha opens the bowling with his off spin. Marsh on strike.

0.1

Botha to Marsh, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he mistimes the shot back down the track

0.2

Botha to Marsh, no run, flights up a full toss outside leg stump, again he mistimes the shot

0.3

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, gets off the mark now, driving the ball toward mid-off

Warner takes guard. What will he do?

0.4

Botha to Warner, no run, flighted outside leg stump, tucks him up, Warner plays to the on side

0.5

Botha to Warner, no run, comes out and Botha fires it in flat, getting Warner defending

Superb bowling from the South African captain.

0.6

Botha to Warner, no run, and again! Fired in flat and Warner, on the move, drives it back to Botha

Now then, how is that for an opening over? Great stuff.

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (157 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 8.26)
DA Warner    0* (3b)      J Botha    1-0-1-0
SE Marsh    1* (3b)     

From spin to Steyn.

1.1

Steyn to Marsh, no run, fullish outside off stump, inviting the drive, but no shot offered

1.2

Steyn to Marsh, 1 leg bye, slides down the pads, deflected off the thigh, Boucher dives and fumbles

Warner will face Steyn, whom he tonked at the MCG.

1.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, ouch! Steyn keeps it full on leg stump, Warner looks to swing it away but cops it flush in the midriff, takes a few puffs to collect himself, another bot ball though

1.4

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, pitches on leg stump, Warner shuffles and knocks the ball to midwicket

1.5

Steyn to Marsh, SIX, bang, thats a beauty! Marsh swings the shorter ball of one leg and strikes it off the middle of the bat for a flat six over deep square leg

1.6

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pushes a length ball straight to backward point to end the over

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 9/0 (149 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.27)
SE Marsh    7* (7b 1x6)      DW Steyn    1-0-7-0
DA Warner    1* (5b)      J Botha    1-0-1-0

Wayne Parnell, the Under-19 captain, to bowl for the first time at this level.

2.1

Parnell to Warner, 2 runs, starts off a bit short and Warner clubs it wide of mid-on, not timed too well

2.2

Parnell to Warner, 1 run, another swing from Warner, but again not off the middle at all

2.3

Parnell to Marsh, 1 run, overpitched and driven to Morne at mid-off, who slides to save runs

2.4

Parnell to Warner, no run, full on the stumps, Warner makes room and smacks that very hard back to Parnell, who deflects it of the boots to cover, that must have stung the bowler

2.5

Parnell to Warner, 2 runs, full on off stump, Warner heaves it through midwicket for two

He has not timed a ball off the middle yet, Warner. But not lacking any intent. Problems with the sight screen.

2.6

Parnell to Warner, no run, full and wide outside off stump and Warner steers it to backward point

That is not a bad debut over at all from young Parnell.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 15/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.41)
DA Warner    6* (10b)      WD Parnell    1-0-6-0
SE Marsh    8* (8b 1x6)      DW Steyn    1-0-7-0

Morne comes into the attack, so just the one over from the captain.

3.1

M Morkel to Marsh, no run, pitches on a length and Marsh drives it straight to mid-on

3.2

M Morkel to Marsh, no run, very tidy stuff, straight on middle and leg, pushed to the man at point

All these are crucial dot balls.

3.3

M Morkel to Marsh, no run, swing and a miss, Morne pitches it up and Marsh gives it a go

3.4

M Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, lands on a good length, dabbed with soft hands to cover and he sprints

3.5

M Morkel to Warner, 1 run, high full toss outside off stump, Warner slaps it down the ground, Botha dives and cuts it off from mid-off, very well stopped, that was headed to the ropes

3.6

M Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, top shot, just flicked away through midwicket, very easy on the eye

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 21/0 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 8.56)
SE Marsh    13* (13b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0
DA Warner    7* (11b)      WD Parnell    1-0-6-0

Steyn takes the ball.

4.1

Steyn to Warner, OUT, the sound of timber! You miss, I hit! Steyn pitches full and straight, Warner swings and misses, and the ball takes out middle stump

DA Warner b Steyn 7 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

South Africa will be so relieved to see the back of that man Warner. In comes Ponting.

