Australia v South Africa, World Twenty20, Colombo

Watson carries Australia to victory again

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

September 30, 2012

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Australia 147 for 2 (Watson 70) beat South Africa 146 for 5 (Peterson 32*, Doherty 3-20) by 8 wickets
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Shane Watson lofts a delivery, Australia v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 30, 2012
Shane Watson powered Australia to another victory © ICC/Getty

Shane Watson has carried Australia in every match of this tournament and has now all but muscled them into the semi-finals with another outstanding all-round performance against South Africa. Watson picked up two wickets to help restrict South Africa and then crunched 70 from 47 balls to set up their successful chase of 147, as the Australians cruised to victory with 14 balls to spare.

The South Africans were lacklustre with the bat and sloppy in the field, and while the result has not yet knocked them out of the tournament, they will need other results to fall their way if they are to progress to the semi-finals. For that to happen, Pakistan would need to lose to both India and Australia, and South Africa would need to beat India and then hope their net run-rate was good enough to sneak them ahead of Pakistan and India.

By the same token, the win has not technically confirmed Australia's place in the semi-finals, but their very strong net run-rate meant that for them to miss out, not only would India need to beat both Pakistan and South Africa but Australia would also need a disaster in their last match against Pakistan. The way Watson is playing, such an outcome seems about as likely as Simon Taufel being drafted in to Australia's XI.

For the fourth time from Australia's four games in this World T20, Watson was Man of the Match. He ended the game on top of the tournament run tally and wicket list. It didn't all go the way of the Australians early in their innings this time around. David Warner was kept quiet and then on 5 had his middle stump knocked back by Morne Morkel when he backed away and tried to release the pressure. Australia were 10 for 1 in the fourth over, and South Africa had a sniff.

But Watson batted precisely as he had to. He picked up the first boundary of the innings in the fifth over when he cut viciously for four off Jacques Kallis' first ball, and then plundered three boundaries off the next over from Morkel. Watson was away, and it didn't take long before he was really heaving, lifting Robin Peterson over midwicket for six and pulling Wayne Parnell for six to bring up his half-century.

By that stage, South Africa could not afford a single mistake, and they made one when Watson, on 52, skied Peterson and was put down by Parnell running in from long-off. Eventually Watson fell - caught by Parnell at long-off from the bowling of Peterson, oddly enough - but by then he had added another 18 runs and put Australia within sight of victory.

Michael Hussey kept the runs coming - a lofted six over wide long-on from the bowling of Parnell was especially impressive - and South Africa couldn't find a way to pick up the wickets they needed to slow Australia's run-rate. They could have had one when Hussey advanced to Peterson and the ball skidded through, but AB de Villiers fumbled what should have been a straightforward stumping.

Smart stats

  • Shane Watson has won the most match awards in Twenty20 internationals (8). While second-placed Shahid Afridi has won seven awards in 53 matches, Watson has done so in 34 matches.
  • The 99-run stand between Watson and Michael Hussey is the highest partnership for Australia against South Africa. It is only the third 99-run stand in all Twenty20 internationals.
  • Xavier Doherty's 3 for 20 is his best bowling performance in Twenty20 internationals. It is also the best performance by an Australian spinner in Twenty20 internationals.
  • The win is Australia's fifth against South Africa in nine matches. This was the first meeting between the two teams in the World Twenty20.
  • Richard Levi, who was out without scoring, has made six single-digit scores in his last seven innings. Overall, Levi averages 25.66 in 11 innings with one century and fifty.

There were no more chances and Cameron White brought up the win with six over midwicket off Johan Botha. It was the fifth six of Australia's innings; South Africa had managed only two in their disappointing batting display. That they reached 146 for 5 was only through a late flurry from Peterson; they had threatened a much lower score earlier in the innings as the batsmen struggled to find the boundary.

The first six of the innings came in the third over when Hashim Amla drove Xavier Doherty over cover and the second - and last - six didn't arrive until the 19th over when Farhaan Behardien clubbed Pat Cummins over long on. But it was Behardien's partner Peterson who gave the Australians a slight scare, finding six boundaries during his 32 not out from 19 balls.

He was especially creative against Brad Hogg, reverse-sweeping and reverse-pulling for boundaries, and he even produced a reverse off-drive. In fairness, the way the South Africans had batted up until then reversing everything probably wasn't a bad ploy. Peterson also picked up three boundaries in the final over, including a lap over his shoulder and away to fine leg off Mitchell Starc as 28 runs came from the last two overs.

Behardien finished on 31 not out but he was surprisingly unwilling to go for big strokes, given South Africa still had five wickets in hand. Perhaps he was still being over-cautious after South Africa's poor start.

Australia's decision to include Doherty for his first match of the tournament at the expense of the allrounder Daniel Christian, and then to open the bowling with him, paid off immediately after George Bailey sent South Africa in. Richard Levi was bowled from the third ball of the game when he backed away and tried to force Doherty through the off side and the ball skidded through.

Doherty struck again in his second over when he tossed the ball up and found some turn off the pitch and Jacques Kallis (6) edged behind. Amla departed for 17 when he tried to hook Watson and gloved behind, and at 33 for 3 the South Africans were in trouble. JP Duminy and de Villiers steadied somewhat, though without really taking the bowlers on, as they chipped a few runs here and there.

But when Bailey brought Doherty back on for another spell he immediately broke the partnership. From the first ball of Doherty's third over, Duminy (30) advanced down the pitch and Doherty (3 for 20) sent the ball between his legs to allow an easy stumping from Matthew Wade. That was followed by the wicket of de Villiers, who drove to cover off Watson for 21, and again South Africa were in a spot of bother.

