ICC World Twenty20, 19th Match, Group 2: Australia v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Sep 30, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 19th match, Group 2
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
30 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Steyn to start things off, and he's got a slip in place

Thanks Alex, welcome back for the chase. Australia have a challenging total to chase down here. We're already seeing some Indian and Pakistani fans in the crowd, gearing up for the game to follow, but there's a big match happening now as we speak. Can South Africa defend this?

0.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, goodish length on the off, a bit of inward movement there, Warner punches it back to the bowler, somewhat mistimed

0.2

Steyn to Warner, no run, ooh, that kept low and Warner was a touch fortunate there, couldn't get his bat down in time, got an under edge on the bounce to the keeper

0.3

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, tries to punch that through extra cover, got a thick inside edge and Morne Morkel does well diving to his right at short fine, keeps them to a single

The in-form Watson has a slip as well

0.4

Steyn to Watson, no run, ooh, beaten, short of a good length and darts away as he rocks forward to defend, just goes past the outside edge

0.5

Steyn to Watson, no run, drops that short on the off and that is knocked down towards point from the crease

0.6

Steyn to Watson, 1 run, gets forward and across a hint there and pushes it wide of mid-on for a single, on target was Steyn

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (145 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 7.63)

    • SR Watson 1 (3b)
    • DA Warner 1 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-2-0

Morkel runs in now, has a slip

1.1

Morkel to Watson, no run, goodish length this time, defended with ease from the crease towards cover

1.2

Morkel to Watson, no run, shortish on the off, waits for it to come on and defends it towards point

1.3

Morkel to Watson, 1 run, in the channel outside off but slightly short, that's been guided down to third man for a single

1.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, beats Warner as well, lands slightly short on the off and gets it to nip away, Warner pushes from the crease but it just escapes the outside edge

1.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and presents the full face as he defends

1.6

Morkel to Warner, 2 runs, short of a good length, opens the face and crunches it towards point where the fielder dives but can't prevent them from taking two

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 5/0 (142 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 7.88)

    • DA Warner 3 (6b)
    • SR Watson 2 (6b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-2-0
2.1

Steyn to Watson, no run, goodish length on the off, a bit of an inside edge from Watson as he tries to hit through the line

2.2

Steyn to Watson, 1 run, shortish on the off, crunches it into the ground to play it over point but just a single on offer there

2.3

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, short of a good length, punches it wide of mid-off for a single

2.4

Steyn to Watson, 1 run, again short of a good length on off and middle, gets forward and defends it wide of midwicket for a single, steady going this

2.5

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, there is protection in the deep, holds it back this time, pulled from outside off towards deep midwicket for a single

2.6

Steyn to Watson, 1 wide, drops that one short outside off, a touch too short that and the umpire isn't going to spare that one, called a wide

2.6

Steyn to Watson, no run, beaten as he goes for a drive, not quite there though to hit, around a good length and he rocks forward, but not to the pitch, to drive it through cover, it nips away to beat him

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 10/0 (137 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 8.05)

    • SR Watson 4 (10b)
    • DA Warner 5 (8b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-7-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
3.1

Morkel to Warner, OUT, Gets him! Warner goes, Warner, keen to attack after a quiet first three overs, made some room to go over the top, landed slightly short of a good length on leg and middle, he was aiming to go over extra cover, appeared to get a thin edge but straight onto the stumps, South Africa have struck early

DA Warner b Morkel 5 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Michael Hussey is the new man, up against two expert seamers here doing an excellent job so far

3.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, drops that short on middle and off, rocks back and knocks that one down into the off side

3.3

Morkel to Hussey, 1 wide, down the leg side this time and he appeals in vain, Hussey tried to glance that down but made no contact, the umpire calls it a wide

3.3

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, on leg and middle, off the mark with a knock in front of mid-off, quick single, fuller than usual from Morkel

3.4

Morkel to Watson, 1 run, calmly guided down to third man for a single, just a bit of width from Morkel and was a little short as well

3.5

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, fullish again but on leg stump and Hussey has no trouble just dropping it in front of mid-on and stealing another single

