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)

Hello everyone, hope you're all well. Welcome along to coverage of Australia v South Africa from Colombo. The Boks were dominant in the rugby yesterday and what price the Proteas following that win with a success in the cricket today? All set for a cracker and the sun is out at the Premadasa.

South Africa are looking to get going after their remarkable defeat to Pakistan in the first game. To do so they're going to have to get past Shane Watson who has been in sparkling form so far in this tournament and the praise has flowed in for the allrounder. Can Steyn, Morkel et al remove him cheaply today? We're yet to see the experienced Australian middle order have too much to do so far and that is what South Africa will be looking to exploit this afternoon.

3pm Time for the toss...heads call AB de Villiers but it lands a tail. Australia have won the toss and have decided to bowl first. Xavier Doherty comes in for Dan Christian to add an extra spin option for them. For South Africa, AB reckons he would have batted first anyway and brings in Wayne Parnell for Albie Morkel.

3.15pm So Australia sticking with the formula that has seen them win all three matches so far in the competition. They're going to be chasing once again but if Watson and Warner don't fire, is that going to heap even more pressure on their lower order? Or...it gives them the perfect platform to prove the Aussies have no worries in their line up.

Adnan's nervous about the South African selection: "Albie Morkel gave more depth to SA batting and I reckon on this pitch a strong batting line up is required. Fingers crossed though." I too, am not sure that Parnell adds too much more in the bowling department than Morkel. In his last T20I, he got smashed to all parts by England. Yet to make an appearance in this tournament either.

3.25pm Ha ha, very good, South Africa fans in the stands with fake bears, a nod to Hashim Amla, their star performer of the last 12 months. Here come the teams for the National Anthems. Couple of manageable numbers coming up so we won't be stood for too long...heard these two yesterday afternoon, deja vu...there were a few more fans in Pretoria mind, the crowd today is rather sparse which is a disaster because this should be a super game. The locals obviously saving their money for that small game coming up later on, can't even remember who's playing...

Here we go then, Amla and Richard Levi out for South Africa and Xavier Doherty the man fresh in the side, is going to open up...


Doherty to Levi, no run, full around middle and leg, punched back to the bowler


Doherty to Levi, no run, further towards leg stump, goes to flick it away and gets struck on the pad, was going down


Doherty to Levi, OUT, and this goes straight through Levi's attempted drive and flicks out leg stump, what a start for Doherty. He seemed to get outside leg stump, exposing all three, this time trying to drive a good length ball into the covers, but it skidded on past his stroke and cleaned him up, the miserable run continues for Levi

RE Levi b Doherty 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

But I suppose for the Levi detractors, he hasn't wasted too many balls and now Kallis is in...


Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, and drives his first ball from off stump down to long off


Doherty to Amla, 1 run, leg stump and clipped out to deep square


Doherty to Kallis, no run, back of a length and punched into the covers

Well you have to say, selection justified...so far...

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • JH Kallis 1 (2b)
    • HM Amla 1 (1b)
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-2-1

And Mitchell Starc from t'other end...


Starc to Amla, no run, length just outside off stump, left alone


Starc to Amla, 1 run, gets across his stumps and flicks a full ball well timed straight to the deep square fielder


Starc to Kallis, no run, angled across the right-hander, Kallis goes to drive and gets an inside edge towards midwicket, sign of the pace of this wicket


Starc to Kallis, no run, this is certainly an indication of the pace of the wicket, this is back of a length, Kallis goes to pull and is there too soon, gets hit on the body


Starc to Kallis, FOUR, full ball just outside off, didn't seem to be perfectly timed, but gets it down the ground for four, had to slightly drag it but effective


Starc to Kallis, 1 run, more conventional, coming forward and punching a length ball to mid off, the take a quick single

End of over 2 (6 runs) South Africa 8/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • JH Kallis 6 (6b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 2 (3b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-2-1

Doherty to Kallis, OUT, oh edged and gone and Doherty gets another. It's a cracking delivery, tossed up on a length just outside off, Kallis pushed at it and got a thin edge to Wade to held the chance very well, it was a decent edge. What a start for Doherty, what a selection. Beautifully bowled, flighted nicely and a little turn this time gets the edge of Kallis

JH Kallis c †Wade b Doherty 6 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71


Doherty to Duminy, no run, back on the off stump blocking


Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, back again, this time clipped into midwicket


Doherty to Amla, SIX, floated up again but Amla gives himself a little bit of room and lifts it over extra cover and it flies into the stands, awesome timing, picked up from off stump, heavens is this guy in good touch


Doherty to Amla, no run, dragged down a little short, the cut stroke only finds cover point


Doherty to Amla, 1 run, step down the track, fired into the pads, Amla adjusts and digs it out towards long off

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa 16/2 (RR: 5.33)

    • HM Amla 9 (6b 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 1 (2b)
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-10-2
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0

Still plenty of batting for SA but if Australia can get Amla they'll be in real business...