They were in much more trouble when Watson was batting. And South Africa left the field knowing that by the end of the day they could be knocked out of the tournament. For now, their fate was in the hands of Pakistan and India.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by ScottStevo on (October 3, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

@Hammond - I disagree. I think you'll find that most good batsmen would be more than capable of batting without a lid on. I think lids have only really aided the bowling allrounders and tail enders as they are the ones who normally don't play the short ball convincingly, yet with protection on, it's a much safer gamble. You don't make it anywhere near this level as a batsman if you can't get inside the line. Also, if you look back, I think you'll find that a lot more batsmen would allow the shorter stuff through to the keeper. With the shorter formats of the game now, you can't allow short stuff to go by, so a lot of players are quite comfortable hooking and would still do so without helmets if they were banned.

Also, I'm pretty certain it's not a prerequisite to play for England that your birth certificate was produced within their lands...

Posted by Meety on (October 3, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

@Hammond on (October 03 2012, 02:20 AM GMT) - no, I suppose YOU wouldn't!

Posted by Hammond on (October 3, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

@Meety- don't see the humour? Since when was a births deaths and marriages document funny? @ScottStevo- I disagree mate players pre covered picthes and helmets had to learn to play the hook properly or get hit. No-one in my time since maybe Lara plays the proper getting the head inside the line hook shot. The don't really have to because they wear all the right gear. These blokes probably wouldn't even attempt the shot without a lid. And That is my entire point. Watson would have no idea without a helmet on.

Posted by Meety on (October 3, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@OzzyHammond on (October 02 2012, 11:18 AM GMT) - " Australian birth certificate and passport." - classic!

Posted by ScottStevo on (October 2, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

@Hammond, There are still plenty of players capable of hooking and playing short deliveries properly, and again, Watson seems to be one of those who does keep his eye on the ball. There are certainly still b@llsy players out there as well. Do you recall Flynn having his tooth knocked out by Anderson and walking into the blood soaked crease was Ross Taylor. After seeing that and his surroundings, he still stepped inside Anderson and hooked - and well too...

All players wear helmets so techniques have evolved, some good, some bad. The equipment item that really needs looking into is the acutal bats themselves that these guys are using. In the Aus vs WI match that was washed out, guys were getting leading edges whilst trying to hit full deliveries through mid wicket and they were going for six over mid off...

Posted by Hammond on (October 2, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

@Meety- I never even remotely insinuated that I was up there. But is anyone today as good as a McCabe, a Hammond or a Macartney? Hardly. Not fit to lick their boots. And I can't play for England. I've got an Australian birth certificate and passport.

Posted by Meety on (October 2, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

@OzzyHammond on (October 02 2012, 02:22 AM GMT) - "..these modern batting fairies.." - regardless there still a million times better than you. If you were any good - you would of played for England by now!

Posted by Hammond on (October 2, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

@ScottStevo- Are you saying you can't tell the difference between a proper back foot hook shot and the modern "prop all the way onto the front foot and then transfer the weight when you slog across the line" version? You tube Rohan Kanhai or Alvin Kallicharran and watch the real thing and compare. Take the head protection away from these modern batting fairies and they would be like watching Under 10's playing the short ball for the first time. No technique whatsoever, relying on the chest guard, arm guard and helmet to keep them out of trouble.

Posted by Meety on (October 2, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

@ScottStevo on (October 01 2012, 12:02 PM GMT) - well said. I would only instruct bowlers to bowl short to Watto to get him back in the crease to then ping him with an lbw from a pitched up delivery. He does not get out to the short stuff & is quite lethal against it poor technique or not! @JG2704 on (October 01 2012, 12:33 PM GMT) - sometimes it really it isn't worth explaining the obvious flaws in someones comments. If they didn't get the problem the first time, nothing you'll do will shed any light on it the second time for the blessed souls!

Posted by Chris_P on (October 1, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

@Hammond. I been playing for a little longer than you, & still opening the batting, looking foward to this weekend, but I wear the lid simply due to the edged shot into the face. Fielding at short leg recently, I gathered a stack of teeth & blood from an edged shot into the face & figured, so with the age factor coming in, I might take the safe option. That said, playing the hook short for all those years, have never been sconned yet. Agree totally that today's batsmen have poor technique in the hook & pull execution & would be in serious trouble without the lid on.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@maddy20 - also on (September 30 2012, 13:50 PM GMT) you say "Well so India did not play badly" and then you go on to slate SA's efforts vs the same Australian side. SA set a total 6 runs heavier than India did vs Australia and Australia chased the India total down nearly 3 overs earlier than they did vs SA and with a further wicket in hand. So how can you diminish SA's efforts but defend India's efforts when SA did a little better than India? Before you start on England vs India , yes we got mauled in all departments but at least I'm big enough to admit it.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 1, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

May be, SA should look to play fearless brand of cricket against India. I am damn sure it won't be done by Levi. Bring Albie even as a opener with license to go for kill. Even if he gets out for ZERO, he will be making same contribution as Levi. Whatever he scores, it will be a bonus.

Posted by ScottStevo on (October 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

What analysis from Hammond!Front foot dominant - yet he seems to be hitting all of his sixes off the back foot square of the wicket. Then goes on to say he plays well cross batted, so bowl short. Genius!!! You talk of floors in his technique, yet nobody seems to have exposed them, he pretty much scores 50 in every innings I've seen him play in the last few years, ODIs, tests and T20s...reason being, they aren't there! The only thing I've noted is that he has a tendancy to get trapped in front where bowlers are seaming it back towards him. Not really a flaw in technique as you'd expect a high quality batsman to get his front foot to the right line before seam movement. I'm also certain that Aus would welcome the 3 bouncer rule as we seem to be the only team that a. can bowl short and take wickets and b. get on the back foot and hammer it away. You should be more concerned with England who look inexperienced and out of their depth and I wouldn't be surprised to see the back of them today

Posted by Hammond on (October 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury- on the contrary, I have been playing cricket every season for the last 20 years. And never wore a helmet until this season because I'm having trouble picking up the ball for the hook shot. "Back in my day?" mate no grey hair on my head- yet ;)

Posted by Chris_P on (October 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

@GVDW-SA. Agree with Meety, there was no choke. I have to admit, this was one of the poorest fielding performances from a South African team for as long as I can remember. Traditionally strong in the field,, I would suggest it was a blip. I would also add that the inclusion of a specialist keep er is a must for these games. AB's game is nowhere near what it is without the gloves. The nature of the game brings these results, as I have often said, you are only as good as your next game.