4.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, back of a length and Ponting pushes the ball to the man at point

4.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, 139.6ks, pitched up wide, Ponting goes for a pull and misses

4.4

Steyn to Ponting, 1 wide, that will be wide, too full and swinging and Ponting chases it again

4.4

Steyn to Ponting, 1 wide, slower ball, 116ks, but sliding down the pads for another wide

The Beegees' Staying Alive blares across the Gabba.

4.4

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, full down leg stump and flicked away to midwicket for one

4.5

Steyn to Marsh, 1 leg bye, pitches full just outside leg stump, swinging through the air, Marsh misses the flick and scampers a leg bye as the ball rolls wide of Boucher

4.6

Steyn to Ponting, 1 wide, again Steyn drifts down the pads and bowls another wide

4.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, thats the length, pitches on the stumps and Ponting defends it back

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 26/1 (132 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 8.80)
RT Ponting    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    2-0-11-1
SE Marsh    13* (14b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0

After five overs, Australia are 1 for 26. Slow start. Parnell comes back.

5.1

Parnell to Marsh, 1 run, pulls a length ball down toward mid-on and runs hard for the single

5.2

Parnell to Ponting, no run, pushes Ponting onto the back foot, dabbed toward point

5.3

Parnell to Ponting, no run, beaten on the drive, full outside off stump and he swings at it

5.4

Parnell to Ponting, no run, comes forward, then goes back, and forces the ball to point

Parnell changes the angle as La Bamba plays out across the Brisbane air.

5.5

Parnell to Ponting, 1 run, pitches full and Ponting pushes the drive down to mid-off

5.6

Parnell to Marsh, 1 run, pitches back of a length, Marsh pulls a cramped shot to midwicket

End of over 6 (3 runs) Australia 29/1 (129 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 9.21)
SE Marsh    15* (16b 1x4 1x6)      WD Parnell    2-0-9-0
RT Ponting    2* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-11-1

6.1

M Morkel to Marsh, OUT, soft dismissal this time, Marsh doesn't move his feet much as he attempts to clear the infield, and just scoops the ball up in the air to Botha at mid-on

SE Marsh c Botha b M Morkel 15 (27m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 88.23

In comes Michael Hussey. But Ponting will face.

6.2

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, bowls it full to bring Ponting forward and he steers it to backward point

6.3

M Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, throws the kitchen sink at one pitched up outside off stump, carving a thick outside edge over gully that drops safely wide of the the fielder at third man

6.4

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, overpitched and Ponting drives handsomely to the man at mid-off

6.5

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, this one pitches just short of a length and Ponting pulls across the line, more off the front foot initially, there's a noise as the ball brushes his arm through to Boucher

6.6

M Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, sumptuously flicked down to fine leg, where Amla dives in vain

End of over 7 (6 runs) Australia 35/2 (123 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.46)
RT Ponting    8* (13b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-1
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      WD Parnell    2-0-9-0

Botha puts himself back into the attack. Around the stumps to Hussey.

7.1

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Hussey drives into the covers

Botha changes the angle ...

7.2

Botha to Ponting, no run, tossed up, Ponting flicks well, but a super dive from Gibbs at midwicket

7.3

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, flicks this one finer and gets a single this time

7.4

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slowly tossed up, Hussey shuffles and dabs the ball to midwicket

7.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, drifts down from a shorter length, Ponting plays a little paddle shot

7.6

Botha to MEK Hussey, no run, well bowled, full and flat, driven to the off, where Gibbs cuts it off

Another parsimonious over from the South African captain.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 39/2 (119 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 9.91)
MEK Hussey    2* (3b)      J Botha    2-0-5-0
RT Ponting    10* (16b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-1

Australia need to really up the run rate. Albie makes an appearance into the attack.

8.1

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on the stumps, Ponting shuffles and clips it to midwicket

8.2

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, searches for the yorker, bowls it too full, Ponting drives to midwicket

Two dot balls ...