3.6

Morkel to Watson, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it to mid-on for a single, nicely done

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 15/1 (132 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 8.25)

    • SR Watson 6 (12b)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (3b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-8-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-7-0

Steyn makes way for Kallis

4.1

Kallis to Watson, FOUR, and Kallis is thrashed first ball, short, he's not as pacy as Steyn and there was also some width, Watson smacks that between point and cover, doesn't waste that

4.2

Kallis to Watson, 1 wide, faint appeal for lbw, shortish outside leg stump and Watson tried to help it on its way fine but missed, may just have flicked his shirt sleeve, but the umpire reckoned that was a wide

4.2

Kallis to Watson, 1 run, another single, this time it's pushed in front of mid-on for one more

4.3

Kallis to Hussey, 1 run, slower one from Kallis, lands on a length outside off and it's pushed straight to extra cover where there's a fumble that allows them another single

4.4

Kallis to Watson, no run, uppish but just short of midwicket, angling in towards middle and it's flicked towards midwicket but lands safe

4.5

Kallis to Watson, no run, short of a good length at 127.1 kmph, punched back towards the bowler

4.6

Kallis to Watson, 1 run, shortish on middle, whipped wide of midwicket into the deep to keep the strike

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 23/1 (124 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 8.26)

    • SR Watson 12 (17b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 3 (4b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-8-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-8-1

Nahim: "Steyn and Morkel are looking good, Peterson and Botha won't be easy to get away on this pitch, but the 5th/6th bowler does provide a chance to Australia" So Kallis?

Morkel to continue

5.1

Morkel to Watson, FOUR, and he errs in length this time, short and wide, much like Kallis in the previous over and Watson makes it two in two, there's plenty of width for him to blaze that through point

5.2

Morkel to Watson, FOUR, shot, pitched up on the off, he's forward, to the pitch and stylishly drives that past a diving extra cover, wide of mid-off, for a boundary

5.3

Morkel to Watson, 1 run, width again, this time it's cut down towards third man for a single

5.4

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, straying on leg and Hussey was looking to clip it into the leg side, gets a leg-bye in front of square leg

5.5

Morkel to Watson, FOUR, bad ball from Morkel, a full toss, and worse, it's on the pads, flicked away with ease past short fine leg, easy pickings

No slip now

5.6

Morkel to Watson, 1 run, another one on the pads, full on middle and leg and that was flicked too, but towards a deep square leg this time, so just the single

Australia have made a lot of ground in the last two overs. Morkel's third over undermining what he'd achieved in the first two. The Powerplay is done with

End of over 6 (15 runs) Australia 38/1 (109 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 7.78)

    • SR Watson 26 (22b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 4 (5b)
    • M Morkel 3-0-23-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-8-0

Botha to bowl now

6.1

Botha to Watson, 1 run, a bit of air on that one, holds it back a little though, shortish on middle, knocked away behind square for a single

6.2

Botha to Hussey, no run, tossed up on the off stump and that's been driven straight to extra cover

6.3

Botha to Hussey, 3 runs, flighted outside off and that's driven sweetly, through extra cover and wide of long-off for three runs, Parnell runs across and slides

Something that's just been passed on - Watson now has most runs, most wickets, most sixes and most MOMs for this tournament

6.4

Botha to Watson, no run, turns in from outside off, gets outside the line to defend it into the leg side

6.5

Botha to Watson, FOUR, seizes the length early there, rocked back upon release and dealt with it, short and it's pulled away hard over midwicket for a one bounce four

6.6

Botha to Watson, 1 wide, Botha's turn to slide the ball down the leg side this time, called a wide

6.6

Botha to Watson, 1 run, slightly flat this time on the pads, worked wide of short fine for a quick single

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 48/1 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.85, RRR: 7.61)

    • SR Watson 32 (26b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 7 (7b)
    • J Botha 1-0-10-0
    • M Morkel 3-0-23-1

Spin from both ends, Peterson to bowl now

7.1

Peterson to Watson, no run, big appeal for lbw, looked close, that went on straight it seemed, angling in towards middle and leg, no turn there, would it have gone down leg? Hmm, tough to say, Watson missed as he came forward to defend, looked mighty close