Posted by johntycodes on (October 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Australia are definetly playing like a team ranked below ireland in the world rankings. You don't need good preparation in the years leading up to a major tournament you just need your good players playing good when the time comes.

Posted by Meety on (October 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@GVDW-SA on (October 01 2012, 10:51 AM GMT) - I agree. There was no choking by SA in this game. They were outplayed & just like in the loss to Pakistan, seemed to be rudderless with the bat. They fought hard in defeat to Pakistan, but were unable to really get that 2nd wicket to put the Ozzys under pressure. In the end, it looked like a meek effort. The ONLY batsmen to play with intent was Rob Peterson & he is useful lower order journeymen at best (with the bat), none of the others really looked like innovating & taking a risk.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

@ HammondI' aussie aussie auusie and i quote "d like to see T20 on uncovered wickets, 3 bouncers an over and no helmets then let's see how good these porcelain princesses really are._ ...... you can tell your an Enlish supporter and not a player, with that attack.!! its not like back in your day.

Posted by GVDW-SA on (October 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Got to say - I have a lot of experience in seeing SA lose in tournaments. However, this time it's different... Whereas I wont deny that my team is prone to a bit of choking, this tag cannot explain the circus that we witnessed yesterday. Never has it been this obvious that our batsmen are ill-conditioned and incapable of proper batting at an acceptable rate (Levi in particular is a joker). The bowling was very average too - Morne Morkel cannot be relied upon and the occasional wicket does not compensate for this fact (this was also nicely illustrated in the match against Pakistan). Fielding, traditionally such a solid component of SA cricket, has degraded to match the all-round pathetic standard. Last but not least - AB's captaincy. I'm a huge fan of AB - I reckon he must be one of the world's most talented cricketers. That said - if he's to stay captain, he'll have to learn faster... Sorry to say - this time we don't even deserve the opportunity to choke.

Posted by letsgoproteas on (October 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Why cant sa just attack the ball. They always hold off and give away wickets. Rather give the wickets away hunting runs.... We have the skill! Its clear the Proteas should just resign to the fact that they cant play in the cup tourney's. They dont like sticking around to the end, guess they like to just participate

Posted by VivGilchrist on (October 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@Hammond, have you nothing better to do than to poo-poo Australia at every opportunity? Sad. Watto is an exceptional T20 player, ODI player and a very good Test all-rounder, he averages 37 with the bat and 28 with the ball. Most all-rounders would kill for a record like that.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

@LilAnzac Look whos making fun of me. The one who said SA put up a fight despite of them getting thwacked by Aus by 8 wickets. I would like you define the word "fight" or go one better and go gift yourself a dictionary. I would not pick you to write an Essay for a kindergartener let alone a post match script for Dhoni.And guess what, India did way better than the Saffas in this tournament and in all worldcups for that matter.Atleast we have 2 50 over WCs and 1 T20 WCs! Not many teams would lose after reducing the opposition to 90 for 7!

Posted by maddy20 on (October 1, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

@JG2704 All that is alright except that Eng would not face Aus in the semis. They would be on the flight going back home after they are pummeled by SL and WI will beat NZ too easily.

Posted by Hammond on (October 1, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Gotta say that this type of cricket suites Watsons style, front foot dominant, heavy bat swipe across the line merchant that he is. Have no hope that he will ever be a decent test opener though, there are holes in his technique one could drive a train through. Still it suits a game where taking wickets isn't as important as keeping the runs down. I'd like to see T20 on uncovered wickets, 3 bouncers an over and no helmets then let's see how good these porcelain princesses really are.

Posted by yoohoo on (October 1, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

I have said this before and I'll say this again - You cannot have both Kallis and Amla in the same T20 team coming in at 2 & 3. There is place for only one of them. Both of them play at an SR of 100, and that means unless the other opener (levi in this case) or devilliers in the end fires big time you are not going to get a competitive total. 133 and 146 in subcontinent conditions are below par scores. SA have the bowling to defend a 160-170, but they need to drop either Amla/kallis from the top order of their batting and get someone who can kick on at a better pace to get them those extra 20-25 runs.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 1, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

@Moppa .....Strange, no thoughts on this game from @Hammond, Rednwhitearmy, Front-foot-lunge, or MattyP1979 - must be the time zone... Yes very interesting that isn't it, but you hit the nail on the head, even when they post NO THOUGHTS ON THE GAME..