8.3

JA Morkel to Ponting, SIX, lovely shot! Ponting! Down he comes, just flicking the slower ball over midwicket for six, thats well held too by a fan in a South African tee shirt

8.4

JA Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, shot, and what fielding! Ponting drills a full ball ramrod straight back past the stumps, Duminy dives across from long-on, stops it superbly, and flicks a throw to Morne at long-off, who collects very well ... talk about a tag team

8.5

JA Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, comes out and slogs a premeditated shot down to long-on for one

8.6

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, no run, slower ball, pitches on leg stump and Hussey plays it back

End of over 9 (9 runs) Australia 48/2 (110 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 10.00)
MEK Hussey    2* (4b)      JA Morkel    1-0-9-0
RT Ponting    19* (21b 1x4 1x6)      J Botha    2-0-5-0

9.1

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, Ponting comes out and flicks to midwicket

9.2

Botha to MEK Hussey, no run, missed stumping! The bounce undoes Hussey and Boucher, Botha lured the batsman out of his crease, turned the ball across him, but it spit up and surprised the wicketkeeper, tough chance but it should have been stumped

9.3

Botha to MEK Hussey, FOUR, awesome shot, Hussey uses his feet and collects on the full, driving through the covers, the sweeper dives with the ball and both go tumbling over the ropes

9.4

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, pushed toward midwicket

9.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, comes out and takes it on the full, flicking to the man at midwicket

9.6

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, fired in outside off stump, steered out to van Jaarsveld at deep cover

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 56/2 (102 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.60, RRR: 10.20)
MEK Hussey    8* (8b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-13-0
RT Ponting    21* (23b 1x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    1-0-9-0

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10.1

Parnell to MEK Hussey, FOUR, not a half-volley at all but Hussey plays a super cover drive on the up

10.2

Parnell to MEK Hussey, FOUR, another quality hit from Hussey, just a short-arm bunt over midwicket

Two boundaries to ease the pressure. Is this Hussey's comeback innings?

10.3

Parnell to MEK Hussey, FOUR, make it three in row, Parnell drifts straight and gets bunted over mid-on

10.4

Parnell to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, comes out and middles the ball, placing it between cover and point

Aggressive little knock this from Hussey. The Gabba loves it.

10.5

Parnell to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pitches on a length and he reaches out to force it into the covers

Ponting, wired to the Channel 9 team, comes back on strike.

10.6

Parnell to Ponting, 1 run, pitches on a length outside off and he drives it to extra cover

That was a great over for Australia.

End of over 11 (16 runs) Australia 72/2 (86 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 9.55)
RT Ponting    22* (24b 1x4 1x6)      WD Parnell    3-0-25-0
MEK Hussey    23* (13b 4x4)      J Botha    3-0-13-0

Albie is called back into the attack. Boucher, helmet on, stands up.

11.1

JA Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball commits Ponting on the front foot, he then opens the face and dabs the ball past Boucher to a tumbling short third man, smartly getting Hussey on strike

11.2

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good shot for one, Hussey dances down and short-arm-jabs the ball flat over midwicket, one bounce and to the sweeper placed out there for this shot

11.3

JA Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, full and drifting down leg stump, easily flicked out to deep midwicket

11.4

JA Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, pulls a length ball off one knee, swatting it out to deep midwicket

This is a strong stand forming for Australia. Neat batting.

11.5

JA Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, full toss surprises Ponting, who loses a hand off the bat but chops it right into the gap a gully and beats third man, Boucher whips the bail as he pulls out

11.6

JA Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, on middle and leg and he works it away for another easy couple

End of over 12 (12 runs) Australia 84/2 (74 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.25)
RT Ponting    33* (29b 2x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    2-0-21-0
MEK Hussey    24* (14b 4x4)      WD Parnell    3-0-25-0

Morne comes back as well. Botha making the changes. South Africa need to keep their cool.

12.1

M Morkel to MEK Hussey, 1 run, starts off with a short ball which Hussey pulls wide of midwicket

12.2

M Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, comes out and rides the bounce of another short ball, playing a most excellent front-foot cut between cover and point, and Gibbs cannot stop that one

12.3

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, drops in a slow bouncer, Ponting takes his eyes off it as he pulls, and survives with a single toward square leg, betting Hussey back on strike

12.4

M Morkel to MEK Hussey, OUT, freat reflexes from the bowler! Hussey inside-edges the ball toward the on side, Morne sprints forward and collects, then flicks a direct hit onto the base of the stumps to get Ponting short by some distance

RT Ponting run out 38 (39m 31b 3x4 1x6) SR: 122.58

David joins his brother Michael.