Replays show the ball would have just clipped leg stump

7.2

Peterson to Watson, FOUR, Watson's put that behind him in no time, short and he's rocked back to punish that over midwicket

7.3

Peterson to Watson, 1 run, shortish, punched hard off the back foot towards extra cover, a fumble allows them a sinlge

7.4

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey's doing it well, drives it down to long-on for a single, eight in eight for him now

7.5

Peterson to Watson, SIX, some strength from Watson, converted that into a full toss with a reach forward, tossed up, he leaned forward and just chipped it hard over the deep midwicket boundary

7.6

Peterson to Watson, no run, floating it on the off stump, gets to the pitch and pushes that gently towards cover

End of over 8 (12 runs) Australia 60/1 (87 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.25)

    • SR Watson 43 (31b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 8 (8b)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-12-0
    • J Botha 1-0-10-0

Rasik: "I feel like EP Royalton watching Speed Racer in the 69 Grand Prix. Tearing my hair out and screaming "Somebody stop him"."

8.1

Botha to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey charges out, tossed up from Botha, comes down the track and slices that over extra cover for a couple in the deep

8.2

Botha to Hussey, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it but can't get it past midwicket

8.3

Botha to Hussey, no run, flat on the off and it's pushed straight to extra cover, quicker through the air from round the wicket

8.4

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, eased through to deep cover for one more

Mufasahat: "If you still don't have Watson on your fantasy team, you need to have a serious discussion with yourself and see where you're going with your life."

8.5

Botha to Watson, no run, shortish and it appeared to keep a little low, punched back to the bowler

8.6

Botha to Watson, 1 wide, flighted outside leg and he goes for the sweep, tries to sweep it fine, misses but it's called a wide, that spun down

8.6

Botha to Watson, 1 run, superb fielding from JP Duminy, he was running to his right from deep midwicket, for a moment it seemed Watson had bisected that gap between Duminy and deep square leg but JP threw himself to his right, and in the end managed to keep them down to just a single, should have been for in Watson's mind

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 65/1 (82 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.22, RRR: 7.45)

    • SR Watson 44 (33b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 11 (12b)
    • J Botha 2-0-15-0
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-12-0

Parnell brought into the attack

9.1

Parnell to Watson, 1 run, on a length first up outside off, driven uppishly towards long-off for a single

9.2

Parnell to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pulls and just manages to clear mid-on, came onto him a touch too quickly, lands safe and it's another single

9.3

Parnell to Watson, SIX, that's been hammered, he's been superb at spotting these short ones quick, pulls that high and handsome and long, over deep square leg, raises another half-century, some form he's in

9.4

Parnell to Watson, 1 run, low full toss outside off, mistimes a drive to long-off for a single

9.5

Parnell to Hussey, no run, a bit of a leading edge of sorts from Hussey as he tried to turn that into the leg side, ends up popping into the off side

9.6

Parnell to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey again survives a mistimed hit, short on the off and he goes for the pull, doesn't get the distance he desires, lands safe, between the converging long-on and deep midwicket, two more

End of over 10 (11 runs) Australia 76/1 (71 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.60, RRR: 7.10)

    • MEK Hussey 14 (15b)
    • SR Watson 52 (36b 6x4 2x6)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-11-0
    • J Botha 2-0-15-0

Australia are on track at the halfway mark. These two are going at almost 10 an over.

10.1

Peterson to Watson, 2 runs, dropped, how costly will that prove? Watson reached forward to that flighted ball from Peterson, Parnell's running in from long-off, slides and it's dying on him, just manages to get his hands underneath it but can't hold on, a tough chance, but a chance nevertheless

10.2

Peterson to Watson, 1 run, knocks it away for a single

10.3

Peterson to Hussey, no run, Hussey plays the reverse-sweep and connects well but straight to Amla at point

10.4

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, floating it on leg stump and that's clipped towards deep square leg for a single

10.5

Peterson to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on middle, drives it down to long-on past the diving bowler for a single