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@Raj R Ganesan on (October 01 2012, 02:26 AM GMT) Sorry mate but I was half disagreeing with you in the fact that you seemed to write England off - if they were to play Australia next. While we would start as underdogs and rightly so I'd still feel we would be more confident against them than vs SL or a team like that. In boxing there is a saying "Styles Make Fights" and it's kind of like that. Re KP - well no one knows what has been going on behind closed doors so I can neither back or criticise our decision to leave him out. No doubt we'd be a better side with him in it esp as there is an obvious place as an opener with Craig's poor form but I've never wanted to use that as an excuse. Besides our bowlers have let us down and KP is not part of our bowling attack. Thanks for the kind words.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@William Ramwell on (September 30 2012, 23:09 PM GMT) To be fair , any WK can miss the odd stumping. He has also done good things with the gloves. One ball yesterday from Steyn swung nastily and AB had to change direction which he did and saved 4 byes. I thought his captaincy in the Pak game was dodgy though

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@Biggus on (September 30 2012, 22:17 PM GMT) Nice to see wit is not dead on ESPN - Good response there

Posted by TeamRocker on (October 1, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Wow, Watson continues his destructive form. I'm just worried about what will happen if the top 3 fail to fire...the others have hardly got a chance yet. Nice to see White hitting it well, though. If the middle order can get some practice against Pakistan, Australia should be able to win this trophy pretty easily. Playing the Pakistan spinners is good training, too.

Posted by raj60 on (October 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

If one has observed South Africa generally doesn't do well in ICC events. They have developed this tournament phobia. They would have surely beaten Pak in the first match if it had been a SA-Pak series. SA needs to exorcise this 99 world cup ghost if they ever want to win a ICC event.

Posted by KunzMan on (October 1, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

FINALLY! South Africa have found a solution to Choking! Not reach a stage of winning at all from where they can lose.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

I have a question for the Ind Bashers...So when Ind made a similar score like SA and lost to the Aussies..people were going crazy and bashed India....even questioned the test status of the Indian team...some even called us the minnows..and now look at SA which has one of the most dangerous bowling lineup and batting allrounders still couldn't beat the Aussies....Now What do you call SA as....a club team? Its just that Aussies are playing better cricket than other teams... period...appreciate gud cricket and stop bashing other teams when they are defeated....what goes around comes around.....Cricinfo pls publish this...

Posted by ABLcric on (October 1, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Why did Cricinfo stopped giving table of dot balls and boundaries in your match report section?

Posted by krazykrish on (October 1, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

My Playing 11 for SA: Amla, Du plessis, Kallis, De villiers, Duminy, Albie Morkel, Johan botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Tsosotbe

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 1, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

What a performance by worlds best allrounder Shane Watson. Oh My God, 4 consecutive man of the watch awards! Congratulation! Absolutely brilliant.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

im lost for words. shane watson has already wrapped up the player of the tournment award and its only half way done. still laugh at people saying australia are weak in the middle order, white, maxwell and bailey are some of the best in the world with bailey the only one that wouldnt make a world XI but such are his captaincy skills and leadership..

Posted by disco_bob on (October 1, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

@BrisVegan "...bat first, score 200 and watch as Oz crumble under pressure..." In other words, to put the Aussies under pressure the opening team must put themselves under the greater pressure of thinking they need 200 right from the off, which is precisely what may have done SA in.

Posted by indiabadri on (October 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Every player will have a bad day and i think Watson will have his bad day when it comes to knockout. Semifinal if Australia loose 3 early wickets of Watson, Warner and Hussey then their middle order will surely be tested. So far It is Watson versus other teams. Australia played 4 matches so far and in all the 4 matches Watson was man of the match because of his all round performance with Bat, Ball and Fielding. So if he fails in Batting and Bowling on the day of Semifinal i think then Australia has to catch their flight early.

Posted by Marcio on (October 1, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Good position to be in for Oz. Can't see how they can miss the semis from here, unless absolutely smashed by Pakistan and other results go against them even then, it seems mathematically well-nigh impossible). It's still anybody's WC title, but AUS is in with a chance. Glad to see Doherty take wickets here. I was amazed at all the aggro directed at him after the last ODI series against Eng. Sure, he didn't bowl well that series, but the previous two summers he had been extremely good, and fully deserved his place in the short formats. Not sure how he'd go against sub-continent teams here, but he is still a decent bowler in these situations.

Posted by Moppa on (October 1, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Strange, no thoughts on this game from @Hammond, Rednwhitearmy, Front-foot-lunge, or MattyP1979 - must be the time zone...

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 1, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Pre-tournament, Aussies had one big weakness in middle order. Yet, Watto and co made sure no middle order is required to do the job until now. Though the weakness is still alive, atleast they have covered it pretty well. They would really hope the form continues and they make the things simpler as they are now.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 1, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

The main problem for SA is, their "unconfirmed slots". Levi is a basher but he usually bashes the low standard attacks only. He joins the likes of Pollard, Murali Vijay, Blizzard and co guys who bash the local bowlers but fails against better attacks. Especially against spin he was too bad. To go with, they dropped Albie for poor bowling against Pakistan whereas, he can still be devastating with bat(And, he is known for bat rather than ball). Parnell can't even be his own shadow these days with ball. To go with, the slot of Behardein. There are atleast 3 slots which is very uncomfortable. With Kallis and Amla having a game that will not be with strike rate of 160+ on most days, they needed more bashing to be provided. ABD should have batted at 3 to cash in early and Duminy as crisis manager.

Posted by LilAnzac on (October 1, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

@ maddy20. Your first comment was " so India didn't play badly " and you speak of nonsense?? You must be scripting Dhonis after match interview responses!! Please just admit when your team has played poorly and leave the ridiculous excuses to your captain. I bet you thought India would beat Aus easily too!! How did that work out for you?? Lol

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 1, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

@maddy20, I wouldn't say India didn't play badly. Both India and SA played badly. Let SA lose or not lose but India shouldn't have lost to AUS. I have a feeling that India is kind of psychological not so strong against AUS.