12.5

M Morkel to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, full outside off stump and he gets off the mark with a drive past cover

12.6

M Morkel to DJ Hussey, OUT, oh well held, Duminy! Thats one for the ages! You aren't going to see much better in the outfield than that gem of a catch! Hussey takes a hand off the bat as he chips the ball over mid-off, the ball beats Duminy by some distance but he doesn't for a second take his eyes off it, running ages down toward long-off, covering great distance, then times his dive perfectly to take it

DJ Hussey c Duminy b M Morkel 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Really a fun catch to watch. Duminy ran about 25 meters to chase that ball. Took it with both hands, over his head. Will that change the match? Cameron White comes in. And Duminy is given the ball for his efforts.

End of over 13 (8 runs) Australia 92/4 (66 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 9.42)
     M Morkel    3-0-20-2
MEK Hussey    25* (16b 4x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-21-0

13.1

Duminy to White, 1 run, flat outside off stump, he goes back to work it wide of midwicket

13.2

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, throws the bat at a wide one and flashes an edge to gully

13.3

Duminy to White, 2 runs, tossed up wide and White hammers it through extra cover

13.4

Duminy to White, 1 run, well bowled, Duminy keeps it full and White drives down to mid-on

13.5

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, makes room and comes out to chip the ball over cover for two

13.6

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, drifts down the pads, deflected down to square leg, who fumbles

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 100/4 (58 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.14, RRR: 9.66)
MEK Hussey    29* (19b 4x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-0
CL White    4* (3b)      M Morkel    3-0-20-2

14.1

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, SIX, hello, thats gone! Another brilliant strike from Hussey, clearing the front leg and teeing off for a dinger rows back over long-on, yowza

14.2

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, 1 run, expectedly, the ball is shorter and Hussey pulls out to van Jaarsveld

14.3

JA Morkel to White, 1 leg bye, fired in on leg stump, White mistimes the flick, Albie steams in, there is some hesitation, but Hussey wants the single, bowler collects and misses the stumps

14.4

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, FOUR, slower ball, Hussey picks it and uses the length to swat past square leg

14.5

JA Morkel to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full toss, bunted down the ground, with one hand off the handle

14.6

JA Morkel to White, 3 runs, pitches on the stumps, starts to swing down, White clears the leg and scoops a thick outside edge over backward point and two fielders run after the ball

End of over 15 (16 runs) Australia 116/4 (42 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.73, RRR: 8.40)
CL White    7* (5b)      JA Morkel    3-0-36-0
MEK Hussey    41* (23b 5x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-0

Botha brings himself back for one final fling.

15.1

Botha to White, 1 run, backs away well outside leg stump to whip a full toss to midwicket

15.2

Botha to MEK Hussey, no run, superb stuff from Botha, who first fires it in full on the stumps and then intercepts the drive, throwing it back on the bounce to Boucher

15.3

Botha to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, flights a yorker on leg stump, Hussey flicks it out to the deep, a flat throw comes back on the line to Boucher, who collects it superbly from Steyn and breaks the sticks a fraction after the batsman lunges back over the line, what a take though

15.4

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, low-dipping full toss outside leg stump, Hussey flicks and gets a thick inside edge to the off side, White calls him through for the single

15.5

Botha to White, 1 run, fired in full again and White makes room to flick away a single

15.6

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, reverse-paddles a low full toss off the stumps, gully dives and saves runs

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 122/4 (36 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.62, RRR: 9.00)
MEK Hussey    45* (27b 5x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-19-0
CL White    9* (7b)      JA Morkel    3-0-36-0

Hussey has brought Australia back into the game. Just 36 needed from 24. Botha turns to the debutant.