Starc to Amla, no run, well bowled, little bit of shape in from just outside off, blocked back to the bowler from a length


Starc to Amla, no run, full of a good length, cut and missed at


Starc to Amla, 1 run, good drive to cover point, oh there's a huge mix up, a direct hit and Duminy is miles out, but the throw is so far wide of the one-stump Hussey had to aim at, lucky that for SA


Starc to Duminy, 1 wide, doesn't adjust to the leftie and send it down leg


Starc to Duminy, no run, good length just outside off, driven on the up to backward point on the front foot


Starc to Duminy, no run, just outside off on a similar length, again forward to drive, mistimed to mid off


Starc to Duminy, FOUR, fuller and this drive finds the gap between point and cover and runs to the rope

End of over 4 (6 runs) South Africa 22/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • JP Duminy 5 (5b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 10 (9b 1x6)
    • MA Starc 2-0-12-0
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-10-2

Change of bowling, it's Pat Cummins, I like this kid, nothing like pace...


Cummins to Amla, 1 run, back of a length around off stump, blocked into the covers, into the gap for a single


Cummins to Duminy, no run, nicely bowled, yorker length just outside off, dug out and they refuse the wicket single, perhaps with remembering the run out of Gambhir the other night


Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length, a little straight, dangerous with long leg up, tried to help it around the corner, got it off the glove to the fielder


Cummins to Amla, FOUR, gives himself room and edges a length delivery past short long leg for four. Lucky that, tried to go through the off side but got a big edge


Cummins to Amla, 1 run, step across the stumps, flicks a full ball off middle to the deep square leg


Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length, clipped wide of the 45 for a single

End of over 5 (8 runs) South Africa 30/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • JP Duminy 7 (8b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 16 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-8-0
    • MA Starc 2-0-12-0

Here's the man of the moment, Shane Watson...


Watson to Duminy, 1 run, length just outside off, driven off an inside edge to midwicket


Watson to Amla, 1 run, just outside off, driven off a big outside edge down to third man


Watson to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, a shuffle across the crease and tucked wide of the 45


Watson to Amla, no run, back of a length again, punched to cover


Watson to Amla, OUT, step across the stumps, goes to pull and gloved behind! Amla falls and Watson does the job again. A shorter ball, again not coming on as the batsman might expect, Amla went across his stumps to pull into the leg side, but was through with the stroke too soon and gloved a ball to Wade and walked straight off, what a blow for Australia

HM Amla c †Wade b Watson 17 (26m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 113.33


Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dabbed down to third man

Great over from Watson, he really is the Australian's talisman this tournament...a mediocre side in the eyes of many being galvanised by one man...

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 34/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • AB de Villiers 1 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 9 (10b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-1
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-8-0

This is pitch is definitely on the slow side, not great for T20...


Cummins to de Villiers, no run, back of a length around off stump, blocked back to the bowler


Cummins to de Villiers, no run, again going back and trying to drive off the back foot but mistimes it to mid on


Cummins to de Villiers, 1 wide, big bumper, ignored, that had good carry though, went through nicely


Cummins to de Villiers, 1 run, much fuller, forward and driven out to the cover sweeper


Cummins to Duminy, FOUR, forward and a fine drive past extra cover, this is well timed, played really well that


Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, similar length, tighter line to off stump, Duminy opens the face and gets it to third man


Cummins to de Villiers, 1 run, played from the crease towards mid on, wide enough for a scampered single

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africa 42/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • AB de Villiers 3 (5b)
    • JP Duminy 14 (12b 2x4)
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-16-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-1

More than enough time here for an SA recovery and Duminy is the man for a crisis...Bragg Hogg to bowl...


Hogg to de Villiers, 1 run, down the wicket to a ball tossed up around off stump, clipped down to long on

Now Brad Hogg for me is a hybrid between Tom Cruise, Phil Mickelson and John Barrowman, have a google...