Posted by LilAnzac on (October 1, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

@timtom.. Desperate comments from a desperate fan!! U clearly know very little about Aus middle order and I'm betting cricket in general. Any of them on their day can destroy any bowling attack, as can all batsmen at this level. Shane Watson has just been doing it consistently. Jealousy is a curse mate, Back in your box.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

@ JG2704 well said mate .I have always admired your posts and this is one is no different either .But it is really disheartening to see a team like SA to be on the brink of elimination though it is not all over for them. Had England had Kevin Petiersen in their team i would have certainly put my money on them as Steve finn and Graeme Swann are a class act as well.But you just can't write off England's chances either as they have some really good hitters in John Bairstow and Jose Butler Besides can you just tell me which guy you are talking about (I can certainly understand where the guy is coming from).cheers mate

Posted by Moppa on (October 1, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Amazing stuff from Watson. However, he's not actually superhuman, although he's currently doing a good impression, so surely the other semi-final contenders will be waiting for an inevitable off day - at which point the Australia-sceptics are quite right to question the match-winning ability of White, Bailey et al. Here's hoping Huss has saved up something special for the games to come. Here's also hoping for a narrow win (or even a narrow loss) in the Pakistan game (which will get us through on net run rate), and a failure to Watson to give the other guys a hit - and Watto can save up two more match-winning performances for the semi and final! (that's not asking too much is it?)

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (October 1, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

@randyOZ Is that English born Andrew Symonds? hahaha those who live in glass houses......

Posted by Mikecricket on (October 1, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Yeah Aussies! Another Win

Posted by BrisVegan on (October 1, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

Who needs a middle order with Watson at the top? Next man in isn't half bad either, Mr. Cricket - and what a "finisher" (if we're at 1/100 then Huss will stroll home with a target of 150). Only thing that worries me - chasing 200 as the middle order will almost certainly be required to put in a lot of work. Pro tip to any team playing Australia again in this tournament - bat first, score 200 and watch as Oz crumble under pressure (as a die-hard Aussie supporter, I've seen this all too many times in the past - batting us out of the game is the only chance you've got, because our bowling is decent enough to defend 150).

Posted by beefman138 on (October 1, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Too many 'reverse' shots these days! I bowl 'reverse-left-arm'. It's called 'right-arm'.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 1, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

@PFEL my prefered side would have both Kallis and Watson along with Amla and Clarke

Posted by duralsumo on (October 1, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Now I wonder where India and South Africa are now rated in the world rankings of T20?

Posted by disco_bob on (October 1, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

I read this misspelling "bears" in the commentary "Ha ha, very good, South Africa fans in the stands with fake bears" as beers, and thought it was the non alcohol reference to the Muslim faith, rather Amla's beard.

Posted by PFEL on (October 1, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

I don't think anyone is comparing Watson and Kallis career-wise. But i sure know who i would prefer in my side atm! Even in tests i would rather have watson

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

It's a small thing, but still SA use a non-specialist wicketkeeper in AB de Viilliers. He missed what should have been an easy stumpiing. It's happened before with him. He is not an international class keeper. Why do we persist with himr? I said before that SA would not win the T20 because we would miss the half chances by a part-time wicket keeper. Little did I realise that we couldn't bat, bowl or field either.

Posted by Biggus on (September 30, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

@rahulcricket007-What is Watson eating these days you ask? Bowlers mainly, I would have thought, and the occasional batsman for variety.

Posted by Spinner27 on (September 30, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

I don't know what Doherty for breakfast, but I want some, he bowled probably the best I have even seen him bowl at international level and gave the Aussie the start they needed, or else things could have gone belly up. I made a comment about Shane Watson on another match thread and I reckon I have to take that back, after four commanding performances; hopeful he keeps firing. The rest of the bating did what it had and that was to work the runs which Hussey and White did. The bowling was good, but as "ScottSteveo" mentioned, at 5 for 80, we sort of took the pedal of the accelerator, which is a bit of problem. From an Australian perspective; I think the last 3 overs when for 30 odd, so Winter's needs to talk his young quicks get that sorted out, otherwise another good performance from the boys. I reckon; that South Africa, just haven hit there straps and that was pretty evident last night, especially in the bowling and top order collapse, to tell the truth maybe going home is a good thin

Posted by whoster on (September 30, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Shane Watson has never received the credit he deserves. He's a world class all rounder in all forms of the game, and after all the injury problems of his early career, he really deserves his success. Through the ups and downs of Australia's last few years, Watson has had a massive workload, but he's consistently delivered runs and wickets.

Posted by warnerbasher on (September 30, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Jose really. Even as an Aussie fan the link between Watson and Kallis is ridiculous. Currently he is 42 test centuries behind Kallis and about 240 wickets. Kallis along with Ponting and Lara is the finest batsman of the last 20 years.

Posted by Lipoflegend on (September 30, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Yet again the Sa selctors having too much lopyaltyy to teh old guard - instead of playing form. Gibbs should have been in this tournament. End of. He has been smacking Aussie bowlers all over the Park in Perth.

Our batting ha sbeen uselss this tournament, with our top order being particularly guilty.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

"The way Watson is playing, such an outcome seems about as likely as Simon Taufel being drafted in to Australia's XI." What lame analogy !!

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (September 30, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

@SnowSnake: that is a special ability only malinga & few others have.others also trying bowl low ful toses bt ends up with nice juicy one's.(likes of Zak, Balaji,morkel,parnell etc.).And what about Ashwin's "pause & deliver" style? is that fair & honourable?

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

I'm a die-hard pom,but I have to say Shane Watson= totally awesome!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (September 30, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

What is if Watson doesn't well? I think AUS is on the way toretain their form but it's still long way for them. Not just for AUS but for all teams. Don't excite when team wins and don't depress when team loses.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 30, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

@LilAnzac What fight? Scoring 146 and then losing by 8 wickets? That is utter nonsense. India will beat SA hands down!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

well done big man but plz .................