10.6

Peterson to Hussey, no run, flat on the off, keeps a little low, punched towards extra cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 81/1 (66 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 7.33)

    • MEK Hussey 15 (18b)
    • SR Watson 56 (39b 6x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-17-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-11-0
11.1

Parnell to Watson, 1 run, lands on a good length, that's driven towards long-off for a single

11.2

Parnell to Hussey, no run, yorker length outside off, manages to dig that out towards the bowler

11.3

Parnell to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey connects well, finally, picked the length early and dispatched it into that gap between long-on and deep midwicket

11.4

Parnell to Hussey, SIX, this has been sent over deep square leg and it hits a policeman standing there after rebounding from the scoreboard, on the pads and that's picked up beautifully

11.5

Parnell to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches that towards deep cover for a single

11.6

Parnell to Watson, 1 run, yorker length and that's been dug out in front of cover for a quick single

End of over 12 (13 runs) Australia 94/1 (53 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 6.62)

    • SR Watson 58 (41b 6x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 26 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-24-0
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-17-0

Duminy comes on to bowl now, offies

12.1

Duminy to Watson, 1 run, comes round the wicket to Watson, a full toss on the pads, low, and it's flicked to deep square leg for a single

12.2

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on the off, that's been driven down to long-on for a single

12.3

Duminy to Watson, 1 run, flat on the off and that's been struck off the back foot to long-on for a single

12.4

Duminy to Hussey, no run, flat on middle and off, gets forward and it's defended back to the bowler

12.5

Duminy to Hussey, no run, flighted, slowed it up, Hussey came down the track to chip it into the leg side, struck on the pads and it rolls into the off side

12.6

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, flatter and it's struck flat towards extra cover, a single as the fielder fails to stop it clean

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 98/1 (49 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 7.00)

    • MEK Hussey 28 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 60 (43b 6x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-24-0

Peterson to bowl

13.1

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump from round the wicket to the left-hander, was looking to sweep it square but ended up playing it finer, just the single

13.2

Peterson to Watson, FOUR, flighted on middle, Watson waited for it, got to the pitch and lofted it over the bowler's head for a one bounce four, went dead straight

13.3

Peterson to Watson, FOUR, four more, that's struck flat and hard through extra cover, Behardiem runs to his left from long-off, slides, and then misfields, palming it past the ropes

13.4

Peterson to Watson, 2 runs, almost three in a row, drives that over midwicket but good relay-fielding at long-on where Parnell slides to his right and saves a couple of runs

13.5

Peterson to Watson, OUT, this time he holes out, wanted to finish it off in a hurry, tossed up from Peterson and Watson lofts that but doesn't get the distance, straight down long-on's throat, Parnell takes an easy catch

SR Watson c Parnell b Peterson 70 (62m 47b 8x4 2x6) SR: 148.93

Watson has set this up wonderfully for Australia. They are in complete control here. In comes Cameron White

Peterson is attacking with a slip

13.6

Peterson to White, no run, short of a good length, bowled flat outside off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 14 (11 runs) Australia 109/2 (38 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.78, RRR: 6.33)

    • CL White 0 (1b)
    • MEK Hussey 29 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-28-1
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0

Dale Steyn comes back, critical for South Africa to strike here. Steyn has a slip

14.1

Steyn to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey attacks first up, short of a good length and he shapes up for a cut and he manages to get it past point and to the ropes, slashed hard at that one

14.2

Steyn to Hussey, 1 bye, slower one bowled full outside off and AB fumbles after Hussey leaves it alone

14.3

Steyn to White, FOUR, full toss and there was some outswing, Cameron White tried to defend it from the crease and it took the outside edge as it swung away, went past slip for a boundary

The slip goes wider

14.4

Steyn to White, no run, Well done AB, short of a good length, White tried to guide that to third man, got an inside edge and Ab flung himself to his left to snap that, saved four runs

14.5

Steyn to White, no run, pitched on a length on the off and that's been defended straight to extra cover

14.6

Steyn to White, no run, goodish length, on target and White chooses the defend that cautiously towards extra cover

End of over 15 (9 runs) Australia 118/2 (29 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.86, RRR: 5.80)