Hogg to Duminy, FOUR, slightly too short and whipped out to the midwicket boundary, placed very well


Hogg to Duminy, 1 run, touch fuller, clipped into the vacant midwicket area again, Hogg chases and fields himself


Hogg to de Villiers, 1 run, that was the googly, de Villiers waited for it and clipped it through the on side


Hogg to Duminy, no run, length ball just outside off, goes down for the reverse sweep and misses, half a cry for a catch behind of the glove, didn't need to go down to reverse that


Hogg to Duminy, no run, tossed up turns a bit, kept out back to the bowler

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 49/3 (RR: 6.12)

    • JP Duminy 19 (16b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 5 (7b)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-0
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-16-0

Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, full ball, tapped to midwicket, Duminy is sent back, a direct hit but Duminy was back, the ball ricochets away for a single after all


Watson to Duminy, no run, full ball just outside off, driven to mid off


Watson to Duminy, FOUR, short and pulled wide of long leg, the slower nature of the pitch should make those short balls easier to put away today, got on top of it nicely and helped it behind square


Watson to Duminy, 1 run, full length just outside off, carved down to third man


Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, the very annoying de Villiers wait-wait-wait-dab to third man, I say annoying because I feel he often misses out on hittable balls doing that


Watson to Duminy, 1 run, well bowled, a little shape in to the off stump, dabbed down towards point and they take a single

Good over for SA...

End of over 9 (8 runs) South Africa 57/3 (RR: 6.33)

    • JP Duminy 25 (20b 4x4)
    • AB de Villiers 7 (9b)
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-1
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-0

Immediate change for Hogg and now...oh no...Glenn Maxwell...*ducks*...


Maxwell to Duminy, 2 runs, full ball on off stump, flicked out towards deep midwicket


Maxwell to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length around off stump, clipped down to long on


Maxwell to de Villiers, 1 run, on the front foot, clipped through midwicket


Maxwell to Duminy, 1 run, tucked behind square on the leg side with a flick wide of the 45


Maxwell to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off, dragged to deep midwicket, poor ball got away with it


Maxwell to Duminy, 1 run, floated up onto leg stump, rolled into the on side

That actually was an OK set from Maxwell...

End of over 10 (7 runs) South Africa 64/3 (RR: 6.40)

    • JP Duminy 30 (24b 4x4)
    • AB de Villiers 9 (11b)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-7-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-1

Chief destroyer comes back...Doherty...


Doherty to Duminy, OUT, and gets another one straight away! Duminy down the track gets beaten and is stumped by a country mile. More lovely flight by Doherty, drew Duminy down the pitch and he was no where near it, tried to adjust, I think the ball ended up going between his legs and my grandfather could have made that stumping with a cup of tea in one hand and a scone in the other

JP Duminy st †Wade b Doherty 30 (36m 25b 4x4 0x6) SR: 120.00


Doherty to Behardien, 1 run, floated up nicely again, middle stump, pushed past the bowler down to long off


Doherty to de Villiers, 1 run, floated up again, no afraid to do so and why not, clipped down to long on


Doherty to Behardien, no run, off stump line, very full, dug out to extra cover who slides and saves well


Doherty to Behardien, no run, waited for and pushed out to point from the crease


Doherty to Behardien, no run, another ball played from the crease, just ran back to the bowler

Best over of the innings that, superb bowling...

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 66/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • F Behardien 1 (4b)
    • AB de Villiers 10 (12b)
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-12-3
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-7-0

"Kamran Akmal might have missed that!" Possibly so Ahmed, and to be fair it was actually a smart take down the leg side but there was years to get the ball back to the stumps...Hogg returns...


Hogg to de Villiers, 2 runs, clipped with the spin out to deep midwicket


Hogg to de Villiers, 1 run, played with the turn again from just outside off to deep midwicket


Hogg to Behardien, 1 run, googly, waited for in the crease having gone across the stumps, pushed through midwicket


Hogg to de Villiers, 1 run, floated up just outside off stump, again clipped with the turn via midwicket into the deep


Hogg to Behardien, 1 run, just outside off, driven to the off side this time, pretty well timed and Bailey lets it past him at extra cover, no real damage as long off comes round


Hogg to de Villiers, 1 run, another googly, waited for and played to leg

End of over 12 (7 runs) South Africa 73/4 (RR: 6.08)

    • AB de Villiers 15 (16b)
    • F Behardien 3 (6b)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-14-0
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-12-3

Back to some seam and Starc returns...