Posted by vipravara on (September 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

While Doherty's inclusion & success are welcome, bowling Maxwell only a single over in this match questions his role as a bowler. Owing to the success of Watson as opener, the Aussie batting line-up is neither exposed nor tested till now. Time to get Dav Hussey in to save the day for an untested Aussie batting line-up as games against Pak & SL will be likely ahead both to play and bowl spin on these slowing wickets. -a cricket lover from India

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 30, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Now please don't rest him against PAK :)

Feel sad for SA though. This is not even close to choking. I get a feeling that they might come hard at us as they have nothing to loose. No wait.. If Aus wins against PAK then SA could be in contention and know the target in advance. Stage set for Perfect choking :) (No offence intended . I admire SA)

Posted by JG2704 on (September 30, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Well done Australia. I wondered if SA - despite not posting a huge total - might have the momentum from scoring well from the latter overs. Watson looks immense at the moment and Australia look superb. However - as in many tournaments - it's often the team which edges through which goes on to win it - at least that's happened in our (English domestic) T20 comps the last few years.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 30, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

@Raj R Ganesan on (September 30 2012, 16:57 PM GMT) While I don't think England would beat Australia right now , I can certainly understand where the guy is coming from. England are more likely to struggle against sides like India,SL and Pakistan than Australia regardless of form etc. I've been really impressed with Australia - esp Cummins who I thought might be one of those bowlers who excels in the test fmt but not so much in the shorter forms.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 30, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

@SnowSnake on (September 30 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) I think you mean that SL are executing their bowling skills well.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 30, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@InnocentGuy on (September 30 2012, 14:58 PM GMT) I think his athleticism in the field keeps him in the side

Posted by JG2704 on (September 30, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@Inducker on (September 30 2012, 13:20 PM GMT) Problem is A Morkel bowled an over which more than likely cost them the game vs Pakistan so maybe they thought his confidence would be shot.

Posted by Rulaniya on (September 30, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Watson is born to destroy spinners,, look at his feet when he face spinners,, he moves his feet like a Rattle Snake ,, please show some mercy for bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

SA is one of my favorite team for almost 15 years now. Every time a world tournament starts, I pin hopes on them but every time ended disappointed. Really the 'C' tag following them.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 30, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

SA selectors seem be looking for new ways for this team to lose, and AB is failing as skipper. Levi is a liability. He was exposed in the IPL & in England, yet they trot him out very match to fail yet again, while Graeme Smith sits at home! Smith has most T20I runs & 3rd highest ave for SA players, but was left behind. What a joke. Parnell is a liability too. Like Levi he has the occasional good game, usually against weak opposition, but fails when it matters. A consistent failure at the top of the innings de-stabilizes the bating order, and leaking 20-30 runs in 2 overs is a recipe for losing. Against Pak AB threw the game away by bowling pace only in the last 5 overs, leaking 51 runs while the very economical Botha & Duminy were wasted! He could not have made a worse decision! Bad selection & bad captaincy - forget about choke, this is a joke!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@Sundar Subramaniam you have really got to be kidding me mate.Though England had the upper hand in the recent encounters against Australia their team apart from Wright and Morgan looks very ordinary . I am damn certain that England will be rolled over should they meet Australia as the aussies are here to avenge the 2010 t20 final loss .Don't you forget that their best batsman is sitting in the commentary box cooling his heels .have you forgotten the recent annihilation of the same side at the hands of our team . England had mauled New Zealand in the series before 1992 world cup and in the tournament they lost to 3 sides , one of them was New Zealand .Form is temporary but class is permanent mate .Aussies are looking a class apart in this tournament.Never count the chickens before they hatch mate.cheers.

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 30, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Teams playing honorable fair cricket are not going to win this WC. SA learn from SL and play negative cricket. Bowl a low full toss outside off stump like Malinga and you will get back to winning ways. Otherwise, SL is going to take this WC. Not taking anything away from Australia who are playing very well and honorable as well.

Posted by ScottStevo on (September 30, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Another excellent showing from Australia, but still there's a lot of room for improvement. With the score at 80/5 we should never have let SA get 130 let alone 140 odd. Otherwise, we bowled and fielded quite well.

Also good to see Cameron White get a bat. He started nervousily, but was gaining confidence towards the end. We will most likely need a few of these guys at some stage in this tournament to score a few - although, it's hard to see any side taming Watson in the kind of form he's in...

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

There is Botham's Ashes(1981), Freddie's Ashes(2005) and now we have watson's world t20....aussies simply need not worry about their questionable middle order it seems. It has become something like Watson and some guys vs the other teams. He's worth 3 cricketers in the team.

Posted by timtom on (September 30, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Watson is going to have an off day in semi..and so is warner....thatz how this is turning out to be....The rest are not a big threat...

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

I am a West Indies fan and looking at Australia....They are looking very good. They best looking teams on show so far are: Australia, Sri Lanka and on paper is the West Indies. Watson was bron to give trouble in world cricket; To his own team he will do things like drop an important catch or miss feild plus his trade mark run-out,,,to his fans he will do sloppy things in the feild, to his opponent he will change the match 180 degree and drag victory out of the hands of his team opponent, for the media, they dont know wether to write the negative, positive or neutral. I hope WI, Sri lanka, Australia and Pakistan meet in the Semi.

Posted by analyseabhishek on (September 30, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

SA is another team which hasn't solved the opening problem in T20. Plus having a non-specialist keeper can also hurt teams like SA and SL- I personally believe T20 is a specialist's game. Shane Watson has had an unbelievable run in this tournament- patches don't come any more purpler! RandyOz says he is the best since Symonds- well, he is a far better bowler than Symonds and equally destructive batsman. Plus as an opener in T20, he can do far more damage!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 30, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

South Africa crashing out of an ICC tournament is like the Sun rising in the East- Inevitable!!