16.1

Parnell to MEK Hussey, 1 run, swinging low full toss, which Hussey swings out to Gibbs at cow corner

16.2

Parnell to White, FOUR, ah, Duminy misjudges this one, should have been taken! White clears the front leg and slams the ball over the in field, not timed well, Duminy charges in from long-off but realizes he has over-run it then, leaps back but cannot hold on

16.3

Parnell to White, FOUR, what a shot! Stand and deliver, drilling the ball so hard back past the stumps

16.4

Parnell to White, FOUR, another firm strike to a full one, absolutely smashed over cover

That drop has hurt South Africa. White has just smashed three fours in a row.

16.5

Parnell to White, FOUR, sorry, four in row! Parnell serves up a full toss and White bunts over mid-on

The Gabba is going berserk. White has changed this around in four balls.

16.6

Parnell to White, 2 runs, slower ball, Parnell holds back the length, White swings out to the deep

Well, you have to say its all over for South Africa. Duminy let White off the hook, and he hammered Parnell for 19 in the over. Botha, in a last ditch effort, tosses the ball to Steyn.

End of over 17 (19 runs) Australia 141/4 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.29, RRR: 5.66)
CL White    27* (12b 4x4)      WD Parnell    4-0-44-0
MEK Hussey    46* (28b 5x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-19-0

17.1

Steyn to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, attempted yorker on leg stump, well clipped through mid-on for a couple

17.2

Steyn to MEK Hussey, no run, now he serves up full and wide, no shot offered and he looks to the umpire

17.3

Steyn to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pitched full and wide again, this time Hussey steers a single to cover

17.4

Steyn to White, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked casually out to deep square leg

17.5

Steyn to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, dropped by Parnell at wide long-off! Hussey comes out and looks to go over the top, but he's not to the pitch and bobs the ball over mid-off, its up in the air for a long time, Parnell watches the ball as he sprints across and dives excellently forward, but cannot hold on, so Hussey gets a superb half-century

17.6

Steyn to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, full and wide from Steyn, Hussey reaches out and dabs two past cover

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 149/4 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.27, RRR: 4.50)
MEK Hussey    53* (33b 5x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    3-0-19-1
CL White    28* (13b 4x4)      WD Parnell    4-0-44-0

Nine runs needed from two overs. Morne back into the attack. White on strike.

18.1

M Morkel to White, no run, backs away, Morne slips in a short one, 120ks, and White pulls out

The field is spread ... fine leg comes squarer ...

18.2

M Morkel to White, no run, attempted yorker on the stumps, White walks away and drives it back hard, and Morne fields it well on the follow through

18.3

M Morkel to White, 2 runs, short and wide, cut out to the deep, where a fumble allows the second

18.4

M Morkel to White, FOUR, slower ball, White clears the length and slaps the length delivery, very flat and hard, just wide of a diving mid-off and Duminy cannot cut if off in the deep

Three from eight ....

18.5

M Morkel to White, SIX, all over, with a six! Take a bow, Cameron White! Morne sends up a high full toss and White doesn't disappoint, clubbing it over the field and it lands just over the ropes at wide long-off

White sees the ball go over the ropes and breaks into a jig. He and Hussey embrace. Superb half-century from Hussey, back in some form. Australia have won by six wickets with seven deliveries remaining. They bowled well to keep South Africa to under 160, and chased it down comfortably in the end. The openers didn't click, and the run rate had reached a tizzy at one stage. Then Hussey and Ponting formed a partnership, only for two wickets to fall in relative succession. But Hussey kept his cool and found a confident ally in White, and the duo finished the match. A lot of stunning hits in their 69-run stand in just 5.5 overs, but each enjoyed reprieves from the South African fielders. Australia win the Twenty20 series 2-0.

The Man of the Match is Michael Hussey for his unbeaten half-century.

First up is Botha: "You need to take your chances if you want to be a really good side. We had to try different things but it didn't work out. We can compete with Australia, and hopefully we can nip a few in the one-day series."

Now Ponting steps forward: "We've had great crowds. The players are enjoying it too. We felt that total was chaseable. It was slow at the top but Hussey and White chased brilliantly. Our all-round skills have been pretty good."

The Australian team huddles together with the trophy while the shutterbugs go into overdrive.

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We've been Jamie Alter and Binoy George, glad to have your company. Bye for now.

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