Starc to de Villiers, 1 run, length around off stump, clipped through the covers


Starc to Behardien, 1 run, straighter now, tucked to long leg


Starc to de Villiers, 2 runs, gave himself room outside leg stump, carved down to third man from a length around middle


Starc to de Villiers, no run, pushed to extra cover, non-striker quickly sent back


Starc to de Villiers, no run, excellent short ball from around the wicket, follows de Villiers as he tries to back away and play the ramp, missed


Starc to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller, gets it off the hip towards square leg

End of over 13 (5 runs) South Africa 78/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • AB de Villiers 19 (21b)
    • F Behardien 4 (7b)
    • MA Starc 3-0-17-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-14-0

Doherty to de Villiers, 2 wides, floated up, a step to leg and a step back, goes down the leg side under the keeper's legs


Doherty to Behardien, 2 runs, step down the wicket and tucked through square leg


Doherty to Behardien, no run, outside off, tried to stay in the crease and flick it away, missed


Doherty to Behardien, 1 run, tossed up further, clipped down the ground, Doherty's dive isn't in time and a single runs to long on


Doherty to de Villiers, 1 run, step to leg, backed away and cut to extra cover


Doherty to Behardien, 1 run, forward outside off, an awkward flick across the line to deep midwicket


Doherty to de Villiers, 1 run, tried to play into the off side from off stump, got an inside edge into the on side for a single

And that completes a superb set by Doherty, brought into the side today and he has delivered with 4-0-20-3, hats off sir...

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 86/4 (RR: 6.14)

    • AB de Villiers 21 (23b)
    • F Behardien 8 (11b)
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-20-3
    • MA Starc 3-0-17-0

Watson being upstaged today so far...


Watson to de Villiers, OUT, or not as the case may be! De Villiers slaps this straight to extra cover and is caught easily! It was a slower ball on middle stump, de Villiers backed away to try and go over the off side but misread the pace of the ball and could only chip it straight to the fielder who claimed a simple chance at chest height

AB de Villiers c Bailey b Watson 21 (36m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Big trouble now for SA to get up to 140...


Watson to Peterson, 1 run, full, outside off, driven past point to the sweeper


Watson to Behardien, no run, full just outside off, calmly played to mid off

Five men up in the circle now, Bailey trying to put the squeeze on...


Watson to Behardien, FOUR, but the batsman responds and goes up and over mid off for four, poor ball considering the field, struck well enough

Not sure it's the best idea to give him that shot...


Watson to Behardien, no run, outside off, more length this time, tucked to point


Watson to Behardien, 1 run, straighter, clipped out through square leg

Fine over from Watson...

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 92/5 (RR: 6.13)

    • F Behardien 13 (15b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-2
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-20-3

"Even 140 looks out of reach barring some amazing hitting in the last few overs. Less than 130 and this may be a short chase. It looks like the Australian monkey is on the South African backs again." You could be right Mark...Hogg again...


Hogg to Behardien, 2 wides, turns down the leg side, past the keeper and they take a bonus run


Hogg to Peterson, FOUR, now we saw Peterson do this against England briefly, a big switch hit, changed his hands, times it pretty well and evades the dive of the cover sweeper


Hogg to Peterson, 1 run, now turns himself totally around and ends up slapped it down to long on, definitely saw that against England


Hogg to Behardien, no run, floated up towards middle and leg, pushed into the off side


Hogg to Behardien, no run, outside off, blocked back to the bowler, waiting for the turn


Hogg to Behardien, 1 run, googly now, flicked away past point


Hogg to Peterson, FOUR, goes for another switch hit and another good connection, picks the gap too between point and short third man

Pretty crazy batting but, like against England, it is effective...

End of over 16 (12 runs) South Africa 104/5 (RR: 6.50)

    • RJ Peterson 10 (4b 2x4)
    • F Behardien 14 (18b 1x4)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-26-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-2

Cummins now...


Cummins to Behardien, 1 run, full just outside off, punched down to long on

What will Peterson do with this...


Cummins to Peterson, no run, full sliding across the leftie, blocked back towards the bowler, he was late on it


Cummins to Peterson, no run, full and wide outside off stump, drive misses, well bowled that

Must stay full here Cummins...