    • CL White 4 (5b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 33 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-15-0
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-28-1

Botha is back

15.1

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, not quite to the pitch as he came down the track but managed to just nudge it into the off side for a single

15.2

Botha to White, no run, shortish, and flat, outside off, defended off the back foot towards extra cover

15.3

Botha to White, 1 run, had shaped up for a slog-sweep but got this much squarer, a single to deep square leg

15.4

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, reverse-sweeps that towards short third for a quick single

15.5

Botha to White, no run, shortish on the off, knocks it back towards the bowler from the crease

15.6

Botha to White, FOUR, misfield by Parnell in the deep, short and White drags it from outside off towards long-on, a pull, Parnell messes it up there, conceding a boundary when there should have been just one run

End of over 16 (7 runs) Australia 125/2 (22 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.81, RRR: 5.50)

    • CL White 9 (9b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 35 (31b 2x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 3-0-22-0
    • DW Steyn 3-0-15-0

Peterson's turn to bowl

16.1

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, reaches forward and then decides to sweep it square for a single

16.2

Peterson to White, 1 run, floating it on the off, comes down the track and drives it past long-on for a single

16.3

Peterson to Hussey, no run, missed stumping, kept really low, Hussey came down the track to pull it over midwicket and most would have missed it, almost went along the ground and AB couldn't collect after Hussey gave the charge

16.4

Peterson to Hussey, SIX, there was a bit more air on this time and Hussey connected well, tossed up and he came forward to swing that high over wide long-on for a six

16.5

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, pushed past extra cover for a single

16.6

Peterson to White, FOUR, Mid-on is inside the circle and White goes over the top this time, tossed up on middle and he clears the circle with ease

End of over 17 (13 runs) Australia 138/2 (9 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 3.00)

    • CL White 14 (11b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 43 (35b 2x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-41-1
    • J Botha 3-0-22-0

Australia have put themselves in an excellent position to go through. Hussey's played a smart knock as well. South Africa a bit down in the field today, and they couldn't afford to be given the target they were defending, that too against a batsman in form like Watson. Botha to bowl now.

17.1

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, fires it flat on middle from round the wicket, turns it wide of square leg for a single

17.2

Botha to White, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets across and works it away behind square for a single

17.3

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets back and works it through midwicket for a single

17.4

Botha to White, SIX, White finishes it off in style, a flat six swung away over deep square leg, had made up his mind there and connected well enough to clear the ropes by a distance

A comprehensive win for Australia in the end. South Africa reached a score they didn't look good to reach at one point, but despite reaching 146 they weren't able to contain a team in form. Watson, again, led the way and Hussey gave him superb support. Australia are in a great position to qualify for the semis, thanks to another convincing win. South Africa are not out, but much will depend on how the other results in the group go. A marquee clash of sorts this, and one more coming soon, but it turned out to be not quite a closely-fought game. We shall bring you the presentation shortly, but do read Brydon Coverdale's report here.

AB: "Very disappointed. Just frustrating when we don't click. I just can't put my finger on one thing, it went wrong everywhere. They didn't allow us to get off to a flier and we lost quite a few wickets and that didn't give us the momentum. Watson is a class player. It's not all doom and gloom, hopefully we'll win on Tuesday."

Bailey: "A tough call to make for a winning team, but Doherty really helped put South Africa on the back foot. The way Shane, Mike and Warner have been batting, chasing has gone very well for us. 146 was about par. Great start for Doherty, he was brought in to pick some early wickets against batsmen who like the ball to come on a bit more."

Another MOM award for Watson: "Nice to be able to continue to play well. I know how important my role is. It's still a hell of a long way to go. Facing Steyn and Morkel was going to be a very big challenge. I knew if we got through the first four overs, we had to take on a few other bowlers but it was going to hold momentum for the innings. Hussey stabilised the innings. The top four batsmen are the ones who win you games consistently. Hussey took the pressure off me to score."

Well, that's basically it from here. Time for another big one, India v Pakistan, shortly, at the same venue. So stay tuned in for that. Take care, be well. Cheers.

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