Posted by gibbs.175 on (September 30, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

good bye SA....go to home back.......this is not for you guys.........

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 30, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

I see a Sri Lanka Australia final is developing here. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by muski on (September 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@Donovan-I would like to tell you a bit of Indian Mythology- There is a character called Karna who was the best in anything he did. However he had landed a curse from one of the Sages- the curse was that he will never ever be able to use his knowledge when he needed it most. May be Proteas are suffering from this curse- may be from their aperthied days from the native Africans. There is no other justification for their woeful performance in any of the world stages.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

WATSON , what are you eating these days ? you are hitting sixes so easily . i have seen only gayle hitting sixes with that ease .

Posted by InnocentGuy on (September 30, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Levi is more a liability, I think. He's the Sehwag of South Africa. Even worse actually, coz he doesn't bowl part-time as well.

Posted by Ronaldus on (September 30, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Well done to the Aussies! Was this a case of Mickey Arthur using his inside knowledge of his former team mates' strengths and weaknesses to the advantage of his new employer? If so, does it mean that there's a good chance of Gary Kirsten to the same to India on Tuesday?

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

I think England are the only team who can beat Australia because they have had the upperhand against them in recent encounters. For India's sake I hope India manage to somehow qualify for the semis and end up facing Sri Lanka and Australia ends up facing England. Sri Lanka almost always loses to India and England just cannot play spin. So my gut feeling is that as long as India qualifies for the semifinals and doesn't have to face Australia in the final India will win the cup. If England doesn't qualify Australia will surely win the cup.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 30, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Probably the best allrounder in the world since Symmonds. Absolute powerhouse display by Watto, again, again and again

Posted by Marcio on (September 30, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Not bad - an eight wicket thrashing from the team ranked #10 recently vs the #1 team. Maybe I was right when I said the rankings were nonsense. Looks like I was right also about AUS having a decent, well-balanced T20 team that prepared well in the UAE, one that would do well. I said the WI looked good on paper but would had a history of poor teamwork. I said Eng and SA were wasting time preparing for this comp in English conditions. I said the Saffas and Poms would struggle b/c of these conditions, and also because of inexperience in the latter case (still one more chance to prove me at least partly wrong on that one). Ho hum, another day in the life of mystical Marcio. Making the semis is already a victory as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Rabbito on (September 30, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

WATTO!!!...what a gun, what else can you say about the guy. i don't care what anyone says, the mans a freak. if they can't admit that, they're seriously blind. i just hope he keeps it going, he should do....hes all class. Dunno why people are saying anything about the middle order...get one of the openers out, and you've got the mighty huss to come about a couple of equally bad otions for the other side!!, what do you take...The W's or one of them and Huss?....and cam white seems to be finding a bit of form too. suprised douhety went well...but im not sure i want him to, ..still not convinced hes got what it takes, and this could keep him in the team, and possibly to our detriment. still...could be wrong....not 100% sure....but its gotta be said....GO THE AUSSIES!!!!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Well done to the Aussies. Another WC, another frustrating experience for Proteas fans. They have one of the best coaches, massive support staff and a great team on paper but no big match temperament and no blooming silverware.

Posted by pat_one_back on (September 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Hey Pakistan, 'kids pool' teams roll up, roll up, the Watto show is in town! Surely tonights effective annihilation of SA further proves Aussies are only winning due to the rain, the rain of 6's pouring from Watto's bat! What's Aust's low ranking worth to anyone now...

Posted by LilAnzac on (September 30, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Good call Lozzanova! Watto is no doubt leading the charge but Huss still batted well when Saffas had us under the pump early and Dohertys bowling spell gave Aus great start. @Maddy20 no sorry India were awful and can't compare SA loss to Indias. They were thrashed and at least Saffas put up a fight.

Posted by Tjoeps on (September 30, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Well done the CHOKERS! As a Saffer I support India on Tuesday! Pathetic!

Posted by Peterincanada on (September 30, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

SA good test side but batting too slow for 20/20 especially at the top. Twice in a row scored very low totals with wickets in hand. Parnell and Levi definitely don't belong. Why is Philander not in the side.

Posted by nthuq on (September 30, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

What a champion Watson is... But most importantly, great to see Cameron White not being a walking wicket, and striking the ball very nicely too. Here's to White improving and making the Australian top order even heavier... with runs! Jose Puliampatta, unless Watson suddenly starts striking massive hundreds in the upcoming South Africa and Sri Lanka test series, he won't be anywhere near Jacques Kallis. A string of performances in T20 do not match against Kallis's long record of service in test cricket for the Saffers!

Posted by Lozzanova on (September 30, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

It's a bit harsh to say Watson is 'carrying' Australia - that implies that the rest of them are failing. It would be fairer to say that Watson is playing so well that no one else is getting a chance to play their part!

Posted by maddy20 on (September 30, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Well so India did not play badly. Aussies are rolling over everyone they come across.They are strong favorites to win the cup!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

For those who think, Watson's form is post recent Dubai T-20 win against Pak; I would say he had been pretty close to the man of the tournament in IPL,almost every time, played on the so-called sub-continental pitches. He had been the MOST valuable player, for whichever T-20 team he represented.

Posted by mumerashfaq on (September 30, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

I heard everyone, in ICC WC 2011, talking about South Africa being chokers.....I got a feeling they might be chokers as the favourites were kicked out by NZ(Not favourite at all)........Today I firmly believe they are true chokers.......just can't perform when its crucial to perform

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Shane Watson vs the rest!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Once the "Double W" fortress is breached, the castle inside could be ( didn't say will be) vulnerable. OZ middle order is still not tested. If the middle order has to come in to bat , hope Captain Bailey comes at no. 8 or 9; not earlier.