Cummins to Peterson, no run, goes for a big swing this time to a full ball from around off stump and gets an edge past the stumps towards the keeper, no run again


Cummins to Peterson, 1 run, full once more, clipped out to deep point, so at least gets off strike


Cummins to Behardien, 1 run, slower ball onto the off stump, turned through square leg

Cracking over...

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 107/5 (RR: 6.29)

    • F Behardien 16 (20b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 11 (8b 2x4)
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-19-0
    • GB Hogg 3-0-26-0

Watson now...


Watson to Behardien, 1 run, full and punched down to long off


Watson to Peterson, 1 run, full and wide, slapped out to deep cover


Watson to Behardien, 1 wide, went full and wide but got it too wide of off stump


Watson to Behardien, 1 run, length and driven out past cover into the deep


Watson to Peterson, FOUR, oh dear, a loose delivery for the first time in ages, full toss outside off, whacked wide of long on and finds the rope on the bounce

Peterson's doing the hitting here, not sure what game Behardien's trying to play...


Watson to Peterson, 1 run, goes the ramp moving across the off stump, gets hit on the pad from a full ball


Watson to Behardien, 2 runs, full ball, driven to extra cover, there's a fumble towards long off which allows them the second, poor work from Cameron White

End of over 18 (11 runs) South Africa 118/5 (RR: 6.55)

    • F Behardien 20 (23b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 17 (11b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-29-2
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-19-0

Job not totally done from Australia here, need to hold it together for two more overs, can't afford a biggie on this track...


Cummins to Peterson, no run, super delivery, quick and very full just outside off, can't get a bat on that


Cummins to Peterson, 2 runs, wide of off stump again, a swing on the front foot gets a whirl of an edge over point down to third man


Cummins to Peterson, 1 run, wide of off stump again, very wide but reached for and cut at, gets an edge past the keeper to third man


Cummins to Behardien, FOUR, short ball, hooked at, comes off the gloves and balloons over the keeper's head for four

You just get the feeling that slow bowling would be more difficult to get lucky with...


Cummins to Behardien, no run, bumper again and...ducked? What on earth. Behardien swing the bat man, playing for his average here


Cummins to Behardien, 1 wide, good change of pace, it cuts down the leg side past Behardien's attempted swing to leg, called wide! Very harsh call, moved a long way from outside off that


Cummins to Behardien, SIX, and this extra ball goes out of the park, full toss outside off, and finally Behardien plays a shot in anger, swinging this wide of long on

End of over 19 (14 runs) South Africa 132/5 (RR: 6.94)

    • F Behardien 30 (26b 2x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 20 (14b 3x4)
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-33-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-29-2

I mentioned Australia holding it together...late impetus here for SA, can they get 145 even...something to work with...Starc to bowl the last over...


Starc to Peterson, FOUR, full outside off stump, stepping across the stumps it's swung away to the leg side fence past midwicket


Starc to Peterson, FOUR, goes extra cover this time and it's away for four more! Great innings this, step to leg and cracked pact extra cover

It's a competitive score now, South Africa right in this game...


Starc to Peterson, no run, full ball, gets the length right now, right in the block hole, evades the swipe to leg and through to the keeper


Starc to Peterson, FOUR, around the wicket, steps outside off and ramped to the fine leg fence, lovely execution, picked up really well that


Starc to Peterson, 1 bye, slower ball outside off, a huge swing from outside off is nowhere near but they go through for a bye to the keeper


Starc to Behardien, 1 run, length outside off, slapped to extra cover, no real effort to get that any further from Behardien

"Maybe it's because I'm used to Australia's poor showing in T20, or perhaps it's the fear of chasing against any side with Steyn in the attack, but this game is far from over!" Gareth is spot on this is game on now with those last two overs going for 28 and South Africa scrapping their way up to a competitive total, which with their bowling line up is more than defendable, they should have defended a lower total against Pakistan so will be full of confidence. A little gem of an innings from Robin Peterson, pulled off some extraordinary stokes and, with Behardien, produced an essential partnership towards the end of the innings. Sid will guide you through the chase in 10 minutes...

End of over 20 (14 runs) South Africa 146/5

    • F Behardien 31 (27b 2x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 32 (19b 6x4)
    • MA Starc 4-0-30-0
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-33-0





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