Posted by johnmal on (September 30, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

oh well.. SA fall short again. can't claim they choked because here they were completely outplayed

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Shane Watson! WOW ! The same Watson ! For quite some time! Even on the Indian pitches, in the IPL. Unexpectedly, a few weeks ago, he was humble enough to say that he has a long way to go to reach the level of Kallis as an all-rounder. But, I think he is already there.

Posted by derpherp on (September 30, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

now only if watto could play like this in the upcoming australian home series this summer. keen for the cricket this Christmas holidays :)

Posted by Hira1 on (September 30, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

wow.. one more failure of SA and what a performance from Aus and Shane Watson, they are good in every department ...surely they are the favorites

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

For Pak Vs Aus advise to Pak team....Score 190 and above or loose the match......They should target this score.....

Posted by Inducker on (September 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

SA must seriously think how they handle young players. They have made the same mistake with Parnell which they made with Gibbs. i.e. pitching him into international cricket with his having to earn his spurs in provincial cricket. How he was selected today after his last performance against England is a mystery. Perhaps it was death bowling but when he had to put a break on mid innings he served up half trackers which got hit out the park. His fielding was atrocious. Please can he be sent back to earn his spurs in provincial cricket like everyone else.

Posted by MrRascaL on (September 30, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Everybody is getting "WATSONED". Lets see if Pakistan can stop him getting his Fifth Man of the Match award in a row. He was a huge difference between the sides. S.A batting lineup is not good enough, too many slow starters and test players really. And Levi, he is just a club level star like Pollard.

Posted by kc69 on (September 30, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters:Half of your prediction went wrong and i really HOPE atleast second half of that comes true.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Another one sided match in super 8. Other than SL-NZ match, all were very boring. SA showed they who are in big bashes.. Well played Aussies !!!!!

Posted by LilAnzac on (September 30, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Another Aussie win another man of the match performance by Watto!! Even with slow start Aussies do it in a canter. Feel for Peterson, he kept Saffas in it. Parnell looked out of place in a solid Saffa side. His poor fielding may have cost them. Well done boys!! C'mon Aussie C'mon!!!

Posted by kc69 on (September 30, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

The diffenece between Aus against PAK in previous series and this campaign is Shane Watson.Definitely Man of the tournament stuff from him.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

oz r the world t20 champs

Posted by Inducker on (September 30, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Kallis is a dilemma for SA. I don't care about his record in IPL. I can't recall him swinging a tight tournement international game ever. Instead when his experience is really needed he capitulates. In 2 games his batting has failed in crucial situations. In 2 games he has bowled the over which released the pressure for the batsmen. I know Morkel went for more but that first square cut off an easy loosener got Watson going. Unfortunately he is only playing to be have another crack at the 1 day World Cup but SA must realise unlike in tests which are his game, in knock outs his lack of BMT is a liablitiy.

Posted by testcricket_lover on (September 30, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters..........U already got one wrong mate....Proteas r real chokers

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

so sad that SA is now almost out of this world T20

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters (post on September 30 2012, 11:37 AM GMT): I wouldn't give up your day job as a 'results foreteller' just yet... Most people might be wise to 'leave it' rather than 'believe it'...

Posted by Chris_P on (September 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters. Good one old chap, I just know you were referring to the rugby, weren't you? I think as far as the Aussies are concerned, This effort wasn't too shabby from such a lowly ranked team, was it? And with South Africa's loss, this now leaves Sri Lanka at # 1. As I've said before, T20, who really cares?

Posted by mahjut on (September 30, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Honestly - it genuinely pains me to say it but Jaques has been an absolute liability ... i still hope he hangs around for the ODIWC but he's not helped SA here (and Levi was another travesty...)

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 30, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

@Khan Irfan Wazir I think you're somewhat right. Maybe the recent experience to adjust to sub-continental conditions has helped Australia and the great form of Watson.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 30, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Indian and saffas fairly average spin bowlng have been exposd by Aus.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Come on Aussies....just finish it in coming 3 overs

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Godfrey Pieters Here r your winners today. SA will beat AUS. and IND will beat PAK. Believe it or leave it. <--- in reply of this lol... I hope you are watching, never predict anything before the match when you don't even know what kind of team they are lol just keep it in your mind lol... believe it or leave it k bachay!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

This purple patch that Watson's currently in is looking bigger than a field of lavender...

Posted by Sanawana on (September 30, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Aus 10/3 3.1 Overs! I have to say SA can win this game; Australia's win against India might well be the result of rain and Dhoni was right and Pak win against SA was a miracle! Maybe 146 on the board is enough!!! What do you say?

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Well innings break now, and if it wasn't for the last two overs this probably would have been a stroll in the park for Warner and Watson alone. I can see why Peterson was sent in now... great effort from him! Behardien kind-of started to open up a bit at the end, but I still think if Australia successfully chase here the fingers will be pointed at him and Levi as far as the SA batting order goes.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Here r your winners today. SA will beat AUS. and IND will beat PAK. Believe it or leave it.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Peterson again sent in ahead of the likes of Botha; the latter has a higher strike rate, better average and bigger highest score, not to mention experience. Why? Is this just to keep the left-hand - right-hand combo on the field or what?

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

The momentum given by Pak to Aus in 3rd T20 in dubai which was gained by Aus...Looking Dangerous...Aus in serious mood to lift up Trophy....Shane Watson Already Contender for Man of the Tournament and Aus on way courtesy Shane Watson...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Behardien needs to perform here I feel. AB still there as I type, but this is not looking good for SA... With players like Faf waiting in the wings, this could be make-or-break for Behardien.

Posted by LilAnzac on (September 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Great start Aussies!! Saffas 3-33. C'mon Aussie C'mon !!!

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